Category: Sweets in LA

Ice Cream Break | Bennett’s Homemade Ice Cream

I came upon the realization that not enough ice cream breaks are taken during the summer. Are you having this problem too? I need more ice cream in my life. I think we should all take weekly ice cream breaks and enjoy a creamy ice cold treat while summer is still here. Are you with me?

For this week’s ice cream break I went to Bennett’s Ice Cream shop in the Original Farmers Market. It seems that most of my farmers market time is consumed by the sweets at Short Cake or the fried doughy delights at Bob’s Donuts so sadly until recently I did not even know Bennett’s existed. Then one fateful day my darling friend Bakelab introduced me to the ice cold wonders of Bennett’s.

You should get the Fancy Nancy. It is Bakelab’s favorite. The Fancy Nancy: coffee ice cream, caramel, bananas. All sounds good right? All flavors amazing on their own, but when put together even better.

Or if you’re feeling classic and comforting I say go for the Butter Pecan. I mean sweet buttery pecan filled goodness never disappoints.

Where will you take an ice cream break? What flavor will you order?

The Sycamore Kitchen | Los Angeles

Yesterday was opening day of Quinn and Karen Hatfield’s new restaurant The Sycamore Kitchen. I love Hatfield’s so was eager to try their new spot, especially Karen Hatfield’s baked goods!

The space is sleek and rustic with exposed brick and wood tables, very minimal and clean. It is easy to miss when driving down La Brea so look for the patio out front and the colorful metal grated fencing.

I decided on a selection of four pastries and was delighted by each.

My favorite of the four was the lemon polenta pound cake. The pound cake was moist throughout with a pleasant grittiness from the polenta, gave it great texture. It was light with subtle citrus notes. Loved it!

Isn’t a good scone so good? Not chewy, not dense, just wonderfully light yet crisp. That is how this scone was. Must be the buttermilk. The sour cherries were gooey soft and tart and the scone had a slightly sugar coated crust. All around delish.

I want anything with plum. Really. It love plums. The plum crostata was an obvious choice for me. I really enjoyed the crust of this crostata. It was perfectly baked and uber flaky. The addition of toasted almonds on top made everything even better. BUT was there pear in this crostata? I think there was. I tried to call and confirm but no answer. Nevertheless it tasted like pear not plum. So sad.

The blueberry almond financier was so almondy, sticky and super sweet. A perfect little cake. Simple and delicious.

I can’t wait to visit again and try some more sweetness like the brown butter date mini bundt cakes or the salted caramel babka.

Cook’s County | Brunch, Los Angeles

With so many great brunch options in LA, I find that when the weekend finally rolls around I am at a loss when deciding where to brunch. All the places that I tell myself I really want to visit are suddenly lost from my memory.

If you find yourself trying to choose a place to brunch do yourself a favor and remember this picture of these incredible pastries and treat yourself to brunch at Cook’s County.

I saw donut on the menu and I was sold. Seeing all of the other delectable pastries options only confirmed that I would be ordering an entire basket of goodies. I don’t generally order jelly donuts, they just aren’t my jam, however the Cook’s County strawberry rhubarb jelly filling really enticed me. The donut was nicely fried with a light crust and delicate doughy center. The strawberry rhubarb filling was a great counterpart to the fried dough. Light, fresh and screaming sunshine weather. My only complaint is that there was only a tiny dollop of jelly. I with the donut was stuffed throughout with that delicious strawberry rhubarb jelly.
I’m ready for this jelly!

Coffee cake muffin. Let’s pause right there. If you read this blog you know I love things in muffin form or as I like to call it “muffinized”. The muffin was light, fluffy and bursting with cinnamon. The muffin top was wonderfully thick and crunch. This was a coffee cake accurately captured in a muffin body.

Ginger scone with lemon curd and clotted cream, you’ll never find a scone so delicate and moist while at the same time have a great crumble and crunch. Specks of crystalized ginger are dotted throughout the scone giving it a nice sweet and spicy chew. The tangy lemon curd was a great accompaniment and the clotted cream made it all the more decadent.

Buttermilk biscuit is served with a thick pat of butter tucked in the middle. It creates a hidden surpise of melty, salty, gooey dough. I loved it. It reminded me of my favorite part of a short stack of pancakes when the butter melts through the center of the stack.

Their basket of pastries will knock your socks off (and there are plenty of incredible savory items too! try the smoked trout tartine).

Cook’s County

8009 Beverly Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90048

National Doughnut Day!

I’m not super into the million and one national food holidays out there, but National Doughnut Day is something I can get behind. My love for fried dough confections is all encompassing, boundless, heavenly, undying… I think you get the picture. I like doughnuts. I like them a lot.

So happy National Doughnut Day.

In celebration I was gifted this glazed doughnut beauty from Milo&Olive from the lovely @lientigre.

And this afternoon I was ‘doughnut bombed’ by the amazing Alice of Park Baker & Sons. She made me a chocolate banana berliner and a beignet!

Go eat a doughnut will ya!

Sunny Spot | Brunch Venice, CA

Roy Choi‘s Venice restaurant Sunny Spot (a carribean-inspired joint) recently started serving brunch and let me tell you is THE perfect spot for brunch. Gorgeous sun drenched patio, cool sea breeze and food that is comforting and satisfying.

I was invited to their friend & family brunch to preview the offerings before they opened their doors to the public. I barely grazed the surface of sweet brunch selections but the two sweet treats I tried blew me away.

Fried dough. Fried dough with a light dusting of powdered sugar accompanied by guava butter that will make your knees weak.  Or how about dipping these pillowy light fried balls in some rum honey? They are somewhere in between beignets and funnel cake. Not greasy at all and perfectly fried and fluffy.  Chef Roy Choi said “We wanted to do a savory beignet type of thing, been thinking about festival bread from Jamaica for awhile and Stuart (Chef de Cuisine) ran with it from there.” The Jamaican festival bread alone is worth the trip to Sunny Spot for brunch!

 

The SKILLET coffee cake is unlike any other coffee cake I’ve had. Chef Roy Choi explains “The skillet cake can go toe to toe with all the sticky buns out there at brunches. I eat the tops of all the pound cakes when I check into the kitchen so I thought why not do a mini one hot?!! The dish developed from there through Beth. There is nothing Caribbean about it. It’s LA all the way, the rum just kept the beat. “ I couldn’t have explained it better chef! Sure there isn’t anything inherently Caribbean about these but it hold true to the Sunny Spot idea where “every day is a holiday”. Skillet coffee cake is carefree and simple. Soft, fragrantly full of vanilla with a flavor reminiscent of a great birthday cake. Rum mascarpone is slathered across the top with a garnish of fresh berries. It is served hot and best enjoyed shared.

Oh and one more thing, Beth is the sweet lady who helps create desserts for all of Roy Choi’s restaurants. Beth if you’re out there and you read this – Thank you! Seriously thank you for the amazing sweetness!

Sunny Spot 

822 Washington Blvd.

(310) 448-8884

Short Cake LA | Two Birthdays and a Giveaway!

I have two occasion for celebration today – it is my 3 year bloggiversary and my birthday too!

Will you have cake with me?

How about Chocolate Cardamom Cake? Deep chocolatey goodness so moist and rich with a slathering of fluffy sweet buttercream with a grated cardamom dusting. You can find this little beauty at Short Cake.

Speaking of cake and all things delicious let’s talk about Short Cake LA shall we? Short Cake bakery opened up in the Original Farmers Market on 3rd Street and Fairfax (Los Angeles) at the end of last year. It is the creation of the late Amy Pressman, well-known for her many years of incredible baking throughout Los Angeles, and it is currently helmed by the sweet and talented Hourie Sahakian.

Short Cake has quickly stolen my sweet heart.

From croissants to cookies, scones to bar, cakes to pies they have exceptional quality, impecable flavor and memorable baked creations! I’ve sampled all but 5 items on their menu and I am determined to eat them all.

Do I have a favorite? It depends on what I’m in the mood for, but here are a few of my loves… and if you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen these before. My regular visits to Short Cake make up a lot of my Instagram feed. I’m kinda obsessed.

Comte thyme croissant is my go to savory pastry and one of the best croissants in town. It is super buttery with a cheesy tender center. The thyme is fragrant and permeates the dough. The crust is fantastically flaky to the point that you are covered in croissant when you are finished eating.

 

The buttercup. Croissant dough in a tightly packed muffin form. Ultra buttery rich and coated with cinnamon sugar love. Croissant dough, cinnamon sugar, do I really need to say more?

 

Orange poppy seed tea cake is incredibly aromatic, zesty, light and satisfy. I especially enjoy the delicate crunch from the poppy seeds. It is the perfect afternoon treat.

 

Roasted banana cake. Think banana bread but better. A little lighter, sweeter and more complex than your average banana bread but still maintaining all the simple deliciousness that makes classic banana bread so enjoyable. And roasted bananas, um why aren’t all bananas roasted? Their bright caramel flavor enhances the whole experience.

And the shakerado pictured next to it, yeah get that too! My friend Adrianna introduced it to me and I’ve been hooked ever since. It is the beautiful love child of espresso, milk and honey shaken up into a frothy sweet work of art.

And now for the good stuff… to celebrate these birthdays I’m giving away a $25 gift card to Short Cake!

I will select a winner at random on Monday, but until then here is how you can enter to win (and you can increase your chances by doing 1, 2 AND 3). But be sure that you also give me your First and Last name and an email address so that I can contact you if you win.

  1. Leave me a comment telling me what your favorite Short Cake treat is or what you most want to try from Short Cake.
  2. Follow me on Twitter, Like Let Me Eat Cake on Facebook or Instagram and leave me a comment letting me know that you did.
  3. Follow Short Cake on Twitter or Like them on Facebook and leave me a comment letting me know you did.

* gift card will be held under your name for you at Short Cake LA available for redemption on your next visit*

EAT CAKE!

A Frame LA | Culver City

photo credit : Cathy Chaplin/ Gastronomy Blog

The Roy Choi Express chugs along this time to A Frame, a modern picnic.

This time Cathy and I were joined by our lovely friend and Good Girl Dinette owner Diep.

Like our first stop at Chego on this Roy Choy Choo, A Frame desserts blew my mind. Beth on the sweets is a sugar mastermind.  Innovative and perfectly executed, these simple desserts had playful and pleasing flavors and textures.

The churros are appropriately named Chu Don’t Know Mang because I had no idea churros could taste this good. Unlike a classic churros light with a hollow center, these churros are poundcake cinnamon churros that are magically dense and fluffy at the same moment.  They have thick rich custardy innards with a cinnamon sugar crusted skin almost like a French toast stick. I hate to admit it but have you ever had the French toast sticks from Jack n the Box for breakfast? They are kind of like those but 100 times better, you get the idea. They come with a luscious malted chocolate milk and a side of vanilla ice cream. Get a little of all three in one bite and then you’ll know Mang!

photo credit: Cathy Chaplin/ Gastronomy Blog

Banana Bacon Cream Pie. That is really all you need to know. That and it comes with salty crumbles of bacon brittle on top, the crust is made with bacon and the bananas are caramelized with bacon fat. Yeah. I know. The crust was a little too thick for me but the filling, I could have eaten bowls full!

So you wanna ride the Roy Choi Express on over to A Frame?

Dinner, drinks and desserts are all worth the ride.

 

A FRAME 

12565 Washington Blvd

Los Angeles CA 90066

Date Shakes | Hadley’s Fruit Orchard

I recently returned from a fabulous four-day stay in the desert.  Cool breeze, sun shinning and gorgeous palm trees all around, there really is nothing like the beauty of Palm Springs. Before my visit a friend told me to be sure to stop for the famed desert date shake. As a native Angeleno I was a little embarrassed that I was completely unaware of the well-known Southern California desert dates and the incredible shakes that are made with them. So on our drive into Palm Springs last weekend we made the stop at Hadley’s Fruit Orchard – open since 1931- and ordered a date shake.

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Chego | Los Angeles

I have recently hopped aboard the Roy Choi Express. Don’t know what the heck I’m talking about? Well let me explain. My dear friend Cathy and I are making our way through the slew of Roy Choi restaurants scattered around West Los Angeles. Why? Well, we like to eat and we like Roy Choi.  Having both tried his famed Kogi truck many moons ago , we recently came upon the realization that both of us still had yet to explore the Kogi masters brick and mortar restaurants. Cathy was planning a “Roy Choi Restaurant Tour” and I decided to join her journey. And so the Roy Choi Express’ first stop was Chego.

Tucked away in an unassuming strip mall on Overland Blvd in Palms, Chego is a fast casual rice bowl joint. Seating is limited to a few communal tables. They do not offer alcohol but you can bring your own beer and/or wine just be sure to bring your own bottle opener and cups (or be ready to fork over a couple bucks at the liquor store next door). The food is homey and filling. I highly recommend the Chubby Pork Belly, the 5 Flavor Kimchi Sampler and the Ooey Gooey Fries.

When checking out the dessert menu online, I was intrigued by the creative offerings. With names like Pina Krackalada, Rock Yer Road and Siracha Candy Bar how could one not get excited? I was eager to see what playful desserts awaited us. The Pina Krackalada is a spin on Thai mango sticky rice. It is warm, gooey, sweet rice swims in coconut goodness with caramelized pineapple on top. It is sprinkled with crisp rice cereal with gave it a nice light crunch. Everything about this dessert was enjoyable and satisfying. Who doesn’t love sticky rice?

Rock Yer Road was a creative spin on classic rocky road flavors. Chocolate ice cream is covered with brownie bites, caramel and a smathering of whipped marshmallow fluff and topped with a Luxardo cherry. The multitude of textural contras was amazing.

I’m not a big tres leches cake fan so I wasn’t jumping out of my seat when we were gifted Tres Leches cake from Chef Roy Choi. But after one bite I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this tres leches cake. There was nothing boring about this dessert. A confluence of different flavors, some hard to pinpoint but all thoroughly pleasing. In essence it tastes like a lovely Mexican hot chocolate with aromatic cinnamon and plenty of subtle spices. Chocolaty too the core.

Next stop A-Frame.

 

CHEGO 

3300 Overland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Tue-Sat 5:30PM-11:30PM
(310) 287-0337

Intelligenstia Coffee | A Pistachio Lover’s Haven

Do you have a favorite nut? Are you an almond admirer or a pecan freak or are walnuts your thing? For me as much as I love almonds, pecans and walnuts (cashews are good on their own but don’t like them in desserts) I really have a thing for pistachios. It is weird really because most of my life I absolutely despised those hard white shells and wrinkly green little nutmeats. But then something changed and I discovered that I really liked pistachios. Who knew! Now I can’t get enough of them, especially in dessert form. Pistachio cakes, crushed pistachios garnished on frostings, when I see a glimmer of green pistachio flecks my heart flutters with excitement. That brings me to a pistachio lovers haven – Intelligentsia coffee. Intelligentsia offers an array of sweet treats daily to accompany their coffee selection and they have two truly incredible pistachio delights: pistachio teacakes and pistachio éclairs.

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