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claudiamcd Jan 15, 2008 08:19 AM

I have seen all the posts regarding where to get the best wedding cake in LA. In the next few months I am coming in from out of town and have 2 days to make the rounds. So far the list consists of Rosebud, Fantasy Frosting, Cake Divas, Dream Cakes by Lynette, Takes the Cake, and maybe Sweet Lady Jane. I have seen many posts regarding SLJ but I still don't know if I want to chance it. Also, in my search I called Bee's Knee's and the recorded voicemail stated they are no longer in business. I want under $1000 and amazing looking and tasting. Does anyone have info regarding Dream Cakes by Lynette or Fantasy Frosting? Those are the two places I have limited information on.

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    NKAY Apr 25, 2008 08:48 PM

    You might want to try NancyKay's Confections! We do wonderful delicious cakes with contemporary designs. Check out our website. We were voted Best Wedding Cakes, myfoxla's HOTLIST. www.nkconfections.com.

    1. J.L. Mar 24, 2008 06:34 PM

      Cake Divas did a great job for me & Mrs. J.L.

      Delicious, prompt, professional setup, and it tasted exactly like what we asked for.

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        claudiamcd Apr 2, 2008 11:25 AM

        After a tough decision we decided to go with Rosebud, although Cake Divas was as close to second as you could imagine. Both had wonderful flavors and combinations and our design was not a problem for either one. I would highly recommend them as well as Dream Cakes by Lynette. Fantasy Frostings needs to get into their new shop asap because their old shop is way over due for a make over and cleaning.

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        claudiamcd Mar 24, 2008 12:34 PM

        Well after walking into Takes the Cake in Pasadena, we should have walked straight out. They didn't introduce themselves, had us sit down it their small store front, which had dusty fake cake replicas, then plunked down our samples. Some lady there then gave us some water (which we deparately needed later because the cake was way too sweet) and said hmmm some of your flavor combinations were kinda weird. I admit not the best thing to hear when you are about to pay someone a few hundred dollars to make your wedding cake. Needless to say we did not end up going with them.

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          bcb12 Mar 13, 2008 12:37 PM

          I third/fourth Fantasy Frostings. I used them for my wedding in 2005 and they were terrific! The price was great, they did exactly what I asked, and most important, the cake was delicious and beautiful. We visited them in Whittier (after many recommendations) even though it was a bit out of the way (we live in Pasadena). At first when we walked in, we weren't sure, as we had been to other bakeries that were a bit newer, more modern looking. However, after sitting down and describing some of our ideas, tasting various cakes, and talking and laughing with Leslie, we were sold. We were afraid to mention that we would need the cake and cupcakes transported down to Carlsbad (45 minutes north of San Diego) for a beach wedding, but they didn't bat an eye and showed up early, prepared for the sun, warm weather, and possible flying sand. It was an all around wonderful experience!

          1. ipsedixit Mar 10, 2008 08:53 PM

            Check out Cakewalk in downtown LA.

            http://www.cakewalkbakery.net/index.html

            1. maily1028 Feb 4, 2008 09:10 PM

              Layers is fab! Also try Cake Crumbs. Wonderful Couple from the east coast now located in Encino.

              Address is:
              Cake Crumbs
              17233 Ventura Blvd
              Encino, CA 91316
              818-501-3918
              John@cakecrumbs.com

              You can see some of their work at: www.cakecrumbs.com

              They have wonderful sugar artwork!

              Good Luck and congrats!

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                Currlyfries Mar 10, 2008 07:17 PM

                Hey, has anyone heard of Pastries By Vreeke in Westlake Village? They have awesome cakes on thier website.
                Thanks!

              2. bigtums Feb 4, 2008 08:17 PM

                We used Lynette for our wedding and I loved it. I was really picky with my cakes too. I must've tried like 5 different places before choosing her. I love that her cakes are not too sweet like most places are. Plus her cake is really moist. She's great to work with too!

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                  Slackerchick Jan 17, 2008 08:52 PM

                  I think that Regal, Hansen's and Porto's, while delicious, are not what you are aiming for--a fantasy work of art that also tastes good. I have done tastings at Regal and Hansen's and they are much more traditional in style. They do not really want to do the "work of art" cakes you see on TV. Porto's is beyond yummy, but my friend wanted a very stylized Asian style with cherry blossoms and they were not willing to create it, they wanted to use fake flowers. She ended up with Sweet Lady Jane. I'll let you make your own decision on that, based on research you've already done. I will say it was not the best wedding cake I've ever tasted, but it looked amazing. Given the short amount of time you have to make the decision, I would eliminate these from your list, also Goldilocks, King's Hawaiian, Victor Benes because they are more traditional and not what you are looking for.

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                    Diana Jan 18, 2008 07:09 AM

                    Slackerchick, did you LOOK at the cakes on display at regal and Hansen's? OF COURSE they can do the fantasy cakes you see on tv! You need $$$, but the OP has a good amount.

                    For hansen's, they do "traditional wedding cakes", and put these on the "wedding cake gallery" on the webpage, but they also do good "party cakes", which can be very awesomely sculpted and decorated.
                    http://hansencakes.com/partyCakes.nxg
                    Also, Hansen's cakes taste GOOD. And the people who work there are pleasant and act like they want your business, not like SLJ, who acts as if she's doing you a favor and it is a hassle for ehr to do so.

                    Regal also can do amazing cakes.

                    But, for the stuff you see on "Food Network Challange", you may have to pay more and deal with a less tasty cake. Those high concept cake makers often make tons of cakes ahead and store them for carving and decorating. All that lovely sculpted fondant will look lovely, and be completely inedible. They'll peel it off before serving it to your guests, as it is not really palatable. The wackier the cake, the more structure it needs to hold up-dowells, plastic bits, wire fames, etc.

                    Here are some other links
                    Fantasy Frostings may work
                    http://www.fantasyfrostings.com/aboutus.htm

                    Wonder Bakery in LA is NOT the place that makes the squishy bread. (that's gone) This place could do it, and its on Broadway!
                    http://www.wonderbakery.com/
                    If you want to go whole hog, go to sugarcakes in SB...if they can make M Jackson happy, they can make any bride swoon, for a price. And they WILL deliver to LA, for a price.
                    http://www.sugarcakes.com/wedding01.html

                    It all depends upon how the OP defines the "best wedding cake."

                    Is it more looks? Taste? Does she want Tradition? Does she want whimsy? Does she want what?

                    When I was looking for my cake, I did a little research. Wedding writers report that most guests find the typical wedding cake beautiful but bland to really bad. Many bakeries doing modern cakes focus all on that contemporary sugar sculpture and fondandt work-which takes A LOT OF TIME! Thus, the making of the cake is generally a speedy, near mechanized process resulting in a less flavorful dessert.

                    I wanted to wow my guests and thank them for celebrating with me by having a cake that looked lovely and tasted great. it also had to stand up to being outside for a ew hours in Santa barbara during the end of september. Yes, some frostings would have not held up!

                    Finally, I just couldn't bring myself to blow a huge wad on friggin cake. It's CAKE! One can have lovely cake without paying an arm and a leg. The "Lesser bakeries" can do a great job at a fabulous price. Sometimes, they'll work harder because they want to get the name out there and increase business.

                    I was pretty much settled on a bakery in SB that was smaller, but had a good reputation for tasty cakes, lovely decorating and a great delivery policy.

                    Then I was saved as my mother in law's book group, who had watched my husband grow from a sprog, gifted us with a cake they got together to make. One of the head bakers is a professional chef, baker, and beloved cook book writer. It was an amazing cake, lovely, wonderfully decorated with amazing frosting and fresh flowers, each tier a different amazing flavor.

                    it was not the sculpted TV cake I had originally thought of. It was gorgeous, and it was delicious, and all my guests raved about it. in fact, I never did get to taste the top tier (cardamom), as my darn guests ate it all before I got the chance!

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                      Slackerchick Jan 18, 2008 07:24 AM

                      Yes, I have. I have done multiple tastings with friends there, had several friends use them for their wedding, and stand by my statement.

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                      Pei Jan 18, 2008 12:20 PM

                      I agree as far as Hansen's and Porto's go. I didn't inquire very deeply about the styles they "can" create, because the styles they showed me in photos and in their sample galleries was extremely traditional. That is to say, like your mother's wedding cake: fluted edges, basketweave patterns, frosting roses, plastic swans...no thanks. Even if a bakery tells you"no no, we can create whatever you want" I'd be wary if they haven't already achieved results you love in the past.

                      Additionally, Hansen's and Porto's are both much too sweet for my taste. I don't know why, but while I like both their cakes the style and flavors call to mind a child's birthday cake rather than a wedding cake.

                      Like I said, I ended up using King's Hawaiian, but only because I love their paradise cake. I tried their other flavors, and have the same thing to say about it as about Hansen's and Porto's.

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                        Feed_me Jan 18, 2008 05:48 PM

                        I might be a little late, but you should check out Caprice in West Los Angeles. Never had one of his wedding cakes. I usually just pick up something that's in the shop. They makes high quality pastries for restaurants. The owner Jean-Louis has always been kind to me. I recently bought a Susina cake as a point of reference and found the frosting a bit thick, but it was certainly a nice cake. The owner of Caprice seems to really know his stuff. http://capricefrenchpastries.com
                        It's on Pico just west of the Centinela offramp on the 10 freeway.

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                      JinCC Jan 17, 2008 08:28 PM

                      We used Regal Bakery for our wedding and loved it. We had a 3-tiered round cake(black forest, white cake with fresh strawberries, and chocolate cake with fresh strawberries) for 100 people for ~$300 three years ago. We tried many fancy cake bakeries (best part of wedding planning) and it came down to Regal and Hansens. Our goal was a beautiful, great tasting cake. Taste was essential. One key determining factors was that many bakeries said that we could not use dairy cream frosting. They were concerned with the cake losing form or going bad. Most did buttercream which we did not like the taste (too heavy - lose essence of the cake in the frosting IMHO). Regal Bakeries said no problem. Your budget is $1000 so you can get a quite fancy cake. I think it's important to narrow your decision down by determining what design and whether you want fondant, buttercream, or whip cream (dairy or non-dairy). This will limit your choices and you can focus on the taste of the cake. Good luck!

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                        EliAnnKat Jan 17, 2008 07:50 PM

                        Hansen's! If you express interest they will set you up with little cakes and cups of frosting. Now I'm hungry. Damn.

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                          MlsaQ Jan 17, 2008 04:40 PM

                          I was married in October, near Downtown. We did a tasting with Dream Cakes by Lynette. I wasn't impressed with the cake...especially once she gave us the estimate. She is far more concerned with the "look". We ended up going with a red velvet & cream cheese from Pastries by Nancy in Altadena. Great cakes. Great staff. Really good price. http://www.pastriesbynancy.com/

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                            Sam D. Jan 18, 2008 08:38 PM

                            I would definitely second the recommendation for Pastries by Nancy.

                            Awesome cakes, excellent prices and very nice people.

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                            Oh Robin Jan 17, 2008 12:31 PM

                            Alsace Lorraine

                            Absolutely gorgeous wedding cakes and delicious too. They have the best tasting fillings and frostings, and the cake is very moist. Reasonable also... you can make an appointment for a tasting plus they have a lot of binders with pics.

                            -----
                            Alsace-Lorraine Pastries
                            3842 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA

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                              Diana Jan 17, 2008 08:10 AM

                              Layers
                              Hansens
                              Cakes By Eidie
                              Leda's
                              Viktor Benes
                              NOT Sweet Lady Jane (it ain't worth the attitude!)
                              Regal bakery
                              A Sweet Design (Canoga Park)
                              Dream Cakes by Lynette
                              Goldilocks (really!)
                              Jin Patisserie
                              Vanilla
                              Helena Wirth Cake Design

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                                trojans Jan 17, 2008 11:45 AM

                                Porto's did my wedding cake. It was beautiful and delicious.

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                                jewels64 Jan 17, 2008 07:37 AM

                                I can tell you that Fantasy Frostings is probably the best bet for a truly delicious cake ( and beautiful too!). They are a little out of the way but totally worth the drive. They did my Son's cake this last summer and everybody raved about it. I have friends that had their Wedding cake and their childrens wedding cake done by them. I understand they are moving to the Pasadena area this year but contact Leslie (she is the daughter of the original owner, all family run) 562.941.6266 they are located @ 10050 Mills Avenue, Whittier but they were doing everything by appointment. Definently make it part of your stop while your here. Best of luck to you

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                                  claudiamcd Jan 17, 2008 11:32 AM

                                  Thank you for the information. We had considered them from recommendations from my mom and our florist. However, when we looked at the website to pick sample flavors, they seem a bit off the beaten path. I thought we should get something mainstream as far as flavors go to satisfy so many people. I think some of the flavors sound OK but I was worried that they may be "too out there" for the masses. For your son's cake did you pick one of the combinations from the website or were they able to do something different?

                                2. Pei Jan 15, 2008 08:41 AM

                                  under $1000 to feed how many people? Most of the places you're looking at are $8 a slice, so budget accordingly.

                                  I used King's Hawaiian. Under $400 to feed 150 guests. People raved about how fluffy and delicious it was, but the bakery does not do any kind of fancy decoration. Luckily I just wanted a plain cake decorated with fresh flowers (from my florist).

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                                    claudiamcd Jan 15, 2008 08:45 AM

                                    We are thinking the total will be around 90-100 people. I only came at the figure of $1000 or under based on some per slice quotes I've received for a very plain cake. I know everyone says it, but I really do want it to look like a piece of art, similar to some East Coast cakes I've seen from NYC or Baltimore on TV.

                                  2. ragazza Jan 15, 2008 08:37 AM

                                    I would highly suggest Layers in Sherman Oaks. People are still talking about how good my wedding cake was, and that was over a year ago!

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                                      Slackerchick Jan 17, 2008 07:56 AM

                                      I 2nd Layers. But it really depends on where the wedding is. You don't want to spend a lot of money having the cake delivered. Better to spend the money on the cake.

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                                        msmd310 Jan 18, 2008 11:15 PM

                                        I will third Layers-
                                        Layers Cake Design Studio
                                        (818) 784-3918
                                        13944 Ventura Blvd
                                        Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

                                        they do gorgeous and delicious cakes!!!!
                                        I have had many birthday cakes done by Layers and been to at least 4 wedding she has done...pumpkin, banana, spice cake are my faves

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