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best tres leches cake in los angeles?

mlle.emery Nov 29, 2011 01:06 PM

husband's birthday tomorrow, and he wants a tres leches cake. who makes it best in LA? and yes, i know about porto's, but i'm hoping for better. thanks in advance for your chowhound wisdom!

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    Jwsel RE: mlle.emery Nov 29, 2011 01:19 PM

    I hate to admit it, but my favorite is the cheap tres leches cake at Vallarta supermarkets. It's basic white cake with frosting, sitting in the milk sauce. Soggy, but very tasty.

    1. tablefor1 RE: mlle.emery Nov 29, 2011 04:34 PM

      at Milk on Beverly Blvd!

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        namstermonster RE: tablefor1 Nov 29, 2011 05:30 PM


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        emp2b3 RE: mlle.emery Nov 29, 2011 09:51 PM

        I'm not sure if it is best in the city, but if you are on the westside I am a fan of the one at Venice Bakery near Sepulveda. They have single portion sizes so you could try it and see!

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          bruinike RE: mlle.emery Nov 29, 2011 11:31 PM

          I like the one at Coppelia's Bakery on Venice west of Overland. They have slices and whole cakes. You can also order the whole cakes with fresh fruit

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            Mr Grub RE: bruinike Nov 30, 2011 11:28 PM

            Yea, baby.

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            yoyo RE: mlle.emery Nov 29, 2011 11:39 PM

            Perfectly Sweets in Alhambra has a good version. My girlfriends and I always get the tres leche from Perfectly Sweets. Call ahead because they might be out.

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              tammyplum RE: mlle.emery Nov 30, 2011 12:27 AM

              My favorite is the one from Alegria Cocina Latina:


              Alegria Cocina Latina Restaurant
              115 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

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                mlle.emery RE: mlle.emery Dec 1, 2011 01:12 PM

                Thank you all for your advice! Jwsel - FYI Jonathan Gold recommended Vallarta's, too. Anyway, I found out later that my husband is in major love with the version that one of his co-workers brings in often for birthday celebrations from Luceros Bakery, (323) 263-9016, East Los Angeles, 3540 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90063. Not sure how it stands up to these others since I am not a connoisseur, but here's the address in case anyone wants to do their own taste test. I CAN attest that it is incredibly delicious, at least! He gets the Pecan (nuez). Should be $20 for a standard round.

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