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.
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."
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.
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:
I would recommend Thee's in the Farmer's Market, as well as Victor Benes (which is available at many Gelson's).
Thee's Continental Pastries
6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036
10595 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
11058 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Susina 's Bear Cake!!
my all-time favorite store-bought chocolate cake.
7122 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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.
Not speaking from personal experience, but a trusted source tells me the chocolate cake at Claim Jumper is the best they've ever had.
Susina Bakery & Cafe
7122 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
24301 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505
Bake 'n Broil
3697 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807