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CAKES CAKES CAKES - NEED BEST BIRTHDAY CAKE IN OC or LA

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compulsiveEater Oct 23, 2007 10:23 AM

OC prefferbly.

Best for non-chocolate and chocolate please.
Non ice cream cake.
Price is not an issue.

Thank you in advance!

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    jaket Oct 23, 2007 10:29 AM

    In LA county, Porto's bakery's tres leches cake. Out of this world.

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      compulsiveEater Oct 23, 2007 10:32 AM

      thanks, what does tres leches mean?

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        jaket Oct 23, 2007 10:34 AM

        3 milks... It's a rather "wet" cake that's not overly sweet. Very Cuban.

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          compulsiveEater Oct 23, 2007 10:37 AM

          thanks! i was thinking king's hawaiian, which she loves. but maybe something new and better?

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            ahuacatl Oct 23, 2007 04:35 PM

            Apparently it's origins aren't certain:
            http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/tres_leches/
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tres_lec...

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        AquaW Oct 23, 2007 10:48 AM

        I'm particularly fond of the Berry Blossom @ Susina Bakery & Red Velvet at Doughboys.

        ~H.C.
        http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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          PrettyPlaty Oct 23, 2007 10:53 AM

          Second the Berry Blossom at Susina Bakery, or their Lemon Raspberry Dream. The latter is the cake I got for my BF's 30th- everyone loved it.

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            Woolsey Oct 23, 2007 11:05 AM

            Susina Bakery is absolutely wonderful. They make wonderful cakes. I also think the cakes at Lark Cake Shop in Silver Lake are quite pretty, though I've only gotten the smaller cupcakes so far.

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

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              Pei Oct 23, 2007 03:16 PM

              Second this recommendation. The only cake I would not get at Susina is chocolate IF you like very dense, intensely flavored chocolate cakes. All their cakes, including chocolate, are lightly flavored and very fluffy.

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              Oh Robin Oct 23, 2007 11:31 AM

              Just had some birthday cake from Katella Deli this weekend. Chocolate with chocolate bavarian filling, and whipped cream icing. Amazing! So moist...

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              Katella Deli-Restaurant
              4470 Katella Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720

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                Joani Macaroni Oct 23, 2007 02:24 PM

                http://www.bfbakerycafe.com/index.htm
                Black Forest Bakery in Lake Forest (near Dana Point) did my daughter's wedding cake in Sept. and it was very good. Had a tangy lemon, and cheese filling I think.

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                  search_for_the_holy_gruel Oct 23, 2007 03:00 PM

                  The Berry Blossom cake at Alcove is to die for. http://alcovecafe.com/

                  1. mrshankly Oct 23, 2007 03:36 PM

                    -Red Velvet Cake at Doughboys
                    -Pastries by Edie in Canoga Park
                    -Porto's Tres Leches cake (awesome!)... pick up some potato balls while you're there (yum!)
                    -Chocolate Fudge Cake at Grand Lux Cafe
                    -Victor Benes Cakes (we've had these at my work and they've all been quite good)

                    1. Pei Oct 23, 2007 04:05 PM

                      Closer to OC: King's Hawaiian's Paradise Cake. Three colorful layers: guava, lime, and passionfruit. The flavors are very light. Without knowing, I would have just thought it was light fluffy "fruity" cake with a very thin layer of whipped cream and a gooey layer of tart passionfruit curd. $15 for an 8", which was enough for the 8 of us to eat after dinner and still have 2/3 of the cake left! One of the most interesting and tasty cakes I've had in LA, and definitely the cheapest.

                      I like Porto's but it's much too sweet for me. Same for Doughboy's.

                      Susina is great for people who don't like things overly sweet.

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                        OCAdam Oct 23, 2007 04:59 PM

                        nice opinions

                      2. Emme Oct 23, 2007 05:18 PM

                        Just my 8 cents...

                        Hansen's White Chocolate with Raspberry and Buttercream
                        Plusko's Chocolate Chip Cake w/ Vanilla Custard Filling
                        Viktor Benes' Chocolate Parisian
                        Almost anything from Leda's

                        1. aprmayjun Oct 25, 2007 10:44 PM

                          I was doing a little cake shopping myself and bookmarked some places.

                          Good luck!

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                          Blackmarket Bakery
                          17941 Sky Park Cir, Irvine, CA

                          Let Them Eat Cake
                          2346 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA

                          1. burumun Oct 26, 2007 01:41 AM

                            Jin Patisserie! Jin Patisserie all the way! (in Venice) The Spring Bouquet has been my birthday cake two years in a row and will be three in 2 months! Mangoes, Strawberries, in cream inside a layer of meringue *drool* and they do have other awesome cakes. The Poire, for example. And then they had this new one last time that I didn't get the name of :(

                            And then I do love Porto's in Glendale. It's cheaper but still the cakes there are still so so tasty.

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                            Jin Patisserie
                            1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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