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Ladyfingers Bakery - Oakland

Krys Stanley | Feb 4, 200511:30 PM

It MUST be a failure on my part to search the Chowhound site correctly.

It couldn’t be possible that there is only one brief mention of this outstanding bakery in Oakland. Gee, I didn’t even jot down any notes as I thought for sure when I got home I would get a lot of information on Chowhound.

I am currently blissing out on a little black plastic cup filled with the freshest tasting strawberry mousse topped with whipped cream and three fresh delicious strawberry halves.

I cut a tiny piece off the butteriest blackberry tart filled with a not too sweet filling that let the simple taste of the blackberries shine. This New England girl says this is one of the best pies she has ever had. Downtown Healdsburg bakery and their apple tarts just lost their top rating in my book and slid to second place.

Also took a little nip of the buttery blueberry upside down cake with generous brown sugar. Maybe this one was a little too sweet for my tastes.

I also sampled my breakfast tomorrow, a three cheese quiche. Hmmm, I’ll have to try more of these to see if I like Bay Breads or this quiche better. Up in the air. Bay Breads does have those wonderful chunks of ham. Will have to try the quiche Lorraine at Ladyfingers before making a decision.

The bakery has all sorts of charlottes surrounded with … ladyfingers. I really am blanking on all the wonderful things covered in chocolate and whipped cream. I thought a bakery of this quality would be so totally covered on Chowhound.

This place at the end of Macarthur has been in business for 25 years. The quality of the baked goods looked stellar. What I’ve sampled so far is great. There was a chocolate cake that looked like it could be a real replacement for my long lost Just Dessert Cake (yes I know they still make it. It is not the same anymore).

Quiche seems to be a specialty with tiny individual quiches and large lovely looking 9 inch quiches. Here is what a flyer from the bakery says

“Our quiche is baked fresh every morning … All quiche is made with a rich egg and cream custard filling …”

Types of quiche include: artichoke hearts, asparagus, bacon, broccoli, black olive, green chile, ham, mushroom, spinach, three cheese, sun dried tomato. Not all types always available. Call ahead to place your order in order to get they variety you would like.

Some types of cake they make which I found on their wedding cake hand out are: almond pound cake, chocolate hazelnut torte, chocolate mousse cake, French chocolate almond cake and cheese cake. Oh yes, I remember the cheesecakes, grand and mini, some with blueberries piled high on top. Then there were the éclairs and cream puffs.

As far as wedding cakes it says that cakes are either iced with Italian meringue, butter cream or cream cheese icing. Cake flavors include coconut, banana, black bottom, butter, carrot, chocolate-chocolate, espresso, La Frambroisse (ivory or chocolate), and lemon.

The black bottom cake must be a specialty of the restaurant as there was a huge sandwich board on the side walk advertising it. They had black bottom cup cakes also. The one Chowhound mention I found was a recommendation for the rum cake.

I was trying to beat traffic coming back from the South Bay and decided to take the back roads going down Macarthur and hooking down to Telegraph. I remember the bakery wasn’t too far from the new Food Mill recently reported because I thought “Well, there it is. That location doesn’t look so bad”.

Anyway, here’s the actual address and phone number. Two tiny tables. Coffee is available. There is a postcard and picture of Angela Lansbury on the wall. Will have to find out more about that, for my own info, next time I drop by. It really doesn’t seem like an easy place to get to. It is on a one way street. Phone number is listed also if you decide to check this place out and get directions.

Ladyfingers Bakery
(510) 428-1822
150 Santa Clara Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

And … if this HASN’T been covered on Chowhound … shame on all of you. Shame on the local press. The strawberry mousse belongs on some top ten, top 125, top something list. I HAVE an excuse for being here for two decades and never finding it. I was located in San Francisco for most of that time.

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