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10 Best Cakes in Los Angeles

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Trixiegal_00 Nov 24, 2012 12:52 PM

Hello all:

My finance and I will be getting married in a few months and, instead of having one large traditional cake, we would instead like to serve the 10 best cakes in Los Angeles. So, we were hoping you all would share your vast experience and help us discover what the best cakes in Los Angeles are.

We live on the Eastside, but can pick up cakes from most parts of Los Angeles. We thank you for contributing to our happiest of days.

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    Wward Nov 24, 2012 03:07 PM

    Great idea. Phoenix Bakery in Chinatown: iconic strawberry whipped cream cakes for 50 years; Big Sugar in Strudio City, the Hummingbird, banana pineapple cake, cream cheese frosting, candied pecans.

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      TastELA Nov 24, 2012 05:04 PM

      Check out Porto's. They have a website with detailed descriptions, they are all good.

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        Savour Nov 28, 2012 03:31 PM

        Portos has a killer carrot cake, but their tres leches is also really good.

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          ns1 Nov 28, 2012 06:23 PM

          and their parisian...and their strawberry shortcake...

      2. trolley Nov 24, 2012 08:39 PM

        had a lovely cake from Lark at a party not too long ago. layer chocolate with italian buttercream. Also see if Proof in Atwater can make you something. i've never had cake from them but their croissants are phenomenal and i can imagine their cakes being just as fancy.

        1. ipsedixit Nov 24, 2012 08:55 PM

          Pastel Vasco @ Proof Bakery

          Mango Cake @ Olympic Bakery

          Taro Cake @ Cathy's Bakery

          Cheesecake @ Flour & Tea

          Durian Plum Cake @ Van's Bakery

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            ns1 Nov 28, 2012 06:25 PM

            How is the Taro cake @ Cathy's compared to the ubiquitous taro cake/roll from Red Ribbon?

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              ipsedixit Nov 28, 2012 07:00 PM

              Never had Red Ribbon's.

          2. DrBruin Nov 24, 2012 11:15 PM

            I really love the Triple Berry Shortcake at Sweet Lady Jane (although I think the service left something to be desired the last time I went). Since you're taking it to go, it may not be a huge issue. Congrats on the upcoming nuptials.

            I also love King's Hawaiian Dobash Cake. It's chocolately without being overly so, not too sweet, and as light as angel food cake.

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              namstermonster Nov 27, 2012 04:15 PM

              berry blossom from susina's
              black&white from la provence
              ice box from lark
              cake monkey
              blum's coffee crunch from valerie confections
              limoncello from letthemeatcake

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                JudiAU Nov 27, 2012 07:46 PM

                Depending on the size of the crowd, I'd suggest getting fewer cake styles and duplicates. Otherwise you'll have so many people tasting you'll run out of cake.

                Clementine coconut
                Susina Berry Blossom
                If you are open to cupcakes, chocolate-peanut butter (Joan's) and chocolate-creme filled (clementine)
                Pumpkin cheesecake - susina
                Phoenix bakery - strawberry

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                  running pig Nov 30, 2012 10:19 AM

                  Judi, I could not agree more. When we got married, we had two cakes from Lark: the salted caramel and a chocolate mousse. We figured that the caramel was an unusual flavor which children and people with more traditional tastes would not care for. We thought the chocolate would be too boring for our more adventurous guests. We figured on having lots of cake left over but what happened is that most people wanted "a little of both." We hardly had any cake left for us! BTW, Lark was fantastic, reliable and friendly. The cakes were a hit!

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                  heinous Nov 28, 2012 02:11 PM

                  I love this idea! I also love the Hawaiian Paradise cake at King's Hawaiian. Three layers - guava, passion fruit, and lime. Very light and fresh. My sister had this as her wedding cake, in fact.

                  Congratulations, and good luck with your cake quest!

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                    Clyde Nov 28, 2012 04:30 PM

                    our wedding cake was from Cake Monkey Bakery and THEY DELIVER!!! I don't remember the name of the cake (it may be as simple as black & white) it was chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. IT WAS AMAZING!

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                      paprkutr Nov 28, 2012 04:39 PM

                      Call Crumb Fairy in the valley on Stagg St. She makes delicious and beautiful cakes

                      1. trolley Nov 28, 2012 08:05 PM

                        the one other cake that comes to mind is the Mado cake from Maison Richard. it is a praline, chocolate, hazelnut layer cake that's divine. This was 8 yrs ago but i used to work for a clothing company and when the CEO's had a party (which BTW, we weren't invited to) they would always get this cake. Afterwards, their assistants would distribute the leftovers to us minions and that is how we would taste the good stuff.

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                          lunataz Nov 29, 2012 06:48 PM

                          Run don't walk to Jamaica's Cakes on Olympic Blvd just West of the 405 Fwy. I went to several bakeries looking for my wedding cake, some of which are mentioned in some of these reply's. None of them could compare with the taste of Jamaicas cakes. Rather than make one large cake I had her make small cakes as center pieces for the tables. It was beautiful. There were a couple of people at my wedding who don't like cake but the had an obligatory bite and both people told me how much they liked it and wanted her info. Also her presentation is fantastic. She brings out all the different icing flavors and several cake flavors that you arrange ahead of time then you can mix and match the flavors to create what you like.
                          And...she also can make vegan cakes if you like.

                          www.jamaicascakes.com

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                            latindancer Nov 29, 2012 09:02 PM

                            I'm not a huge Whole Foods fan but....

                            On Crescent in BH the Whole Foods sells a "Flourless Chocolate Cake" ....
                            It is truly fabulous, one of the best I've ever eaten.

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                              ChefRoux Dec 1, 2012 11:44 AM

                              Rainbow Cake from KIng's Bakery

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                                thechez5 Dec 1, 2012 09:18 PM

                                Paradise Cake at King's Hawaiian, which I see has been mentioned already...

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