This bakery answers almost every bakery question Ive 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 Neldamss and Victoria bakery. Dependable baked goods, nothing showy. Neldhams has a Danish influence while Cassandras 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 Neldams. 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 McDonalds (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 isnt 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 Angelos 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:
Luscious Lemon Supreme
Champagne De Cake
Apple or Peach
Cassandra's Wedding Cakes & Beyond
321 23rd Street
Richmond, CA 94804
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.