She wants to eat [sophisticated] cake in Los Angeles, California
March 10, 2017 1:21 PM   Subscribe

One of our group has a birthday coming up...we'll be in La Brea/Wilshire area restaurant but need to find a great cake to pick up for dessert and singing. Sweet Lady Jane isn't cutting it any longer--and we don't want a 'boring' old fashioned type of Susie Cakes for our birthday girl.

We might swing by Lady M, but this would be the second time in two weeks that we go there.
Where else should we consider for a great tasting, sophisticated, chocolate cake in LA? [some of us will be in downtown, so consider that area as well as La Brea]
thanks y'all!
posted by calgirl to Food & Drink (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: I love Lark. We had chocolate cupcakes from there at an engagement party and they were divine.

My two go-to bakeries for cakes when I haven't had time to put in a custom gourmet order are King's Hawaiian and Paris Baguette. KH cakes taste amazing, but are not aesthetically sophisticated. PB cakes are pretty and taste great. Neither are particularly sophisticated, but I'd take their cakes over most fancy bakeries for taste, hands down.
posted by Everydayville at 2:41 PM on March 10, 2017

Must it be all-chocolate? Kiev cake (nuts, buttercream, chocolate, meringue) from Karina's Cake House in Glendale is the best cake I've had in years.
posted by Scram at 3:00 PM on March 10, 2017 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Portos, a Cuban bakery in Glendale, has great cakes. But be prepared for long lines.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 3:39 PM on March 10, 2017 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Republique will make a whole salted caramel chocolate cake with enough notice. It's their only cake, but it's so very very good. (I know this isn't your typical bakery situation, but it's the best "sophisticated cake" I could think of.)
posted by zerbinetta at 4:44 PM on March 10, 2017

Is Atwater too far for the DTLA folks? Proof Bakery has a delicious chocolate espresso cake.

(And while I was googling I found this Buzzfeed video testing cakes in three price ranges; #1 is Porto's, mentioned above, this is the middle and the third from Bottega Louie costs $1200.)
posted by Room 641-A at 7:45 PM on March 10, 2017

Butter Cakes is pretty good.
posted by miss lynnster at 12:53 AM on March 12, 2017

Response by poster: Great suggestions!!
I think Lark will fit the bill the best, but thanks for reminding me of other great options such as Porto's and Republique [?! who knew?]
posted by calgirl at 9:50 AM on March 16, 2017

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