Best of Boston

1997 Best Cake, Birthday

Alden Merrell

Alden Merrell’s chocolate-fudge layer cake, topped with a velvety sour-cream frosting, is so rich and delicious, you’ll actually look forward to your birthday. For something a little different, try the carrot cake, spiced just right and slathered in cream-cheese icing.

1361 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-735-5573,