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Best Carrot Cake?

Where can I find the best carrot cake near West Hollywood/Miracle Mile? I'll need to be able to order enough of it for 35 people. Raisins/no raisins is not an issue for this group, but great cream cheese frosting is a must!

I like Costco's cake, but it won't work for this group of people and cost is not an issue.


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  1. If you're willing to go up to Burbank or Glendale, Porto's makes fantastic carrot cake.

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        1. re: Mike13241

          anything and everything is worth trying at Portos!

      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        I'd love to go to Porto's, but I don't think my boss will understand my hour-long (if i'm lucky and miss traffic) trek from the office!

      2. It might not be very high-brow but I find that the carrot cake at Jerry's Deli is actually quite good.

        1. I really like the carrot cake at Coral Tree Cafe in Brentwood and also in the Century City Mall food court. I've only had it by the slice, but I would think that they sell whole cakes.

            1. Okay, I hesitate to admit, but I was amazed by the carrot cake at Claim Jumper (!). I had it last year. The frosting was so good and the cake moist. I have only been to that chain once, as I tend to eschew chains. I also avoid desserts that are too sweet. I would go again just for the carrot cake, and I am not generally a fan of carrot cake (sweet and dry).

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              1. re: phlosar

                There is no Claim Jumper here in L. A. that I know of so I bought their frozen Motherlode Cake after seeing it on "The Best Of" on the Food Network. It was delicious, so I also bought their carrot cake. I didn't know it has coconut and I hate coconut. I thought I'd mention it in case anyone else out there hates coconut.

                1. re: Barbara Ladden

                  There's a Claim Jumper on Huntington in Arcadia (or is that Monrovia?) - anyway, in the San Gabriel Valley. Haven't been there, though, just driven by.

                  1. re: Barbara Ladden

                    I think there might still be one in Torrance, if that counts(?).

                    1. re: Barbara Ladden

                      Just in the area covered by this board, there are CJs in Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Industry, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Long Beach, Mission Viejo, Monrovia, Northridge, Rancho Cucamonga, Santa Ana, Thousand Oaks, Torrance and Valencia.

                  2. Although not quite within your geographical limits, Susiecakes in Brentwood (on San Vicente) and Jamaica's Cakes in West LA (on Pico) both make wonderful, moist, old fashioned-style, cream cheese frosting carrot cakes. Both will make your cake to order for as many people as you need.

                    1. Buttercake Bakery on Pico in West LA makes the best carrot cake i've ever had...in fact, i'd go so far as to say i didn't like CC until i had theirs. Moist cake, delicious frosting - just top notch all around.

                      Buttercake Bakery
                      10595 W Pico Blvd
                      Los Angeles, CA

                      1. Usually The cheescake factory has good carrot cake. I often get it by the slice but last august I got a large cake ($48) for my mothers b-day since its her favorite.

                        1. SO and I LOVED the Carrot Cake at Susina... our only complaint? No raisings, but their layers are SO thin, it really didn't need it... (Or so I think so... ;))


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                          1. re: Dommy

                            Susina is a great suggestion, as it's right in the original poster's geographic area. It's a good thing that the OP stated that price was not an issue, as a carrot cake for 35 people will run around $100 dollars.


                            1. re: DanaB

                              yes, we like susina (used them for a chocolate bear cake and a buche de noel), so i'll have to check out their carrot cake.

                              i still long to find another (relatively) local bakery since we've done susina, sweet lady jane and bluebird bakery 2x each. Per Jerome's suggestion, I ordered from B&L for this last month and had a great princess cake. we've also done Hansen's.

                              In case anyone is interested in the fall-out. (I will post a year-end round-up in july since i started in august).

                              August/ September: Sweet Lady Jane - Triple Berry Cake
                              October: Susina - Chocolate Bear Cake
                              November: Hansen's Rectangle flower basket (Marble cake with choc choc chip filling)
                              November (Part 2...we had an extra party): Bluebird Bakery - Chocolate cake (chocolate buttercream)
                              December: Susina - 2 Buche de Noel (one vanilla, one chocolate)
                              January: Sweet Lady Jane - Lemon Curd cake (per Bulinvaka's suggestion...was pleased)
                              February: Bluebird Bakery - Red Velvet Cake
                              March: B&L Gourmet Pastry: Princess Torte (Per Jerome's mention...also pleasantly surprised)
                              April: Carrot cake from a TBD source!

                              1. re: esculent

                                Joan's on Third sells whole carrot cakes. I haven't tried their carrot cake, but have always enjoyed their sandwiches. They sell the carrot cake by the slice, so maybe you could sample a piece before committing yourself :-)


                                1. re: DanaB

                                  I second the Joans on Third. I find them a hit and miss with their food and desserts in general, but their carrot cake is a hit!

                                2. re: esculent

                                  Another delicious cake (and not very expensive) is the Strawberry Cake from Ruby's Bakery in Eagle Rock. Everyone raves about it whenever I order it. On Eagle Rock Blvd just south of Colorado (1st block).