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Please help me find this cake!

So last night we were at a birthday party at Lola's, and someone brought a three layer chocolate cake with chunks of candied orange in the cake and the chocolate buttercream frosting. It was rich, it was decadent, it was heavenly, it was from ... sigh ... Sweet Lady Jane.

I want to bring a cake like this to my father-in-law, who loves chocolate-orange things so much that the last time Baskin Robbins had mandarin chocolate yoghurt he filled his freezer with the stuff, but the last time I went into Sweet Lady Jane WAS the last time, if you catch my drift -- that was the time where I finally fumed, "I didn't know that you were allowed to be better than everyone else when you work in a shop."

The father-in-law lives in the Yuppie Forest (yes, that's right, Calabasas) and I live in Orange County, so pretty much anywhere in LA or Orange Counties is fine with me. Any price point, too -- but it has to have the candied oranges in the frosting. Just save me from the "you should be glad we're allowing you to eat our food" attitude of Sweet Lady Jane.

I'm going to ask our friends at the Blackmarket Bakery next weekend at the farmers' market, but in the meantime, if there are other places (Susina, maybe?)... thanks, Hounds!

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  1. I'll bet if you have a favorite bakery, or baker, they might make it to order for you - it sounds delicious and like something a bakery might be interested in testing out.

    1. This is SLJ's description: Chocolate Candied Orange
      Chocolate cake brushed with orange liqueur and filled with a mixture of fresh candied orange (rind included) and chocolate buttercream. Frosted with chocolate buttercream and decorated with buttercream roses and a candied orange butterfly.

      Perhaps you can find some place willing to give it a try.

      1. I wonder if Lark Cake Shop could make a custom cake by request? It couldn't hurt to call and ask.


        1. Susina is such a nice place -it seems almost in response to SLJ. -I think they've built part of their customer base on the SLJ traumatized. I would ask them to consider experimenting with the ingredients in the candied orange chocolate cake. If they take it on, I bet they will improve on it.

          1. Gelson's in the Century City mall sells Sweet Lady Jane cakes..perhaps they'll have that one?

            1. You're right. That particular cake is a signature specialty cake from SLJ. I am certain you can get the amazing bakers at Susina to recreate this cake for you. If you have a photograph, even better.

              1. Another thread here was discussing that SLJ cakes are turning up in whole foods markets. Do you think they might order this cake for you?
                If you gotta have... Gotta ask.
                What could it hurt???
                sounds wonderful. Happy searching!

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                1. re: michelle in laguna

                  Michelle -- you may have missed this previous thread about SLJ and their way of dealing with their customers: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/387283

                  I think the issue for Das Ubergeek is not to give them any business while still buying his cake and eating it too.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    Thanks Servorg; I sure did, and I apologize. Thank you for the 'heads up'.

                  2. re: michelle in laguna

                    I was at Whole Foods Brentwood when SLJ was doing a cake sampling. SLJ looked as if she would prefer to be eating nails for breakfast as opposed to passing out little slices of her precious cake. The SLJ cakes are not sold by the slice at WF. I swear by SusieCakes right across the street. Wonderful cakes; welcoming environment and you can get your favorite cake by the slice.

                  3. You may want to try Lido Bakery in Manhattan Beach. The head pastry chef there used to work at SLJ, so she may have some familiarity with the cake you're looking for. Their tri-berry cake is pretty much the same as what I remember from SLJ.

                    1. SusieCakes recently opened a location in Calabasas. You may want to call and see if they can make that cake for you.

                      1. If it's indeed an SLJ cake and can be special ordered through Gelsons or Whole Foods maybe that's the way to get the cake minus the SLJ attitude.

                        1. You could try Porto's in Glendale or Burbank. They have a Grand Marnier cake with orange marmalade and chocolate. I can't really tell if they use candied orange in the frosting, but like the other bakeries mentioned here, I'm sure they would accommodate your request: