From cupcakes to chocolate mousse tacos to triple berry shortcake to Earl Grey macarons to Nutter Butter cookies just like your mom used to make, here are best desserts in Los Angeles—the treats that really will hit your sweet spot.
1 Sweet Lady Jane
Sweet Lady Jane may be one of the sweetest spots in LA. You'll find nothing but the freshest ingredients inside its wide range of baked goods. While treats like cream cheese puffs and artisan breads are always on offer, try seasonal goodies like the triple berry shortcake, a chocolate mousse taco, gingerbread cookies, chocolate candied orange cake and cranberry bread pudding to satiate your sweet tooth. For those who feel like enjoying a Royal treat, take a bite out of the Princess Cake—a European yellow cake layered with pastry cream and raspberry preserves. Frosted with a thin layer of vanilla buttercream and cloaked in green marzipan (almond paste). This definitely deserves a crown—or some kind of medal.
1631 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (310) 254-9499
2 Bouchon Bakery
Thomas Keller has the Midas Touch—at his haute Beverly Hills eatery, Bouchon, and its sister spot, Bouchon Bakery. The croissant is a must-try as are macarons (especially the Earl Grey)—which change on a seasonal basis—and the perfectly baked cookies such as the Chocolate Chunk, Oatmeal Raisin, the T.K.O. and Nutter Butter.
235 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 (310) 271-9910
This homey Santa Monica spot serves up artisan breads, pastries, and truly epic desserts. Don't miss the Passionfruit Posset, Blueberry Cornmeal Cake, Chocolate-Chocolate Layer Cake or the gooey, chocolate and cream eclairs. Oh heck, just try it all. Just expect you'll have to loosen your belt a notch and call it a day—Huckleberry is worth it.
4 Susie Cakes
Susie Cakes is a cupcake lovers paradise. This Manhattan Beach bakery carries flavors that range from the standard— vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and red velvet—to custom-made creations as well as double layer cakes with mouth-watering frosting, puddings, cheesecakes, chocolate chip cookies and even whoopie pies.
3500 N Sepulveda Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (310) 303-3780
Proof is often referred to as one of the best bakeries in America, and with good reason. Just wait until you bite into an almond croissant or taste one of the fruit pies, which is something your mom might have made...only better. The almond frangipane cake with marscapone cream and jam is a rich and indulgent delight, as is the divine chocolate ganache. There's even a sweet treat for vegans in the form of a tea cake—more of a muffin baked with olive oil, walnuts and dates.
3156 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (323) 664-8633