Once inside I felt excited and serene. Something about a full, lit patisserie case always makes me feel a little giddy and very happy. Maybe you feel the same way looking at this picture? Be sure to notice the layered cakes on the top of the counter. You can purchase them by the slice. A closeup of the chocolate layer cake is coming soon...
I perused the case and made a few purchases before telling them I was there for a scheduled cake tasting.
I tried so many things that day...
Three kinds of cake: Chocolate, Red Velvet and Vanilla
All three were really good. By good I mean moist, flavorful and held together well. And I'm picky when it comes to cake. I hate when a cake looks prettier than it tastes good. In my opinion it's not an either or endeavor: Wedding cakes, actually make that every cake, should look beautiful and taste great!
Nine kinds of frosting: Mocha, Peanut Butter, Mint, Chocolate, Cream Cheese, Vanilla, Strawberry, Lemon and Coconut
I really enjoyed the lemon, strawberry, chocolate and mocha flavors. The cream cheese was divine! In fact the next morning when I opened the box with the left overs from my tasting, the red velvet/cream cheese was the one I ate first. The other frostings (PB, Mint, Vanilla, and Coconut) tasted good but were a bit too sweet for me.
Certain flavors of frosting are recommended with particular flavors of cake. For instance the chocolate cake is best complemented by the chocolate, mocha and mint frostings. While the vanilla cake pairs best with the lemon, strawberry and coconut buttercreams. The red velvet only pairs with the cream cheese frosting.
Decorated Cakes: All wedding cakes are frosted with buttercream. Cake designs they've created in the past range from matching the cake to the wedding invitation design to once creating a tiered wedding cake decorated with mini-sugar cookies (all the way around the sides of the cake) because the groom loved sugar cookies. So cute!
Lead Time: Lead times range from a minimum of 3 days for simple cakes and 7 days or more for intricate designs. Of course it's always better to give any company as much lead time as possible but nice to know that in a pinch Susiecakes can create a custom design for you. They also have many frosted cakes already made (in the display case) that they can add additional last minute details or writing to for you.
I only had a bite of each...
For the tasting they simply cut the whoopie pie and chocolate chip cookie into quarters. For your wedding day, party or event they make miniature versions so they wouldn't be cut as you see them here.
Cutie Pies with their cupcakes.
Here's that close up of the chocolate layer cake I promised you...
OMP. Oh My Pie. This pie was really good. To be honest I'm not exactly sure what was in it. The name leads me to believe there were raspberries, and I definitely recognized cherries. I ate it 3 times over the next two days and then it was all gone. Did I already say it was really good? Turns out our cat loved it too. (He stole some when I wasn't looking.)
And a yummy Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookie ($4.00) that took me two sittings to finish.
Speaking of which, Happy St. Patrick's Day!
There are several locations throughout California but if you go looking for Susiecakes in San Franciso's Marina District you'll find them on the South side of Chestnut Street between Steiner and Pierce.
My thanks to Michele (the Bakery Manager) for the invitation and to Riley (the Assistant Manager) who fed, educated and entertained me that day. I'm certain the pleasure was all mine!