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Special Occasion Cake/Cupcakes in Baltimore?

We'll be coming to Baltimore in a couple of weeks, for our daughter's graduation from Hopkins. We're staying with friends and will have a big dinner in on the Saturday night, so we'd like to order something special for dessert. What are the best bakeries in the area for delicious cakes? Nothing too fancy, and she's allergic (very, very) to walnuts, almonds, pecans and hazelnuts so I'm concerned about Petit Poupon, which has many offerings containing almonds and hazelnuts and there could be cross contamination. Their website looks great, but we don't want to chance a trip to the ER......................

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

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  1. The famous Charm City Cakes is right near the Hopkins campus. Can't speak to the deliciousness since I've never had one, but I've heard that it's more show than taste. Probably fancier than you're looking for...

    1. I'm a huge fan of Graul's cakes. They have the most delicious buttercream icing!

      1. Congratulations! Graduating from JHU is quite an accomplishment. You might want to check out Eddie's Market in Roland Park. Despite the downscale name, Eddie's is a very nice market (if you're going to last for decades in Roland Park, you better be). 8<D

        http://www.eddiesofrolandpark.com/dep...

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        1. re: Bob W

          Actually, we're going to start our cocktail hour with Eddie's Crab Balls. It may make sense to talk with them about ordering a cake, too. I checked out the Graul's website and that looks promising, too.

          We don't want anything too gimicky or stylized, just really delicious :~).

          1. re: milgreen2

            Graul's bakery is leaps and bounds better than Eddie's. I've found that Eddie's baked goods are only marginally better than what you'd find at a national chain grocery store-- far too sugary and not much flavor. Graul's cakes are great though. I've gotten several birthday cakes from them when time hasn't allowed me to bake something myself. Sugarbaker's cakes are also good but that's a bit of a drive from the city unless they offer delivery.

            Charm City Cakes are interesting to look at but incredibly dense and dry if you actually intend to eat them.

            I think Graul's gets my vote overall!

          1. I recommend Patisserie Poupon on East Baltimore St. It is a French owned pastry shop with delicious cakes. http://www.patisseriepoupon.net/

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            1. re: amethiste

              If you read my original post, you'll see that I ruled this one out already.......