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Lemon meringue cake at Proof Bakery.
Cathy Chaplin

Dig Into These 13 Fantastic Cake Slices in Los Angeles

Scrumptious slices worthy of a sugar high for any occasion

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Lemon meringue cake at Proof Bakery.
| Cathy Chaplin

Cake is usually reserved for special occasions but there’s no reason why that has to be the case. Take a fork to the superb slices on this list for any ol’ occasion because life’s too short not to. From seasonal specialties to remastered classics, here now are 13 fabulous cakes in Los Angeles.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Olive Oil Cake at Lincoln

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1992 Lincoln Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 765-6746
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It’s hard to go wrong with the olive oil cake at Lincoln. Moist from top to bottom, brightened with citrus zest, and enrobed in the finest brown butter icing, every slice is blissfully balanced, rich but not overly so.

2. Seasonal Cake Specials at Proof Bakery

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3156 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 664-8633
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Look no further than Na Young Ma’s Atwater Village bakery for some of the finest cakes in town. From the chiffon with lemon curd and fresh meringue to the dark chocolate raspberry torte, the flavors change with the seasons, and all are expertly baked with the deftest of hands. 

3. Tres Leches Cake at La Monarca Bakery

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6091 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 463-0933
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Settle in for a slice of La Monarca’s tres leches cake, along with a hot cup of cafe de olla, for an unbeatable afternoon pick-me-up. The vanilla sponge cake soaks up the trio of milks like a dream with a vanilla bean chantilly cream to top it all off. 

4. Chocolate Icebox Cake at Lark Cake Shop

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3337 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 667-2968
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The thing to get at James and Colleen Standish’ beloved cake shop is the old fashioned icebox cake, seven layers of chocolate wafers and fluffy whipped cream interspersed just so. It’s a tall stack of dear sweet richness. 

5. Passion Fruit and Lime Bavarian Cake at Tartine Sycamore

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911 N Sycamore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Swing in to Tartine for a taste of the bakery’s passion fruit and lime bavarian cake, a tremendous slice of moist chiffon and tangy-sweet cream with a handsome coat of coconut flakes. 

6. Triple Berry Cake at Sweet Lady Jane

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8360 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 653-7145
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Jane Lockhart’s triple berry shortcake is a three-layer beauty of yellow butter cake, lightly sweetened whipped cream, and a trio of fresh berries (raspberries, strawberries, and either blackberries or blueberries). It’s a splendid little number that’s as pretty as it is delicious. 

7. Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake at Valerie Echo Park

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1665 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 250-9365
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Valerie Confections bakes up an impressive line of vintage cakes including Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake, an iconic slice of sponge cake with coffee whipped cream and bits of honeycombed crunch.

8. Huckleberry Forest Cake at Cake Monkey Bakery

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7807 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 932-1142
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Dynamic duo Lisa Olin and Elizabeth Belkind are the two forces behind Cake Monkey, an outstanding purveyor of nostalgic desserts. Hone in on the huckleberry forest cake with its layers of chocolate brown butter cake, scratch-made huckleberry preserves, and luscious maple buttercream. 

9. Green Tea Mille Crêpes at Lady M Cake Boutique

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8718 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 825-8888
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Since opening in New York City in 2004, Lady M has grown to 30 locations globally. While just about every dessert looks picture perfect in the display case, it’s the green tea crepe cake that’s best. The magic of slicing through 20 delicate crepes interspersed with matcha-infused pastry cream never gets old.

10. Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake at Phoenix Bakery

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969 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-4642
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When Phoenix Bakery first opened in 1938, the shelves were mostly lined with traditional Chinese sweets. Throughout the years, the selection has evolved to include the bakery’s famous fresh strawberry whipped cream cake — a not-too-sweet slice that brightens any celebration.

11. Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake at République

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624 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 362-6115
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It’s futile to resist the charms of Margarita Manzke’s salted caramel chocolate cake. Imagine two layers of chocolate cake with plenty more chocolate-caramel ganache and salted caramel too. It’s a deeply satisfying creation.

12. Mango Cake at Tanbii Bakery

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8150 Garvey Ave #104
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 280-2151

The secret to Tanbii Bakery’s mango cake is its ideal balance of spongy cake, ripened fruit, and sweetened-just-so whipped cream. This cake is a true SGV staple at birthday celebrations and family gatherings.

A slice of mango cake with fresh fruit on top.
Mango Cake at Tanbii Bakery
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13. 7 Up Cake at Sweet Red Peach

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1035 S Prairie Ave #2
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 671-2253
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Here at Inglewood’s Sweet Red Peach, owner Karolyn Plummer bakes cobblers, cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. Her most impressive dessert is the 7 Up cake, a sticky and moist soda-infused pound cake finished in a simple glaze. 

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1. Olive Oil Cake at Lincoln

1992 Lincoln Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

It’s hard to go wrong with the olive oil cake at Lincoln. Moist from top to bottom, brightened with citrus zest, and enrobed in the finest brown butter icing, every slice is blissfully balanced, rich but not overly so.

1992 Lincoln Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103

2. Seasonal Cake Specials at Proof Bakery

3156 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Look no further than Na Young Ma’s Atwater Village bakery for some of the finest cakes in town. From the chiffon with lemon curd and fresh meringue to the dark chocolate raspberry torte, the flavors change with the seasons, and all are expertly baked with the deftest of hands. 

3156 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

3. Tres Leches Cake at La Monarca Bakery

6091 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Settle in for a slice of La Monarca’s tres leches cake, along with a hot cup of cafe de olla, for an unbeatable afternoon pick-me-up. The vanilla sponge cake soaks up the trio of milks like a dream with a vanilla bean chantilly cream to top it all off. 

6091 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

4. Chocolate Icebox Cake at Lark Cake Shop

3337 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

The thing to get at James and Colleen Standish’ beloved cake shop is the old fashioned icebox cake, seven layers of chocolate wafers and fluffy whipped cream interspersed just so. It’s a tall stack of dear sweet richness. 

3337 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

5. Passion Fruit and Lime Bavarian Cake at Tartine Sycamore

911 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Swing in to Tartine for a taste of the bakery’s passion fruit and lime bavarian cake, a tremendous slice of moist chiffon and tangy-sweet cream with a handsome coat of coconut flakes. 

911 N Sycamore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

6. Triple Berry Cake at Sweet Lady Jane

8360 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Jane Lockhart’s triple berry shortcake is a three-layer beauty of yellow butter cake, lightly sweetened whipped cream, and a trio of fresh berries (raspberries, strawberries, and either blackberries or blueberries). It’s a splendid little number that’s as pretty as it is delicious. 

8360 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90069

7. Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake at Valerie Echo Park

1665 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Valerie Confections bakes up an impressive line of vintage cakes including Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake, an iconic slice of sponge cake with coffee whipped cream and bits of honeycombed crunch.

1665 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026

8. Huckleberry Forest Cake at Cake Monkey Bakery

7807 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Dynamic duo Lisa Olin and Elizabeth Belkind are the two forces behind Cake Monkey, an outstanding purveyor of nostalgic desserts. Hone in on the huckleberry forest cake with its layers of chocolate brown butter cake, scratch-made huckleberry preserves, and luscious maple buttercream. 

7807 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

9. Green Tea Mille Crêpes at Lady M Cake Boutique

8718 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Since opening in New York City in 2004, Lady M has grown to 30 locations globally. While just about every dessert looks picture perfect in the display case, it’s the green tea crepe cake that’s best. The magic of slicing through 20 delicate crepes interspersed with matcha-infused pastry cream never gets old.

8718 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

10. Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake at Phoenix Bakery

969 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

When Phoenix Bakery first opened in 1938, the shelves were mostly lined with traditional Chinese sweets. Throughout the years, the selection has evolved to include the bakery’s famous fresh strawberry whipped cream cake — a not-too-sweet slice that brightens any celebration.

969 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

11. Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake at République

624 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

It’s futile to resist the charms of Margarita Manzke’s salted caramel chocolate cake. Imagine two layers of chocolate cake with plenty more chocolate-caramel ganache and salted caramel too. It’s a deeply satisfying creation.

624 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

12. Mango Cake at Tanbii Bakery

8150 Garvey Ave #104, Rosemead, CA 91770
A slice of mango cake with fresh fruit on top.
Mango Cake at Tanbii Bakery
Cathy Chaplin

The secret to Tanbii Bakery’s mango cake is its ideal balance of spongy cake, ripened fruit, and sweetened-just-so whipped cream. This cake is a true SGV staple at birthday celebrations and family gatherings.

8150 Garvey Ave #104
Rosemead, CA 91770

13. 7 Up Cake at Sweet Red Peach

1035 S Prairie Ave #2, Inglewood, CA 90301

Here at Inglewood’s Sweet Red Peach, owner Karolyn Plummer bakes cobblers, cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. Her most impressive dessert is the 7 Up cake, a sticky and moist soda-infused pound cake finished in a simple glaze. 

1035 S Prairie Ave #2
Inglewood, CA 90301

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