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Oct 23, 2013 02:03 AM

Best chocolate cake in Vancouver?

My husbands birthday is a couple weeks away and I know what would make him happiest is a delicious chocolate cake (though the new PS4 console is a close second).

Any advise on a good place to order one? I'm thinking it best if it could serve 15-20 people, but if I have to go smaller that's ok.

He loves dark chocolate and is generally not a fan of mousse.

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  1. The chocolate cake from Topanga on 4th is my favourite. Not fancy but delicious.

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    1. re: grayelf

      I totally agree with this recommendation.

    2. I've always been pretty impressed by the cakes at Whole Foods. Their glazed bundt cake is fantastic, but I'm sure they could make you a birthday cake with whatever you'd like.

        1. re: jmil

          For a straight up Choco cake Whole Foods is hard to beat- most other places try too hard to make it fancy.

        2. Hi. I highly recommend the Black and Tan Cake from Black Rook Bakehouse on Hastings.

          It's not a straight ahead chocolate cake but it's AMAZING. It's a chocolate stout cake, layered with whiskey buttercream (where you can actually taste the booze) and chocolate ganache. I would get this for any man who wants a special occasion chocolate cake.

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          1. re: NoMoreSnuggles

            Thanks for the tip. That Black & Tan cake looks amazing! The Elizabeth also sounds good - earl grey chiffon, blackberry buttercream. Yum! How sweet are their cakes?

          2. Thanks for weighing in on this everyone!

            I used to live by the Whole Foods on Cambie and Broadway and have tried a handful of their pastries and really disliked them. Maybe I made the wrong picks, but it's left a bit of a sour taste in our mouths for that bakery dept.

            I'll look into Topanga,and Black Rook for sure, they sound delicious! Maybe I'll just get both, can never have too much chocolate.

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            1. re: j_mean


              $34 for a whole cake with one day's notice. This is a big cake. When we go, we always share a piece. It has these little chocolatey bits built into the batter that are quite addicting.

              1. re: grayelf

                ohmigoodness grayelf, that's just dangerous. A whole cake for $34 on a days notice?! Sounds like I might have to start a Topanga Tuesdays chocolate cake tradition at that price.

                1. re: j_mean

                  Like I said, it's not fancy but it is tasty. And it skews more rich cacao/dark choc than sweet milk chocolatey if that's important. The nice thing is if you want to deak in and try-before-you-buy-a-whole-one, you can do so for $4.95 a slice.

                  1. re: grayelf

                    As it happens, my husband was suddenly craving chocolate yesterday. We were planning to go to a potluck so we ducked into Topanga and grabbed a few slices! It was delicious - really rich, moist, and not overly sweet. There was a bit of texture to it, which I think is from the inclusion of oats (which is sad for me as I'm mildly allergic...)

                    1. re: twinkienic

                      Hmm, I've never detected anything oaty in it, but rather nibby. If the OP gets a cake there maybe she can ask and clear up the mystery :-).

                      1. re: grayelf

                        Yes, if I get the cake I'll take a pic and post it for sure. Husbands birthday is not until Nov 7 so it's a little ways away still.

                        I'll let you know sooner if we go in for a taste test!

                        1. re: j_mean

                          twinkie, ya nailed it. Between sly questioning by me and confirmation from another Hound who had a copy of the recipe posted years ago online, ding ding ding on the oats. I coulda sworn it was some extra added choc but no. Now I'm going to retire to the living room to enjoy the piece I just nabbed on my way home!

                          1. re: grayelf

                            Any chance of getting that recipe?

                            1. re: islandgirl

                              Hit me up at the email addy in my profile, ig :-).

                              1. re: grayelf

                                Finally had an opportunity to try the recipe supplied by Grayelf (Thanks!). It turned out great, very moist, dense and chocolatey. Best thing for me is it's dairy-free. Not sure how it compares to the original by this was a darn good chocolate cake recipe.

                                1. re: islandgirl

                                  So glad that worked for you -- I didn't even notice it was dairy free!

                2. re: grayelf

                  My hubby's birthday is also coming up and he wants chocolate cake. Except he wants basic cake with seafoam icing. Its something his mom used to make and its a tricky icing to make. What type of icing does the topanga chocolate cake have? Just curious...

                  1. re: foodsnobz

                    I'd call it butter icing, though in this case you melt the butter, whereas more typically it is creamed together with the icing sugar.