HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >

Taro cake? Help!!

pan cakes Aug 16, 2008 04:30 PM

Which Chinese bakery has the best taro cake? I've gotten answers to go to Cathy's Bakery and Kiki's Bakery (its design is beautiful!! ).
Has anyone been to the bakery inside 99 ranch market in Arcadia? Are their cakes worth it ( I did see taro cake!)

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. k
    karynx78 RE: pan cakes Aug 16, 2008 04:44 PM

    Taro cake is very popular with Filipino Bakeries. They call it UBE. Try Goldilocks or Red Ribbon Bakeries. There is a Filipino supermarket in the Eagle Rock Plaza and they have cakes in there along with Goldilocks.

    I also like Diamond Bakery on Atlantic and Garvey in Monterey Park.

    3 Replies
    1. re: karynx78
      ns1 RE: karynx78 Aug 16, 2008 05:09 PM

      ube cake @red ribbon = delicious

      1. re: karynx78
        Das Ubergeek RE: karynx78 Aug 16, 2008 05:33 PM

        I concur with Karynx. Go to a Filipino bakery. There's also a Red Ribbon on Colorado in Glendale if that's easier for you... both it and Goldilocks are chains.

        1. re: karynx78
          LakerFan RE: karynx78 Aug 19, 2008 12:01 PM

          Actually taro and ube are two different things although they have a similar flavor and sometimes similar purple coloring. I would stick with the Chinese bakeries rather than a filipino one to find what the OP is looking for.


        2. c
          chowchow12345678 RE: pan cakes Aug 16, 2008 06:53 PM

          I'm not too crazy about taro/ube cakes from Filipino bakeries, it just tastes like vanilla chiffon cake with purple food coloring. The best taro cake I've had is from Vanille de Patisserie in San Marino (run by Chinese people), I can really taste the taro. Unfortunately I found it to be quite expensive. But it's really yummy and rich! You can buy a slice to taste it first before committing to a whole cake.

          1 Reply
          1. re: chowchow12345678
            ipsedixit RE: chowchow12345678 Aug 16, 2008 11:47 PM

            The stuff at Vanille always looks better than it tastes.

            What my eyes delight in, my mouth is always disappointed in.

          2. ipsedixit RE: pan cakes Aug 16, 2008 11:45 PM

            Cathy's is the best in the SGV.

            The stuff at the Ranch 99 in Arcadia is too sweet, no taro flavor.

            2 Replies
            1. re: ipsedixit
              pan cakes RE: ipsedixit Aug 17, 2008 12:32 PM

              Thanks so much!!

              1. re: ipsedixit
                pinkshch RE: ipsedixit Aug 18, 2008 07:52 AM

                Agreed. Cathy's taro cake with those crispy layers is the best.

              2. f
                fdb RE: pan cakes Aug 17, 2008 01:47 PM

                I like Kiki's better. I find Cathy's cake to be dry while Kiki's is more moist.

                3 Replies
                1. re: fdb
                  chowchow12345678 RE: fdb Aug 18, 2008 12:38 PM

                  Where's Kiki's? Does it have crispy layers too?

                  1. re: chowchow12345678
                    fdb RE: chowchow12345678 Aug 18, 2008 10:05 PM

                    I don't believe they have crispy layers.

                    Kiki Bakery
                    640 W Valley Blvd
                    Ste B
                    Alhambra, CA 91804
                    (626) 458-9898

                    1. re: fdb
                      choctastic RE: fdb Aug 19, 2008 08:36 PM

                      The Alhambra Kiki's is really good. Love the really fluffy buns. I went to another Kiki's in San Gabriel (I think) that was crappy. Stick with the Alhambra one.

                Show Hidden Posts