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I am flying into to DC this summer for a friend's birthday. I am looking for a bakery in NoVa or the District that does custom cakes. Deliciousness is a must! So no glorified sheet cake. (Not that there is anything wrong with a good piece of "Happy Retirement" office sheet cake now and then.)

Any recommendations? Thanks in advance.

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    1. re: lblau

      Unfortunately, I got a cake from Victoria's and thought it was really bad. Frosting 'nuclear' sweet, and the cake part was stiff.

      I have long been searching for a good cake, I've tried almost all the likely suspects, and I have pretty much given up on the local scene. I can't tell you how many half-eaten cakes we tossed into the trash after a birthday party. A rare success was a tiramisu cake at Pastry Xpo in Merrifield, but that was after sampling many of their other cakes which I don't recommend. My other success was getting a Smith Island Cake (this is a local Maryland specialty: a tall ten-layer cake), but that was not custom. You could always inquire. They can be ordered online from the Smith Island Cake Co. Very expensive.

      Bakeshop in Arlington does custom cakes (expensive). I have not ordered one. Their cupcakes are exceptional, so I would think they'd be capable of doing something larger, but that doesn't always translate. If I was in the market to spend the money, this would be my next try.

      1. re: lblau

        I like Victoria's, although I do find the frosting sweet. I like the denseness of the cake--so if you're looking for light and fluffy, it isn't it. They do refrigerate them so you have to let them come to room temp. The peanut butter chocolate cake is good.

      2. Grassroots Gourmet makes delicious custom birthday cakes: http://grassrootsgourmet.org/food-menu/

        1. I've been very pleased with cakes from Alexandria Pastry Shop (on the Arlington/Alexandria border along 395, http://alexandriapastry.com/) and The Swiss Bakery (Springfield @ the beltway and Burke, http://www.theswissbakery.com/). Great variety of cake flavors and style options at both -- not just yellow/chocolate with various buttercreams (snooze).

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          1. re: rachelcp

            I like Alexandria Pastry Shop too. They'll do custom work for the OP but their "regular" cakes are very good.

          2. Twice, I've had a really delicious cakes from Danielle's Desserts in Tysons Galleria. I checked them out and they are expensive ... but it was good cake.

            1. bestest pastries and cakes: PASTRIES BY RANDOLPH in arlington. ALWAYS super fresh and highest quality chocolate, fillings, etc. wish i could eat there every day, but i'd be re-named "orca."

              (old) lee hwy and lorcom lane, next to arrowine. http://www.pastriesbyrandolph.com/

              just go get an eclair, and you'll see. or an almond claw. or one of their gorgeous cakes on display. the last photo gives you an idea of the fine work they do -- very skilled execution! we always take out of town visitors there after eating somewhere, and they are always delighted.

              i used to recommend heidelberg, where we got our wedding cake, but these days i'm fully in the "pastries by randolph" camp. heidelberg has gotten stale-ish -- esp. their pastries. haven't ordered a cake from them in years, though our wedding cake was fabulous -- with buttercream and almond filling and a marzipan cover.