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catbert Dec 6, 2013 10:28 PM

'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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    JudiAU Mar 16, 2014 12:14 PM

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

    1. SilverlakeGirl Mar 14, 2014 08:33 PM

      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.

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        happybaker Mar 14, 2014 08:33 PM

        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?

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          namstermonster Dec 8, 2013 10:16 AM

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

          1. katydid13 Dec 7, 2013 03:21 PM

            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.

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              Kalivs Dec 7, 2013 12:53 PM

              I love the Tres Leches cake from Portos.

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                MoreMolecules Dec 7, 2013 01:56 PM

                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?

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                  namstermonster Dec 7, 2013 09:34 PM

                  never been a fan myself.

              2. JAB Dec 7, 2013 10:31 AM

                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. ipsedixit Dec 7, 2013 10:31 AM

                  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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                    J.L. Mar 14, 2014 07:24 PM

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

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                      happybaker Mar 14, 2014 08:30 PM

                      Dang!

                      I need to get me to Olympic Bakery!

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                        ipsedixit Mar 14, 2014 08:44 PM

                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8923...

                    2. A5 KOBE Dec 7, 2013 09:14 AM

                      Kievsky cake at Karina's
                      Petit fours at Valerie

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                        MoreMolecules Dec 7, 2013 08:16 AM

                        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.

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                          bulavinaka Dec 7, 2013 04:57 AM

                          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.

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                            Bruce Kerr Dec 6, 2013 11:16 PM

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

                            1. wienermobile Dec 6, 2013 11:03 PM

                              Susie Cakes
                              https://www.susiecakes.com

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                                maudies5 Dec 7, 2013 09:49 AM

                                +1 for Susiecakes

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                                  Thor123 Dec 7, 2013 06:37 PM

                                  Great Coconut Cake!

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                                    cookie monster Dec 8, 2013 10:02 AM

                                    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) . . .

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