I may be known for donuts, but if it comes down to the REAL truth… cake is my favorite dessert. It always has been and it always will be. You can’t beat it. Cupcakes, they’re fine. But cake. CAKE is where I live. Perfect frosting to cake ratio in every bite. So good. So, I forced everyone in the office to participate in a hunt for the best cakes in Los Angeles. Man, I’m a mean boss, huh?
We searched high and low and found the best rated cakes in the city… and our favorites along the way! And all of the places we tested allow you to get just a slice or mini cake, because… moderation. Or something like that. 😉 Check ’em out.
Republique is probably one of LA’s most gorgeous restaurants, so you should go for that alone. But they also have some amazing baked goods… including this infamous chocolate caramel cake. And yes, it is that rich.
Our Fave: Chocolate Caramel Cake
Annie always talks about Susie Cakes and their funfetti actually ended up being both Annie and Samantha’s favorite of the whole bunch! It was probably the best funfetti I’ve had. They have a couple locations across the city to check out!
Our Faves: Vanilla Celebration Cake (aka Funfetti!) and Old-Fashioned 6-Layer Chocolate Cake
Alcove Cafe & Bakery
My favorite of the bunch was the red velvet at Alcove, located in Los Feliz. It’s really all in the cream cheese frosting, and it wasn’t too sweet, which is exactly what I look for.
Our Faves: Red Velvet and Mississippi Mud
This baker at the Grove ranked pretty high in our cookie test, so we went back for cake! And you can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate right!? Right. There’s even caramel thrown in! And it’s just gorgeous.
Our Faves: Chocolate Peanut Butter
Widely known for their chocolate chip cookie, we had to circle back for this chocolate espresso number. Oooh the layers in this had me like… *heart eyes emoji*.
Our Fave: Chocolate Espresso
I love how classic Magnolia’s cakes look and same goes for the whole shop. If you have a vision of a perfect “birthday cake” in your mind, it’s Magnolia’s. Perfect frosting, perfect sprinkles. SO PRETTY!
Our Fave: Classic Birthday Cake (Vanilla with Chocolate)
The Village Bakery + Cafe
If you’re down with cake, but not a fan of frosting, bundt cakes are your BFF! The Village Bakery has quite the selection, too.
Our Fave: Blueberry Poppyseed
Milk is pretty famous for their electric blue cake (which they were out of when we went, but I’ve had before and it IS delicious) but their chocolate cake? Woah baby! They warned me that it was intense, and it totally was in the best of ways. This girl loves chocolate cake! *Hand Raised!*
Our Faves: 3X Chocolate Cake + Blue Velvet Cake
Cake Monkey has quickly become one of our favorite bakeries in the city. I love their mini sized cakes because they are the perfect size, and so darn adorable. The crunch cake has a toffee crunch which I’m obsessed with. In addition to their minis, they slice one larger cake a day! I vote you get both. #moreismore
Our Fave: Cake Monkey Crunch Cake
Joan’s on Third
Classic flavors, well done. I was a huge fan of their Crown Cake, and I love that the slices aren’t so gigantic you can finish them without feeling too bad about it.
Our Faves: Crown Cake + Carrot Cake
I credit Doughboys with introducing me to Hummingbird cake, and I love them for that. Doughboys is one of our favorite comfort food spots in the city and they have the cutest little cakes! Famous for their red velvet, but hummingbird owns my heart.
Our Fave: Hummingbird
Sweet Lady Jane
These slices are so tall and so pretty, and the triple berry was probably in my top three favorites. I love going to this bakery because it feels so classic, fancy and old school!
Our Fave: Triple Berry Shortcake
What’s your favorite kind of cake? Do you have a favorite cake in your city!? TELLL ME! I need to make an epic list. I’m always looking for slices of cake, not cupcakes. Share the secrets, you guys!