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Feb 9, 2009 07:06 PM

Mother's Little Helper - Cake Monkey Bakery

I think we can safely say I'm addicted to Cake Monkey's irresistible snack cakes and cookies. While my comfort food cravings usually involve something salty and fried, lately I just cannot get enough of baked goods.

If we're on the Westside near the stroller store, we like Clementine, Auntie Em's in Eagle Rock, Lark in Silver Lake, and Delilah's in EP. Adore the chocolate babka at Diamond's, which freezes beautifully by the way. All are favorites we (really just I) frequent way too often.

Recently, however, I cannot get Cake Monkey out of my head. Perhaps it's the deceivingly simple packaging, a foil wrapping for the cakewiches, reminiscent of Ding Dongs. Or maybe it's the sense that I'm eating the most amazing snack cake from childhood, evoking memories of grandparents long gone. Perhaps it's knowing that as much as I love to bake, there's no way I could ever create such wonders.

When it comes down to it, Elizabeth Belkind is just an incredible baker who uses only the finest ingredients and makes everything with a commitment to perfection. And every bite is really, really good.

I believe you can only find Cake Monkey in a few spots around town (a Cake Monkey storefront is on the horizon) but one of them, lucky for me, is Silver Lake Wine. I never know what Cake Monkey goodies will be there. Last time they had their 'Nuff Said cookies (chocolate crumble cookies with housemade marshmallow, dark chocolate, pecans, caramel and sea salt) and mini-oatmeal cookies. Time before that I think they had a few different flavors of their cakewiches and oatmeal cream pies. I love that there's always that suspense of not knowing what will be there or if, heaven forbid, they're sold out. It also feels slightly subversive making a special trip to the wine store just for a cookie.

Unfortunately, I've never had their little layer cakes, so I can only imagine how wonderful they are. But Tater's first birthday is coming up in May and I think "The Classic" with yellow velvet layer cake and milk chocolate frosting will be a perfect first cake experience for him and a good excuse for us to eat more Cake Monkey!

Cake Monkey Bakery
(877) 640-CAKE or

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  1. Oh my God. I have to go there today, as I am starting Atkins tomorrow. My last dessert Hurrah! until summer!

    Thank you so all sounds amazing.


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    1. i'm not sure if it's a pointless post. in fact a quite a few of us live east of labrea and appreciate suggestions such as the one made by suebee. i'm a dessert fanatic and have tried practically every bakery on the eastside. i'm originally from ny and silverlake does not equal garden city AT ALL. perhaps brooklyn but not long island. not everything revolves around the westside.

      1. re: trolley

        Take a chill on the Westside snubs - if you've read enough posts on the site, it's a rare day that posters give any hint of Westside-centricity. If anything, negative comments are very common about the Westside - most of them unfounded.

        I just came from La Maison du Pain - definitely not Westside, and as a Westsider, I can say it is one of my favorite places to pick up just about anything that comes out of a bakery. The traffic is terrible and the parking sucks, but those are facts. Outside of that, like most neighborhoods throughout LA, it has a lot of pluses - one of them being unique and wonderful culinary and cultural experiences. I've lived in LA practically all of my life, and why people have any propensity to snub one neighborhood or another is beyond me. Maybe I need to get out to the Eastside and figure out why folks are so hostile about the Westside...

        1. re: bulavinaka

          hey bulavinaka- i was just defending suebee on her post. there was a very mean response to her post which went off on her calling it pointless and equating anything on the eastside equal to garden city, NY which is so off as an analogy. this post has been since removed so my response seems really out of context. one of my favorite bakeries is Amandine and i actually like the westside for my baked goods. most of the days i'm stuck on the eastside with my new born who has limited my traveling west. sorry if you are offended by my post. :(

          1. re: trolley

            I'm sorry as well - didn't notice the deleted post - I'm sure your response was justified. I just get constantly miffed at the Westside slams that seem to come from nowhere and have developed this knee-jerk reaction to anything uncalled for. Again, sorry for the bad reflex...

            1. re: trolley

              Love the communication skills guys! :) Thanks for coming to my defense, trolley. I didn't get a chance to read the offending post, but it must have been pretty nasty if the Chowhound team deleted it. Why anyone has to get ugly over food is beyond me, but thanks again!

              I'd love to touch on the two bakeries just mentioned, Amandine and La Maison du Pain, both of which we just recently tried and left disappointed. I was surprised because of the amount of love both bakeries receive. I'm thinking we just ordered the wrong things? At Amandine we picked up a mini-croissant, chocolate croissant, orange cream pastry, raisin sugar roll, and a slice of gateau fraise. The croissants tasted a bit stale, though a quick heat up at home greatly improved them. Everything else was just ok. We got a beignet and a cinnamon roll at Maison du Pain.

              What did I miss? What are your favorites?

              Oh and congrats on your newborn, trolley. Our little guy is almost nine months old and quite the foodie!

              1. re: Suebee

                suebee- that person who replied to you was lame. i think your post is a perfect chowhound post but she felt otherwise. maybe a bad day. i'm starting to think amandine is not for all. aside from the croissant being stale which is just unfortunate i think the desserts tend to be on the lighter side which certainly isn't for all. i love all their fruit tarts. the cakes are very delicate and they cater to a big japanese ex-pat clientele( that's me) there's always a review in the local japanese newspapers. in japan you'll find all "western" bakeries or cake-ya to have dessert like Amandine. suebee, i hope you're having fun with your 9 month baby. mine isn't quite newborn any more but he's approaching 5 months. he gets mad when i eat in front of him. i think he'll be quite the food monster!

        2. Sadly, Cake Monkey makes some of the best cakes in the city but (for some mysterious reason) haven't opened up a storefront. You can order their cakes for delivery and it's well worth it. Their service on the phone is fantastic and the quality of their product is top notch. Hopefully, they'll open up a storefront some day soon. FYI, their carrot cake is the best I've tasted anywhere in town.

          1. Umami Burger on La Brea and 9th(LA proper, not Silver Lake) has several Cake Monkey items.

            1. re: baloney

              and what a delicious dessert they make to those equally delicious burgers! the flourless chocolate cream roll is my favorite. i thought i was full after a triple pork and lamb and then quickly inhaled the creamy mess before i knew what was happening. the sugar high moments later was priceless.

          2. A few weeks ago, I stopped by a pop up store that was featuring Cake Monkey. I made the trek specifically to purchase treats from Cake Monkey ...could have cared less about the other vendors. Sadly, the seller (no idea if she's the owner or not), couldn't have cared less about me as a customer or that I was REALLY interested in her business. She brushed me off several times, didn't have the appropriate packaging for me to purchase the cookies I really wanted (the chocolate-caramel lockets), and in general, just seemed oblivious to me. Don't get me wrong, I didn't want her to fawn all over me, but I was the only one who ran up to her table and was all excited about her products and she treated me like I was invisible...not rude...just like I wasn't there.
            But, that aside, I was able to buy one of the chocolate lockets (never mind that I had to eat it that moment because she had nothing to put it in). And it was great. Not mind blowing in the sense that I could probably make it at home, but still quite good. I also got a 'Nuff Said, which luckily, did have a wrapper. AND OMG IT IS DIVINE!!! The sweet and the salty. The chocolate crunch pieces (which I think are pieces of the chocolate locket cookies) and the marshmallow. WOW. I totally, and without reservations, recommend that cookie!

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            1. re: jjsawrey

              They'd BETTER be good at those prices!

            2. I was lucky enough to enjoy my first Cake Monkey Cakewich today. A friend brought me one and they are a friend indeed. The Cakewich is an enchanting, delicious, moist devils food cake, with a light, sweet cream filling. To add to the decadence, the entire package is then dipped in chocolate before being individually wrapped. While this is my first Cake Monkey experience, I am already counting the days until my next. These little cakes would make a wonderful addition to your next office party, birthday, or simply as an after dinner treat.

              1. I read about these from your post and drove 40 minutes across town to get them. Entirely worthwhile. It's like.. they're how Hostess tasted to me sugar-craving four-year old palate, but adjusted for my adult, post-fast-food palate. Like they've dredged the past and pulled out this old, shrunken, disgusting wreck and sent it to the art restorers of the inner food soul and made it museum-quality. Or, more like it, like they've dredged their inner souls and made real the four-year-old memory of a perfect hostess.

                My favorite is peanut butter with marshmallow fluff.

                I also suspect that they would be God's Own Perfect Snack for, say, er, certain cases of post-substance-consumption-munchies.