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Birthday cake in Chicago

arya69 Sep 3, 2013 02:57 PM

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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    jbontario RE: arya69 Sep 3, 2013 07:21 PM

    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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      ferret RE: jbontario Sep 4, 2013 06:41 AM

      Portillo's chocolate cake is pretty damn satisfying.

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        arya69 RE: jbontario Sep 4, 2013 11:46 AM

        Thank you!

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          sunbrace RE: jbontario Sep 4, 2013 07:29 PM

          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.

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            arya69 RE: sunbrace Sep 4, 2013 08:58 PM

            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!

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          Dmitry18 RE: arya69 Sep 4, 2013 06:28 AM

          Bittersweet - hands down the winner.

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            Violatp RE: Dmitry18 Sep 4, 2013 06:44 AM

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

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              jbontario RE: Violatp Sep 4, 2013 07:15 AM

              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.

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                arya69 RE: jbontario Sep 4, 2013 11:51 AM

                Thanks :)

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            chimolson RE: arya69 Sep 4, 2013 12:03 PM

            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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              arya69 RE: chimolson Sep 10, 2013 01:45 PM

              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!

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