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Perfect Chocolate cake... Where are you?

I'm in the LA are and I'm searching for the perfect chocolate cake. While yes the are places whare you can get chocolate cake in just about every corner. There are some that you are not sure if they have a two year old making mudpies and simply serving them. I am looking for true chocolate nirvana.

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  1. You don't give much description about what would make a perfect chocolate cake for you. I'm a big fan of the old-fasioned chocolate cake at Sweet Lady Jane with its thick layers of ganache. Larchmont Bungalow has a very nice chocolate truffle cake. For simple chocolate layer cake with chocolate frosting, Magnolia has been my go-to.

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    Larchmont Bungalow
    107 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

    1. For a very simple and inexpensive chocolate cake, I like Portillo's in Buena Park.

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      1. re: JAB

        Portillo's also mixes the cake with ice cream for their Chocolate Cake Shake, which may put you and everyone within a 10-ft. radius into carb shock. -Harry

          1. re: wienermobile

            +2 on Susie Cakes. Jamaica's Cakes on Pico in West LA also does a very nice chocolate cake.

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

            1. re: wienermobile

              Yes - +3 on Susie Cakes. I used to say the chocolate cake at Jerry's Deli, but Susie Cakes toppled it last week.

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              Jerry's Deli
              27533 Puerta Real, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

              1. re: wienermobile

                I'll +4 SusieCakes. Their cake is rich, chocolaty, and I love the ganache frosting. One of the best I've had in awhile.

                Of course, I've loved almost everything I've had from there, so I expected nothing less.

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                SusieCakes
                2043 Westcliff Dr, Newport Beach, CA

              2. The Parisian at Porto's is some kind of godly.

                1. I get mine from Costco. That chocolate bundt cake is addictive....

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                  1. re: OCAnn

                    If you like bundt cakes then try Kiss my Bundt sometime. Really excellent cakes.

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                    Kiss My Bundt Bakery
                    8104 West 3rd Street (at Crescent Hts), Los Angeles, CA 90048

                    1. re: Servorg

                      Thank you for that...I looked them up and here's their announcement:

                      "On August 20th, 2010 we closed our pink and brown doors on West 3rd Street to restructure our business and to find a new space that meets the wonderful ways our business has expanded (retail, wholesale, and award-winning baking classes)."

                      1. re: OCAnn

                        I wonder if they are still shipping their cakes out?

                      2. re: Servorg

                        I prefer nothing bundt cakes...white choc rasp being my abs fav.

                    2. The chocolate cake at Urth Cafe is my favorite thing there and my favorite chocolate cake in LA. It's moist and chocolately but not overly sweet. Addictive.

                      1. I like a chocolate cake that is not too sweet.

                        If I don't have time to bake, my next fav is, believe it or not - Mani's on Fairfax. Whether you are going for a chocolate raspberry ganache cake - or a plain chcolate cupcake, the flavors are rich but not cloying.

                        If I want rich and sweet? And that's not a bad thing, just different - Victor Bene's Bakery, either at their stand alone shop, or in any of the Gelsons Markets. Good stuff.

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

                        1. Jamaica's Cake. http://www.jamaicascakes.com/home/

                          They've got like 4 or 5 different chocolate cakes on hand to choose from -- white, dark, ganache filled, etc. And you can also build your own custom cake, with all the chocolate you want or need.

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

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                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            I believe it's the "Basic Chocolate Cake" that is deep and dark - for true chocolate lovers.

                            1. re: bulavinaka

                              Or, make your own.

                              Start with chocolate cake, with German chocolate filling, topped with chocolate ganache and dark chocolate shavings? I'm getting chocolate overload just typing it ...

                          2. I love the Chocolate Parisian at Porto's, Viktor Benes (inside the Gelsons Markets), and at Thees International Bakery in the historic Farmer's Market on Third and Fairfax.

                            Also, I saw Kiss My Bundt at the Century City Farmer's Market yesterday.

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

                            Century City Farmer's Market
                            1800 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, CA

                            1. I really like the ding dong cake offered by Essential Chocolates in Culver City. Although they have a shop in the Westside Pavillion, the Culver City one is much better, as the Westside offerings seem drier. Not a chocolate cake expert by any means.

                              1. I get really paranoid when I see chocolate cake at a party because I think it's going to be dry, which most times it is. But the one time I don't get worried is when I see it's a chocolate dobash cake from Angel Maid bakery. The dobash cake from the king's hawaiian bakery is good too.