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Susina or Cafe Los Feliz cakes?

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smonkey Mar 28, 2007 02:02 PM

I'm narrowing a cake search down to Susina or Cafe Los Feliz because of convenience on a tight schedule - can anyone recommend a particular cake or experience from either? Tend to prefer darker chocolates (ganache), nuts, liqueurs, fruits, not so much for the whipped creams... Or, will I miss the mark with either place?
Thanks!

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    Dave and Stuff Mar 28, 2007 02:41 PM

    I think that Susina does a GREAT job with baked goods. Having not been to Cafe Los Feliz, I am unable to compare, but I have purchased several cakes from Susina, and never been less than thrilled.

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      smonkey Mar 28, 2007 03:16 PM

      What cakes have you had from Susina?

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      yummyewe Mar 28, 2007 02:46 PM

      Another EXCELLENT bakery in Los Feliz is Panos Pastry on hollywood Blvd. Also, they are in Glendale on Central. Fantastic cakes. I like Susina and Los Feliz but always go back to panos....

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        smonkey Mar 28, 2007 03:17 PM

        Cool - Thanks for the tip. Can I ask which cakes you've had as well?

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          yummyewe Mar 28, 2007 04:57 PM

          they have a wide variety... I've, ulp, had them all. Love the chocolate german, and the rum cake... good luck...

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        mojoeater Mar 28, 2007 02:51 PM

        I love the pecan pie cheesecake at House of Pies. It's like Pecan Pie on bottom and cheesecake on top. MMM.

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          Julefish Mar 28, 2007 10:58 PM

          I don't know what it's called at Susina - but it's a white cake with some berries on it and crusted in fantastic chunks of merange (sp?)

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            aching Apr 3, 2007 12:37 PM

            "meringue"

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          smonkey Apr 3, 2007 03:22 PM

          I stopped by Susina to check out their cakes pre-ordering, and maybe it was because it was late at night after a long day at work, but nothing really appealed to me. I ended up getting a piece of the Chocolate Hazelnut Torte to try out - it was really nice, dense, and rich, but wasn't what I was looking for (I really wanted to do a traditional birthday cake). Tired and confused, I went home and asked the question: what's your favorite kind of birthday cake? The answer surprised me - simple strawberry cake. So I ended up just making one myself. It looked like a total mess but tasted great. I will have to try that white berry cake, after all the raves it gets. They carry that and a few other cakes from Susina at Alcove, my local dessert spot.

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            Dommy Apr 4, 2007 10:31 AM

            Glad it worked out! In the future, I like Chinese Bakeries for super simple and yummy strawberry cakes. They are MUCH cheaper than Susina too! :D

            --Dommy!

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