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Dessert Wed Jul 15 2009

It's My Party

Last night, I did something that proves that I've lost all sense of adventure and surprise: I bought my own birthday cake--a beautiful one from Sweet Mandy B's, with seashell-shaped frosting around the border. Oooh. So pretty.

All I need is a glass of skim milk and I'll be good to go.

This brought up a question--what the are BEST birthday cakes? Homemade? Bakery made? A package of Dunkin' Stix ate with a cup of coffee?

Please discuss.

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anne / July 15, 2009 10:22 AM

I got a great red velvet birthday cake from Twisted Sister Bakery in Old Town. I needed to pick it up a few days before the party, and it was just as moist as could be even after hanging out in the fridge for a while.

Keri / July 15, 2009 10:43 AM

Cake, it's what's for breakfast. (I wish.) Happy Birthday, Robyn.

I like Dinkel's for the quintessential American birthday cake--the kind you probably wanted as a kid, with lots of sprinkles and fluffy icing.

I like Fox and Obel's bakery department quite a bit, and have ordered wonderful sheet cakes from them for big parties.

And BomBon does beautiful cakes with yummy flavors.

Keri / July 15, 2009 10:44 AM

Good grief, linkage all wonky. But I'm sure you can figure out what goes where. More coffee, please.

Andrew / July 15, 2009 11:46 AM

[Fixed Keri's link wonkiness.]

Jill / July 15, 2009 2:29 PM

If you've got the budget ($$$), a Cakegirls cake tastes divine--and they're fun.

I'm also a fan of House of Fine Chocolates.

Cosmo / July 15, 2009 4:12 PM

Costco has great sheet cakes on a budget but nothing beats Sweet Mandy B's.

Biff / July 16, 2009 11:31 AM

The chocolate banana cake at Bittersweet is the best birthday cake ever!

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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