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Best Coffee Cake in LA?

I remember the coffee cake from Corner Bakery is really good, but does anyone have any other ideas? Thanks in advance.

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  1. I agree! Corner Bakery coffee cake is really good. I also like the Summer Camp Coffeecake at La Brea Bakery and the Coffeecake Muffins at The Farm are really delicious.

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    1. re: smfoodie

      Thanks! So do you think I should go to the Corner Bakery or La Brea Bakery? (I'm thinking muffins not as good...)

    2. I'm not a big coffee cake eater, but used to get the one at Bristol Farms a lot, it was really good.

      1. school coffee cake, any LAUSD school school will have great cake, if the lunch ladies make it. the usually only make it once a week

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        1. re: mazusc

          We moved a few posts discussing the LAUSD coffee cake recipe over to our Home Cooking board so more home cooking hounds would see the recipe. You can find that thread here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/48068...

          1. re: The Chowhound Team

            The correct link to this interesting discussion on LAUSD coffee cake seems to be:


            (PayOrPlay Jr. started kindergarten in LAUSD this year, but so far has insisted that I keep making his snacks and lunches every *&^^%! morning--maybe this will spark his interest. :-)


            The best coffee cake I can think of is actually king cake (and so far we have never ever found anything here in LA to equal the mail order cakes you can get from Haydel's, etc.), so if anyone has any local suggestions for this year's Mardi Gras season king cake threads, they're most welcome!


        2. Gourmet Coffee Warehouse on Rose, now Groundworks, used to have these great squares of coffeecake with a brown sugar topping (which I'm pretty sure has ground nuts or is made in a place with nuts) and a similar line of streusel in the middle. Don't know if Groundworks still has it, but I've been pretty psyched to see the same coffeecake at Coffee Bean. It's the square one, not the bundt-shaped one (which is nowhere near as good).

          So the short answer: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, the square coffee cake.

          For a while, a waitress as the O.P. Cafe on Ocean Park near 31st was making a killer blueberry coffee cake and other homey baked treats, but either she left or something because last time I went, they got their stuff from La Brea Bakery. It was okay, but not as good. (Come back, baker waitress!)

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          1. re: mungus

            Trader Joe's has this cake, or at least it used to. I haven't looked for it for awhile. It's sour cream coffee cake and it's delish. My mother used to make it, as have I from her recipe and this cake tastes just like it.

          2. actually, starbuck's has a great streusel coffee cake, not the reduced fat swirl thing, but this is a nice huge square with LOTS of streusel, no nuts :)

            beverlywood bakery too, iirc, but this has nuts.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Buttercake Bakery - yum!


              2. I blush to disclose that I am partial to the coffee cake at Costco. $6.99 for 2 3/4 pounds of buttery goodness. Nuke a slice for thirty seconds and you're good to go.

                1. Tea cakes from Martino's Bakery in Burbank. Not quite a coffee cake but truly yummy!

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                  1. re: lovetoroq

                    The cinnamon coffee cake from Continental Bakery on Burbank/Whitsett in Valley Village is one of my favorites. Also the original Boston Coffee Cake http://bostoncoffeecake.com/

                    1. re: lovetoroq

                      thank you for reminding me. I must try the teacakes from Martino's.

                    2. Just in case anyone feels like making their own (hopefully this doesn't get moved to the home cookin' section), here's my Mom's coffee cake recipe (I just made this yesterday):

                      2 C flour
                      1 Tbsp (scant) baking powder
                      1 tsp salt (I would say make this a scant tsp)
                      2-3 Tbsp sugar
                      2 eggs
                      3 Tbsp oil
                      3/4 C milk

                      crumb topping:
                      1/4 C margarine or butter
                      1/2-3/4 C brown sugar
                      1/2 C white sugar
                      2 tbsp (heaping) flour
                      2 tsp cinnamon
                      (Add more sugar or flour if it's clumping too much / add more shortening
                      if not clumping enough.)

                      Grease bottom of pan (I use a rectangular glass baking dish - maybe 8 x 12" or something?), thin layer of crumbs, add batter, then rest of crumbs. I make it vegan style with Ener-g egg replacer, almond milk and vegan, non-hydrogenated margarine. Comes out really nice and light with Giusto's organic pastry / cookie flour. I want to try it with white whole wheat flour soon too.

                      bake in a 400 oven 20-25 min

                      I also like this one, paraphrased from the Breitenbush Cookbook... it will work well even with non-wheat flours like rice flour.

                      * 1/2 lb tofu
                      * 1/2 C lemon juice
                      * 6 Tbsp oil
                      * 3/4 C honey (you could probably use brown rice syrup or agave nectar here)
                      * 1/2 C water or soy milk
                      * 2 1/2 C barley and rice flours or whole wheat pastry flour
                      * 1 tsp baking soda
                      * 1 tsp salt
                      * 1 tsp baking powder
                      * 1 C frozen blueberries, or fresh if available

                      Mix the wet ingredients til smooth. Mix dry ingredients, and gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet with a spatula. Add the blueberries last.

                      Pour into an oiled 5" x 7" pan; bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes or until done.

                      1. Try Hot Cakes on Centinela just south of Washington in Culver City. They have great coffee cake but really bad service.

                        1. This may be an old discussion but relevant to those still looking. We LOVE the pecan crumb coffee cake they serve you for free at Jar for Sunday brunch. It's like CRACK. You will be jonse'ing for more of it a week or two later. We finally asked them who makes it for them and we were told it is made by Susina bakery and cafe on Beverly near La Brea. Haven't gone there yet to see if it is available but will no doubt get around to it as soon as the craving hits us again.

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                          1. re: prsc

                            The stuff at Susina Bakery reminds me of good Jewish Babka. Funny, I discovered it at Jar too!

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

                          2. Porto's has an awesome coffee cake.

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                            1. re: ns1

                              Huckleberry makes great coffee cake. I really love the one with cornmeal. Sometimes, they have apple streusel muffins. When you want a sense of discipline, go for those muffins. All of the breakfast pastries at Huckleberry are superb. Best blueberry bran muffins anywhere and then, of course there are those maple-bacon pastries.

                              1. re: ns1

                                yep, almost sorry I bought my car in Glendale. my waistline has certainly discovered Porto's.

                              2. i like the walnut, almond paste, and raspberry jam coffee cake you can get at Gelson's. It's sold in the Bakery area, but not at the bakery. It's not much to look at--just a brown cake, but it's quite good. It's studded with walnuts and it has three layers: a thick one of cake, a thin one of jam, and a sort of crust/bottom layer of some sort of crumb. Wonderful with black coffee, natch.

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                                1. re: hpsquared

                                  ns1, maudies5, hpsquared - Thanks. Those all sound great. We'll give them a try!

                                  1. re: prsc

                                    europane makes an addicting blueberry one~

                                  2. re: hpsquared

                                    looks wonderful...

                                    brother in law worked as a checker in Gelson's Encino or Studio City. Ricky Nelson walked up with a few things including mushroom caps, no stems. BIL said when ringing him for the shrooms, "you gonna go get all the stems or do I just charge you double for the caps." caught off guard RN went back and retrieved the stems.
                                    Not sure he knew of the coffee cake, it's been years ago.
                                    My Dr. is a block away from that Gelson's. Maybe next visit I need to get a coffee cake or at least look at one.

                                  3. The coffee cake at Jar is great! They get it from Susina Bakery on Melrose.

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                                    1. The giant one from Costco tastes great and it will last at least two weeks for one person.

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                                      1. re: A5 KOBE

                                        If it lasts 2 weeks, even for one person, it cant be that good!!!!!!! ha,ha...what if that person is a pot smoker? how long would it last?

                                        1. re: lapizzamaven

                                          You mean Joey Chestnut after smoking a doobie?

                                      2. I liked Kings Hawaiian in Torrence. The makers of the sweet bread have a restaurant/bakery and I bought an apple coffee cake last week that was terrific.