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May 23, 2008 09:31 AM

Sugar-free birthday cake in LA

I have been placed on a mission to find a sugar-free birthday cake in LA for a friend's upcoming birthday. Any suggestions where I could find one? A quick web search turned up plenty of recipes, but I would prefer to buy something rather than bake something.

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  1. I don't blame you; i bake cakes all the time but would be scared to attempt one without sugar. I know Mani's on Fairfax is a "healthy" bakery. They might do something like that and I would bet that if they don't, they might be able to point you in the right direction.

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    1. re: LAcupcake

      Thanks, I will check with them. I have also thought about doing an ice cream cake. Coldstone does custom cakes and has a line of sugar free "healthy" ice cream, but I have never tried it.

      1. re: LAcupcake

        Mani's cakes are not sugar free-- rather, they bake all their stuff with fructose, which gives all of their goods a sort of unusual, dull sweetness. It's not bad, but it's a little strange because the cakes to the cookies all taste vaguely similar due to that element.

        By the way, as a type 1 diabetic I can fully attest to the fact that sugar free cake is not possible because even in a sugar free cake (or bread), the carbs convert to sugar and raise your blood glucose. In the past, the best way that I've found to control blood sugar spikes is to eat a modest slice of regular cake and take appropriate insulin to counter it, or eat a bigger slice, take insulin, and then go for a brisk walk. Now, however, I am on a new hormone called Symlin which is taken 15 minutes before eating sugar, and it works wonders in keeping BG levels stable after eating moderate amounts of sugary/carby items.

        Mr Taster

        1. re: Mr Taster

          Mr Taster -

          Thanks and understood. The birthday person is not diabetic but has a preference for "sugar-free" and it is her birthday so I am trying to accommodate. I think "no sugar added" probably describes what I am actually looking for. (So an ice-cream cake would be "no sugar added" ice-cream as there would still be natural sugar in the milk. ) The fructose baked goods might also work, and something made with Splenda would probably work for this purpose, as well.

          1. re: scrappydog

            I see... well I don't know if this will suit the tastes of your friend, but there is a fantastic Jewish bakery on Fairfax which makes several different sugar free cakes and pastries.... including a cheesecake, apple ring cake, cookies, etc. They do have a small selection of more traditional decorated cakes in the front window, so you may want to talk to Gloria and see if she can make up something appropriate. Everything there is wonderful, including the sugar free stuff... and really inexpensive. Get one of their sugar free apple turnovers for $1 and you'll be a convert, I promise.

            Mr Taster

            Diamond Bakery
            335 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA

            1. re: Mr Taster

              Thanks for the tip. It sounds like this is a place I should try even without my current quest for Sugar-free cake. They are on my to do list. I will also see if the can put together something for the birthday girl.

            2. re: scrappydog

              If you wanted to do a frozen yogurt cake, you could definitely do so at The Bigg Chill or the Yogurt Factory on SM blvd.

              Ralph's bakery does sell some no sugar added baked goods, and their pies are pretty good. They can probably customize one of the cakes they sell in the bakery section that are no sugar added.

              1. re: Emme

                Thanks for the suggestions, I will take a look this weekend.