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