Lark Cake Shop in Silverlake
- SilverlakeGirl Jun 8, 2007 03:30 PM
A heads up and wondering if anyone knows about the tiny Lark Cake Shop opening in Silverlake? It's on Sunset just a shade East of Micheltorena.
So small I have to believe they will not have a kitchen on site.
Has anyone been there? I stopped by today. I tried a couple free samples of mini cupcakes, and they seemed way too cold from the refrigerator, and were dried out as a result. I was wondering if anyone had liked (or disliked) what they tried.
I'm very jealous of Santa Monica people with the arrival of Vanilla Bake Shop, which sounds great, so I was very hopeful re Lark. So far, not sure what to make of it. Maybe they just need to turn the refrigerator case's temperature up.
I really wish I had something good to say, but sadly Lark disappointed me. I bought a couple cupcakes and was less than thrilled. I overheard who I assume is the owner say that it's good to leave the cakes out a bit before eating them. I did that, but the cake consistency was still dry and pretty flavorless. The icing wasn't bad, but they aren't too generous with it. Next time I need a cupcake I'm heading to Yummy Cupcakes in Burbank.
I stopped by Lark the other day, and the place was very cute. They did not have much in the case, but the cakes that they displayed were beautiful. I got the chocolate cupcakes with marshmallow inside (amazing!), and a huge slice of red velvet that I thought was going to cost me $30, but all together everything was less than $10. Very reasonable, considering other bakery prices. Give it a couple of weeks, and it will be superior
I sure hope it gets better. I bought 2 slices of cake - one red velvet and one chocolate mousse. Neither were good. The red velvet was extremely dry, and the chocolate mousse was rich but not delicious. My husband and I threw most of the slices away, and my friends who bought the same thing as I did had the same reaction. I'll try the chocolate with marshmallow filling later this week and hope for the best.
Just wanted to add that I went by on Friday and things were MUCH better. Enjoyed a coconut cupcake, and my visiting in-laws had a Bacardi rum cake cupcake and a peanut butter cookie - they liked both. We all had well-prepared iced cappucinos as well. The bill? $11. Take that, Sprinkles. :-)
(admittedly, we had the smaller of the two cupcakes they offer, but it was so nice not to have to spend $3.50 or $4.00 per).
Its great! I went a few days after opening. People kept wandering in, having been at the farmers market, they noticed a new addition to the hood. It seems they were getting more business than expected, considering they were only a few days old. I got some caramel and chocolate mousse cakes, that were amazing. Although the choux puffs were just good... i don't like when you mix pastry cream with whipped cream. Altogether now, im pretty stoked to have a good pastry shop in the neighborhood.
I have to say I love this place. One of my favorite sweet tooth places now. I havent had anything there that I didnt like. Cookies, cupcakes, cakes, scones, bars and even home made caramels. I like the vibe of the place, really nice and elegant. I recommend this cake shop to everyone who reads this. Try their red velvet, choc.mousse, carrot cake, choc. wafer cake, choc. drop cookies and strawberry short cake. These are just a few of my personal favorites that they have there. They have all these flavors in cakes and cupcakes. I like to get cupcakes. Easier to eat and I can eat it on the go.
Wanted to report back that I finally made it to the shop today ... around 3:30 on a Sundqay afternoon. The cupcakes are on the small side and cost $1.90 each.
I bought four of which I've eaten two.
The Coconut Walnut Cupcake was so incredibly good. Piled very high with cream cheese frosting and sprinkled with coconut. The cake was moist with more coconut and walnuts. From my standpoint it will be hard for them to top this one.
Mini Chocolate Chips & Coconut. No frosting. Very good. Would definately buy this one again.
Two are waiting in the wings and may get demolished tonight. They are:
Rum Cupcake. Again, no frosting and it's sprinkled liberally with chopped pecans.
Lemon Cupcake with White Chocolate Ganache.
I'll follow up when I finish. :)
OK, the last two remaining cupcakes met their end in the wee hours of the morning.
Rum Cupcake - Good but definately on the very small side. About 1 1/4 inches tall, no frosting. A nice rummy mixture on the bottom and topped with pecans. It has to be more substnatial for me to justify $1.90 to buy again.
Lemon Cupcake with White Chocolate - A dollop of lemon curd in the middle. Frosting turned out to be buttercream. I absolutely love lemon but this was not strong enough for me. I would suggest a zesty lemon cupcake with a sophisticated strong lemon glaze [like Ina Garten's Lemon Bread].
Bottom line: I'll be going back for the Coconut Walnut Cupcakes with Creamcheese frosting. They are closed on Monday though. :)
I sampled 4 cupcakes a couple weeks ago, unfortunately all 4 had very dry cake. The salted caramel topping was great though. Have they already raised prices? I thought I paid around $1.65 each iirc.