I would love to find the best bakery in town for desserts (hopefully in the Hollywood, West Hollywood, Studio City area). Mainly looking for excellent cakes, pies, pasteries and/or small desserts to serve at an upcoming house party. Not looking to spend a fortune but still would like something utterly delicious. Thanks!
In L.A. but near Hollywood the best is Susina Bakery & Cafe.
In Sherman Oaks, not far from Studio City the best is Nata's Pastries.
Both of these bakeries are excellent and my suggestion is to explore both!
Susina Bakery & Cafe
7122 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
13317 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA
I was introduced to Big Sugar Bake Shop in Studio City not too long ago. The desserts (brownies, blondies, etc.) were fabulous! It's a way cute shop, and they also do cakes, tarts, and pies to order.
Big Sugar Bake Shop
12182 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91604
Sweet Lady Jane in West Hollywood is a popular if not staid choice. Their triple-berry cake is great and I think it's frosted with whipped cream instead of a typical cake frosting, which keeps it light. Boule on La Cienega has extravagant pastries at extravagant prices, but they are worth it when you feel like a splurge.