1 Bouchon Bakery
The beauty of the desserts at Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery is that they taste as delightful as they look.French pastries, brioche and croissants are all melt-in-your-mouth amazing here, but the pastry case highlight has to be the macrons. The flavors change with the seasons, but whether you're sampling the standard chocolate and vanilla or seasonal pumpkin, you're going to be one happy customer.
2 Proof Bakery
Those who appreciate a truly delectable dessert should look no further than chef Na Young's pastry case at Glendale's Proof Bakery. The exterior of the shop doesn't even begin to hint at the award-worthy delicacies inside, such as the Chocolate Caramel tart with crème fraiche caramel, chocolate ganache and Maldon salt or the Almond Frangipane Cake filled with mascarpone cream and jam.
3 Sweet Lady Jane
Jane Lockhart has some of the most beloved cakes and cupcakes in all of LA. In addition to fan favorites like the triple berry cake, pistachio, spice and Italian rum wedding, she'll custom-make you a cake suited to your personal tastes and needs. Sweet Lady Jane makes bespoke cakes? How haute!
4 Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery
Zoe Nathan, formerly of San Francisco's Tartine, has brought her sweet sensibility to Santa Monica's Huckelberry. own at Huckleberry. Try the caramel square for a well-deserved treat, or Nathan's bread pudding, which may just be the best the City of Angels has to offer.
5 C+M (Cookies + Milk) at LACMA
C+M (Cookies + Milk) is a recent addition to the dessert scene, and earns rave reviews for its desserts as well as its sleek setting. The succulent sorbet is made from Straus Family Creamery milk, Tahitian vanilla bean and organic sugar, while the Milkwich, an adult ice cream sandwich, and bacon pop tart, are delicious, out-of-the-box standouts. How appropriate for LACMA.