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Best Chocolate cake in LA anyone?

This has probably been done to death but where is the best chocolate cake east of Pasadena to be found? (Westside, Downtown, South Bay, OC locations are ok if they are that good and worth it) I've had a craving for days.

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  1. Also, I like Costco's but looking for a place where I can purchase it by the slice as opposed to the entire cake.

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    1. re: b0ardkn0t

      That Costco cake is way too much chocolate for me....and I like chocolate.

      1. re: b0ardkn0t

        you HAVE to try the Colossal Chocolate Layer cake at Pavillion's Market (I know, I know!)!! It has like five thin cake layers, lighter milkier/semisweet filling between the layers, and a darker icing on top and sides coated in chocolate shavings. it's AWESOME. sold by the slice!

        also, single slices available at Viktor Benes' in Gelson's, particularly the Chocolate Parisian.

      2. The chocolate lava cake at Pacific Dining Car is divine.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          If you're going to include chocolate lava cake, then I will have to say that the chocolate lava cake from Beard Papa's was an absolutely incredible surprise, and for only $2.50 a serving!

          1. re: ipsedixit

            The PDC chocolate lava cake is very good. On reflection, I should have had it after breakfast there in the wee hours the other night. Maybe I'll stop by again tonight for drinks and steak and eggs and chocolate lava cake. I'm on a health-food kick, and this would cover all major food groups except pork sausage.

            Pacific Dining Car
            1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

          2. Sweet Lady Jane's Old Fashioned Chocolate is my favorite.

            1. The flourless chocolate cake in vanilla creme anglaise at Allegria in Malibu. Take it home. Eat it in bed. Die happy

              1. Chocolate Fudge Cake at Junior's (Pico/Westwood) is pretty good.

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                1. re: broncosaurus

                  SusieCakes 6 layer chocolate fudge cake is the best I have ever had. They sell it by the slice, if that is your preference.

                2. This question interests me a great deal, especially if you broaden the geographic range and emphasize chocolate layer cake with a lighter texture than most restaurant cakes and not an overwhelming amount of chocolate in the much-desired overwhelming amount of icing.

                  The Bake 'n Broil in Long Beach is outside your primary range, but it has a fine chocolate cake -- the German Chocolate, which is almost as good as my ex-wife's, in a much-friendlier venue.

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                  1. re: Mel Gee

                    Looks like a nice list, Bake 'n Broil is now on my radar.

                    1. re: b0ardkn0t

                      They have several chocolate cakes for comparison but sometimes run out of this or that towards closing time, so you might call ahead if you plan to arrive late. The sad look that one very cute waitress gave me on a recent night when I said, cheerfully, "I'll have a piece of German Chocolate here and one to take home," broke my heart. She didn't have to tell me they'd sold out!

                      1. re: Mel Gee

                        I'm not a german choc fan but Bake n Broil's regular chocolate layer cake with buttercream is soooo good.
                        A great, old-fashioned chocolate cake.

                  2. Chocolate Bear Cake at Susina (Beverly and LaBrea Blvds). Amazing devil's food cake with light mouse and cream layers instead of sugary butter cream. O M G!

                    1. The Parisian chocolate cake at Portos in Glendale is fluffy and light and excellent!

                      And for the other extreme I love the Delice Au Chocolat at Amandine...but I guess its not a cake