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!
I recently shared my top five favorite churros in Los Angeles with LAist.com. Sugar coated fried dough is a thing of beauty. You can read more about my picks here…
I searched the city for my favorite pairings of espresso and ice cream. After countless caffeinated cups, I narrowed down my finds to my 5 top spots. If you too are a fan of this sweet pick me up you can read more about the best affogatos in Los Angeles here www.Sprudge.com.
Today is National Cotton Candy Day! While you used to have to wait for a carnival or fair to enjoy these treats, you can now find creative cotton candy confections around Los Angeles. In celebration of these big bright puffs of sweet spun sugar, here are three of my favorites:
Bon Puf offers cotton candy catering, yes it is a thing! They offer organic and all natural cotton candy with fun flavors like mango chile, chai tea or salted caramel. A childhood classic elevated.
Culina at the Four Season puts an Italian spin on cotton candy in the form of an affogato. You morning coffee never looked so good. Vanilla bean gelato waits patiently underneath a large white cotton candy cloud. Espresso is then poured over top slowly dissolving the spun sugar into your coffee. That is an affogato I can stand behind!
Taking it up a notch is the Marie Antoinette’s Head cotton candy concoction at Barton G. Adding a theatrical twist to fine dining, Pastry Chef Luis Vasquez artfully crafts yards of pink cotton candy in the shape of an over the top two-foot edible cotton candy wig. It is a sight to see!
It seems like Valentine’s Day presents are usually centered around something sweet. Of this I approve. Nothing says I love you like dessert (at least in my sweets loving opinion). Here are some sweet ideas for that sweet someone in your life.
A romantic dinner is to be expected, but how about surprising your boo with a pre-Valentine’s day dessert tasting. YES! The talented pastry chef, Roxanna Jullapat of Cook’s County has a dessert tasting menu that will say I love you in four different sweet bites. The Chocolate Fonduette with a splash of Turkish coffee and Arabesque dipping treats is calling my name.
Heart Shaped Affection
If heart shaped Valentine’s Day sweets are your jam, this just might be the sweetest one. Sweet Rose Creamery is offering heart shaped Raspberry Semifreddo Valrohona desserts this week #icecreamlove
You remember those black and white boxes from your childhood. Picking out your favorite chocolate bite. Mine was always the almond square with that layer of sticky sweet caramel on top. And scotch mallows don’t event get me started. Take the classic approach and gift your loved one a box of See’s candies.
When I need inspiration for the perfectly planned, exquisitely executed sweet or diy project for a special occasion I always turn to one of my favorite bloggers Freutcake. For Valentine’s Day she takes puts a vintage spin on sweets with a mini jell-o mold. It is cherry cream jello, raspberry jellos and whipped cream and they are beautiful. Who wouldn’t want a big spoonful? I know my guy will! Check out the recipe here.
I know some of the lucky few get to take their honey on a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day. I can’t say that I have ever had the time, but if I did boy Los Cabos would be calling my name. I’ve been fantasizing about this getaway because it is so close to LA it can easily be a long weekend. If I was here for Valentine’s Day I would love to enjoy the romantic package at the Westin Resort Los Cabos – view of the Sea of Cortez, sipping on rose martinis and enjoying a beautiful dinner. I’ll just dream away!