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altwhitemale Aug 10, 2006 12:37 AM

I'm looking for the perfect chocolate cake for my friend's birthday... Any suggestions chowhounds?

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  1. David Kahn RE: altwhitemale Aug 10, 2006 01:11 AM

    Any geographic constraints?

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      altwhitemale RE: David Kahn Aug 10, 2006 04:54 PM

      I'm willing to travel for the perfect cake but practically speaking I live in Mt. Washington (by South Pasadena) and work in Hollywood so anywhere between or around works for me. Tx!

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        eartha RE: altwhitemale Aug 11, 2006 11:48 PM

        Ruby Bakery, 5042 Eagle Rock Blvd x St. Colorado. 323-259-9052. Pking on ER Blvd in front of store or more behind. My experience has been very good after several different cakes. Fresh fruit cakes is their specialty and they can prepare on short notice(another personal experience)reasonable prices. Many different flavors of cakes and fillings and not too far north from Mt. Wash.

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          socalqtpi RE: altwhitemale Sep 8, 2006 05:09 PM

          We like Takes the Cake on Colorado Bl. in Pasadena (near PCC). Note that they are more of a custom cake shop rather than an already in stock bakery...but the fillings & cake flavors are phenomenal.

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        waterisgood RE: altwhitemale Aug 10, 2006 01:26 AM

        Gelson's for a quick buy. I had their chocolate cake last year at a friend's birthday party and was so surprised that it wasn't homemade. The cake was perfectly moist and not oily and the frosting was not too sweet but just heavenly.

        If you're in the South Bay area or willing to travel that way, I also love the dobash cake at King's Hawaiian in Torrance.

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          altwhitemale RE: waterisgood Aug 10, 2006 04:57 PM

          I was actually considering Gelson's because I have had surprising good luck there when I haven't had time to shop around! I was thinking of getting a basic chocolate cake like the one you've described but now I'm torn between the black & white cake described at la provence. Let you know what I end up with. Tx!

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            Signora RE: waterisgood Sep 8, 2006 03:48 PM

            I echo King's Hawaiian in Torrance. Their fruit flavored layered cakes are excellent. We purchased a sheet cake for my mother's 90th birthday and for about $15 extra, they were able to create a copy of an old photo, when she was 4 years old, on the top of the cake. It was wonderful and the hit of the party.

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            revets2 RE: altwhitemale Aug 10, 2006 07:01 AM

            our absolute chocolate cake is the black & white cake at la provence in beverly hills.

            light chocolate cake with a deep flavor (i think they're using callebaut)with chocolate mousse with strawberries folded in. alternating black and white chocolate panels topped with black and choc curls and b/w choc dipped strawberries. we always get compliments especially from our friends from europe.

            not inexpensive. about the same as sweet lady jane, but much better.

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              altwhitemale RE: revets2 Aug 10, 2006 04:55 PM

              sounds divine!

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              sumo10 RE: altwhitemale Aug 11, 2006 08:54 PM

              My gf got me the ice cream cake at coldstone's, despite it being a chain, everyone commented on how good it was. But I guess ice cream can turn any cake into a popular one.

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                PattiB RE: altwhitemale Aug 11, 2006 08:58 PM

                I reccomend the Rose Cafe in Venice. They do an awesome dark chocolate raspberry cake!

                When I catered some years ago I would serve it a lot and get calls months later from clients saying "I have to have THAT cake" for some occaision.

                They have another dessert that is layered hazelenut meringue with lemon filling between the layers. Unusual, really, really good.

                http://rosecafe.com/
                220 Rose Ave.
                Venice, CA 90291
                Corner of Main St. & Rose Ave.
                310.399.0711
                310.392.4191
                310.396.2660 (Fax)

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                  Food Good RE: altwhitemale Aug 11, 2006 09:43 PM

                  Susina has the best cakes I've ever had, here are a few from the menu http://www.susinabakery.com/index.shtml:

                  Berry Blossom - Three layers of vanilla sponge cake brushed with orange liqueur; filled with white chocolate mousse and fresh berries. Decorated with crumbled meringue.

                  Bear - Chocolate Devil’s Food cake layered with white chocolate mousse anda hint of Italian rum, chocolate mousse with milk chocolate chunks. Covered with milk chocolate and white chocolate shavings.

                  The Americano - Chocolate sponge cake brushed with espresso liqueur; filled with chocolate mousse and coffee whipped cream, covered in white and dark chocolate marbled curls.

                  Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Cake - Three layers of chocolate Devil's Food cake. Filled with creamy peanut butter mousse;banded with chopped peanuts and topped with chocolate mirror glaze andchocolate leaves.

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                    grub1 RE: altwhitemale Aug 11, 2006 11:04 PM

                    Sweet Lady Jane is pricey but always a good one....

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                      TracyS RE: altwhitemale Aug 11, 2006 11:31 PM

                      My friends and I are very partial to the Brown Derby cake from Junior's Bakery in West LA/Westwood. It's a chocolate cake with strawberries and bananas that is not overly sweet or rich.

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                        Oishi_ne RE: altwhitemale Aug 12, 2006 12:55 AM

                        I love cakes from Perfectly Sweet. I usually get their flourless chocolate cake or their black and white chocolate mousse cakes.
                        I love anything from that bakery.

                        You can also get their cakes at any Wholefoods if you don't want to drive all the way to Alhambra.

                        26 W. Main St., Alhambra; (626) 282-9400.
                        Open daily 7 a.m.–10 p.m.
                        Individual cakes and tarts, $3.50–$4; candies, $19.50 a dozen; larger cakes and pies, $12.50–$40.

                        http://www.laweekly.com/eat+drink/din...

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