Dacquoise is a dessert cake made with layers of almond and hazelnut meringue and whipped cream or buttercream.
Many years ago, in another part of the country, my wedding cake consisted of hazelnut dacquoise, sandwiched in between layers of sponge cake. It was utterly delicious...not just a cake to look at, the taste was unbelievable.
I find myself wanting to find a baker in LA who can recreate a smaller version of this cake for other occasions (birthdays come to mind), and I have no idea in LA if there might be a bakery that would know how to do this? The technique is a French one, so maybe a French bakery?
I saw Bottega Louie in DTLA had a dacquoise in their dessert case, but have yet to try it, and when I asked, they didn't seem able to customize it.
I live in West LA, but since capable bakers of dacquoise may be a hard thing to find, I would be willing to travel to other parts of LA to get one.
700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Long ago, the pastry chef at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena had a superb lemon dacquoise on the menu, and I had it whenever I was there. Later on, that chef was gone, as was the dacquoise, and I began searching for something similar. I was sent to a bakery in Pasadena, but struck out there. That was several years ago, so perhaps somebody has figured it out, I'd love to hear of a good source.
510 South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105
You could try to special order it from La Maison du Pain (on Pico & Ridgeley), but I'd think most Korean and Japanese bakeries should also be able to do it.
On the Westside you could call Jin Pâtisserie or also Huckleberry to see if they could do it for you. I know there's also a French bakery in Santa Monica, on Pico (I think across the Trader Joe's) that has been recommended several times to me but I've never been. Hopefully someone else will know which one I'm talking about.