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Where is the best Red Velvet Cake?

Jodie May 27, 2009 11:04 AM

I have an urge for old fashioned Red Velvet Cake. There are some good attempts at local bakeries but nothing quite hits the spot. Can anyone recommend someplace in LA? Thank you.

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  1. mrshankly RE: Jodie May 27, 2009 11:07 AM

    The Cobbler Lady on Crenshaw Blvd. Old school style red velvet cake and cupcakes with a hint of cocoa and frosting done just right. FYI, I've found the cupcakes to be more consistent in flavor and texture than the cake as the cake has been a little dry a couple of times. Nevertheless, it's the most authentic I've had anywhere in town which may not necessarily suit some people's expectations and tastes of what red velvet should be like... worth a try though if you're searching.

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      SIMIHOUND RE: mrshankly May 27, 2009 11:32 AM

      Portos. I didnt see Velvet Cake listed on the website but I know they make it.


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      schrutefarms RE: Jodie May 27, 2009 12:07 PM

      Red Velvet is my favorite!! I just had probably the best one from a place called LARK in Silverlake...not sure where, but I'm sure they have a website...Also, for cupcakes, the best I've found (better than all the cupcake bakeries) is at Toast, on 3rd. Just try to go first thing in the AM, as they are usually sold out by early afternoon. Also, it gets crazy with young Hollywood, and parking sucks...

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        revets2 RE: schrutefarms Jul 29, 2009 12:51 AM

        tried the red velvet cake from LARK for a family b-day party. not only delicious, but beautiful.

        not as crazy about their cupcakes, but we will be going back to order that beautiful, delectable red velvet cake.

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          schrutefarms RE: revets2 Jul 29, 2009 08:33 AM

          I agree. I picked up some cupcakes a while back, and while good, the cake blow the cupcakes away.

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        schrutefarms RE: Jodie May 27, 2009 12:09 PM

        And just so we are on the same page...I like my red velvet to be very moist, and a sort of dark reddish brown..NOT super fake red (Auntie Ems) or dry (Crumbs). Also, the frosting has to be a bit on the savory side...very cream-cheesy, less frosting-y...

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          DianaTakesABite RE: Jodie May 27, 2009 03:05 PM

          I love the red velvet cupcakes/cake at SusieCakes, and was also impressed with the ones at Sweet Lady Jane. Both are supremely moist, and SusieCakes' cupcakes come with an additional squirt of cream cheese frosting in the middle. Delish!

          SusieCakes Bakery
          11708 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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            OCAnn RE: DianaTakesABite Jun 1, 2009 10:10 AM

            I also like the red velvet @ Susie Cakes.

          2. monku RE: Jodie May 27, 2009 03:24 PM

            I know this doesn't help your urge.
            But, Big Mista's BBQ has a great red velvet cake, cream cheese frosting too.
            I don't think they make it. Sometimes when I get there early the lady says it hasn't been delivered yet.

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              bigmista RE: monku May 27, 2009 07:17 PM

              Our cupcakes are made by MrsMista's cousin Ernae from scratch. She does most of our desserts. I often pray for one of them to fall or get messed up so I can eat it..

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              cdub RE: Jodie May 27, 2009 03:30 PM

              Without a doubt the best one that I've had anywhere is at Nickel Diner. Their peanut salt cake is pretty incredible too.

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                Guero RE: Jodie May 27, 2009 08:09 PM

                I don't claim to have tried them all, but I have tried several. My favorite Red Velvet cake so far is from Jongewaard’s Bake and Broil in Long Beach. They make a cream cheese based frosting which is definitely on the sweet side.

                Jongewaard’s Bake 'n Broil
                3697 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807

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                  JeetJet RE: Jodie May 27, 2009 10:26 PM

                  With the two I list below all you need to add is a nice white cake and you are ready for the 4th of July and some serious fireworks.

                  Jongewaard's Bake & Broil (Sexy deep dark moist Red Velvet cake -- by the slice or the whole large cake, small cake or cupcakes)
                  3697 Atlantic Ave.
                  Long Beach

                  Milk (Sexy moist Blue Velvet cake by the slice or the whole cake)
                  7290 Beverly Boulevard
                  Los Angeles 90036\
                  (323) 939-6455

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                    monku RE: JeetJet May 30, 2009 06:57 PM

                    Agree on Jongewaard's.....had it tonight and it was good, I don't know about sexy looking though.

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                      JeetJet RE: monku Jun 1, 2009 09:15 AM

                      "...don't know about sexy...?" Well OK monku. We all have our own ideas about what looks sexy. In another post I said that cake was "a sexy naughty crimson topped with a creamy white frosting that takes the cake beyond suggestive -- it is provocative!" Actually, Jongewaard's does not get into producing a perfecly formed (flat on the top) kind of production. It sometimes looks a little more roughed-up, like it had a hard night, and what you see is " the morning after." Which is to say,with all that deep dark red with white lace this cake is still very good looking and inviting, and so, IMHO this "cake" is provocative and all I want to do is bite it again, and again, and...

                      Now, don't get me started on their Lemon Lush" pie which I would rename "Lemon Lust."

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                        monku RE: JeetJet Jun 1, 2009 09:25 AM

                        No complaints....$8.25 Burger Special includes drink and slice of that RVC.

                        Jongewaard’s Bake 'n Broil
                        3697 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807

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                          JeetJet RE: monku Jun 1, 2009 09:43 AM

                          Yeah, that burger special is one of LA's best meal deals. The burger, a drink and a slice of pie or cake. I really do not understand all the hype about Apple pan or Pie & Burger when those places charge 2 or 3 thimes the price and there is nothing special about their buns. Jongewaard's has very nice buns.

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                            monku RE: JeetJet Jun 1, 2009 09:55 PM

                            Yes, the best place to sit is at the counter to see the nice cakes and pies.

                            The place has the most bizzare configuration...half the time I'm walking behind the counter when I come back from the mens room or I'm almost hitting someone with the door when I come out.

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                    sparkyk RE: Jodie May 27, 2009 11:23 PM

                    I've had many well known red velvet cake-type morsels in LA. My favorite by far is made by the highly underrated bakery La Maison Du Pain in Miracle Mile. The first time I had it, I devoured the whole thing. Had to go back and make sure the deliciousness wasn't a fluke. The outside was a tad crunchy, the inside super moist, nice amount of cocoa flavor without tasting cloyingly strong/sugar, just the right amount of light, flavorful cream cheese frosting, the tone of red isn't scary bright. YUM.

                    La Maison Du Pain
                    5373 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

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                      latindancer RE: sparkyk May 28, 2009 08:31 AM

                      La Maison Du Pain is, by no means, 'highly underrated.
                      Everything in the place is stellar.
                      I had an issue awhile back regarding a couple of their items that I knew had been sitting in the refrigerated case a bit too long but I'm back as a regular once more.
                      Their red velvet is fantastic.

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                        sparkyk RE: latindancer May 29, 2009 05:30 PM

                        Yes I love them too. I just meant their red velvet cupcakes in particular get overshadowed by the lesser likes of Sprinkles/Crumbs.

                    2. J.L. RE: Jodie May 28, 2009 03:27 AM

                      1. Ralph's bakery - yes, Ralph's. They sell by the slice so you don't have to commit to a whole cake in order to try it.

                      2. Milk

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                        schrutefarms RE: J.L. May 28, 2009 03:40 AM

                        Actually, Ralphs is pretty good.

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                          mamajenna RE: J.L. May 28, 2009 09:28 AM

                          I have to agree....Ralphs has really good Red Velvet Cupcakes....they are Huge and sell them individually in the bakery. SOOOOO good!

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                            vinosnob RE: mamajenna Jun 1, 2009 02:39 PM

                            Remembering this thread, when I was at Ralph's yesterday, I picked up a mini red velvet cake from their bakery.

                            Gotta say, it was surprisingly good although the best part was the cake itself.

                            The cream cheese frosting was pretty weak; thin, a little sour and missing the richness of a well made frosting.

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                              J.L. RE: vinosnob Jun 1, 2009 05:18 PM

                              Thanks for trying it!

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                                choctastic RE: vinosnob Jul 29, 2009 08:06 AM

                                I had a slice of Ralphs red velvet cake for my birthday and I have to say that I actually like the fact that the frosting was thin, since I'm not a huge frosting person (even if it's good). I thought it had a pretty pronounced cream cheese taste too, which I liked.

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                              vpldy54 RE: J.L. Jul 28, 2009 06:18 PM

                              I agree, Ralphs Red Velvet cake & cupcakes are delicous! Ralphs was the first place I tried Red Velvet Cale (believe it or not). I have also tried Sweet Lady Janes, My Little Cupcake, Sprinkles and SuzieCakes. Suzie Cakes is th best of the rest, but Ralphs is really good (I like the slightly sour - tart- cream cheese ) frosting

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                              mamajenna RE: Jodie May 28, 2009 09:29 AM

                              I would also have to say that Wonderland Baker in Newport Beeach has really good Red Velvet...I know not LA but still yumm and somewhat close.

                              1. ReelMike84 RE: Jodie May 28, 2009 11:00 AM

                                Bludso's in Compton comes to mind.

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                                  bucktown RE: Jodie May 29, 2009 01:25 PM

                                  I just ordered a red velvet cake for my first trip to phillip's bbq in leimert park over the memorial day weekend. Not only was it the best bbq i've had in la (i ordered the tri-tip and rib tips), but it was also the best cake i've ever eaten. it was profoundly moist, sweet (but not too sweet), buttery goodness. it was also gigantic! 1 slice could easily fill 3 people. i definitely recommend it way over any of these cutesy bakeries or cupcake shops.

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                                    maudies5 RE: bucktown May 29, 2009 04:41 PM

                                    Susiecakes gets my vote.

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                                    MahiMahiFish RE: Jodie May 29, 2009 09:25 PM

                                    The Nickel Diner, hands down.

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                                      Lynndsey Rigberg RE: Jodie May 29, 2009 10:43 PM

                                      DOUGHBOY's on Third used to be my favorite...(are they shut down forever?). Barring that, I think BLUEBIRD CAFE in culver city makes the best red velvet...its just in cupcake form but really awesome!

                                      And finally, I've tried several recipes at home and its really sort of gross (when you think about it too much) the amount of red food coloring that goes into most recipes. I've experimented wit h the recipe and ommitted the food coloring...and it takes just as good. The beet juice adds something different, not bad, but different. An earthier taste...whereas red food coloring doesn't add any flavor at all. Good luck!

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                                        kevin RE: Lynndsey Rigberg May 30, 2009 06:40 PM

                                        is Doughboys still around?

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                                          PinotPlease RE: Lynndsey Rigberg Jul 28, 2009 10:08 PM

                                          Unless something drastic has changed, Bluebird does a cake, my SO got one for my birthday a couple years back, I'm still rolling around on the floor in sheer delight!

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                                          Lynndsey Rigberg RE: Jodie May 29, 2009 10:56 PM

                                          OMG, I was responding to another post when I suddenly remembered Jamaica's Cakes. They have an amazing red velvet. What was I thinking? Theirs is the best because its not sickly sweet and their cream cheese frosting is so awesome.


                                          1. JackonCrack RE: Jodie May 29, 2009 11:58 PM

                                            i'm gonna send you to Inglewood.

                                            MS.RUBYS BAKERY
                                            404 E Manchester Blvd
                                            Inglewood, CA 90301

                                            Big slices of Red Velvet Cake, moist as all get out.

                                            pic: http://static.px.yelp.com/bphoto/xAjo...

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                                              Mandi7882 RE: JackonCrack Jun 23, 2009 05:40 PM

                                              Thank you for posting Ms. Ruby's. I was looking for her address. The BEST Red Velvet Cake I've ever tasted. Fresh, light, baked right there. The best.

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                                              erodg RE: Jodie May 30, 2009 09:36 AM

                                              Milk on Beverly & Poinsettia has great red velvet cake. they also have blue velvet cake. Looks gnarly. Tastes great. Leaves you with a blue tongue (if you like that sort of thing).

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                                                J.L. RE: erodg May 30, 2009 12:18 PM

                                                Made with pureed Smurfs....

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                                                  kevin RE: J.L. May 30, 2009 06:41 PM

                                                  MMMMMMMMMMMMMM, pureeeed Smurfs.

                                                  the best is when you start making out with a blue tongue.

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                                                Dav RE: Jodie May 30, 2009 06:16 PM

                                                I got a red velvet cake from Cake Bakeshop in Manhattan Beach for my birthday in April.


                                                It was excellent... dense, moist cake that's on the brownish side of brown-red. Tangy, rich cream cheese frosting that was maybe a touch too sweet, but the combination was delicious. I believe they also sell cupcakes.

                                                1. trolley RE: Jodie Jun 1, 2009 09:27 AM

                                                  LOVE the red velvet cupcakes from Heirloom bakery in South Pasadena. Although I've had a bit dry one at times if you get them at the right time they're great. Dark brown with hint of dark red crumb and beautifully decorated with cream cheese frosting.

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                                                    NAspy RE: Jodie Jun 1, 2009 03:37 PM

                                                    The red velvet cake at Hotcakes Bakes ( a cute, upscale-ish bakery in the middle of a very vibrant, if somewhat ragged section of Culver City) was a huge hit at our pre-prop 8 wedding and I have been ordered to bring it to a friend's house for 4th of July.

                                                    Hotcakes Bakes is on Centinela, just south of Culver -- can't do the cool links that others do, but maybe someone can.

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                                                      bulavinaka RE: NAspy Jun 1, 2009 09:51 PM

                                                      - just south of Washington - around the corner from B&B Hardware and Sazon...

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                                                        kevin RE: NAspy Jun 2, 2009 08:50 AM

                                                        centinela and washington right?

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                                                        kavatee RE: Jodie Jun 1, 2009 07:44 PM

                                                        Frank from Doughboys is still making his red velvet by special order. He's doing cakes for my wedding!!!

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                                                          Tinasaur11 RE: kavatee Jun 24, 2009 08:44 AM

                                                          That cake is SO good! Every time I'm back in LA, I email Frank to pick up a few cakes. I've even asked him to ship out to NYC (and NYC bakeries are amazing) because no one makes red velvet like Doughboys!

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                                                          jcamera RE: Jodie Jun 1, 2009 10:10 PM

                                                          barbix in silver lake has one of the best red velvet desserts i have ever had. so worth it. moist and dipped in chocolate. yum!

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                                                            aphrodisiac RE: Jodie Jun 2, 2009 08:10 AM

                                                            Kiss My Bundt bakery on 3rd is right up there!

                                                            Good, old fashioned cake but the light, fluffy cream cheese frosting is the real highlight.

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                                                              daisypicker5 RE: Jodie Jun 10, 2009 07:26 AM

                                                              I actually made a red velvet cake last weekend using this recipe http://www.howcast.com/videos/139827-... It was really easy to make and I did a combination of red food coloring and beet juice. To be honest it was actually the first REAL cake I had made that didn't come out of the box and I was pretty impressed. Hope you find the recipe useful!!

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                                                                J.L. RE: daisypicker5 Jun 10, 2009 10:26 AM

                                                                All well, and good, but the L.A. Chowboard is for reviews of NON-homemade food (restaurants, bakeries, etc). For recipes sharing, please post this on the "home cooking" board.

                                                              2. SmokeyDoke RE: Jodie Jun 24, 2009 09:56 PM

                                                                No one has said Porto's Bakery yet? By far the best red velvet cake, and it has that savory, slightly sour, frosting. It's so rich, so delicious. It's not too sweet, which may have be a turn-off to a few. It's also gorgeous to behold.

                                                                Porto's Bakery
                                                                315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

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                                                                  shitzulvr RE: Jodie Jul 30, 2009 06:32 AM

                                                                  Loved the icing ang moist red velvet at Susie Cakes...The other cupcakes were above average (meaning better than most). They opened a branch in Manhattan Beach last week, Believe they have them in Brentwood, Newport, and Calabasas. Here is a web site:


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