It's not a party unless there's cake, or so believe my own children. I inquired on the 510Families Facebook page (which you should like, if you don't already) about favorite birthday cake makers in the East Bay. The responses, together with a few other sources of intel, resulted in this list.
- A Taste of Denmark (formally Neldam Bakery) on Telegraph — a real Oakland institution and now a worker-owned cooperative — offers a half-sheet cake for $60.
- Cakes By 2 Moms is just what it sounds like. Homemade cake, but not by you! See samples of their detailed, custom decorations for kids on their blog.
- Vital Vittles, an organic mill and bakery, produces dairy-free cakes. Need to serve a kosher crowd? Try the banana chocolate chip cake. My friend Rachael exclaims “It's amazing and cheap!” (But not decorated.)
- Costco has a bakery that will personalize your sheet cake with classic designs. The price is certainly right at about $0.40 per serving.
- Baskin Robbins makes delicious, albeit sugary, ice cream cakes. “Always a crowd pleaser,” says Anne Marie, the owner of Grove Street Kids.
- Marías Gourmet Pastries in El Sobrante is known for their tres leches cake. On Facebook, one mom says that it's “Great, fresh and always crowded with happy customers!”
- Cupkate, whose goods can be sampled via her truck, can be contracted for batches of cupcakes for a party. See also Love at First Bite for North Berkeley cupcakes.
- Merritt Bakery brags “decorated cakes on short notice”. Another Oakland institution, this Lake Merritt bakery offers shaped cakes (like a hamburger!), toy-decorated cakes, and photo cakes for those who like to eat their own face.
- Teacake with locations in Emeryville and Oakland sells lovely delicious cupcakes with modern vintage designs that will run you about $60 per dozen.
- Ben and Jerry's in Downtown Berkeley allows you to customize a cake online and order it. Or just call the shop and have someone hold your hand through it.
Any other local favorites? Tell us your favorites in the comments below.
[Photo Credit: Anna Azimi]