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Whats the best chocolate cake in Los Angeles?

I'm looking for straight ahead chocolate layer cake with chocolate buttercream frosting, not fudge, not cupcakes, not something flowerless or molten in the center, just straight ahead classic layer cake. Close to Los Feliz area would be great, but willing to travel for the good stuff.
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  1. I've always found cakey things at Buttercake Bakery on Pico in West LA to be excellent (thanks to fellow blogger Pei). As much as I love all things chocolate and most things cakey, I have yet to try Buttercake's chocolate cake. However, if their other products are a sign of how good the chocolate cake would be, then it must be good enough to make most swoon.

    If all else fails, Dainties cupcakes is less than 10 minutes away from Buttercake - five minutes is traffic is light. I know you mentioned no cupcakes but their's are of devilsfood with the tops dipped in ganache. Their frostings are whipped cream-based and they do have a chocolate as well as my favorite, "stupid chocolate."

    http://www.buttercakebakery.com/

    http://www.daintiescupcakes.com/

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    1. re: bulavinaka

      Buttercake is the BOMB!! Dont do anything else listed below. Bulavinaka is absolutely right. My fave is their red devil cake with cream cheese frosting, makes sprinkles and doughboys taste like garbage......

    2. Honestly, the best straightforward chocolate cake I've had as of late was from PAVILION'S-- COLOSSAL CHOCOLATE CAKE

      Also, Viktor Benes' Chocolate Parisian

      Hansens' does an outstanding buttercream as well, so I'd call them if you'd like a bakery that's higher end.

      1. Sweet Lady Jane's Old Fashioned Chocolate cake is exactly what you're looking for.

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        1. re: sku

          I won't deny that SLJ has fine baked goods, but you should be aware of its rep as one of the nastiest service experiences in LA:

          http://www.chow.com/topics/387283

          I would recommend Thee's in the Farmer's Market, as well as Victor Benes (which is available at many Gelson's).

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          Thee's Continental Pastries
          6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          Buttercake Bakery
          10595 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

          Dainties Cupcakes
          11058 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

          1. re: maxzook

            And I almost forgot ... Porto's!!!

            315 N Brand Blvd
            Glendale, CA 91203
            (818) 956-5996
            or
            3614 W Magnolia Blvd.
            Burbank, CA 91505
            (818) 846-9100

            http://www.portosbakery.com

            1. re: maxzook

              Links ...

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              Porto's Bakery
              315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

              Porto's Bakery
              3614 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

        2. Susina 's Bear Cake!!

          my all-time favorite store-bought chocolate cake.

          Susina Bakery
          7122 Beverly Blvd
          Los Angeles, CA 90036
          (323) 934-7900

          1. Try the one at Jongewaard's Bake 'n' Broil in Long Beach! I admit I've only had the chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream, but I'm pretty sure they have a chocolate version. Their style is homemade, simple, and GOOD, not trendy. Really moist layers. Actually all their cakes and desserts are good, and NOT overpriced like all those Westside places. $3 or more for a cupcake? Nuh-uh! Try $1.90!

            Jongewaard's is just what you're looking for. But call ahead cuz being an old-fashioned place, their selection varies daily.

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            1. re: CookieEater

              Not speaking from personal experience, but a trusted source tells me the chocolate cake at Claim Jumper is the best they've ever had.

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              Susina Bakery & Cafe
              7122 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

              Claim Jumper
              24301 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

              Bake 'n Broil
              3697 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807

              1. re: maxzook

                I love the chocolate cake from Claim Jumpers. Just be warned a single order is a slice of a six layer cake and can feed 3-4 easily.

            2. Alcove on Hillhurst in Los Feliz has just what you are looking for. They have fantastic chocolate layer cake and various bundt cakes. You will be happy.

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              Alcove Cafe & Bakery
              1929 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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              1. re: scurvy

                Thanks. I haven't tried their choc. cake, burt I have tried several other cakes and cookies at Alcove. Unfortunately, I find all of them to be overly sugary dry and chalky. I live close and wish I could like the place, but they're never better than mediocre.

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                Big Sugar Bake Shop
                12182 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91604

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                1. re: maxzook

                  Delicious german chocolate, moist, not too sweet frosting. Nice people too.

                2. Delilah's in Echo Park...their frosting is just like my grandmother's...suggest getting there earlier in the day or call and order- sometimes slim pickings at the end of the day...you can switch around frostings from the menu combinations, tho' the choc. malt is pretty good stuff.

                  www.delilahbakery.com

                  1. The chocolate cake at The Gumbo Shack in Inglewood on market st. $3.50 a slice but very tasty, a simple moist slice of homemade-style choco cake and choco icing. Gumbo's pretty good too.

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                    1. re: broncosaurus

                      I like the Chocolate Decadence from El Segundo Bakery. Dark Cake, Dark Frosting and Chips. Its actually very very good. Small town bake shop about $19 and will feed 8 easy.. Gosh just tried to add the link and the function is not working. Yellow pages then..

                      1. re: Foodandwine

                        It works if you know someone in charge ...

                        (and since it's broken, you have to search on exact names and addresses)

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                        El Segundo Bakery
                        219 W Grand Ave, El Segundo, CA 90245

                        Gumbo Shack
                        945 S Prairie Avenue Suite 100, Inglewood, CA 90301

                        Delilah Bakery
                        1665 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026

                    2. after reading all the answers here. I ordered a cake from Clementine in Century City. All of their baked goods have been far better than anything else out there, but the cake is by order only. It was a little risky ordering a cake for my birthday that I had never tried, but I was confident that Clementine would not disappoint as they have always shown a dedication to using the finest ingredients to produce a superior product. They lived up to every expectation and more. It was sublime and I am a picky customer. I am a retired pastry chef and can tell if a product was made with real ingredients as well as qualtiy. I also happen to be a real chocolate lover. This cake fit the bill of a classic american layer style cake, but one made without being cloyingly sweet. Quality bittersweet chocolate softened by sweet butter lingered on my palate. I ate 2 slices to celebrate my birthday with my family and made sure the remaining slices got to the freezer. Otherwise, I would devour it all. Great treats are better enjoyed over time. At least that is what works best for me.

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                      1. re: sweetschmidty

                        I'm really glad to hear this. Clementine's wonderful chocolate cake was the first place to came to my mind but we have had a few minor service-related issues there recently and I have been worried that they might be turning into another SLJ . . . so I'm relieved it turned out well for you. By the way, the Nanaimo Bar at Clementine is sort of like the chocolate cake's evil twin, a super-condensed chocolate-coconut explosion, and a can't-miss for a chocolate lover.

                        We like Buttercake too but to my tastebuds the flavors there tend to be milder and richer than the very intense flavors more characterstic of the baked stuff at Clementine. (Although Buttercake does have an excellent and very chocolatey chocolate-espresso cookie.)

                      2. has anyone tried the chocolate cake at jamaica's cakes on pico in west LA? I've had a lot of her other treats and think she's great.

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                        1. re: elisha

                          jamaica's cakes are sooooo good! their chocolate cake is moist and not too sweet,.

                        2. I third Jamaica's Cakes - they have about 10 different versions of chocolate cake, because they offer build-your-own. None of her cakes are that sugary stuff, no shortening, etc. My fave is the Choc. Bavarian, their chocolate cake, chocolate ganache, but with light fluffy vanilla bav cream (eclair) filling. THen there's always the reg. simply chocolate or chocolate overload, with your choice of frosting (ganache or choc. buttercream)

                          THat's my pick, look them up

                          www.jamaicascakes.com

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                          1. re: Jonny N

                            Fourth. Jamaica is my go-to for both chocolate and caramel treats. Good brownies, cakes.

                          2. You should try the COSTCO chocolate cake. Yes, I said COSTCO. It's only about 15 bucks and is VERY moist and delicious!

                            1. LA Weekly picks their 10 best chocolate cakes in LA at this link:
                              http://www.laweekly.com/squidink/2014...

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                                1. re: wienermobile

                                  But at #2 the The Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake served at the new Republique sound the best (It sells out every day.) "Using dark Valrhona chocolate and the ingredient-addition du jour, salted caramel, it's a moist and tender cake. The treat is available whole, by the slice in their bakery or as a dessert served with milk eau de vie (pear eau de vie and whole milk) in the restaurant." 624 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles; (310) 361-6115.

                                   
                                  1. re: wienermobile

                                    Sounds food.

                                    What about nos 3 to 10 ????????????????????

                                    1. re: kevin

                                      10. Sweet Lady Jane
                                      9. Alcove Cafe
                                      8. Erewhon
                                      7. Bea's
                                      6. The Larder at The Tavern
                                      5. Red Bread
                                      4. Essential Chocolate Deserts
                                      and
                                      3. Proof