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A 35-Calorie French Cake Has Arrived in Beverly Hills
Berry, nut butter and orange-chocolate Starlette cakes
Dana Dickey

We’re diet-conscious, but what’s the point of a cake that’s a mere 35 calories?

Guilt-free deliciousness--or so we’ve learned after eating a Starlette cake, the specialty of the house at Pure Beverly Hills.

The exact recipe is kept under wraps, but these desserts (from $6) are mostly whipped Greek yogurt. (And that might explain why each serving is presented more like a parfait, since it’s served in a cup.) The fluffy whipped-cake foundation is topped by a variety of healthful sweets such as Speculoos nut butter, dark chocolate nibs, fresh berries and even matcha tea. 

Proprietress Michele La Porta first developed the treat when she was running a popular Parisian tea salon. When high-profile customers such as former first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and model Karen Mulder requested a taste, a new star dessert was born.

Stop by the café the next time you’re in 90210 for dessert served refreshingly free of buyer’s remorse.

Pure Beverly Hills, 252 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills; 310-248-4966 or

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