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Amazing Birthday Cake

CynGriff Aug 11, 2009 02:35 PM

I'm looking for an amazing cake for a coworker's birthday...No lemon...nothing overtly chocolate. We've ODed on Sweet Lady Jane triple berry and I'm trying to think of something great! Any suggestions...I travel from Sherman Oaks to Culver City so I've got a pretty wide span of locations...

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  1. mollyomormon RE: CynGriff Aug 11, 2009 02:50 PM

    What about Susiecakes in Brentwood or Jamaica's Cakes in WLA? Neither are far off the 405...


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      vinosnob RE: mollyomormon Aug 12, 2009 09:30 AM

      We're almost always on the same page mollyo, but I gotta throw out a dissenting opinion concerning Jamaica's Cakes. I've had decent cakes from them in the past (nothing special), but the last one (a red velvet) was just terrible.

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        mollyomormon RE: vinosnob Aug 12, 2009 09:44 AM

        Ha! I actually don't love Jamaica's either (although they're pretty) but I know many on the board do and chalk it up to different cake tastes. But the red velvet at Susiecakes, to me, is the best cake in the city.

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          vinosnob RE: mollyomormon Aug 12, 2009 10:25 AM

          Good to have you back in good standing! :)

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      jillso RE: CynGriff Aug 11, 2009 06:02 PM

      Hummingbird Cake from BigsugarBakeshop! If you've never had hummingbird cake (it's a southern thang)...it contains bananas and pecans and pineapple and I'm not sure what else....but it's good!

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        dtud RE: CynGriff Aug 11, 2009 07:41 PM

        i really like the parisian at emil's swiss pastry. it's chocolate with chocolate shavings - but really moist and light. delicious. emil's is on santa monica blvd. in west LA (near barrington).


        also - i used to have great luck with the strawberry w/white cake and whipped cream frosting at paris pastry. yum! it's on westwood boulevard near ohio.


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          schrutefarms RE: CynGriff Aug 12, 2009 02:15 AM

          If you like red velvet, Lark on Sunset in Silverlake is terrific.

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            Augusta RE: CynGriff Aug 12, 2009 10:01 AM

            I've always loved Phoenix bakery in Chinatown for their light, white, strawberry and whipped cream filled cakes with toasted almonds. I've had lots of happy birthday memories from there.

            Phoenix Bakery
            969 N. Broadway
            Los Angeles

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              ultraviolet RE: Augusta Aug 12, 2009 10:39 AM

              Phoenix is fantastic!

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                SIMIHOUND RE: ultraviolet Aug 12, 2009 11:21 AM

                Is Burbank too far? If you have time go to Portos in Burbank. They have a large variety and books of photos of the cakes they have done. I have never heard of anyone being unhappy with taste or prices. There there are always people ordering or picking up cakes,often more than one.

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              la tache burger RE: CynGriff Aug 12, 2009 11:49 AM

              Had two stunning cakes over past few days: red velvet from Susiecakes for my birthday (yesterday, aug 11) which is killer; and other day the key lime pie from clementine, which I suppose is a pie not a cake, but as far as I'm concerned RULES!!!

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                swtcrm RE: CynGriff Aug 12, 2009 12:40 PM

                Viktor Benes hazlenut cake is my (picky) stepdad's all time favorite birthday cake!


                1. David Kahn RE: CynGriff Aug 12, 2009 03:44 PM

                  The best birthday cake I've ever had was a carrot cake with blood orange mascarpone filling from Leda's in Sherman Oaks. I think the shop is closed now, or only doing custom orders, or something, so you'd need to see about availability, but seriously, it was amazingly good.

                  Leda's Bake Shop
                  13722 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91423

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                    Scott the Poet RE: CynGriff Aug 12, 2009 04:00 PM

                    Coconut Cake at Susina Bakery. Fantastic and just had it for my own. Reasonably priced too. They are at Beverly & La Brea.


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