Restaurant Reviews

Victoria Bakery & Cafe

February 3, 2015
The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:

Waste of Ingredients.
Not worth the money or the calories, really disappointed.
Hours
Mon 7 am – 5 pm
Tues – Sat 7 am – 7 pm
Sun  8 am – 5 pm

The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:

I was so excited to try Victoria Bakery because it is close to my house. They are only open until 7 p.m., so on Friday I rushed over and made it at 6:50 p.m. There was still quite a large selection (that should have been my first clue haha) and they were happy to help, even though the store was about to close. Everything looked good, portions were larger than most bakeries and a lady who was there to pick up a cake was singing their praises, so I felt really confident.

What I ate:

  • Bread pudding ($5.85)
  • Fedora cake ($5.75)
  • Napoleon ($5.25)

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Thoughts?

I asked the girl for her recommendations and she shared that the Fedora is her favorite. I took her suggestion and ordered that as well as the napoleon (not only do I love napoleons, but the name card also said it was one of their most popular) and since I felt I needed a third one, she recommended the chocolate bread pudding. I was so excited about my treats that I quickly told my boyfriend about them and we indulged. One after the other, we were let down and by the end I was bummed that I had paid $17 for pure disappointment.

The napoleon was the best of the three, but the pastry part was soggy, stale and not flaky at all. The cream tasted good but the top killed it. There was a thick layer of super sweet glaze that made it almost inedible. Even with the top layer removed, this napoleon was not what dreams are made of.

The bread pudding was the second most tolerable. The consistency was okay, I recommend that you warm it up before serving (the lady said in the microwave for 30 seconds), if not it is hard and chewy. There isn’t much to say about the bread pudding, it is just tasteless. The flavors are bland and underwhelming.

The worst was the fedora. My boyfriend was most disappointed since he likes chocolate so much. I think he described it perfectly when he called the frosting buttery. You know that cheap cream/frosting that gives your mouth that slick feeling followed by a gross aftertaste… that’s exactly what this was. The chocolate was not at all “chocolatey” and the frosting was thick and unpalatable.

In their defense, I only had three desserts. If you know of something I should try that will really change my mind, I am open to suggestions, but I don’t think I will be going back anytime soon.

If you find yourself in need of a cake in Larkspur, do yourself a favor and head to Rulli’s (review coming soon).

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