Based soley on the raves of princess cake on Chowhound and hound Caryl's recommendation of Schubert's Bakery in San Francisco, I ordered a princess cake, sight unseen. Princess cake, for those not in the royalty circle, is a white cake layered with raspberry filling and whipped cream. The outside of the cake is enrobed with marzipan.
I got to Schubert's and peered into the bakery case. Lovely, elegant, European style cakes. No garish green and orange frosting or sprinkles. Most of the cakes were labeled, while a few were not. There was one cake that made me catch my breath with admiration. A simple, understated ivory coating. The only decorations were slender chocolate loops around the edge of the top, punctuated every 1.5 inches with a deep pink gem like circles. Oh well, it's probably the "stawberry cheesecake" and the label got pushed over. Wonder where is the princess cake.
The friendly counter woman comes over. I ask about the princess cake. Ask and you shall receive. It is the cake I've been mesmerized by. The other cakes Schubert bakes include mango mousse (most popular seller), strawberry cheesecake, and tiramisu. In addition, Schubert's sells pies, pastries and cookies.
After dinner, everyone gazes at the princess cake and I cut it with a surgeon's concentration into 6 pieces. Beauty may be only skin deep in people, but not so with the princess cake. It's a subtle, refined blend of flavors that's fleetingly ethereal. It's neither lead heavy nor cloyingly sweet. What a discovery!
Coming back to earth, note that Schubert's is open DAILY. Many bakeries are closed Sunday or Monday, or both. Would you buy a cake on Saturday to serve on Monday? Shame on you if you would. You can always get a freshly baked cake at Schubert's. Make sure you call in to reserve your cake. For certain cakes, like the mango mousse, you can specify what kind of design you would like on the exterior (waves or squares), or if you desire any writing on the top.
Schubert's prices are very reasonable. Just imagine yourself blancing and grinding those almonds, then pounding them with sugar into a velvety paste. This is just the sort of undertaking to leave to the experts. A 6 inch cake serves 6 people that consider their portion neither a sliver nor half the cake and costs $15. Citizen Cake would charge $6-8 per slice.
Thanks Caryl and Pia for this moment of royalty!
415 752 1580
521 Clement Street (6th Ave.)