I had cake and ate it, too.— a totally subjective tasting with gleanings from the SF threads.
Photo clockwise from back:
-Karina's in Petaluma
small 8" round $9 - dry, yellow cake with shortening-based frosting, not tasty. We mashed it in a bowl of cold milk to finish it.
-Sweetheart on 24th Street btw Harrison & Alabama (pandan green)
1/4 sheet cake $40 - spongy and light - but, very dry. I did not like this one; no second bite.
-Lelenita's - 3743 Mission Street 1/2 sheet cake serves 30 - $70 - I like the heavy texture of this cake layered with fresh strawberries and whipped cream; like Goldilocks - I ate it all.
Jocelyn Bakery at the corner of 20th Street and Lexington. $1.25 for a slice of good, plain, simple cake. no frosting. I would buy this one for a snack cake to eat walking down the street. not a party cake. I liked this best with a cup of coffee, sitting in the late afternoon sun.
Tastes too sweet for me: I would not purchase any of these...
Safeway (at the Marina) - milk-soaked sweetness (DH's fave - doh)
Delessio at Market/ Gough - individual serving pre-cut - looks pretty with the meringue, this was direct from the freezer at store's opening hour... thawed by the time it was tasted
Delessio at Oak/Broderick - self-serve scoops from 9 x 13- inch cake pan - not a pretty sight at the end of the afternoon
Sweet Things Bakery (Cal-Mart at Laurel Village)
$3.75 for coconut tres leches - tiny serving, too sweet, artificial-flavored coconut - this borders on terrible.