Sugar High: The Haute 5 Bakeries in Los Angeles

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Mmm… can’t you just smell the aroma? There is nothing like a fresh baked…anything! In recent years, the gourmet cupcake explosion has taken over America, and nowhere more passionately than Los Angeles. Our city has a patchwork of impressive ethnic bakeries—Bea’s in Tarzana, Baklava Factory and Porto’s in Glendale (and Burbank), Goldilocks in Filipinotown and Eagle Rock, Phoenix in Chinatown—specialty spots from Pasadena’s Gourmet Cobbler Factory to Culver City’s Gotta Have S’more…but you want a Haute 5, don’t you?

1 Buttercake Bakery

Balancing between homespun and haute, Buttercake offers classic layer cakes, elegant Bundts, festive cupcakes, scones, bars, and tarts (above) that you may just be able to convince your friends you made yourself. I wont tell.

8616 Sunset Boulevard

West Hollywood


10595 West Pico Boulevard

310. 470.6770

2 DeLuscious Cookies & Milk

How good could a cookie possibly be? Ask fans like Reese Witherspoon, Renee Zellweger, Courtney Cox Arquette and Steven Spielberg, all of whom are supposedly devotees of this Larchmont-adjacent bakery. That's a close-up of their peanut butter one above, btw.

829 North Highland Avenue

323. 460.2370

3 The Village Bakery and Cafe

With offerings like the “to die for” Lemon-Rosemary-Almond-Olive Oil cake, chocolate red wine cake (take that, Red Velvet!) bacon-maple and apricot-ginger scones and fresh cannoli, no wonder the East Side is buzzing about this Atwater Village spot. Breakfast and lunch look yummy too.

3119 Los Feliz Boulevard


4 Rosebud Cakes

Looking for a special occasion cake? No place in town is better regarded than Rosebud, who will give you a personal consulatation to create your bespoke dessert in any flavor and design you can imagine (yes, that's a cake above).

311 South Robertson Boulevard

Beverly Hills


5 Cake & Art

For something really outlandish, bizarre, even rather explicit, you want to visit Cake & Art, which has so many celebrity endorsements… Britney Spears, Rhianna, Hayden Panettiere, Khloe Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and Mila Kunis (disclosure: I brought her there, above) just to name the very hottest. They also have some of the best cupcakes in town. Give Cody my regards.

8709 Santa Monica Boulevard

West Hollywood


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