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Faulkner99 Sep 10, 2012 12:00 PM

I've searched the boards but can't find anything recent or on topic. Any suggestions for a great place to get a wedding cake? The two names I've been given are Rosebud and Hansen's.

  1. J.L. Sep 18, 2012 05:58 PM

    Cake Divas

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      Jodie Sep 13, 2012 09:51 PM

      I like Hansen's -- the frosting (I'm something of an afficionado) is, I think, the right mix of sweet (but won't hurt your teeth buttercream) and whipped cream (which I don't consider frosting). If you like buttercream frosting, go to Hansen's.

      I've also heard Jamaica Cakes in LA, but don't know them personally.

      1. aching Sep 13, 2012 12:13 PM

        Vanilla Bake Shop has GORGEOUS wedding cakes.

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          TracyS Sep 14, 2012 09:32 AM

          We tried a number of bakeries when choosing our own wedding cake and ended up choosing Vanilla Bake Shop who had delicious, not too sweet cakes and contemporary designs. They reproduced something I saw in a magazine and it looked great, and their portfolio of past cakes was really impressive too. This was a few years back so not sure if it's still the case, but we wanted a square cake and I remember liking them for not nickel-and-diming us for this instead of round like everywhere else.

          My next runner-up would have been Jamaica's cakes who, by the way, offer an amazing cake tasting - a huge assortment of cakes and frostings and they box it all up for you to go).

          This was a few years back, but I think we also went to Sweet Lady Jane (not enough selection and too old-fashioned for us) and Hansen's (our least favorite - cake was too spongey/airy and frostings were too sweet).

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            running pig Sep 18, 2012 08:44 AM

            Ooh....I do like Jamaica's cakes quite a bit. Never seen the wedding cakes but I have had small desserts there several times....attractive and delicious. The owner seems nice, too.

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          zinFAN Sep 11, 2012 05:57 PM

          my co-worker used the Butter End on Santa Monica in WLA earlier this year and the visual artistry was just WOW. But be prepared for sticker shock. Luckily her new in-laws footed the bill.

          1. ipsedixit Sep 10, 2012 07:55 PM

            Van's Bakery.

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              maudies5 Sep 10, 2012 09:25 PM

              Anyone but Hansen's. I can't stand their cakes. They are cloyingly sweet.

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                SIMIHOUND Sep 11, 2012 12:22 PM

                Portos. Great cake at a great price.

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                  trolley Sep 11, 2012 01:24 PM

                  depends on how much you want to spend. i know some people on a budget have gotten a cake from phoenix bakery and loved it. we were on a super budget and got a basic 3 tiered cake from Porto's. It wasn't my first choice but everyone liked it and it looked great.

                  when we got married Lark didn't exist but I recently went to a birthday party and had a great slice of cake from them.

                  i had a cake from hansen's once and couldn't believe how it didn't taste like anything. it had no flavor was just sweet. the cake looked really nice tho.

                  also think about your location. i believe most all of them charge a delivery fee and some charge more based on distance. so say you're having a reception on the westside it's probably best not to pick an eastside bakery and vice versa. not unless budget is not a concern.

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                    Faulkner99 Sep 13, 2012 10:56 AM

                    Thanks for all that detail. This event will be on the westside. Cost isn't too much a factor, as long as it doesn't get outrageous. She emailed Charm City, and the quote she received was over $20 per person for the cake. I think they're hoping to keep it closer to $10 or so, which should be more than enough.

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              latindancer Sep 10, 2012 07:42 PM

              My vote will forever go to Rosebud. The cake ordered for a large party @ my home was spectacular....beautiful and delicious.

              From the moment it was ordered, in a very intimate and gracious setting, to the moment it was delivered....there was not one moment I didn't know it was going to be fabulous. They listened, understood and executed exactly what I wanted every step of the way. I love Rosebud.

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                running pig Sep 10, 2012 12:04 PM

                If you are open to non-traditional design, we had a FANTASTIC experience with Lark.

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                  Faulkner99 Sep 10, 2012 12:25 PM

                  Bride is definitely interested in non-traditional. Thanks for the tip.

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