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Having lived in both the East Bay and Santa Cruz county, let me reccomend Neldam's for the cake. Neldam's has always made a really high quality light and "raggy" textured cake for a very low price. The chocolate with whipped cream frosting and chocolate shavings is unbeatable in its price range. Merritt is similar, but not nearly as good ( not to say I don't LOVE them for old style coffee shop ambience.)
Gayle's is more reasonable than you'd think. Just check out their website-a sheet would still fit in the budget. The Buttery is always OK and very reasonable.
I gotta say- our pies were a smash hit. Everyone was surprised and pleased.