Best Cake - 2008
Yasukochi's Sweet Stop
Longtime San Franciscans know that Yasukochi's Sweet Stop, a tiny bakery inside the Super Mira Market in Japantown, offers a cake that is said to duplicate the famous Coffee Crunch, one of the specialties of the vanished long-ago bakery-restaurant Blum's. Sold in single slices ($2.95) or as a towering whole cake ($25), the yellow cake layered with whipped cream and topped with crunchy coffee-flavored morsels is airier than the confection we remember — and it's also absolutely divine. If the coffee crunch is sold out (and it often is), you can't go wrong with the tangy, bright lemon crunch or the jelly-roll-like chocolate cakes filled with plain whipped cream or fresh strawberry whipped cream. Special orders don't upset them (they do a brisk business in birthday cakes). And the housemade coffee crunches are sold in small packages, if you want to attempt a Coffee Crunch on your own.