Why is it I never heard of this cake ?????

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2014/04/15 19:03:31 (permalink)

Why is it I never heard of this cake ?????

Why  Don't I know about this cake ? Why Hasn't L2B tried to make it ??? Why hasn't Lisa shipped everyone on roadfood a slice???  
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Sometimes, we find something so delicious that even though we want to keep it all to ourselves, we feel it's our duty to share it with you. This is one of those times. So behold, without any affiliation or advertising ties, the newest food we're excited to share with you:
Living in New York City, we have had the opportunity to eat some really good food. Between the epic chocolate chip cookies from Levain Bakery on the Upper West Side and the famed kouign amann from Dominique Ansel's famed bakery, our delicious sugar daze made us foolish enough to think that we have eaten the best desserts this country has to offer.
But then we got our hands on a cake from Prantl's Bakery in Pittsburgh and we realized that we couldn't be more wrong. No cake made in any of the five boroughs of New York holds a candle to Prantl's amazing burnt almond torte. It is probably theBEST cake America has to offer. (And yes, we know there are a lot of great cakes out there.) Just take a look at this beauty:

Prantl's burnt almond cake isn't impressive in height. It's not made out of chocolate(which is usually a must). And it isn't trying to push the limits of pastry and redefine what cakes are. It is just a damn good cake -- and taking a bite out of one is like reaching into the sky and stuffing a cloud into your mouth.
To say that the burnt almond torte is light and airy doesn't even begin to describe the texture of this cake. It is beyond that. This cake is so airy it tastes like the idea of a cake, one that can only be tasted in the best of dreams.
Only it does exist in real life -- in Pittsburgh, PA, to be exact-- and it is frosted with the lightest of buttercreams (of course) and then dressed in candied toasted almonds. The contrast of the sugared almond slivers and the cloud-like cake is EVERYTHING. Oh, and did we mention the thin layer of custard in the middle and the large flakes of sugar on top? This is the kind of cake that will have you belly up to the kitchen counter, forgoing the civility of plates and diving in fingers first. 

When Bon Appetit named Pittsburgh the best new food city of 2014, they couldn't have been more right. Only it's not because of the surge of hot new restaurants opening up. No, it's because cakes like this are made there -- and it's time people know about them. If a trip to Pittsburgh is not in the near future, you can still get your hands on this cake because, lucky for you, they deliver.
Here's one more look, just because.

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    Michael Hoffman
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    Re:Why is it I never heard of this cake ????? 2014/04/15 19:16:55 (permalink)
    Well, it has nuts. That means it is inedible.
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    Re:Why is it I never heard of this cake ????? 2014/04/15 19:27:43 (permalink)
    Well, us Yinzers have certain secrets that we prefer to remain in the Steel City.  It's bad enough that everyone knows about Primanti Bros. sandwiches and Wholey's fish sandwiches, and pirogies and catfish caught in the Allegheny.  Now you all want us to share our Burnt Almond Torte? I don't think so! 
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    Re:Why is it I never heard of this cake ????? 2014/04/15 21:11:29 (permalink)
    Michael Hoffman

    Well, it has nuts. That means it is inedible.

    Agreed, 100%. YMMV.
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    Re:Why is it I never heard of this cake ????? 2014/04/15 21:15:20 (permalink)
    lleechef
    Well, us Yinzers have certain secrets that we prefer to remain in the Steel City.  It's bad enough that everyone knows about Primanti Bros. sandwiches and Wholey's fish sandwiches, and pirogies and catfish caught in the Allegheny.  Now you all want us to share our Burnt Almond Torte? I don't think so! 

    Don't let 'em know about the Friday Night Fish Fry's at the local churches, Moose, Eagles, Elks and VFW, American Legion Clubs either!
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    Re:Why is it I never heard of this cake ????? 2014/04/16 03:25:45 (permalink)
    There is another unbelievably delicious burnt almond cake at Dick's Bakery in San Jose.  http://www.yelp.com/biz/d.ks-bakery-san-jose  It's legendary in these parts.
     
    I've not tried to recreate it, but I've certainly thought about it!
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    Re:Why is it I never heard of this cake ????? 2014/04/16 08:29:01 (permalink)
    I checked to see what the cost is to ship a Burnt Almond cake from  Prantl's Bakery. The cost for the cake is $28 and $100 for next day shipping.
     
    L2B, lucky you have quality bakeries in your area.
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    Re:Why is it I never heard of this cake ????? 2014/04/16 11:15:18 (permalink)
    Bill
    Save up your pennies.  Their next ship date is 5/25!  I'll be in the Burgh May 6,7,8 for a Pirates game on the 7th.  I'll bring one back to Columbus and you can come get it. 
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    Re:Why is it I never heard of this cake ????? 2014/04/16 11:26:01 (permalink)
    Actually, she'll be there for a Giants game against some team from Pittsburgh.
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    Re:Why is it I never heard of this cake ????? 2014/04/18 17:25:55 (permalink)
    love2bake

    There is another unbelievably delicious burnt almond cake at Dick's Bakery in San Jose.  http://www.yelp.com/biz/d.ks-bakery-san-jose  It's legendary in these parts.

    I've not tried to recreate it, but I've certainly thought about it!

    I can do San Jose! Definitely going to check out this spot. 
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    Re:Why is it I never heard of this cake ????? 2014/04/18 17:57:43 (permalink)
    I just ordered a Burnt Almond Torte for pick-up May 8.   
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    Re:Why is it I never heard of this cake ????? 2014/04/18 20:51:03 (permalink)
    PNWChef,
     
    Just go down to one of my favorite places, Novak's in Albany, OR and try a few of their cakes. You'll forget about PA!
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    Re:Why is it I never heard of this cake ????? 2014/04/19 09:05:43 (permalink)

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    Re:Why is it I never heard of this cake ????? 2014/04/19 11:22:30 (permalink)
    The burnt almond tortes from Prantl's Bakery are incredibly good.  I am no fan of nuts, but love this.  It is definitely on the sweet side, not cloyingly so.  Lisa, you are going to love it!
     
    BTW, us yinzers around here haven't been trying too hard to keep this bakery a secret.  Ralph and Lori wrote an excellent review of the place
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    Re:Why is it I never heard of this cake ????? 2014/04/19 12:15:10 (permalink)
    To tell the truth, I never heard of Prantl's Bakery and did not see Ralph and Lori's review.  I tend to skip over stuff that has to do with bakeries and desserts because, with the exception of pie at Henry's I don't like sweets.  I'll have to start paying closer attention!!!! 
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    Re:Why is it I never heard of this cake ????? 2014/04/21 08:08:01 (permalink)
    Lisa, I hope you don't think that was a shot at you because it wasn't my intent.  I would have never thought to have reviewed Prantl's for Roadfood, but it most certainly is deserved of the review.  Kudos to Ralph and Lori!
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