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best bakery for carrot cake

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.
THANK YOU!

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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.)

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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.