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Jul 31, 2007 09:10 PM

soul food bakeries esp for red velvet cake

hello everyone...several months ago after a nice bowl of seafood gumbo at the gumbo shack on market in inglewood i stopped off at a bakery on that main blvd. (manchester?) that had one of the best red velvet slices ive ever had. now don't get me wrong, i haven't eaten many red velvet cakes in my life, and mostly i just eat cupcakes since they're smaller, but ive had the ones from doughboys and toast and this one just blew them all away. you should've seen me in the parking lot of the inglewood library eating this thing that was just so dang good i couldn't stop! people must've thought there was something wrong w/ me. anyway, i don't know the name of the place, but it's a very low key spot and i believe a slice was no more than $3 and was huge. i also recall there being something about red velvet cake written on the outside of the bakery. does anyone happen to know the name, or know of anywhere else to buy a nice slice like that? id so much rather give my $$ to a place like that then toast or doughboys, although id like to try susina's and a new bakery over by me in echo park called delilah's that has red velvet cupcakes and slices on their menu. thanks for any and all info!

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  1. Since 1956. Cross streets are Central and Adams:

    27th Street Bakery
    (323) 233-3469
    2700 S Central Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90011

    1. Cobbler Lady on Crenshaw in the Crenshaw Plaza has amazing cobblers, red velvet cake & cupcakes. Chow down baby! There is Larkin, in Silver Lake, that just opened also.

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      1. re: Burger Boy

        It's a bit of a trek for me but, I'm partial to COBBLER FACTORY in Pasadena. Not sure if they have the Red Velvet you seek but, their cobblers are perfectly crusted, filled with fresh fruit, butter, honey, spice and a secret splash of half and half. Flour extenders and corn syrup have never passed through their doors. It's a family operation spearheaded by the elderly Mr. and Mrs. Gore, two sweeter people you will not find. Buy a cobbler to take with and place in the car. Then purchase an individual size to take in the Academy Theatre around the corner to enjoy with your second run art house film of choice.

        Gourmet Cobbler Factory
        33 N Catalina Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

        1. re: Kris P Pata

          yes i remember this place when i went to that theater in the winter to see children of men! i stopped in to check it out, but passed on buying a cobbler because of weight concerns (i was probably on a bad streak or something). i will definitely have to return and actually purchase something next time. btw, have you ever checked out dutch oven bakery in altadena? ive never been, but it's not too far from pasadena, and they have cobbler as well...

      2. Hi UnoCal:

        I think the place where you bought the cake is Kream Krop Bakery. There used to be lots of good Black bakeries in L.A., but (I think) a lot of the good neighborhood bakeries closed when the supermarkets started having bakery departments (which SUCK by the way). The only good supermarket bakery in these parts, which is actually a bakery that moved into a supermarket is Viktor Benes.

        Kream Krop Bakery
        Address: 2323 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90305
        Phone: (323) 750-0214

        Hope this info helps,

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        1. re: TerriDawn

          No, Kream Krop is a little further up Manchester and I wouldn't recommend their cakes because they tend to be very dry. The bakery near Market street is called Ms. Ruby's Bakery. There is a painting on the window of a piece of Red Velvet cake and the cake is delicious.

          Ms. Ruby's Bakery
          404 E Manchester Blvd
          Inglewood, CA 90301
          (310) 677-8297

          1. re: nitaj

            thanks for both your replies TerriDawn and nitaj. it looks like ill just have to take a drive down manchester blvd. and report back! may the red velvet force be w/ you...

        2. “Soul food bakeries.” Seems redundant to me because when ever I am eating baked goods (All baked goods and Not just biscuits, cornbread, Hushpuppies...) I feel like I am feeding my soul. No?

          Jongeward's Bake 'n Broil (Their moist Red Velvet is a sexy naughty crimson topped with a creamy white frosting that takes the cake beyond suggestive -- it is provocative!. Breakfast, Chicken Fried Steak, Pot pie, Burgers. IMO, L.A.’s best Banana Cream Pie and Red Velvet)
          3697 Atlantic Ave (North of 405 – corner of 37th st.)
          Long Beach, CA 90807
          (562) 595-0396

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          1. re: JeetJet

            Bake & Broil is amazing. Another Long Beach/Signal Hill soul-ish place that has homemade cake is Heavenly Fish Palace on 28th Street. Very hidden. Never had anything besides cake, although I've seen other people's plates and they looked very good. Red velvet here is very similar to B & B.

            1. re: JeetJet

              thanks for the heads up on this place jeetjet; i'm never down in the LB area, but it seems now i have a reason to trek on down there (besides heading out to catalina one of these days). and i know what you mean when you say that eating any baked good is like feeding your soul, especially if it's a really amazing baked good!

            2. Auntie Em's in Eagle Rock often has red velvet cake (they always have the muffins, and most times I've been there I've seen the cake as well, you may want to call ahead and ask) -- if you're near Echo Park, this would be pretty close.