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Best chocolate cake in L.A.?

gremly girl Dec 2, 2006 09:26 PM

I need to buy the world's yummiest chocolate cake for a birthday this week. The Old Fashioned Chocolate at Sweet Lady Jane's has never failed me, but I'm curious to know what other people suggest. Thanks!

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    eartha Dec 3, 2006 02:26 AM

    Costco has two chocolate cakes to choose from; one is 14.95 I think and is a very large two layer decadent looking oh so very chocolate cake and another that looks and smells delicious for 6.95. Haven't tried either but seldom disappointed by Costco's baked goods.

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      Leon Dec 3, 2006 02:55 AM

      It's good to find a good one so I stick to my top two: Urth Caffe and Gelson's!!!!! Both are really good and moist.

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        jniceyw Dec 4, 2006 01:28 AM

        Gelson's really? Wow! Does this include the chocolate cupcakes? Is there a special name for the cake at Gelson's?

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          Emme Dec 4, 2006 10:04 AM

          Chocolate Parisian at Gelson's is really good.

      2. Skorgirl Dec 3, 2006 02:55 AM

        Though I have not sampled it personally, my co-worker swears by Susina Bakery's Bear Cake. She's brought it to multiple events and it's always a hit. Check out their online menu at:

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          Wes Dec 3, 2006 05:10 AM

          The black forest chocolate cake from the El Segundo Bakery.

          The location is left out as an excersise for the reader.

          1. sku Dec 3, 2006 05:37 AM

            I've searched near and far and haven't found much better than SLJ's Old Fashioned Chocolate. The dark chocolate cupcakes at Leda's are fantastic and they will make full sized cakes for you.

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              Feed_me Dec 3, 2006 05:57 AM

              If it's something important, I like to get a cake from Caprice in Santa Monica. The chef Jean-Louis is really into it and seems to get a great kick out of putting on your inscription. He's from France and his pastries seem to have that French touch. They are located across the street from the Trader Joe's on Pico near the 405 freeway (Centinela offramp). The place doesn't exactly look like a bakery/pastry place, but they have a mannequin of a French chef they put out front. I think a lot of his business is supplying high end restaurants with nice pastries. Your enquiry inspired me to become a member, thanks!

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                gremly girl Dec 3, 2006 02:52 PM

                Thanks everyone for some great suggestions!

                1. JAB Dec 3, 2006 03:20 PM

                  For a non-gourmet type of cake, Costo's chocolate cakes are quite good. The sheet cakes have a butter cream frosting and the round cakes have a more fudge like frosting.

                  Also in this category, the chocolate cake at Portillo's in Buena Park is very good as well.

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                    scoot Dec 3, 2006 04:20 PM

                    Al Gelato has moist, delicious, consistently excellent chocolate cake with white icing. They make it in-house.

                    Al Gelato is on Robertson in between Olympic and Wilshire.

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                      pasadena_girl Dec 3, 2006 04:40 PM

                      My favorite (and I have searched) is the Old Fashion at Patticakes which is in Altadena, just north of Pasadena http://www.patticakesdesserts.com/des... I got the Bear from Susina not too long ago, but I prefer the one from Patticakes. It is personal preference -- I like straight up chocolate cake and a lot of places' cakes (like Susina's Bear) have a lot going on. The Old Fashion at Patticakes does have a little white mousse in the center, but you can take it or leave it as it is not all layered in. Patticakes is a really good bakery and a cute place to eat-in, but call ahead for hours as it is not open all the time.

                      1. Rodeline Dec 3, 2006 07:34 PM

                        The mother-load cake from Claim Jumper's is a total hit for any crowd. It comes in a three($24) or six layer version($48). All you need to do is to order the cake 2-3 days in advance.

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                          Pei Dec 3, 2006 09:36 PM

                          I gotta say, as guilty pleasures go that cake is pretty good. Have you tried the frozen versions (Costco, Smart n' Final)? I was wondering if they're nearly as good as the ones at the restaurant. For all I know, the restaurants receive their cakes frozen from a factory somewhere. The ones I've seen frozen usually aren't the whole cake, which would weigh something like 20 pounds. They're just one tall 6 layer slice, enough for a few people.

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                            Rodeline Dec 4, 2006 01:02 AM

                            I haven't tried the frozen ones at the grocery. We usually freeze the left-over cake to enjoy another day.

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                            jobber Mar 14, 2008 08:53 PM

                            hi, i would like to find out where i can purchase the mother load cake.can you help me?

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                              ChinoWayne Mar 14, 2008 09:28 PM

                              As noted above, any branch of the Claimjumper restaurant.

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                                Rodeline Mar 16, 2008 11:07 AM

                                Any of the Claimjumper restaurants have the cakes, but call a couple of days in advance that you want a three or six layer cake and they'll have it ready. The 3 layer is around $25 and the 6 layers is around $50. The price may have gone up, but with the size of the cake it is a bargain.

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                                  Emme Mar 16, 2008 11:16 AM

                                  in addition to the claimjumper restaurant, i believe it's sold in the freezer section at costco. they do also sell it in individual slices or cake servings at ralph's, and likely other supermarkets.

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                                Francesca Dec 3, 2006 10:32 PM

                                When I recommended a cake from Costco to a different poster about a month ago, I was roundly criticized by the poster. Glad to see that other people realize that Costco's cakes are pretty good and that this poster is open minded.

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                                  eartha Dec 4, 2006 01:48 AM

                                  Francesca, perhaps the poster never tried Costco's bakery items because he/she wouldn't have "roundly criticized" you. They are good to very good to excellent depending on the variety but I sure know first hand they flew out of any potluck or family gathering I brought them to ..... really very yummy! and I'll choose them again any time.

                                  1. sll Dec 4, 2006 02:29 AM

                                    The See's chocolate cake you can get at Alcove is really, really, really good. Chocolate cake (bundt) covered in choc. icing, and lots of chunks of chocolate. It's chocolicious.

                                    on Hillhurst in Los Feliz

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                                      broncosaurus Dec 4, 2006 02:41 AM

                                      The Chocolate Fudge Cake at Junior's Deli (corner of Pico and Westwood) is a favorite.

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                                        amie32 Dec 4, 2006 02:47 AM

                                        This place is on the expensive side...but O MY GOD...good

                                        it's in Culver City and try the brownies too


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                                          david t. Dec 4, 2006 05:40 AM

                                          Love the choc. cake at SLJ. I'd stick with that!

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                                            Newkie Dec 4, 2006 06:46 AM

                                            I am obsessed with the chocolate cake at Susie Cakes in Brentwood. Very homemade tasting. Incredibly moist and both the cake and frosting are sweet and indulgent without being over the top.

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                                              Feed_me Dec 4, 2006 07:49 AM

                                              As an afterthought, I decided to check the prices at Sweet Lady Jane's for a 10" cake and it's $65 + $2 for writing (it's free on smaller cakes)? Wow! I'd be interested in trying one of their cakes just to see how impressive it is. It probably is, but I had no idea...

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                                                Pei Dec 4, 2006 04:23 PM

                                                $7-8 a slice in the refrigerator at the Century City Gelson's is the reason I still haven't tried a SLJ cake. To me, that's a lot of money for a slice of cake! I have to talk myself into it sometime by rationalizing that it's the same as eating a dessert at a restaurant.

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                                                msmd310 Dec 4, 2006 06:23 PM

                                                most delicious
                                                Juniors Deli in Westwood
                                                the All-American Chocolate cake at Costco

                                                the only reason to pay $7+ per slice is for the decorations- wedding, fancy party, etc
                                                and if you really need it to look great, buy some flowers at the supermarket (roses, alstromerias) and decorate yourself

                                                1. Fresser Dec 5, 2006 11:24 PM

                                                  Blackout at Cheesecake Factory! Worth every penny.

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