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Low Carb Dessert

I have a friend who is celebrating a birthday tomorrow and i'd love to get her a cake or a birthday treat. she happens to be on this detox diet right now where she's not allowed refined sugars or carbs. I was wondering if any of LA's dessert places offer a low carb cake or treat that i could pick up.

any suggestions?

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  1. While not as helpful as a nice recommendation for a bakery or something of that nature, as someone who's gone through detoxes myself I can tell you what I'd prefer: wait until the detox is over, then get something really good. It's hard to resist the draw of a nice dessert, especially on a birthday, but I'm of the opinion that you go big or go home. The anticipation of specific food awaiting me after the detox somehow made it more bearable than fitting in a bite when I knew I couldn't eat to my heart's content. HTH.

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    1. re: MeAndroo

      I second that. She would probably rather wait for the real deal than settle for a sugar free version...I would. Make her a lovely lunch and give her a card that says something like, "This card good for one gooey dessert of your choice after detox my treat"!
      Just an idea

    2. I'd get her some chocolates from Jin Patisserie. They are dark chocolate and they're small, so there won't be a ton of sugar in them. They are rich enough that a piece or two would satisfy her for awhile. And they are one of the tastiest things on the planet.

      Or you could tell her to screw this detox nonsense and enjoy life in moderation because that's a far more durable and satisfying plan for life... So eat a lousy piece of cake and smile about it.

      1. everyone's fav....hmmm...cheesecake factory has a low carb cheesecake...get extra whipped cream ( low in carbs...even with the sugar ) there is a place in montrose, my daughter bought me some low car desserts...they were basically mousse...but tasty...i know it's on the main drag in montrose but i forget the name...for low carbs - cheesecake is really the only way to go...cakes have way too much carbs from the flour....other options are making meringues using splenda...very low in carbs - good luck !

        1. Penguin, TCBY etc usually have low carb frozen desserts, but all the chemicals in that stuff will probably negate the benefits of her detox!

          1. How about some cheese instead of low carb sweets? If she can have fruit then you could make her a nice fruit and cheese platter. I think strawberries are lower carb than some other fruits.

            1. You might look into Mani's or Newsroom Cafe, as well as M Cafe de Chaya and Urth Caffe.

              You could get a sugar free "frozen yogurt" pie at Yogurt Zone, Studio Yogurt (great for sugar free products as well), Bigg Chill (another source for sugar free products), or Yogurt Factory.

              Leonida's makes sugar free chocolates.

              Low Carb-U has sugar free cheesecakes that are quite good, but artificial sweeteners abound.

              1. thanks everyone for these thoughts. it's tough to want to celebrate someone's birthday when they cannot indulge in goodie cake eating. based on everyone's opinions, i've decided to buy her a gift certificate for a cake! how's that for a compromise? that way she can pick up the goodie when she's fully detoxed and i can feel like a good friend who is not going to sabotage her best laid plans! thanks for all the rec's. i definitely want to try this low carb cheesecake thing at cheesecake factory.

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                1. re: mommycat

                  That was the BEST idea! What a great friend you are! :)


                2. Yogurt zone in Encino makes pies with low carb frozen yogurt.

                  Frankly, I agree with people who say wait.

                  Make her a fabulous cheese plate for dessert instead. Go to Artisan Cheese gallery and get some great cheeses, and some Nairn's oat cakes (whole grain) and go to town that way!

                  1. The Cheesecake Factory (I know I know) has a low carb cheesecake that it just wonderful. You can buy it to go.

                    1. the best low carb chocolate cake recipe is here. Trust me it is so good. I promise.


                      1. i have a flourless lo carb souffle recipe if you'd like it