Just until a few years ago, I didn't know what a princess cake was. Honestly, I don't recall seeing them much in Japan or in any of the (hick-ville) US cities I've lived in the past. Now, I can say with confidence that I know what a princess cake is all about thanks to my very epicurean friend, Melissa, who hosted an absolutely lovely afternoon of princess cake tasting last weekend.
Each of us brought several slices of princess cakes from bakeries all over the Bay Area, and we ended up with quite a showing! Melissa secured a nice sunny spot to sit in the Golden Gate Park along with a cool, shadey bench to line all our cakes. Let me tell you - we had quite a variety!! That was a LOT of princess cakes to go through!!! Here's an alphabetical listing of which bakeries were represented: Ambrosia, Cakery, Copenhagen, Delange, Primrose, Schbert, Swedish, and Victoria. Unfortunately, I don't know anything else about any of these bakeries (except that Primrose is in Pleasanton, CA - that's the one I brought!), but I'm sure a quick Google search would provide anyone interested with any of the details...
This is the slice of Primrose Princess Cake that we brought from our happy East Bay/Tri-Valley corner... My first choice was Tortabella, but unfortunately, they didn't have princess cakes that day... Tortabella is my favorite bakery around here, and I'll be posting more about them very soon. I think they are just as good as - if not better than - many of the famous bakeries in Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco.
Anyway, I am digressing. This is what my task looked like:
Check back tomorrow to find out who's cake I liked the most and why!