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Apr 15, 2014 09:49 AM

Looking for solid patisserie (birthday cake) between Nanaimo & Parksville

We're having a big family reunion in the last week of June up to 4th of July, in Parksville. During that time my mother will be turning 80, so we need a no-holds barred celebratory cake(s) sufficient for 25 people.

If any CH-ers can provide me some reputable sources, preferably in Parksville, who are up to snuff, that would be great. Cost would not be a factor.


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  1. You may want to call up to French Creek Bakery. I've had their pastries there while sailing through the area and they are very tasty but I have no idea if they do cakes.

    1. I go to Parksville regularly and have tried to find high quality foods and its pretty tough.

      Dairy Queen?

      1. Well my source in Nanaimo recommended two places both of which I know from personal experience to be misses so that's that.

        I suggest getting one made to spec here in the city, boxing it up and hauling it over.

        Notte's Bonne Ton is of course traditional for such a weighty occasion.

        1. Thanks all.

          I ditched Urbanspoon and simply Googled "specialty cakes Vancouver Island", and found these so far.

          Tell me if any of them should be *avoided*:

          Coastal Cakes Co.

          Spice of Life Catering

          Nanaimo Fairy Cakes

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          1. re: LotusRapper

            FWIW- I like the look of Coastal Cakes most of all-she has Red Seal certification and lives in Parksville.

            The catering company almost certainly uses one of the bakeries I rejected earlier as unsuitable.

            As to Nanaimo Fairycakes we all have our prejudices and I've always associated Nanaimo more with Hell Angels than Fairies.

            1. re: Sam Salmon

              Thanks SS.

              LOL, maybe this cake is more befitting for Nanaimo HA's:


              1. re: LotusRapper

                The PILs live in Parksville so I asked the MIL to do a bit of sleuthing and she says:

                Your best bet would be Nanaimo Bakery, 1-2025 Bowen Road (250-758 4260). "Real" bakeries are thin on the ground here.

                MIL was formerly known as the Martha Stewart of Winnipeg so I put a fair amount of stock in her reccos. Good luck!

                1. re: grayelf

                  Thank you, GE !! My cousin once-removed and his wife live in Nanaimo, I will have them check out Nanaimo Bakery and Coastal Cakes, the two places that so far seem to have made the um, first cut (sorry).

          2. hi LR - I wonder if the Kamloops-based blogger would have some input too.

            It seems that they spent many months in Nanaimo somewhat recently

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            1. re: Georgia Strait

              LR ----- ps - based on info in your comments on other threads here (TJs for eg) - shouldn't your 8 yr old be in charge of choosing special cake your 80 yr old ; )

              artichokes, cake - it all goes together somewhere ; )

              have a wonderful celebration and I look fwd to hearing about the food-related adventure outcomes on the Island.