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Looking for opera cake

i'm looking for a really good opera cake for my husbands birthday next week. i've had the one from viktor benes and thought it was a bit too sweet and not very flavorful. i'm thinking of getting one from porto's but never had theirs. i'm in the pasadena area and can't travel too far. anyone with suggestions?

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  1. Is it a French Cake, Italian, Cuban?

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    1. re: Burger Boy

      it's a french cake. layers of almond sponge cake with coffee butter cream and topped with ganache.

    2. The Nordstrom Cafe has been known to carry a great Opera cake...it's been featured on Road Tasted with Jamie and Bobby Dean on the Food Network. Porto's also makes a great version, too.

      1. Forgot the links.

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

        Porto's Bakery
        3614 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

        1. Also, Nata's pastries in Sherman Oaks has an excellent Opera Cake.

          1. I would go with Porto's. It's delicious.

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            1. Definitely the Porto's one -- it's delicious!

              1. Ya'll are missing it!
                Try Sweet Lady Lane on Melrose
                Not inexpensive; but well worth it!

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                1. re: subal

                  Ummm.....you must have missed these threads. The first one
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/452658 towards the end of the second thread one poster feels he had great service at SLJ, but then reports the cake wasn't that special in a later posting. I would think if you need an opera cake and you're in West L.A. you could check with Caprice. Jean Louis is from France (Alsace if I recollect rightly) and he's a very nice guy. http://www.capricefrenchpastries.com

                  1. re: subal

                    Bitch Un-Lady Lane, for mediocre cake and service with attidtude!

                    1. re: subal

                      time has come and gone and i went with porto's once again. the cake was great and priced right at $25. after living in weho for 4 yrs i've had enough abuse from jane and her minions. i used to go and get attitude and wondered if i had done something wrong. i'm one the ones on the longest thread as well detailing my bad experience. i'd rather buys a cake from von's than go to sweet lady jane. in fact, i'd rather have betty crocker and i hate box cakes.

                    2. Can't vouch for it but I saw opera cake for sale at Trader Joes.

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                      1. re: DrBruin

                        Yes, the Trader Joe's opera cake is the best opera cake and best cake I've ever had. Possibly even the best dessert I've ever had. I highly recommend it.

                        1. re: Nate650

                          lol! that carrot cake is pretty damned good too! but, that's off topic.