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  • Jenji Sep 6, 2000 02:33 PM
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Much to my upset and disappointment, my son is radically allergic to dairy. Even the slightest trace of whey or non-fat milk solids way down on an ingredient list sends him to the hospital. We're hoping he'll grow out of it and that his life won't be a cheeseless wasteland, but in the meantime, he's turning one this Sunday and we want to get him a birthday cake. Can anyone suggest a good bakery - I'm thinking a Kosher bakery because there's a religious imperative to be dairy-free in desserts served with a meat. I'd considered Mani's, but I'm not a huge fan - I find most of their desserts overly dense and tasteless. What say you chowhounds?

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  1. For Kosher bakeries, my wife and I swear by Schwartz's -- locations on both Pico & Fairfax. However, we have never tried their cakes...

    Another idea: try a Chocolate Babka from B H International (strange name). Double-check that it is dairy free...and that they have them "in stock," but at $6 for a whole cake sized creation it is a whole mess of chocolate-y goodness.

    Schwartz Bakery
    8616 W Pico Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90035
    (310) 854-0592

    B H International
    9211 W Pico Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90035
    (310) 859-8927

    1. have you tried going to Whole Foods market on Fairfax and Santa Monica? If they don't have anything they may have some good suggestions....

      1. Mani's on Fairfax (bet. 3rd and 6th) is a bakery that specializes in all sorts of dairy-free/sugar-free type cakes and desserts. I believe they also have locations in Santa Monica and the Valley.