I got into the thread on dessert way down this page, and thought it might be easier to move it into it's own space--especially since, like Ruth, I love a good Princess Cake, and marzipan. I'd have a tough time if I had to choose between Stella's Sacripantina and Bijan's Princess Cake.
My mom (who normally hates marzipan) fell in love with the Princess Cake a friend brought from Bijan Bakery, a Perian-owned pastry shop in San Jose. At her instigation, we tried the Princess cakes at both Copenhagen and The Cakery on Burlingame Avenue (instead of lunch). They were both decent, but not nearly as good as Bijan's. So we immediately drove down Hwy280 20 miles or so to get a whole Bijan Princess Cake. Bijan's is particularly good because the texture and thickness of each of the various components, i.e., marzipan, spongecake, custard cream, whipped cream, and raspberry jam, is so well-balanced and complementary to all the other elements. Slices beautifully, too.
Bijan Bakery, tel. (408)2474888, is on Saratoga Avenue in San Jose, in a strip mall just off the exit, on the east side of 280. Another good thing are the Iranian roasted pistachios.