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Feb 25, 2014 05:46 AM

Dairy birthday cake (Brooklyn)

Where can I get a tasty dairy birthday cake in Brooklyn? My daughter requested Cookie Monster. (She wants a cake that looks like his face, not sure how to attach a photo)

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      1. re: cheesecake17

        Bunch-o-bagels makes dairy OK Chalav Yisroel bakery items. They used to do custom birthday cakes. I'm not sure if they still do.

    1. (Isn't it great that a thread with this title is started by a person called "cheesecake"?!)

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      1. re: Subtletea

        Lol I'm making a cheesecake for the party too!

        1. re: cheesecake17

          Naturellement - your signature dish!:)

      2. Don't know if the Costco in Brooklyn has a kosher bakery, many in the NYC area do (I use New Rochelle). They ave good dairy 1/2 sheet birthday cakes that are reasonably priced. They can do a cookie Monster design on the cake. They can't bake the cake in the shape of cookie monster.
        Many bakeries have the abiolity to copy any photo onto a cake. Here in southern Connecticut our local Stop and Shop supermarkets have bakeries under the KVH and they do so. BUT beware, Cookie Monster is a copyrighted image and some bakeries may refuse to reproduce it. I know, it's the lawyer in me.........................

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        1. re: bagelman01

          My first thought was Costco, but the party is Sunday morning, and I'd have to get the cake from thurs. I really wanted something fresh.

          Not sure if stop n shop bakery here is still kosher. Have you had a cake from them recently? Last time I tasted one it was truly awful

          1. re: cheesecake17

            I had a Stop and Shop dairy birthday cake as recently as this past Sunday morning (my birthday). It was a yellow cake with pudding filling and chocolate buttercreme frosting. I give it a B-. The Stop and Shop bakeries vary in quality, as most kosher ones are under the KVH, but some such as Whalley Avenue in New Haven are under other supervision and ingredients can vary.

            We have so many supermarket kosher bakery options here in Connecticut.
            Monday night I had my 4th birthday party in less than 48 hours and there was a Italian Fruit Basket Cake from Big Y (some of their bakeries are under supervision). This is my absolutely favorite frosted cake in the world. It is a wonderful extremely high yellow cake with a filling of Italian cream (similar to a zabaglione) filled with fresh strawberries and peaches and frosted with fresh real whipped cream. A 1/2 sheet was $46 (I know because my youngest picked it up and just happened to use my debit card). We often make family birthday celebrations dairy, just so we can order this cake,
            There aren't more than 3 stand alone kosher bakeries left in Connecticut because of the spread of kosher in store supermarket bakeries. In a small state we have , Big Y, Stop and Shop and even Shop-Rite locations with kosher in-store bakeries (none of whom can provide a pareve birthday cake, only dairy).

            1. re: cheesecake17

              You can do that. Fill out the paperwork and specify a pick up time of Sunday morning. Pick it up as soon as Costco opens. Problem is, there's no Cookie Monster.

              1. re: tamarw

                Costco opens at 10 and the party is at 10

          2. Schreiber's does Parve cakes but they do a great job with characters - ditto for Chiffon's (Chiffon's is on Avenue P between east 4th and east 5th {or so - somewhere around there}; Schreiber's is on Avenue M between Nostrand Avenue and East 31st street). You can try the Ice Cream House on Avenue M and East 18th street for a dairy ice cream chalav yisroel cake. Alternatively, many CArvel ice cream bakeries are kosher - maybe they have cookie monster cakes?

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            1. re: ahuva

              We are getting the parve cake (for Shabbat dinner) from kaff's- they did a great job with Elmo last year.

              Doesn't need to be cy, just kosher dairy. Carvel charges a crazy amount for a design! Will prob get Cookie Monster figurines and just add them to the carvel cake

              1. re: cheesecake17

                If you are buying a Carvel cake and not having them do the design, Don't buy it at a Carvel store. It is much cheaper at the supermarket. Here in CT, I pick them up at Price Rite (a division of Shop-Rite) where a 1/4 sheet is $10 less than at Carvel and $5 less than at the main stream supermarkets.
                Your child will probably like having the figurines to play with more than the cake looking like Cookie Monster.

                When my now 40 year old niece was 4, I was still in the kosher bakery business. My sister asked us to custom design and make a Big Bird birthday cake. It was a royal pain, but Uncle B did so. At the party, niece became hysterical when it was time to cut the cake and someone took a knife and cut off Big Bird's head. Ruined the party.

                1. re: bagelman01

                  if youre buying a carvel cake and adding figurines, bjs carries them

                  that being said, ij not sure where in bklyn you are- but if youd go to the south shore of li, sapienza on hempstead turnpike has great stuff! i believe its elmont

                  1. re: bagelman01

                    I'm definitely going to look into getting the carvel cake from shoprite or food basics.

                    You're a good uncle! Last year we had an Elmo shaped cake (the whole cake was red sprinkles with eyes and a mouth). She had an absolute ball and got a kick out of telling everyone who got and eye, a nose, etc...

                    It was determined this morning that her school birthday cupcakes will be Cookie Monster shaped. (She said she wants them only from pomegranate...oy)

                    1. re: cheesecake17

                      How old is this princess who is specifying the bakery?

                      Chances are she will be so excited when the cupcakes arrfive at school that she won't be looking for the store name on the box.

                      1. re: bagelman01

                        She'll be 3.
                        Pomegranate has a different type of frosting than the other bakeries. (Trust me, the 3yo crowd is very particular when it comes to cupcakes)
                        I actually just called, and they're $2/PC, which isn't bad

                        1. re: cheesecake17

                          For 3 year old kids cupcakes is the way to go. No cutting and plating mess. No fighting about who gets the frosting rose (and that's the parents who are fighting).

                          1. re: bagelman01

                            The school actually requests cupcakes! That way everyone gets exactly the same thing, and the kids can take home what they didn't eat at the party.

                            1. re: cheesecake17

                              I never had school on my birthday. It was always during February vacation week. Same for my youngest daughter, amd the eldest is the end of June after school gets out, so we never had to deal with cake for school

                              1. re: bagelman01

                                My birthday was on winter break- I can relate.
                                It's fun though, all the kids get so excited!

                                1. re: cheesecake17

                                  I always had a tough time because my birthday was over summer break AND right near 4th of July so no in-class cake and classmates were out of town a lot. Still, better that than my friend's birthday being either on or really close to Pesach. After a certain age, kids stop bringing cupcakes to class but the disappointment of a Pesach birthday cake is life-long, especially if you don't like flourless chocolate cakes.

                                  1. re: CloggieGirl

                                    Do most people only celebrate their Hebrew birthday? I know very few people who do. Why wouldn't someone with a Pesach birthday just celebrate their secular birthday, as most people do; then they'd have many years when their birthday would not fall out over Pesach.

                                    1. re: queenscook

                                      QC--we celebrate our English birthdays in our family, but my niece and nephew went to a day school in Massachusetts where the school policy was to celebrate Hebrew Birthdays (only). Both kids were born on Rosh HaShanah (three years apart, the eldest on Day 2, the younger on Day 1) neither one ever had a birthday celebration/cake in school.

                                      I mentioned earlier that I never did, because my birthday took place during February vacation. I had discussed this with my girls when they were younger as they felt cheated. The older daughter was June 25, after school was out and the younger in February, also during vacation.

                                      Five years ago I was doing a graduate degree in Massachusetts and I was in school on my birthday. I was in a 9am lecture on immigration law, when the doors opened and a caterer wheeled in a Happy 55th birthday sheet cake and coffee urns for the class. My daughters had decided I shouldn't be deprived of this experience my whole life and made the arrangements long distance.

                                      I made sure when I drove home that night (175 miles) that they got the birthday presents---great kids.

                                    2. re: CloggieGirl

                                      My husbands birthday is around pesach. He always manages to get multiple birthday cakes, so I stopped feeling bad!

                                      1. re: cheesecake17

                                        Do you make cheesecake? Sorry, couldn't resist.

                                        1. re: CloggieGirl

                                          Never on pesach! No one in my family will eat it with a crust other than graham crackers.

                                          1. re: cheesecake17

                                            Have you tried making a crust? I've never tried myself, but the only problematic ingredient is graham flower which is coarser than regular flour. I wonder if you could sub matzo meal and have it work.

                                            1. re: avitrek

                                              I've tried a few recipes, and also used crushed macaroons, lady fingers, and a nut based crust. Doesn't really bother me that they won't eat it, because it's SO expensive to make on passover

                                              1. re: cheesecake17

                                                Why is that? Is KFP cream cheese so much more expensive than for the rest of the year? My cheesecake is basically cream cheese, eggs, and sugar, and eggs and sugar are certainly no more expensive. I never really paid attention to the cost of cream cheese, but I didn't think it cost so much more. Or it is the cost of the crust?

                                                1. re: queenscook

                                                  KFP cream cheese is usually much more expensive. I can usually find bricks of cream cheese for $1- 1.19 during the year. On Passover, it's much more. Also... I don't bake on Passover (we go to family for every yom tov meal), so I don't buy sugar. It ends up costing me $4 for sugar that I'll use a cup of.

                                                  1. re: cheesecake17

                                                    OK, never knew.

                                                    As for the sugar, if you use sugar during the year, why would you just be using a cup from the bag? I just use my Pesach leftovers for chol. I save some specific stuff from year to year, but stuff which is pesachdik all year, I just finish after Pesach. And $4.00 seems so expensive. I never pay more than $2.00 for a four pound bag, sometimes less.

                                                    1. re: queenscook

                                                      I use sugar during the year for baking.
                                                      It's not only the sugar that adds up for the chag, but all the "one time use" items. I despise buying things that'll be used for one recipe. We're only two adults and a toddler, and the grocery bill for Passover last year was insane. (I bought on sale, shopped around, and bought very few packaged items, but the number was nuts)

                                                    2. re: cheesecake17

                                                      I don't know if you're buying CY cream cheese, but I know Philadelphia Cream Cheese has kp runs and I don't think they're any more expensive than their cream cheese the rest of the year.

                                              2. re: cheesecake17

                                                Well, if you feel like making one with a nut or other KLP crust, I will happily take care of it. Also, if your family refuses to eat cheesecake with pretzel crust, they are majorly missing out.

                    2. I believe Cake Center/Chiffon Bakery on Avenue P does photo cakes, if you provide a photo.