If you're having a birthday, or a big cake-centered party, there are appealing bakery options around Cambridge and Somerville.
Tialeah likes the cake from Lyndell's. "The yellow cake with buttercream is delicious," she says. "Take a chance with them!"
Finally, for a special-order cake, enhF94 suggests calling the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and arranging something with a second-semester pastry student. "First semester has the skills, but might as well get an extra bit of experience."
Flour Bakery + Café [Central Square]
190 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Lyndell's Bakery [North of Boston]
720 Broadway, Somerville
Lyndell's Bakery [Cambridge]
74 Prospect Street, Cambridge
Quebrada Baking Co. [North of Boston]
208 Massachusetts Avenue, East Arlington
Cambridge School of Culinary Arts [Cambridge]
2020 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge