You know that show Ace of Cakes on the Food Network?
Does anyone know where I can go in LA where I can design my own cake like they do on the show? They use a lot of fondant over their cakes and I like how they can make them look kind of cartoon-y...
Not even the "Ace of Cakes" lets his customers design their own. They give him a theme and HE designs it.
Try Hansens or Cake Divas.
Hansen's is your best bet, I think. On Fairfax, there is another bakery RIGHT NEXT to hansen's that can do similar work, but I forget the name.
Actually, I know a guy who does it as a hobby, lemme see if I can get him to do it and give you a contact. You would, of course, have to pay him.
Seriously, the Charm City cakes are priced per industry standard. You're looking pretty much at a cake costing at least $350 if not more. Trust me, I've looked into it myself.
Rosebud Cakes in Beverly Hills makes really cool looking cakes. The person who owns it was on one of those cake challenges on the Food Network (it was an Elvis cake competition).