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May 22, 2010 09:52 PM

Great Cakes of LA - Who's Gunna Take the Cake?

The topic of cakes seems to have come up more than once recently. Lots of folks chimed in about who's got the best chocolate cake in the Westside.

Poster Arthur wanted us to post about great red velvet cakes around LA. While still not convinced that red velvet could stand on its own, Arthur was impressed with SusieCakes' greatness at making cakes.

I've always been a fan of Jamaica's Cakes' chocolate cake that hits high notes for dark chocolate lovers. The depth of chocolate goodness is immeasurable.

Many have applauded SusieCakes for both their red velvet as well as their chocolate cake (and rightfully so - this place is a cake lover's paradise). Their Tropical Coconut cake is not to be missed as well. All of their cakes would baffle the best of architects as to how they could be so moist yet still stand on their own.

Angel Maid has been a long-time Westside favorite for their cakes so light that they could defy gravity. Throw some strawberries in and it's like walking on billowy clouds in the spring time.

I just ran into a tall dark beauty at Bite - four incredible layers of cake that are just left of pound cake slathered with four more layers of what I'm guessing is chocolate ganache. Oh. My. Bajesus. This was one amazing cake. One mack daddy of rich moist golden yellow cake with some serious back: super deep dark rich up-to-my-lips-in chocolate ganache. Sir Mix-A-Lot, bring it down with, "Baby Got Back."

If I had to choose one cake to have before going on a diet, this would be the one. A gigantic slice of cake heaven for less than five bucks. It wouldn't even fit in the box for me to take home. Shame on Elizabeth for making my gluttony so obvious to all of the other diners there. Oh heck, I ain't proud! ;)

Cakes, cakes, who's got the best of cakes?

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  1. vanilla bake shop. fleur de sel choc cake

    1. Hi bulavinaka,

      Since you started this "mess," I nominate you to try Chef Kimiko's custom-made Cakes at Patisserie Chantilly. (^_~)

      I've been eager to try one, but whenever a Birthday comes up, someone already went ahead and bought a Cake from somewhere else. :(

      Patisserie Chantilly
      2383 Lomita Blvd., #104, Lomita, CA 90717

      6 Replies
      1. re: exilekiss

        Hi exilekiss,

        Gee - that's pretty brash of you to nominate me for such a miserable duty. ;) I'll have to carry this burden unless some other poor Hound befalls this fate before I do. :)

        1. re: bulavinaka

          Hi bulavinaka,

          I figure you go to Patisserie Chantilly so often, it'd be fitting to have you take on this Herculean task of trying Kimiko-san's custom-made Cakes. :)

          But seriously, I hope you (or I) get to try her Cakes soon. If her Cakes turn out to be ~50% as good as her Choux a la Creme, it'll be my go to place for Birthday Cakes in the future. :) ...

          Oooh, I wonder how a Cake with her Kurogoma (Black Sesame) Creme would taste like?

          1. re: exilekiss

            >>Oooh, I wonder how a Cake with her Kurogoma (Black Sesame) Creme would taste like?<<

            I'd be willing to fall on the sword for that one. I wonder if Kimiko-san already uses this ingredient in her cakes? If not, I think it would be a wonderful challange for her, don't you think?

            1. re: bulavinaka

              Hi bulavinaka,

              I just called Patisserie Chantilly. Apparently Kimiko-san makes a Giant Kurogoma (Black Sesame) Cream Puff Cake(!) (O_o). It comes in 16 cm and 18 cm diameter sizes and they can write a personalized message on top.

              I'll be waiting for you to fall on that sword. :)

              1. re: exilekiss

                Hi exilekiss,

                (O_o) is right! Where's that sword?!

            2. re: exilekiss

              Some of their cakes are available in individual slices that you can order there.

              I've ordered two of their cakes and they were both really good (the chocolate cake and the strawberry cake). The chocolate cake was phenomenal, eating it with a raspberry on top as opposed to without one totally changes everything.

              I ordered the chocolate cake in conjunction with a Bonjour strawberry cake and Chantilly beat it out by a lot. To be fair, I kept Bonjour's cake in the fridge for a day before I ate it (whereas I ate Chantilly's fresh when I ordered it), and Chantilly's cake's quality after 2 days in the fridge suffered a lot..

              Bonjour Cafe
              24633 Del, Prado Dana Point, CA

        2. I have need for a lemon case ASAP. More tart than sweet.

          Any suggestions?

          3 Replies
          1. re: SilverlakeGirl

            Have you tried SusieCakes' lemon cake yet?

            1. re: bulavinaka

              Does a tart count as a cake? Never mind.
              Had a bite of a nice lemon tart at Huckleberry today.

              1. re: bulavinaka

                I tried their lemon cupcake yesterday. It's very worthy for a lemon cupcake, which its cake equivalent would be wonderful as well. The frosting is lemon, while the filling is lemon curd. The cake is lemon as well, so it's very lemony. And it does have some tartness to it - not lip-puckering tart, but it's all there. Tartness from lemon juice, perfume and flavor from lemon zest, and a buttercream frosting that's not overly sweet or overloaded with butterfat.

            2. Does cheesecake count?

              If so, I'd opt for a banana pudding cheesecake from Harriet's.

              1. Hi bulavinaka,

                My all-time favorite cake -- and in all probability, favorite dessert period -- is the rich, velvet heaven that is the Cielo de Coco from Asia de Cuba. Had I the vote, my Nobel Prize for Piece would go to its creator.

                Mango Cake @ Red Ribbon
                Triple Chocolate Layer @ Hof's Hut
                Fresh strawberry cake @ Pie N' Burger

                Asia De Cuba
                8440 W. Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

                Pie 'n Burger
                913 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

                Red Ribbon Bakeshop
                11900 South St, Cerritos, CA 90703

                Hof's Hut Restaurant
                6257 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803