HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >

Princess cake

idtoca Aug 19, 2013 02:13 PM

Anyone know where to order an outstanding Princess Cake? Thanks in advance!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Cynsa RE: idtoca Aug 19, 2013 02:28 PM

    Schubert's Bakery
    521 Clement St
    between 7th Ave & 6th Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94118
    415 - 752-1580

    Fillmore Bakeshop
    1890 Fillmore Street at Bush Street
    San Francisco, CA 94115
    (415) 923-0711

    2 Replies
    1. re: Cynsa
      Melanie Wong RE: Cynsa Sep 1, 2013 08:54 PM

      Here's the slice of Fillmore Bakeshop's princess cake. It has both pastry cream and whipped cream.

      1. re: Cynsa
        michele_corum RE: Cynsa Sep 11, 2013 10:16 PM

        Both yummy, nearly next door to each other, both have parking (paid) in back.

        The Cakery
        1308 Burlingame Ave
        Burlingame, CA 94010
        (650) 344-1006

        Copenhagen Bakery
        1216 Burlingame Ave
        Burlingame, CA 94010
        (650) 342-1357

      2. smatbrat RE: idtoca Aug 19, 2013 03:20 PM

        Mielette usually has one.
        However I second Schubert's

        2 Replies
        1. re: smatbrat
          ejcsanfran RE: smatbrat Aug 27, 2013 01:43 PM

          Keep in mind that Miette uses white chocolate fondant for the exterior. This is neither good nor bad (and I love Miette!), but I prefer the traditional marzipan.

          Believe it or not, for my sister's birthday a few years ago, we had a "Princess Cake-Off" with versions from Schubert's, Fillmore Bakeshop and Victoria Pastry in North Beach. There was no clear winner in the voting, though my particular favorite was the Schubert's version.

          1. re: ejcsanfran
            Ruth Lafler RE: ejcsanfran Aug 27, 2013 02:08 PM

            If it's not marzipan, it's not Princess Cake. It's some other similar cake!

        2. g
          goodeatsgal RE: idtoca Aug 19, 2013 10:45 PM

          You didn't specify where you are, but my mother-in-law always orders hers from Victoria Bakery in Greenbrae, in the Bon Air Shopping Center.

          1. Dave MP RE: idtoca Aug 27, 2013 03:13 PM

            I have had princess cakes from Schubert's Bakery and from Andronico's in the Inner Sunset. I preferred the one from Andronico's.

            It is possible that I know nothing about princess cakes and my opinions about them shouldn't be taken too seriously. But I'm also wondering if anyone else has tried the ones from Andronico's.

            5 Replies
            1. re: Dave MP
              Melanie Wong RE: Dave MP Aug 27, 2013 03:16 PM

              What did you prefer about Andronico's? Details help.

              1. re: Melanie Wong
                Dave MP RE: Melanie Wong Aug 27, 2013 03:25 PM

                It was a long time ago so I don't really remember that much. But the cake was light and not too sweet, so most of the flavor came from the marzipan. It was also pretty inexpensive, and the cakes come in different sizes.

                I'm not a big cake person, and especially don't like really rich cakes. I thought the Schubert cake was more dense and rich, which to me was not a plus (though probably for some people it is).

                1. re: Dave MP
                  Melanie Wong RE: Dave MP Aug 27, 2013 10:47 PM

                  Thanks for fleshing out the basis for your opinion. If you want to become an instant expert in Princess Cakes, I remembered this old post from an afficionado that lays out one set of standards,

                  "... let's go with (what may be) the authentic spelling. Prinsess cake is a multi-layered cake with filling in between each layer, and the authentic version uses real custard between the layers of cake--instead of that yukky whipped cream that the imitators use--the top layer of which is usually quite thick and particularly awful on the "imitation cake", in my opinion. Along with the custard, authentic Prinsess cake also has a couple of thin layers of a Raspberry filling or sauce in between some of the layers of very delicate and delicious white cake, and of course, the outer layer of icing on both the top and sides is a delicious Marzipan coating. "


              2. re: Dave MP
                sugartoof RE: Dave MP Aug 29, 2013 10:15 AM

                Those Andronico's cakes look pretty and have always intrigued me, if only because they come in colors that aren't green.

                1. re: sugartoof
                  Ruth Lafler RE: sugartoof Aug 29, 2013 11:09 AM

                  I've never thought about it, but presumably if you order a cake in advance you can specify any color you want -- it's just food coloring!

              3. The Librarian RE: idtoca Aug 27, 2013 03:20 PM

                I used to buy my Princess cake from the Victoria Bakery in Greenbrae. But I bought one recently from Paradise Market in Corte Madera, and was pleasantly surprised by how good it was - very moist and not super sweet. Pretty expensive though...
                Darn, now I want a piece!

                1. Melanie Wong RE: idtoca Aug 28, 2013 12:04 AM

                  I see that you've now posted on the California board asking for recommendations on the Monterey Peninsula.

                  If somewhere between Menlo Park and Monterey would work for you, namely San Jose, check out Bijan's princess cake,

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: Melanie Wong
                    ssfire RE: Melanie Wong Aug 28, 2013 04:06 PM

                    I second Melanie's recommendation for princess cake at Bijan; best texture I've encountered.

                  2. i
                    idtoca RE: idtoca Aug 28, 2013 05:41 PM

                    Thanks to everyone! This has been a fun education. The decorations at Layers look amazing and the cake sounds really good & authenic. Then I spoke with Bijan and will order from there in the morning. They come in an 8" or 10" round, and the color selections are more than usual - white, green, blue, pink, RED! And they will add extra fresh flowers as it's for a wedding. We have a time problem with Layers closing at 4 on Sat. The wedding is noon on Sunday. So the cake will be a day 'old' - Bijan prefers it that way. Either way, it could not be a same-day cake. It must be cool or cold on the way down and then kept refrigerated.
                    Now, if Layers is open Monday....might have to try it....

                    1. t
                      TheDailyFlows RE: idtoca Aug 29, 2013 11:18 AM

                      Another great source of learning the FYI, ropes, etc. of making Princess cakes would be Icing Images: http://www.icingimages.com or Cakes We Bake (slam the words together dot com) - I actually ordered my daughter in law a pricess cake from the Fillmore...not too shabby!

                      1. Discerning1 RE: idtoca Sep 3, 2013 09:40 PM

                        In the Monterey Bay Area, Gayle's in Capitola has a lovely Princess Cake.


                        1. Melanie Wong RE: idtoca Sep 4, 2013 11:46 AM

                          Another for consideration, the single serving size Fairy Princess at Muka in SF,

                          1. n
                            NapaSpy RE: idtoca Sep 10, 2013 09:15 PM

                            I've always had Schubert's, but last week they served Princess cake from Creekside Bakery at a Birthday party. As I rule, I never eat birthday cake, but after reading the thread here, I had some.

                            Two slices, actually!

                            It was very good, as good as the Schubert's that I remember. For some reason, the marzipan was orange. Why orange? I hear the orange is the new black. ...Whatever!

                            Creekside Bakery
                            1719 Grant Ave
                            Novato, CA 94945
                            (415) 892-7655

                            1 Reply
                            1. re: NapaSpy
                              Melanie Wong RE: NapaSpy Sep 10, 2013 10:12 PM

                              Giants party? :)

                              Thanks for increasing our princess cake range.

                            Show Hidden Posts