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Red Velvet Cupcakes or Cake?

Epicure Apr 21, 2007 08:01 PM

As I read all the cupcake and cake posts, I find myself wondering where I can get either a red velvet cupcake or a slice of cake. The last time I was home in NYC, I tried a red velvet cupcake from Two Little Red Hens Bakery, and I fell in love. I went back for more, and the feeling was the same. Now, two months later, I can't stop thinking about it, and I wish I could have that feeling again here.
I'll drive for that bliss, so where can I go?

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  1. MarikoDeVille RE: Epicure Apr 21, 2007 08:18 PM

    I haven't ventured there myself yet, but I know that Auntie Em's in Eagle Rock has great red velvet.


    They used to make it for one of my fave places to eat, and I couldn't get enough of it.

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      running pig RE: MarikoDeVille Apr 22, 2007 10:46 AM

      For me, Auntie Em's is supreme. The size is generous, cupcake is dense and moist, and the frosting divine. You are going to find a million opinions on this issue, though. You will have to do what we all do- go ahead, try the lot! See what you like best (but don't come complaining about the pounds you put on in the process. haha)

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        JeetJet RE: MarikoDeVille Apr 22, 2007 09:45 PM

        Ya, Auntie Em's are good but maybe the best part going there is you can pick a regular large size cupcake or taste several of Auntie Em's treats by selecting from the small mini cupcakes. My fav is a Whoopie pie. If your drink coffee then stay for a while and enjoy on the patio and you will feel like you are in the town of Woodstock, NY -- grovin.

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          Epicure RE: JeetJet Apr 22, 2007 09:50 PM

          It feels like Woodstock there? I love Woodstock! So do they always have the red velvet cupcakes?

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            JeetJet RE: Epicure Apr 22, 2007 11:19 PM

            Yes, along with chocolate and coconut -- large and mini. I recall sitting in a small back patio in woodstock (only several tables with a funky driveway along side)several years ago eating a sandwich made of mostly sprouts and this place has the same feel. Even the inside of this place and the cool people that work there seem to have been transplanted from the town of Woodstock. Go for breakfast. Check out my post below for a review of the Saturday morning we had last week. Also, if you make the trip consider stopping at two other chow stops in town – Eagle Rock Bakery and Galco’s for soda. Do you miss Dr. Browns? All flavors in stock.

            Eagle Rock – Rocks!

            My post last week.

            Auntie Em’s Kitchen (Breakfast, Soups, Sandwiches, Cup-Cakes, and So much more....
            )4616 Eagle Rock Blvd.
            Los Angeles, CA 90041
            (323) 255-0800
            mon-fri 8am to 7pm & sat-sun 8am to 4pm

            Eagle Rock Bakery (fresh baked Italian sandwich bread and top quality Italian meats and cheese) 1726 Colorado Blvd.
            Los Angeles, CA 90041
            (323) 255-8224
            Mon-Sat - 8:00am-6:00pm, Sun - 9:30am-1:00pm

            Galco’s (soda of all kinds, try Sioux City Sarsaparilla and Root Beer
            )5702 York Blvd.
            Highland Park
            (323) 255-7115

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        maudies5 RE: Epicure Apr 21, 2007 08:33 PM

        Finding the perfect Red Velvet Cake is Nirvana. The Red Velvet cake which warms my heart can be found at SusieCakes in Brentwood. I don't love cupcakes. I love a generous slice which has been cut from a big cake. Susie Cakes cuts a very generous slice.

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          la tache burger RE: maudies5 Jul 24, 2008 12:58 PM

          YES!!! Had a slice/chunk couple of weeks ago. Doesn't get much better.

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          Burger Boy RE: Epicure Apr 21, 2007 08:37 PM

          Try The Cobbler Lady, cupcakes and sheet cake.

          1. chica RE: Epicure Apr 21, 2007 09:34 PM

            The cupcakes at Auntie Em's are huge and gratifying.

            I like the ones at BlueBird Bakery in Culver City, too.

            Doughboys sells small 'cake' versions that are completely shareable for two (or even three). They also sell online.

            I've bought the Sprinkles red velvet cupcake mix...have yet to make it though :)

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              alliebear RE: Epicure Apr 21, 2007 10:00 PM

              I like the red velvet cupcakes from Dots in Pasadena on Arroyo Parkway. I haven't had any other red velvet cupcakes or cake in Los Angeles, since I just moved here fairly recently and I'm cutting back on sweets.

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                Faulkner99 RE: Epicure Apr 21, 2007 10:35 PM

                It's not a place I normally recommend nor do I think anything there is particularly great, but Doughboys is known for their red velvet cake:

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                  MarikoDeVille RE: Faulkner99 Apr 21, 2007 10:38 PM

                  Oprah talked about how much she loved their red velvet. She had great reason to, it was delicious. But that's the operative word here I think.... was. After this, I think with the increase of demand for their red velvet, it just hasn't tasted the same.

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                    Pei RE: MarikoDeVille Apr 22, 2007 07:09 PM

                    It is a VERY moist cake. Normally that would be a good thing, but Doughboy's is so moist I think some would consider it too moist? I don't know, I really like it.

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                      chewOnThis2 RE: MarikoDeVille Oct 10, 2007 12:08 PM

                      my girlfriends and i recently did a taste test between 4 of our birthdays over the course of a few months...and the Red Velvet winner was...Ralph's on 3rd and La Brea. as CRAZY as it sounds, we all agree that even though it's only $12.95, it's better than Doughboy's and Susina's Bakery. we haven't tried Auntie Em's because it's a trek, but i am telling you, you must try the Red Velvet at Ralph's. they sell individual slices...you'll be pleasantly surprised!

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                        Epicure RE: chewOnThis2 Oct 10, 2007 08:23 PM

                        What did you think made it better than the others? I'm particularly curious, since I don't recall anyone else mentioning Ralph's red velvet. It also makes me wonder if other Ralph's markets would have the same quality.

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                          Emme RE: Epicure Oct 10, 2007 11:43 PM

                          The red velvet cake is consistent across Ralph's, and every Ralph's is now offering a bunch of different cakes by the slice. Most do carry the red velvet consistently.

                          Red Velvet cake is one I enjoy, but is by no means my favorite, and while I do purchase the RV slices from Ralph's from time to time, I often feel like I can taste the food coloring... perhaps someone else can enlighten me and tell that that's the way the cake is supposed to taste due to the combo of cocoa and food coloring?

                          Frankly, my favorite supermarket cakes are the individual cake squares sold at Pavilion's (Melrose/Vine) of Tres Leches Cake.

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                            choctastic RE: Emme Jul 24, 2008 11:15 AM

                            I am not such a huge fan of the slices of cake that Ralphs sell, and so far as I can tell, they're pretty much the same at any Ralphs you go (I've tried a couple locations in LA and OC, in hollywood, downtown and irvine) Best red velvet is still in Huntington Beach for me at Love At First Bite, but that's not retail. Second best I've had (don't hit me) is at the Beverly Hills Sprinkles location. I dunno why, but I like their cupcakes. I still have yet to canvass all the cupcakeries though.

                            I think most of the cake slices, including the tres leches cake at pavillions is great. I've only tried them at the melrose/vine location but damn, they're good. The chocolate fudge cake is really toothachingly sweet, but I like it that way. Love that artisan carrot cake too. I also love the fact that this pavillions has ciao bella hazelnut gelato in the freezer section.

                            I am not a big fan of Susina's frosted cakes, esp their chocolate cake. I like a stronger chocolate taste in cake, and I dunno, seems like they don't put that many eggs in their cakes or something (chocolate perhaps) because the structure is too crumbly to my taste. I truly love their cookies though. Susina's tiny cookies are my favorite in LA right now.

                    2. re: Faulkner99
                      SauceSupreme RE: Faulkner99 Apr 23, 2007 01:24 PM

                      I like the red velvet at Doughboys, but I LOVE the hummingbird cake. It's like banana bread for the soul.

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                      dionysus RE: Epicure Apr 22, 2007 09:21 AM

                      Auntie Em's...cupcakes and cakes are delicious and very generous in portion. I bought my wife a cake from there for Valentine's Day...served 2-3 people and was one of the best cakes she and I ever had.

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                        Epicure RE: dionysus Apr 22, 2007 10:19 AM

                        Does Auntie Em's sell red velvet cake by the slice? Would you say it's worth a trip from the Westside?

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                          sll RE: Epicure Apr 22, 2007 11:22 AM

                          Not by the slice, by the cupcake - regular (huge) or mini. And I would say it was well worth the trip, especially if you go for lunch and try their blt. They also have a coconut cupcake that's really good. And the carrot cake is great too!

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                            Epicure RE: sll Apr 22, 2007 07:51 PM

                            Do I need to call ahead or do they have the red velvet every day?

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                              chica RE: Epicure Apr 23, 2007 01:16 PM

                              They have it every day, but it runs out fast. Last time, I saw a man take the last one..fortunately, they had just made a fresh batch in the back.

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                            CChow RE: Epicure Apr 23, 2007 11:39 AM

                            If you're on the westside, stick with Susie Cakes. They've got an excellent red velvet cupcake with a shot of frosting in the middle.

                        2. Funwithfood RE: Epicure Apr 22, 2007 01:24 PM

                          The Sprinkles (in NB) has a very good red velvet cupcake.

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                            Pesky_Humans RE: Epicure Apr 22, 2007 05:24 PM

                            Kiss My Bundt has a killer red velvet cake. They deliver in the greater LA area as well.


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                              Epicure RE: Pesky_Humans Apr 22, 2007 05:31 PM

                              But are they worth a $20 delivery charge? That seems mighty steep to satisfy a cupcake craving!

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                                running pig RE: Pesky_Humans Apr 22, 2007 09:53 PM

                                I would go to this place just to be able to walk around with a box that says "kiss my bundt". HAHAHAHA I have never even heard of this place- will have to check it out. THANKS

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                                umeakai RE: Epicure Apr 22, 2007 09:30 PM

                                I just had a red velvet cupcake for dessert at Sweet Lady Jane (Melrose and Orlando) this past weekend that was very tasty and fresh.

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                                  Epicure RE: umeakai Apr 22, 2007 09:38 PM

                                  But how was the service? After everything I've read on this board recently, I can't imagine ever setting foot in there again!
                                  Can you compare them to other red velvet cupcakes in the city?

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                                    Kitchen Queen RE: Epicure Apr 22, 2007 09:52 PM

                                    Epicure -

                                    Don't make yourself dizzy trying to find Nirvana in a red velvet cake/cupcake. Auntie Em's is the bomb. Drive yurself there on a Sunday, stay for brunch and take in a couple of cupcakes. The coconut, red velvet, chocolate and carrot are all delish. I was quite partial to the coconut and devoured it within 1 sitting! :)KQ

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                                      umeakai RE: Epicure Apr 23, 2007 08:20 AM

                                      Service was fine - the waiter even called my friend by name after learning it from putting it down for a table. This was at around 10pm at night on a Friday though.

                                      It's only my second red velvet cake experience - the other was at doughboys and it was so long ago I can't even recall how it was.

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                                    smonkey RE: Epicure Apr 23, 2007 09:10 AM

                                    I've had the red velvet cupcakes from Alcove on Hillhurst in Los Feliz - they are decent but not exceptional. The red velvet cake from Doughboys is very moist - I enjoyed the moistness and flavor and loved their cream cheese frosting.

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                                      FED RE: Epicure Apr 23, 2007 10:12 AM

                                      if you get down to long beach, jongewaard's bake 'n' broil has killer red velvet--it's the slightly cocoa-y kind, with cream cheese frosting. they make it as a cake and also as a cupcake (to my taste, the ideal cake/frosting ratio).

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                                        Oh Robin RE: FED Apr 23, 2007 10:27 AM

                                        I agree 100%. Several threads already on red velvet in LA. Bake & Broil is worth the trip.

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                                          debra RE: Oh Robin Jul 20, 2007 06:39 PM

                                          Absolutely worth the trip down. Not only was the red velvet cupcake delicious, theirs was the most moist cupcake I've ever had.

                                      2. marlyd RE: Epicure Apr 23, 2007 10:44 AM

                                        Hi - Someone already said Sprinkles, though I'm not sure what NB means, so here it is again http://www.sprinklescupcakes.com/
                                        I went there and didn't get the red velvet cupcake, my friend got the red velvet and after 1 bite of his I pretty much kicked myself for not ordering one for myself. One bite was seriously not enough.

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                                          Funwithfood RE: marlyd Apr 23, 2007 04:11 PM

                                          NB=Newport Beach location :).

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                                          revets2 RE: Epicure Apr 23, 2007 01:21 PM

                                          MILK has a BLUE velvet cake. looked good. didn't try it.

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                                            JeetJet RE: revets2 Apr 23, 2007 08:57 PM

                                            We tried The Blue Velvet cake. Very moist, smoth cream cheese and the bluberrires are perfect. So many good things there but the prices are going up. That very good chocolate chocolate chip cookie is $1.00. It is maybe the best cookie I have ever had but for the size I have to think twice....No, it is not worth $1.00. I guess I have had my last one. I feel like I Got Milked!

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                                              running pig RE: JeetJet Apr 23, 2007 09:17 PM

                                              But as a comparison...the cookies at "Its A Grind" Coffeehouse by my workplace, Kaiser on Sunset, are more than $2. They are like $2.30- one cookie! And I can guarantee they were not made anywhere near that coffeehouse.

                                              Sadly, I think prices are just going up PERIOD.

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                                              lmk33 RE: revets2 Jul 20, 2007 03:46 PM

                                              i tried the blue velvet cake from MILK and it was far from what a red velvet cake tastes like. it tasted entirely of blueberries and overly moist, almost wet. i was extremely dissappointed, however the rest of their food was great. for example, the made to order ice cream sandwiches and also the broccoli soup. out of the ordinary, but great.

                                            3. aching RE: Epicure Apr 23, 2007 04:25 PM

                                              Could somebody please explain to me what makes red velvet cake so good? I've had it and I just don't get it - but I'm sure I'm missing something!

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                                                running pig RE: aching Apr 23, 2007 08:01 PM

                                                If I was to make a guess...its a cake that shows off killer cream cheese frosting. The cake itself does not overpower the frosting, like some carrot or spice cakes do. If you really like cream cheese...this is for you.

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                                                  ElsieDee RE: aching Apr 23, 2007 09:57 PM

                                                  Aching - looks like you asked this before and the Mods split your question (and the replies) onto another thread - they may not have told you where to look for it, though.

                                                  Anyway, here's that thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/388007

                                                  I like Red Velvet cake a LOT - but I do not like the newfangled versions with the cream cheese frosting (which seems to be what's available here in L.A. - if anyone knows of a RV cake being made/sold that doesn't have the cream cheese frosting, please let me know!) - I prefer frostings like those mentioned in the other thread, aka "gravy frostings," personally.

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                                                    aching RE: ElsieDee Apr 24, 2007 05:06 PM

                                                    Thanks! I didn't realize that my previous question had been split (they should tell you when they do that, no?) - and I was surprised not to get any response. But it turns out there was quite a healthy response! And fascinating at that. =)

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                                                      ElsieDee RE: aching Apr 24, 2007 05:37 PM

                                                      You're quite welcome :) I think that the mods do try to notify, when they can, but keeping us all in-line takes a lot of time. And yes, a healthy response - I learned a lot - and was thrilled with the recipe that was shared (I'm making it next weekend, for a gathering, since I can't seem to find the non-cream cheese version for purchase).

                                                  2. re: aching
                                                    Epicure RE: aching Apr 23, 2007 11:15 PM

                                                    Well, it's a bit of a strange question to ask what makes *anything* taste good to *anyone* but I can't say I was so entranced before that Two Little Red Hens cupcake, though I'd had quite respectable versions of the cake (sold by the slice) at Amy's and Magnolia in NYC. But I think there is something quite gorgeous about the flavor balance between the cake and the cream cheese frosting, not even to mention the, dare I say, vampirically visceral quality of biting into that dense, deep redness.
                                                    I actually tried one from Yummy in Santa Monica and was not at all unhappy with it. It could satisfy my yearning. But I can top that, right?

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                                                    Kaisgraham RE: Epicure Apr 24, 2007 05:58 PM

                                                    I just ate a delicious red velvet cupcake from Sprinkle's in Newport Beach. Don't know where you live, but you might try to see if there is a Sprinkle's in your area, too. Yum!

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                                                      mellowjello RE: Epicure Apr 24, 2007 06:31 PM

                                                      sweet lady jane actually has good red velvet cupcakes
                                                      as well as sprinkles

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                                                        kedar5150 RE: Epicure Jul 20, 2007 07:17 PM

                                                        Friend of mine makes cakes for sale - right now its to order only, and she's planning on opening a store soon. We tried her red velvet cupcakes last week, and they were amazing. http://kissmybundt.typepad.com

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                                                          KaceyLaine RE: Epicure Jul 21, 2007 12:18 PM

                                                          I love the red velvet cupcakes at Jamaica's Cakes! The cake is much softer than many others I've tried.

                                                          Jamaica's Cakes
                                                          11511 W. Pico Blvd (N. Side of Street Between Barrington and Sawtelle)
                                                          West Los Angeles, CA 90064

                                                          open Tuesday-Saturday: 8:30AM-6:00PM
                                                          closed Sunday and Monday

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                                                            flaroid RE: Epicure Jul 23, 2008 11:14 PM

                                                            As somewhat of a red velvet freak, I have long sung the praises of Auntie Em's. When it comes to flavor, moistness, density, it's the all around best, in my opinion. Having said that, I recently stumbled upon a place called Delilah's, in Echo Park. They have red velvet cake AND cupcakes and they are really good--very comparable to Auntie Em's. In fact, I haven't been back to Auntie Em's since, so I can't be more specific in my comparison. Also, I recently tried the blue velvet cake at Milk and was pleasantly surprised. I'm not sure what goes into it, but I liked the blueberries, and didn't find it to be overly moist like a previous poster stated. But then again, the cake was pretty new and I got one of the first pieces. That makes a difference.

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                                                              sel RE: flaroid Jul 24, 2008 09:51 AM

                                                              Several months ago, maybe it was last summer, I had a slice of the Blue Velvet Cake at Milk with their Blueberry Ice Cream. In a word, TRANSCENDENT!!! Not Red Velvet but a great variation on a theme.

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                                                              attran99 RE: Epicure Jul 24, 2008 10:03 AM

                                                              I would agree with the Sprinkles fans...there's a location in Beverly Hills. They make a fabulous red velvet...and some of the best cream cheese frosting I've ever had.
                                                              Yummy Cupcakes in Burbank makes an awesome red velvet, too. But they have two choices of frosting...your traditional cream cheese or a cocoa cream cheese. I like the cocoa cream cheese...it's a bit lighter.
                                                              krust Bakery and Cafe in Burbank also has great red velvet...and really good cream cheese frosting.

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