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Red Velvet Cake

Just for future reference for those of you searching for an amazing cake ---, after searching all over the city for a great Red Velvet cake to serve during Christmas and being highly disappointed by the service, help, prices, insanity of the standard recommendations (i.e. Bluebird, Susina, etc.) - I turned to something different, Torrance Bakery and man, I've got to say.....the cake was stellar! Dense, moist, sweet, three layers w/ cream cheese frosting. It was amazing. I know it's probably out of the way for those who don't live in the South Bay, but its worth the drive and was half the price of the other bakeries.

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  1. Sprinkles red velvet cup cake are the best rv I have ever had...but they don't make cakes.

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    1. re: Sarsa

      Sprinkles makes a terrible and tasteless cupcake, how could their red velvet be good?

      1. re: Adsvino

        I love em....you are sooo wrong

        1. re: Sarsa

          Buttercake blows Sprinkles away...... you have no clue. Sprinkles is overrpriced and not as moist as others.....

          1. re: Schweinhaxen

            as i wrote: its the best i've had, and its far from terrible and tasteless, as advino wrote. I prefer Sprinkles over Lark and Susina

            Thanks for the 411 on Buttercake, it looks great;can't wait to try them.

          2. re: Sarsa

            I have to agree. I was severely underwhelmed by Sprinkles. They were cute, but that's it.

            1. re: Sarsa

              I recently tried Sprinkles' red velvet cupcake (the Newport Beach location), and thought it was yummy. Very expensive though, given how small is was.

          3. re: Sarsa

            I like Sprinkles' red velvet cup cake, too, but thought all the other flavors are aweful. My favorite cup cakes are from Leda's Bake Shop but I don't like their red velvet cup cake.

            1. re: fdb

              Yeah I love the sweet cream cheese frosting on their RV cupcakes. I love sweets!!
              They are the best I've had so far.
              Went to Buttercakes last week but they were closed for vacation...so I will have to wait for until I try theirs to give feedback but I see too Buttercakes got some mixed reviews here also.
              I will try Leda's--Thanks

          4. Dots in Pasadena makes a yummy red velvet cupcake. I don't think they make cakes either.

            1. Torrance Bakery sounds good, Cheesepuffs2006!
              After looking over their website, it appears to be a cake store. Can I purchase just a small piece of Red Velvet cake, or would I need to buy the entire cake?
              Do they sell other individual items?

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              1. re: liu

                As it is, basically, a bakery, I honestly don't know if they sell it by the slice. However, if you call, they are so nice and accommodating (which is pretty much a rarity, I must say), I'm sure they'd let you know. When I went to pick up the cake, they had a lot of pastries in their counter, but I can't attest to their quality. Only the quality of the Red Velvet! Fabulous!

              2. I've heard that Bake n Broil in Long Beach makes a great Red Velvet. Haven't had that one yet, but love many of their other items.

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                1. re: justagthing

                  I can confirm that Bake N' Broil makes a damm good Red Velvet Cake/Cupcake!!! Always fresh and moist with good flavor. All of their cakes and pies that I've tried have been exceptional. Can't believe how many times that I drove right past this place, often on my way to the long closed Russell's that was nearby.

                  1. re: sel

                    I have a lot of problems with the Bake 'n Broil -- over-processed meat in their chicken fried steaks, over-cooked and lumpy bean soup, under-caramelized onions in the onion soup, pans of soup and vegetables sitting on the kitchen floor, careless service from some of the kids waiting on table, etc. -- but I still go there for the occasional great dish (Swedish meatballs + baked potato, e.g.), and, yes, the pies and cakes are very good but not, IMHO, extraordinary. When you mention the long-closed Bixby Knolls Russell's, however, memories of great tender-crisp hash browns and fragrant, towering meringue pies flood the brain.

                    1. re: Amazing Awesome

                      Russel's moved to old town Pasadena long ago and back then their food sucked but their meringes still towered....but pies were so so and I have not tried them since. I wonder if perhaps I went on a bad day because there still there..? Are they worth re-visiting??

                      1. re: Sarsa

                        Although I really loved the diner grub at the 3 Long Beach Russell's that have been gone for years, the couple of times I had burgers, green salad, hash browns and pie at the Pasadena location I was dissapointed. It's been quite a while since I have been there so I suppose that it could have improved but I doubt it. I would be interested in reading some recent reports!

                      2. re: Amazing Awesome

                        Man, I could totally see where you're coming from, but I had a good experience at BnB. Their onion soup did come with not-so-much caramelized onions, but I felt the soup had a lot of dimension and gave me that homecooked feeling. I also thought the chicken fried steak was hearty. The service was attentive and warm (we sat at the counter, though). Next time I'd like to try the meatballs and baked potato you mentioned. Sounds like good stuff.

                      3. re: sel

                        i found B-N-B's apple pie sickenly sick, way too running hence crust beyond soggy. had a severe apple pie craving tho so the first 2 bites tastes so good. if you're in it for the volume, you're in for a treat; 1 slice of pie weighed nearly half a pound. eat it all and feel disgusted with yourself later.

                        the red velvet cake did have a great cream cheese (and coconut flake?) frosting, but the cake itself wasn't THAT moist. reading amaz. awesome's review below makes me happy no actual food from B-n-B made it into my stomach.

                        1. re: TonyC

                          I haven't tried the Apple Pie, usually just not my thing. If I were served anything that was as bad as what you describe I'd ask for something else! All of the cakes that I've tried have been very fresh and moist and all of the fresh fruit, cream and merangue pies have been tasted wonderful and are reasonably priced!

                      4. re: justagthing

                        It's all about B&B. The cream cheese frosting is not overly sweet and very rich. The deep dark red cake couldn't be more moist or flavorful. Love it. They also make a great chocolate cake. Some pics from the place...


                        1. re: justagthing

                          I am so excited! I just ordered a red velvet sheet cake from B&B for my birthday!

                          1. re: Oh Robin

                            Happy Birthday to you! How much do they charge for a sheet cake?

                            1. re: justagthing

                              Thank you! Well the cake ordering WAS a little confusing. When I called the place was super busy and the guy on the phone was getting his size & price info from another very busy sounding person. He said $48.50 for a decorated quarter sheet. I thought that seemed high, but since I LOVE B&B cake why not. When I went in the restaurant to order it (during 6pm dinner rush... what was I thinking?) the girl at the counter who helped me said it's a half sheet. I asked if they do more than one size sheet cake and she said no, quoting me $48.50. So either way I'm sure it will be amazing. Kind of wondering what it's going to look like, counter girl said they only have two kinds of decorations: for a boy or for a girl. But she also said I will be very happy with it. ??? I'll be posting pics soon at www.thatgirlcaneat.blogspot.com.

                          2. re: justagthing

                            I'm another fan of Bake & Broil red velvet. I just had a cake for my birthday this week. Delicious. The cream cheese frosting has ground pecans in it. And the cake is moist.

                            1. re: justagthing

                              hands down the best red velvet in los angeles. worth the drive to long beach!

                            2. Never tried their Red Velvet Cake, but I found that all their other cakes tend to have frosting that is much too sweet.

                              1. Also check out The Cobbler Lady off of Crenshaw, south of USC. They sell red velvet sheet cakes. Amazing.

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                                1. re: brattenheimer

                                  The Cobbler Lady...aaah! Take a sheet cake home -- if you wish -- but be sure to enjoy a cobbler or two in the store! I am well acquainted with the blackberry, but I am sure they all are good!

                                2. I work as a server in Manhattan Beach. We had one party that brought in a beautiful Red Velvet cake from Torrance Bakery. I think they had a really cute picture of Elvis on top. They gave us the leftovers and we each got a piece. It was GREAT cake. I am a Red Velvet cake lover. I had this whole quest going on to find red velvet, for the last two years or so. It is WAY more popular in the last 6 months than it was when I started my search. I could hardly find it anywhere, now it's everywhere. I'm assuming that it's because of the popularity of the cupcake craze. Even California Pizza Kitchen is serving red velvet now. I'm sort of over it, but it's still beautiful to look at, and while I wont go out of my way, I'll definitely eat it when I can.

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                                  1. re: Azizeh Barjesteh

                                    Try the Blue Velvet Cake at Milk (especially with a scoop of their Blue Berry Ice Cream if available) for a variation from your quest!

                                  2. The best red velvet cake I've ever had was at Susiecakes in Brentwood! DELICIOUS!

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                                    1. re: kealoha

                                      Susiecakes in Brentwood makes a fabulous red velvet cake and they will also sell it by the slice. A red velvet birthday cake is now the cake-of-choice in our large, extended family. Everyone loves it. BTW, Susiecakes just opened in Calabasas.

                                      1. re: maudies5

                                        I don't love Susiecakes at all, I'm sorry. I live not too far, and I'd much rather have any cake from Whole Foods than anything from SusieCakes. I will give SusieCakes props for having the best selection in the area, but that's about it.

                                        1. re: Frank_Santa_Monica

                                          I have to respectably disagree...Susiecakes blows my Whole Food's (Brentwood) bakery items out of the water. Just no comparison - especially when it comes to freshness. And I don't ever recall seeing Red Velvet there, to address this thread's discussion

                                          IMO, SC's Red Velvet is the best in town...I've tried them all over LA (it's my favorite) and always come back to SC. Bluebird in Culver City makes a pretty decent version but it's cupcake-only. Hotcakes is also pretty reliable and they do sell whole cakes.

                                          Always happy to hear from folks who don't like SC, though. Means less of a line for me! ;-)

                                    2. The best Red Velvet cupcake I've had is the Cobbler Lady. The slice of sheet cake I tried was a little dry at the time (I'm sure a fresh sheet of it is great), but the red velvet cupcakes were fantastic. I've never tried Sprinkles because the line is always so long outside... reminds me of Pink's line and all the hype surrounding mediocre food.

                                      1. I agree with Schweinhaxen, Buttercake makes a fantastic red velvet cake. It comes in four sizes: 9" round (12-15 servings) for $30; 5" round (2-4 servings) for $12; standard cupcake for $2 and mini cupcake for $0.75.

                                        Buttercake Bakery
                                        10596 West Pico Blvd. (at Prosser)
                                        LA, CA 90064

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                                        1. re: pinpei

                                          Buttercake Bakery, is one of the worst bakeries in Los Angeles. The only thing that is almost edible is the marble cake, but having to put up with the terrible service and rude counter help is not worth it. I have never been treated so poorly or with as much disrespect as I have by Buttercake employees. Stay away!

                                          1. re: cc santa monica

                                            Really? I've always had courteous service there.

                                            Also, the cupcakes have been consistently delicious when I've been.

                                            Admittedly, the banana cake/bread wasn't all that, the lemon bar was okay not spectacular, carrot cake was likewise just okay, but in general, reasonably fresh, decent-tasting stuff, very homemade-like.

                                            Stick with the cupcakes.

                                        2. I tried the red velvet cupcakes at Lucky Devils and really dug 'em. They seem to run out quickly, though.

                                          1. Sprinkles = BORRRRRRRING!

                                            For a Red Velvet cupcake to be utterly forgettable, something has to have gone terribly wrong.

                                            1. Puddin' Out Cupcakes in Sherman Oaks has a good red velvet cupcake. They rotate cupcake flavors, so you may want to check in advance about whether they are available. The cake is very moist and dense. The cream cheese frosting is not the strongest cream cheese flavor, but still tasty. I recommend refrigerating the cupcake before eating. They are served room temperature, so the frosting at that point can be a bit soft. I found that refrigerating the cupcake not only made the frosting a bit denser, but also increased the intensity of the cream cheese flavor in the frosting.

                                              1. I just stopped by The Cobbler Lady on Crenshaw. Got there at 9:00 AM when they opened. I had a red velvet cupcake just out of the oven...for breakfast. It was great. This place is such a find. The Oatmeal cookies are excellent as well. I did not get a chance to try the cobbler but it looked delicious. Thanks to chowhound I have found a reason to head down MLK Blvd. I also found the neighborhood very charming....streets of great old spanish homes.

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                                                1. re: RobertC

                                                  A Red Velvet Cupcake just out of the oven sounds like a perfect breakfest to me! Their Cobblers are pretty good too, some on this board prefer The Cobbler Lady, I do like them but give the edge to The Cobbler Factory in Pasadena.

                                                  Gourmet Cobbler Factory
                                                  33 N Catalina Ave.
                                                  (Between Corson St and E Maple St)
                                                  Pasadena, CA
                                                  (626) 795-1005

                                                  1. re: sel

                                                    And the Cobbler Lady gets my vote for their blackberry cobbler...warm. The Cobbler Factory has a good sweet potato pie, if I remember correctly.

                                                    I didn't even know they had anything other than cobbler; this shows you just how good the blackberry cobbler was -- I saw nothing else!

                                                2. There are some girls selling cupcakes at the Culver City and Westwood Farmer's Markets under the name Sugar Hill Cupcakes. Their red velvet is the best I've had in Los Angeles, hands down. Perfect cake, not too sweet, rich chocolate taste, and perfect cream cheese frosting. They also have a pink velvet cupcake, made with white chocolate. It's amazing , too. They'll be in Culver City on Tuesdays!

                                                  1. the red velvet cake at Aroma Cafe in Studio City was one of the best I had. i had a full meal there, but still had room for that cake.

                                                    1. Sweet Lady Jane's is the best we've found anywhere. Service isn't as bad as some have complained in these boards.

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                                                      1. re: RamenBarbarians

                                                        I agree... Sweet Lady Jane has great red velvet cake. But the service is rude at best.