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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.

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Bottega Louie
700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: bad nono

      I think I know the one you mean--could it be Caprice?

    2. 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.

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      Parkway Grill
      510 South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105

      1. Maybe Paris Bakery in Westwood? I've never been to the place, only drive by it. But I presume it's a French bakery....

        1. bumping this. while the dacquoise at Bottega is "fine", it's just not the transcendental dessert that it ought to be.

          Where else can one go? Chaumont has a pistachio one, but I don't want that flavor, at all.

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          1. re: TonyC

            they had something like this at magnolia on 3d st. I thought it was just "OK" but I'm more into the banana pudding there than the rest of the shop....might give them a jingle.

          2. Per La Maison Du Pain's Facebook page, they apparently had dacqoise in the shop a few weeks ago. There are some photos on their Facebook page. Here's one: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...

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            1. re: Jwsel

              the picture they posted in June of a chocolate covered dacquoise looked even better, imho

              1. re: westsidegal

                chocolate covered dacquoise with almond is basically exactly what I'm looking for. thanks guys.