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Apr 26, 2010 02:54 PM

Recs for Xcellent Chocolate Birthday Cake on Westside

Yes, it's 3pm on monday & i'm looking for a birthday cake for tomorrow night! I'm looking for a small cake (6inches) to serve just my family (2 adults 2 kids) for my husbands birthday. I want a really good dense chocolate cake & haven't ordered one in a long time so I'm sort of stumped. I typically go to Angel Maid Bakery in Culver City but I"ve never had their chocolate cake. Thoughts?

Angel Maid Bakery
4538 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA

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  1. Angel Maid Bakery's chocolate dobash is very tasty, chocolatey and moist but light - not dense. Light cakes are pretty much their gig. I think their minimum size might be 8" as well, but you could ask for sure.

    Jamaica's Cakes Bakery on Pico in West LA does a very nice chocolate cake that is rich, has mouthfuls of chocolate flavor and is pretty dense but not like a brownie-kinda dense. "Simply Chocolate" is the name, and it's really good. I'm pretty weak in the knees when it comes to good chocolate, and this one always hits the spot. They definitely have 6" sizes but I think they normally have the 9" in their case which can be bought whole but usually is sold by the slice. Again, please call - you may have to order one. They're open till 7PM so you should still have time.

    Angel Maid Bakery
    4538 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA

    Jamaica's Cakes
    11511 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

    1. The Viktor Benes in the Marina del rey Gelsons has some of the better chocolate cakes in this area in my opinion.
      I also generally like Susiecakes in Brentwood, though I haven't tried her chocolate cake. Good luck!

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      1. re: hyacinthgirl

        Susiecakes chocolate cake is the best. It's 6 layers of delicious chocolate with an amazing chocolate fudge frosting. Yum!

        1. re: maudies5

          yum! I second the Susiecakes recommendation!

      2. I know I'm too late, but Viktor Benes Bakery, inside the Gelsons Markets has a FANTASTIC Parisian Chocolate Cake. I think it may be the best chocolate cake I've ever eaten, and I am a cake connoisseur. Thees Continental Bakeryin the Farmers Market has a great one as well. There's a Gelsons in Century City.

        Gelsons Markets
        15424 W Sunset Blvd, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

        1. Just an update on this thread. I gave Susiecakes' chocolate cake a try. Amazingly moist - It's replete with six layers of cake and frosting. The buttercream was rich and pretty sweet. Definitely a cake in the classic American sense. I love cake, but I also love chocolate - deep dark chocolate. As much wow that the Susiecakes chocolate cake has, Jamaica's Cakes' chocolate cake is definitely more chocolatey. So I'd categorize the comparison as apples and oranges. Susiecakes' chocolate cake is definitely great for cake lovers. Jamaica's Cakes' chocolate cake is definitely for chocolate lovers who are looking for a cake that will scratch that chocolate itch something fierce.

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          1. re: bulavinaka

            I appreciate the detailed recs hounds. I ordered the cake from Jamaica's which was perfect since it was the style of chocolate cake the birthday boy prefers! I hope to try Susie's version soon since I really love buttercream. I enjoyed a big slice at Huckleberry recently which was great but I would have liked the cake to be a bit more dense. Anyway, thanks again!

            1. re: dotrat

              I just had that cake from Huckleberry yesterday. Truly superb in all respects, but as you point out, it comes down to style. It's deceptively light but full of deep chocolate flavor. I liked the fact that it was light since we enjoyed this one after dinner. It's beautiful as well.