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Larson's Bakery Rum Torte

Subject: Larsen's Bakery
From: Debbie
Date: 9/3/2019, 7:58 PM

On 9/3/2019 4:32 PM, Debbie wrote:

Hi there! When I was a kid growing up in Albany, California, we would go to Larsen's Bakery 
or maybe it was spelled Larson, not sure. They were there from as early as I can remember 
from the early 60's til the mid 70's. They made a rum torte. The cake was chocolate with a 
biscuit bottom and had a rum buttercream frosting with raspberry jam between the chocolate 
cake and buttercream with chocolate shavings on the sides. They also made the best petit 
fours. Thanks for any help you can give.


Hi Debbie,

I searched everywhere and every way that I can think of, but I cannot find any mention of a "Larsen's Bakery" or a "Larson's Bakery" in Albany, California. However, Albany closely adjoins Berkeley and some streets run through both cities, so I thought Larson's Bakery might have had a Berkeley address. I found verification of this immediately here:

East Bay Times

There is a request on that page from 2008 that is almost identical to yours, but gives the address of Larsen's Bakery as Solano Avenue in Berkeley. See:

Judy Abel of Albany is looking for the recipe for the Chocolate Rum Torte that used to be sold at Larsonís Bakery on Solano Avenue in Berkeley. She says it was approximately 1960 to 1970. 'It had walnuts in it and shaved chocolate on top,' she says. 'I also think there was a crumb crust of some sort. It was delicious!'

Sadly, Judy was not rewarded with a recipe, or even a response, as far as I can tell. I searched for a torte recipe or any recipes from Larson's Bakery in Berkeley, but with no success.

I will post this for reader input.


You are correct. I dug out my map and it was in Berkeley. Thank you for trying. I donít 
remember nuts being in the cake but it was amazing! Gonna have to try experimenting here. 
Love the quick reply, a nice surprise!!


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