When I lived in SF Destination Bakery on Chenery made -- and filled with chocolate cream -- a fabulous vanilla butter cake that I cut and frosted myself for a birthday cake. Noe Valley Bakery also had good pricing and tasty cake as a backup.
I have no idea where to start looking for an alternative in Oakland/Berkeley/Emeryville and would really appreciate any suggestions for a source of a good butter cake. I'd like something made with actual butter, sugar, etc., i.e. the good stuff I would use myself to bake at home. (Never mind that I'm going to coat it in a heinous commercial fondant.) I already asked La Farine and they don't do unfinished cakes.
Destination Baking Co
598 Chenery St, San Francisco, CA 94131
Noe Valley Bakery & Bread Co
4073 24th St, San Francisco, CA
6323 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618