This weeks sweet is brought to you by Forage. I have to say their desserts never let me down. From one of the best German chocolate cakes ever to sticky chewy oatmeal cookies to seasonal fruit cheesecake, they’ve got the sweets game down. This new seasonal special, Strawberry Tres Leches Cake, is all sorts of amazing. A nice crumb, just enough sweetened condensed milk and super sweet California straberries.
Have you heard? It’s one of the best days of the year – National Donut Day! Let’s celebrate with a dozen donuts, what do you say? Here are a few of my favorite donuts in LA (in no particular sugar filled order).
That mouth-watering picture above is from Primo’s, one of my favorite mom and pop donut shops in LA. They are located in West LA if that is your neighborhood or if you are passing through and they are definitely worth a stop. I think their buttermilk bar is the best buttermilk bar in LA!
SIDECAR DOUGHNUTS & COFFEE
Maybe on of the best donuts I’ve ever eaten and certainly worth the drive to Costa Mesa (Santa Monica location please hurry up and open!). I love that you always get the donuts warm and fresh. The butter & salt and the vanilla bean glazed twist are in a tie for first place.
There is no denying that these donuts are almost too cute to eat! They have fun, colorful cereal toppings or are shapped like pandas with oreo ears. Pro tip: you can advance special order custom letter donuts too!
BOBS COFFEE & DOUGHNUTS
This is truly an LA staple. Located in the heart of the Original Farmers Market on Fairfax you can see regulars enjoying a coffee and donut as they probably have been for decades. The maple bar and crumb cake are delightful!
BLUE STAR DONUTS
My Portland favorite donut shop is making it’s way to LA this summer and I couldn’t be happier! Their perfectly fried and fluffy donuts with fun flavors like Bourbon Blueberry Basil and Bananas Foster are sure to win over LA donut lovers.
HAPPY DONUT DAY!!
Have you had one of Compartes amazing chocolate creations? HIs new Coffee and Donuts chocolate bar happens to be one of my favorites. Now you can enjoy a flavor explosion of two amazing things – Compartes chocolate + donuts! Yes, this is real and it is crafted by pastry chef Nicole Rucker at Cofax on Fairfax Blvd. So find some time and treat yourself to some coffee and a magical chocolate cake donut! #instagramworthy
Guys, summer is almost here! It’s time for sunshine, backyard bbqs, beach days and rosé. I have the perfect addition to any summer party and I can’t believe I didn’t think of this before – frozen cold pressed juice pops.
Clover is my favorite local juice company. Have you tried the Le Lait it tastes like a vanilla milkshake, but it is better for you and packed with protein. And don’t even get me started on the Gold n’ Greens, the perfect green juice with just the right amount of sweetness.
For these popsicles I took just a standard home popsicle mold and filled them with Clover juice’s – Go Big, The Quench and Menage a Trois. Let them freeze over night and voila, a healthy refreshing summertime treat.
Best part… they delivery both locally (FREE) and nationwide. These happened to be a few juices I didn’t have a chance to get to in my delivery pack so rather than let them go to waste I froze them in all of their tasty glory. You should do the same and what a fun way to get kids to eat a little better while enjoying a sweet treat. Order online and you are just one click away from happy juicing!
In the spirit of birthday week, both blog and my own, let’s talk birthday cake. Here are some of my favorite cakes and cake makers in Los Angeles!
This strawberry tres leches cake is just one of the many delectable slices you can get from Forage in Silverlake. They make some of my favorite cakes in town, especially their German Chocolate Cake that cannot be beat.
This strawberry chocolate cake from Matchbox Kitchen is just one gorgeous example of Sara’s beautiful cake creations. My favorite to date is still her chocolate caramel. In need of a cake, well look no further. She is also the mastermind behind LA Cake Club - a bi-monthly a meeting for dessert enthusiasts to share and enjoy homemade sweets.
One of my favorite cakes to make is this perfectly simple ginger infused Italian cream cake from Spoon Fork Bacon. These ladies know a thing or two about food and you can be certain that any recipe you find here is going to be gold!
Up for a baking challenge? Take on this drool-worthy recipe for Churro Cake by Large Marge up on KitchyKitchen.com.
As always don’t forget to follow along on Instagram @LetMeEatCake for you daily sweet fix!
It’s birthday week – for myself and this blog! It is hard to believe that Let Me Eat Cake started 6 years ago, it seems like just yesterday. This blog has been an incredible experience for me. It has allowed me to express my passion for sweets and share about a subject matter near and dear to my heart. It has also allowed me to get to know YOU! LMEC has really more than anything given me the opportunity to forge some amazing relationships in the food community far and wide.
Over the last six years of LMEC a lot has changed and the biggest change has been how social media has shaped things. As many of you many have noticed, there isn’t as much posting on here as there was six years ago and that really has a lot to do with Instagram. With life getting busier and busier daily, Instagram has allowed me a sort of micro-blogging if you will – an instant way to keep sharing sweets and treats. So if you are hungry for more always check there @LetMeEatCake.
Now it’s time to celebrate! Have a slice of cake with me. Go bake your own with this recipe here or if you too are too busy to bake your cake and eat it too, these Quin candy birthday cake treats are the perfect way to have a quick and easy birthday cake treat! I love Quin’s handmade confections and this newest flavor is one of my favorites (handmade sprinkles and all!). It’s a party in a bag. Find our more about Quin here.
When you are invited to preview the 87th Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball, you don’t say no. So yesterday I had the honor of attending this Oscars preview party and it was all the Hollywood glitz and glamour that I expected. Held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom in the heart of Hollywood, I felt like a star for the night. None other than Wolfgang Puck provided catering and I ate every last bite of all of the comforting, cozy fare that the stars will feast on tomorrow. And those desserts, well I can attest that they are well deserving of an award themselves! If I had to deprive myself all week to fit into an Oscars gown, these perfectly simple and classic desserts would be the light at the end of the tunnel! This was a truly ‘Only in LA’ moment that I was honored to experience.
Take a look at all the sweetness Hollywood will be treating themselves to, from ice cream sundaes and strawberry shortcake push popos, to a Charlie Chaplin inspired all chocolate sculpture.
There is nothing sweeter or more romantic (in my opinion), than a simple and sweet heart shaped treat for your loved one on Valentine’s day. It’s a great chance to let the one you love, your sibling, your mother or your friend know they are loved. And all of these work as great last minute gifts!
Here are my Top 5 Sweets For Your Sweet -
Village Bakery & Cafe
Whenever a holiday rolls around you can be certain that the Village Bakery & Café in Atwater Village will have the most festive and cute sweets. Their Valentine’s Day decorate cookies are to die for. If I were a kid again, these would be the kind of Valentine’s Day cards I would hand out. Village Bakery I will be yours!
See’s candies are a tried and true treat. I remember those black and white boxes from childhood and always sifting through to find my favorite almond square. Take the classic approach and gift your loved one a heart shaped box of See’s candies. Or how about one of their super cute heart shaped truffle boxes? The strawberry truffles, inspired by love and made with care have my heart skipping a beat.
Bob’s Coffee & Doughnuts
Got a donut lover in your life? These adorable heart shaped, pink frosted, heart sprinkled donuts are a sweet surprise. My heart goes pitter patter for fried dough goodness.
Ok, not quite a heart but there is a heart on this cute little lobster so we think that counts! I mean Lobstergrams!? This sweet treat from Playa Provisions pastry chef Kristin Feuer is cuteness overload. For $20, you get a “Lobstergram” – four absolutely adorable lobster sugar cookies and a cute lobster gift tag in a box (yeah, that lobster is holding a valentine!). Gone in two bites, grab a few and spread the love.
Just one delicious bite and I fell in love with Pop Bar popsicles. The chocolate dipped pistachio was my favorite. While I would love nothing more than to have a pack of popsicles shipped to my door, their hot chocolate sticks can tide me over until my next visit. You can ship a 3/6/12 pack to your darlings doorstep and they are in for a hot chocolate delight. It is a chocolate lovers dream.
To view more of these awesome Valentine’s sweets check out these Instagram accounts:
In the spirit of reminiscing over the year that has just passed in the blink of an eye, here are my favorite sweet moments of 2014!
1. The number one spot had to be held for this Nestle Tollhouse + Buzzfeed baking video. It was not only a blast to film, but those double chocolate baked donuts – the greatest excuse to eat cake for breakfast!
2. Working on a Sweet Guide to LA on Conde Nast Traveler. As a native Angeleno, I take great pride in my city and it was fun to share a few of my favorite places for desserts. And I am a big CN Traveler fan too!
3. Getting invited to Ben & Jerry’s in Vermont for a few days and then getting to show Dorie (Ben & Jerry’s story teller) around LA a few months later. What ice cream lover doesn’t dream of visiting the Ben & Jerry’s factory and headquarters and then meeting Ben & Jerry in real life. It was an amazing moment in time and I’m so so thankful to have gotten to check that off the bucket list this year!
4. Going on a hunt for the best churros in LA. It’s a tough job, but someone had to do it!
5. Using new ingredients to create this yummy banana jam pudding pie with the Fare Trade. I don’t love myself in this video and wish that I would have smiled more because I really did have fun, but the end results were worth it!
It may be cooling down a bit out there, but anytime is a good time for ice cream in Los Angeles. You have definitely seen beautiful large Frenchmacarons sandwiched around ice cream and you have probably wondersed where to get them. Well look no further, I’ve got the five places to enjoy them in Los Angeles. Check it out here on LAist -
These ice cream sandwiches are so good that Food & Wine regrammed my pic!