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damn good cake?

'sup people,

It's that time again. Almost Christmas. I've come to realize I haven't had any really good cake in a long time. so... any recommendations for this year?

I'm willing to drive but it's always easier when it's closer to sgv.

~thanks in advance

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        1. re: Thor123

          And chocolate, and marble, and German chocolate, and red velvet (it's our go-to place for birthday cakes at work so I've sampled them all) . . .

      1. Angel Maid Bakery, Centinela, between Washington and Culver. Always our first choice and a great selection.

        1. What is great to one Hound might be eh or even bleckh to another - cake or otherwise. For example, Porto's is excellent to some. Me? Good value but more of a C-lister in my book.

          1. I love Big Sugar's vanilla cake with vanilla frosting. They put crunchy sanding sugar on top for a very appealing texture. The vanilla taste is incredibly clean and pure.

            1. Kievsky cake at Karina's
              Petit fours at Valerie

              1. Proof Bakery (any cake)

                Olympic Bakery (mango cake) ... and if you go don't forget to pick up a ham and cheese sandwich for J.L.

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                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Yes, I love those ham and egg (not cheese) sandwiches at Olympic Bakery...

                  1. re: J.L.


                    I need to get me to Olympic Bakery!

                  2. Not in the SGV but, for a damn good old fashioned simple cake, I like the chocolate cake at Portillo's in Buena Park.

                    1. I love the Tres Leches cake from Portos.

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                      1. re: Kalivs

                        I've eaten a lot of Portos cakes at kids birthday's recently and I can't say that I'm a fan (dodges rotten fruit).

                        am i the only one who finds they have a less than wholesome taste and the cake is often soggy and wet as if its been frozen and thawed?

                      2. Karen Hatfield does a layer cake at Sycamore Kitchen, different flavors every weekend (I only go there on Sat. or Sun., not sure if she puts one out on weekdays), always outstanding. You won't find it first thing in the morning, though; they tend to wait for the lunch/brunch hour. About a week ago, it was a chai cake with orange mascarpone filling that was easily one of the top 5 desserts I've had, period.

                        1. tres leches from animal, berry blossom from susina, blum's coffee crunch from valerie.

                          1. I think we have to ask - what kind of cake do you like?

                            Sweet? Not sweet? Citrus? Lemon? Chocolate?

                            In LA, if I want a cake that is not too sweet, I have to bake it myself. (Happily, I have many easy recipes!)

                            But there's Victor Bene's, the divine Strawberry Cake from Phoenix Bakery - what do you like?

                            1. I realize this is an old thread … but I went out for a small snack this afternoon and ended up at Proof Bakery. i had a slice of their Almond Frangipane Cake.

                              Once again, after eating their cake, I am certain the Proof Bakery cakes are among the best in the world.

                              1. McCalls has a chocolate whoopee pie that is new to us. Outstanding. Really superior cake.