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Richmond - Cassandra's Cakes & Beyond … really

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Richmond - Cassandra's Cakes & Beyond … really

rworange | Jul 3, 2005 12:24 AM

This bakery answers almost every bakery question I’ve seen on the board and some not yet asked.

One of those questions would be where do you get multi-cultural cake toppings. The entire back wall of the shop has an impressive collection of toppers with a large selection for Afro-Americans. However, it seemed every group was covered and it went beyond just brides and grooms.

As to the other questions, it answers where do you get classic cupcakes, tres leches cakes, red velvet cakes, sweet potato pie, German chocolate cake, strawberry shortcake, peach cobbler, wedding cakes, special occasion cakes, specially designed cakes, and uh, exotic, so to speak, cakes.

They can also make sugar-free and egg-free cakes.

Ah, but the proof is in the pudding, and they make a nice banana pudding. The banana pudding has a few slices of banana, some vanilla wafers and a touch of whipped cream on top.

The quality of the baked goods, to me, seems similar to bakeries like Neldams’s and Victoria bakery. Dependable baked goods, nothing showy. Neldhams has a Danish influence while Cassandra’s has a Southern influence.

So far, the best of this bakery to me is their cake slices. It is classic cake with a thin layer of frosting. Very basic, but somehow very satisfying. Their red velvet cake is on my to try list.

The cupcake was the sort you would get at Neldam’s. The sweet potato pie had too much cloves for my taste. The peach cobbler was more of a bread pudding with canned peaches. Best when heated in the microwave for a minute.

This is the only bakery of its kind in the Richmond area. The closest bakery would be Virginia Bakery in Berkeley. It is on the corner (almost) of MacDonald and 23rd, right across the street from McDonald’s (hmmm, McDonalds on MacDonald).

Anyway, I passed it by because from the outside it looked just like a Latino store for Mexican party and wedding supplies. Also, the word ‘wedding’ in the name made be think it just specialized in wedding cakes. However, it is a regular bakery. I could not get over the difference inside There are some nice pictures of the shop on their website below. The selection isn’t large and changes, it seems depending on the day. The cake slices are always available.

Cassandra's started as a wholesale baker about 18 years ago and started selling retail in 1998. They sell to about 80 area restaurants like Angelo’s Deli. I got familiar with them through Boulevard Fish which sells the cake slices, banana pudding and peach cobbler.

They also have cheesecake and cookies. Also, they will deliver your special event cake.

Their cake list includes:

Sock-it-To Me
Luscious Lemon Supreme
German Chocolate
Pineapple Coconut
Mella Yella
Karamel
Champagne De Cake
Red Velvet
Seven-Up
Chocolate/Chocolate
Chocolate/Buttercream
Carrot

Pies include:

Sweet Potato
Southern Pecan
Peach Cobbler
Apple or Peach

Cassandra's Wedding Cakes & Beyond

321 23rd Street
Richmond, CA 94804

510.232.4616
510.232.0023 (fax)

Hours
Wednesday – Closed
Sunday – By appointment
Saturday - 9 am to 3 pm,
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

In the picture of the bakery in the link below, that whole wall behind the cake display cases is crammed full of cake toppers.

Link: http://www.cassandrascakesandpies.com...

Image: http://www.cassandrascakesandpies.com...

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