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Sep 3, 2013 02:57 PM

Birthday cake in Chicago

Hi! My husband and I are visiting Chicago to celebrate his birthday in a couple of weeks. I wanted to surprise him with a birthday cake. Do you'll have any recommendations for places to get a delicious chocolate cake? Thanks!

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  1. There are people who will revoke my foodie status for this, but the chocolate cake at Portillos is awesome. It's old school moist chocolate two layer cake with great frosting. It is the farthest thing from fancy bakeries, but my guilty pleasure.

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    1. re: jbontario

      Portillo's chocolate cake is pretty damn satisfying.

        1. re: jbontario

          Ooooh. I love Portillo's chocolate cake, and their chocolate cake shake!

          Where are you staying in Chicago? I've also loved the Black Forest cake at Austrian Bakery in Lincoln Park or you can try the chocolate cakes at Oak Mill Bakery in Wicker Park(and several more in the suburbs) or Swedish Bakery in Andersonville. The last 3 ones aren't as sweet as the chocolate cake from Portillo's.

          1. re: sunbrace

            Thanks! We're staying in the Near North area.
            Haha! Maybe I'll have to do two cakes and the shake as my husband is obsessed with shakes!

        2. Bittersweet - hands down the winner.

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          1. re: Dmitry18

            But Bittersweet frostings just taste like butter, Okay, the ones I've had all taste like butter.

            1. re: Violatp

              I must admit that I've not really been moved by anything at Bittersweet, but then again, I am a Deerfield's Bakery buttercream frosting kinda guy.

          2. Try Sweet Mandy B's. My friends and I have been using them for birthday cakes for years. So, so good.


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            1. re: chimolson

              Thank you! I went with Sweet Mandy B's because they could do chocolate ganache instead of buttercream :)
              I really appreciate all the the help, everyone!