Dear Blackmarket Bakery:
I love you, really I do. Your lime-coconut pastries are the stuff of dreams; your Basque tart is absolutely delicious, and you make the best brioche in Orange County. I love your cakes too, with their tasty fillings. I look forward to visiting your booth at the Irvine Farmers' Market every Saturday.
But you're so expensive. I asked you for a quote on a half-sheet cake -- and the price for it, plain, with buttercream, no frills or whatever, was $82. If I wanted any kind of decoration on it it was going to be $125 or so.
I couldn't believe it. I was so upset. I really wanted a cake from you for my daughter's birthday. We had one last year (a smaller party, and therefore a smaller cake). But I thanked you politely, got in the car, and went to Van's in Garden Grove. A half-sheet cake decorated with fresh fruit and piped flowers and writing was... $50. Their filling choices aren't as varied or as interesting as yours, but for 40% of the cost I think I can learn to live with it.
Believe me, dear Blackmarket Bakery, if I ever need a carved cake à la Charm City Cakes, or some really artistic creation, I will be at your door with a design in mind and a budget to match. I wouldn't trust anything like that to Van's. But when I just need a cake with a little decoration and writing for a 2-year-old's birthday party, I just can't justify the cost.
Sorry. I hope we can still be friends.
Banh Mi & Che Cali Bakery
8948 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA 92683
14346 Brookhurst St, Garden Grove, CA 92843
17941 Sky Park Cir, Irvine, CA
9211 Bolsa Ave # 125, Westminster, CA
13221 Harbor Blvd Garden, Grove, CA
860 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA