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I need to order a carrot cake for a friends birthday and since i am not a fan I am at your mercy. Anywhere from Santa Monica to Silverlake is great.
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  1. Call bigmanbakes in Downtown, he used to do carrot cake but now does more cupcakes but I am sure he will accommodate. http://www.yelp.com/biz/big-man-bakes...

    1. Buttercake is delicious, more like a banana bread shape "loaf" with cream cheese frosting. Coral Tree Cafe good one. Amazing one at Tavern, very Farmer's Market, 3 kinds of carrots, not overly sweet.

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      Coral Tree Cafe
      11645 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

      1. I always enjoy the carrot cake from Hansen's. Definately a sweet version, but really moist and good.

        www.hansencakes.com

        1. maybe a little out of your way but El Segundo bakery has amazing carrot cake. Also creative cakes in Redondo has good carrot cake.

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          1. re: sparkareno

            Is El Segundo Bakery still open? I haven't been in a long while but thought the family decided to close down...

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            El Segundo Bakery
            219 W Grand Ave, El Segundo, CA 90245

            1. re: bulavinaka

              You may be right--it's been a while since I have been there. such good memories of their cakes, though.

              1. re: sparkareno

                We liked them a lot as well. Nothing fru-fru about them. Just really good renditions of old-fashioned bakery stuff.

              2. re: bulavinaka

                Sorry, El Segundo Bakery is gone. Just an empty storefront for now.

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                El Segundo Bakery
                219 W Grand Ave, El Segundo, CA 90245

                1. re: vickie2172

                  That's too bad - I appreciate the confirmation. We dropped by there I think about a 1 1/2 years ago (maybe longer) to grab some of their goods. We were stopped cold by a sign that indicated that they had closed for good - weren't sure whether to believe this El Segundo institution was gone for good. They were part of the character that was old downtown ES.

            2. As hard as it may be to believe, maybe the Staples Center? (I guess it's out of your geo range, though.)

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/700792

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              1. re: JamesF

                Go to Susiecakes and Tavern in Brentwood. They both make a great carrot cake. Each place will give you a sample to taste. Tough call. Both delicious.

              2. hold your fire... but, my mom LOVES carrot cake, and really loves the one from the Cheesecake Factory... i know, i know...

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                1. re: Emme

                  Off topic, but that cheesecake factory carrot cake nutritional info is shocking (like 600 calories more per slice than most the cheesecakes).

                  I love all the cakes at Susiecakes, including the carrot cake so that'd be my rec. And Eagle Rock is probably too far, but I think Auntie Em's is great as well.

                  1. re: mollyomormon

                    I have had only the carrot cup cake at Auntie Em's; it is moist and dense with carrots and raisins, and the frosting is "the good stuff." If they make a large cake, then I would vote -- along with mollyomormon -- for Auntie Em's.

                    1. re: liu

                      They do make full size cakes! :) http://www.auntieemskitchen.com/baker...

                      1. re: mollyomormon

                        Yumm!

                        1. re: liu

                          although better for me to just stick with the mini cupcakes because I would be in serious trouble if I had a full Auntie Em's carrot cake in the house...

                          1. re: mollyomormon

                            mollyomormon -- very funny!
                            I once heard that if you cut the cupcake or cake into small pieces, you will greatly reduce or even cancel all the calories...just something I heard and I'm passing it on!

                2. Susiecakes and Jamica's Cakes on Pico near Barrington are both DE-LI-SHUSH.

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                  Pico Cafe
                  8944 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

                  1. I'm surprised no one mentioned the carrot cake at Porto's! It's got pineapple in it and has an amazing cream cheese frosting.

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                    1. re: boogiebaby

                      was just about to post this

                      <3 Porto's carrot cake

                    2. In the end I got a carrot cake from Vanilla Bakeshop and was told it was Amazing!
                      Thanks for your help

                      1. Maybe a little late, but Village Kitchen on Beverly and Union is DELICIOUS. Just got a slice today. They have a talented young baker there, and all the money goes to a local homeless shelter.
                        Delicious cake for a great cause.

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                        Village Kitchen
                        7050 Village Dr Ste R, Buena Park, CA 90621