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Palo Alto's beloved Prolific Oven is back with home baking kits

Uploaded: May 1, 2020
If you've been mourning the loss of The Prolific Oven's chocolate rum cake since the 39-year-old Palo Alto bakery closed last summer, despair no longer.

The bakery launched last week home baking kits, providing customers with all the ingredients and instructions to recreate its popular baked goods in their own kitchens.

The Prolific Oven, which closed in 2019, is back with home baking kits available for pickup and delivery. Photo via The Prolific Oven Facebook.

"One wonderful thing we are seeing since shelter in place is the dramatic increase in baking at home,” the owners wrote in an email announcement. "While it brings us great joy to see your baked goods on Instagram, it did make us miss baking, and miss being a part of your lives incredibly. That's why we are so, so excited to announce baking kits we'll be putting together to help each other get through these difficult times."

The first kits, for Prolific Oven's chocolate cake with chocolate icing and chocolate chip cookies, quickly sold out. The bakery plans to replenish for next week, in time for Mother's Day on May 10, with additional kits to make either rum or mocha cream cheese icing for the chocolate cake, said Regina Chan. Chan's parents, Henry and Sophia Chan, bought The Prolific Oven at 550 Waverley St. from Harriet Spier in 1996. The family closed the longtime bakery last August, citing a "severe" labor shortage and increasing cost of doing business in the Bay Area.

Regina Chan with a slice of chocolate cake in the original Prolific Oven location in downtown Palo Alto. Photo by Veronica Weber.

The baking kits will be available for pickup from the bakery's former Sunnyvale location (which now houses Chan's restaurant, TAP'T Beer & Kitchen) or can be delivered locally for orders more than $50. (For Mother's Day orders, pickup is available on May 7.) If there's more demand, they plan to expand pickup and delivery capacity, and will consider potentially shipping the kits.

For more information and to order the baking kits, go to The website and Prolific Oven's Facebook will be updated when new kits go live.
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Posted by Thanks for the memories, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on May 1, 2020 at 7:01 pm

Chocolate on chocolate, please!

Love you guys!

Posted by Reader, a resident of another community,
on May 2, 2020 at 11:36 am

I can't cook anything to save my life�"hopeless! Ms Chan, any chance I could special order a baked German Chocolate Cake from you? ( I've just subscribed to your news feed.)

Palo Alto Weekly, thank you so much for this update! I miss the Prolific Oven dearly.

Posted by reviews, a resident of Barron Park,
on May 4, 2020 at 6:54 am

Who has ordered, baked and tasted? Is it even as nearly good as the original from the bakery?
$60 is a lot for a cake kit.

Thanks - look forward to your reviews

Posted by Andrea J, a resident of Menlo Park,
on May 4, 2020 at 11:51 am

Andrea J is a registered user.

Interesting idea, but the chocolate layer cake kit ($36, frosting additional) requires you to have two 10-inch round cake pans. If you didn't bake a lot, you would be unlikely to own these, and if you did, then you would have flour, sugar, and eggs on hand already. Basically, you would be paying for the recipe.

Posted by Cake Lover , a resident of Community Center,
on May 4, 2020 at 2:42 pm

Please Ms Chan, just start baking cakes again! Curbside pickup of a cake, pre-orders - win-win!!

Posted by Cake Lover , a resident of Community Center,
on May 4, 2020 at 2:42 pm

Please Ms Chan, just start baking cakes again! Curbside pickup of a cake, pre-orders - win-win!!

Posted by DickD, a resident of Crescent Park,
on May 4, 2020 at 10:08 pm

Any plans or CARROT cake ???

Posted by Lily, a resident of another community,
on May 8, 2020 at 4:16 pm

Lily is a registered user.

Carrot cake please. Also, for over 20 years we had your Cream Cheese Panetone Christmas morning. It would wonderful if you would make a home kit for it to brighten our Christmas morning again.
thank you, Lily

Posted by Old PA Resident, a resident of Old Palo Alto,
on May 11, 2020 at 12:33 pm

Old PA Resident is a registered user.

Dear Ms Chan,

You made my day! Prolific Oven lives on! I do hope you will add a few types of cakes to your list, double chocolate doesn't do it for me, but Carrot Cake! Oh my! Nobody does carrot cake like Prolific Oven. And yes, I'm willing to buy and grate my own fresh carrots!

Posted by Bill Glazier, a resident of Old Palo Alto,
on May 13, 2020 at 7:54 pm

Bill Glazier is a registered user.

I bought the double chocolate cake mix and the rum cream cheese frosting just before Mother's Day.. $54. Made it myself. Bottom line - this was the best home made cake I ever had! Prolific Oven is very good, but when the cake is fresh out of the oven - it was fabulous. Quite expensive - though. A 10 inch version fo the cake from Prolific Oven would have probably been the same price, and since I baked it myself, I got a much fresher product! I will defintely do this again.

Posted by, a resident of ,
on May 14, 2020 at 6:55 pm is a registered user.

thank you for letting us know. I have SOOOO missed their chocolate chocolate cake

Posted by Carolyn, a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive,
on May 27, 2020 at 5:10 pm

Carolyn is a registered user.

For at least 30 years, every birthday in our family has included the incomparable Prolific Oven Lemon Poppyseed Cake. Is there any chance we could convince Ms. Chan to make a kit for that one? My husband's birthday is coming up in July and it would be wonderful to surprise him with that very special cake.

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