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BearCity Oct 28, 2006 12:34 AM

My wife's birthday is coming up next weekend, and I'd love to hear some rec's of a cake that would knock her socks off. I'd particularly love to hear about fantastic carrot cake, but anything is fair game if it's truly a special experience. I'm willing to drive wherever.

Your opinion is appreciated.

Thanks, hounds!

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    xica14 Oct 28, 2006 12:37 AM

    Try the carrot cake at Portos

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      ostudio Oct 28, 2006 12:57 AM

      Bear cake at Susina's on Beverly Blvd.
      Chocolate layered cake with whipcream and exterior covered in chocolate shavings.

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        writergirl Oct 28, 2006 01:58 AM

        Please, if my husband ever posts this question, no one encourage him to bake!

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          Francesca Oct 28, 2006 02:35 AM

          Just had carrot cake from Costco for a birthday party this week. It was excellent.

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            Ingrid Ingrid Oct 28, 2006 03:02 AM

            I once had a triple layer chocolate birthday cake ordered from Europane in Pasadena. It was delicious - moist, not too sweet and made with excellent quality chocolate. It was a very adult cake.

            1. russkar Oct 28, 2006 04:03 AM

              LTEC(Let them eat cake)in Costa Mesa(across from the OC fair grounds).
              The Winner of the Food Network Cake Championship-10,000.
              Bet the Farm, nothing is better. Kar won't eat anything else!

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                cheesegirl27 Oct 28, 2006 04:33 AM

                Fantasy Frostings - amazing. The marble with bananas and the chocolate with toffee are out of this world!

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                  Frank_Santa_Monica Oct 28, 2006 07:31 AM

                  Fantasy Frostings is a good idea if you've got a lot of time and money. Only thing is you have to call her and see if she has time. Then you have to drive all the way down there and pick it up (she may not be around on weekends). She will make a carrot cake-- everything from scratch, using excellent ingredients. It'll run you about $150 or so. Best part about this cake is that it will just breathtakingly gorgeous. Like, I'd want my wedding cake done by them.

                  Jin in Venice also does custom cakes. I think she is a bit more available.

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                  BearCity Oct 30, 2006 02:07 AM

                  Thanks for the input, everybody. I'm going to try and get around to taste a few before ordering.

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                    pmcdonald Oct 30, 2006 02:59 AM

                    Get the carrot cake from Portos Bakery in Glendale or North Hollywood.... Actually you can't go wrong with any cake you get from there.

                    1. amandine Oct 30, 2006 03:26 AM

                      At Sweet Lady Jane on Melrose, I once had a slice of chocolate cake layered with whipped cream and fresh strawberries, and covered in dark chocolate ganache. It was the most heavenly piece of cake I have had in my life. Perfection.

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                        AquaW Oct 30, 2006 09:06 AM

                        Sweet Lady Jane & Susina's are both good ideas -- for lighter and less sweet, try Mousse Fantasy on Sawtelle or Cafe Vanille in San Marino/San Gabriel area.

                        And I agree that home baking is nice (and would be amazing) if you know how -- and that some others should not be allowed near the oven.

                        -AquaW
                        http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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                          amandine Oct 31, 2006 12:50 AM

                          ooh, is Cafe Vanille good? what do you recommend? my parents live in San Marino and I see that place pretty often but never bothered to try... the bakery that was there before (Opus) kind of resembled it and wasn't very good or unique.

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                            AquaW Oct 31, 2006 04:08 AM

                            In general I'd say Cafe Vanille's cakes are pretty good - but it honestly can be a bit of hit and miss since they have so many different variety. So I'd definitely suggest buying their individual cakes first (or go for their afternoon tea, which is about 6 bite-sized pieces of cakes) before committing a whole cake order.

                            ~AquaW
                            http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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                          nikinaka Oct 30, 2006 11:02 PM

                          i LOVE creative cakery. i only know of the one in los alamitos (orange county), but it looks like they have expanded:

                          http://www.creativecakery.com/locatio...

                          the carrot cake is divine! the cakes come in bundt form with fabulous ribbon decoration tops..see the site for more details and good luck!

                          1. ozzygee Oct 30, 2006 11:35 PM

                            Cakewalk
                            1326 E. 1st Street
                            Los Angeles, CA 90026
                            (323) 261-0852

                            http://cakewalkbakery.net/desserts.html

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                              olivethegreat Oct 31, 2006 04:54 AM

                              if you order ahead at pavilions you can get a cake similar to the sweet lady jane three berry cake for a song. just order the white cake with whipped cream frosting and a layer of fresh berries. it's surprisingly good and baked to order.

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                                kproq323 Oct 31, 2006 05:11 AM

                                Cake Divas has one of the best Carrot Cakes, hands down. They will also do a fabulous job with decoration. Check out their website.

                                www.cakedivas.com

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                                  BearCity Oct 31, 2006 10:15 PM

                                  Thanks again, everybody. Lots of good info. here.

                                  Had a pre-tasting of the Porto's carrot cake today. It's pretty outstanding. Love the texture of the cake, and that they understand that it's a carrot cake, not a spice cake. (Seriously, if you like Costco carrot cake, you should try actual carrot cake sometime. You'll love it.) Portos=moist, dense, delicious. The pineapple is terrific. The frosting is good. I would have been thrilled with it if it hadn't been chased by a red velvet cupcake from Yummy Cupcakes, just down the road on Magnolia Blvd. Their cream cheese frosting was a bit better than Porto's. However, they describe their carrot cake as a spice cake with carrots, and it's special-order (no tasting), so no help there.

                                  Yummy Cupcakes is a great place, though. The red velvet was terrific. Someone brought cupcakes to a function I was at last night, and I had a caramel apple cupcake. That was amazing.

                                  Incidentally, I also tried potato ball and guava cheese pastry at Porto's. They're good, but the carrot cake is better.

                                  1. tokyoastrogirl Oct 31, 2006 10:37 PM

                                    I love the cakes at Susina. Not too sweet, not overly dense and so delicious. I always order them for birthdays at work- they even deliver, which is great. I particularly love the Berry cake- light white cake with white chocolate mousse and seasonal berries, garnished with white chocolate shavings. Yum.

                                    Tuna Toast: http://tokyoastrogirl.blogspot.com/

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                                      cleandaisy Nov 1, 2006 05:19 AM

                                      Try sweetcake in East Holywood...fantastic

                                      www.sweetcake.com

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