13 L.A. Desserts to Eat Before You Die
And one called “unicorn poop” (trust us on this one)
What do butterscotch pudding, birthday sheet cake and “unicorn poop” all have in common? They’re some of the best desserts in Los Angeles. For more on those, plus ten more bucket-list-worthy desserts, read on. Because you should start working your way through the list of deliciousness, pronto.
It’s fun, it’s rainbow glittery and it’s less than 100 calories. So you can eat a few. (And don’t worry, it’s actually just meringue.)
Crème Caramel LA, 14849 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks; 818-949-8352 or cremecaramella.com
Cake Monkey Bakery makes its own versions of the famous Hostess Ding Dong, in special flavors like peanut butter and marshmallow, chocolate and vanilla cream, and raspberry red velvet. Fresh, fluffy and no preservatives—what are you waiting for?
Cake Monkey Bakery, 7807 Beverly Blvd.; 323-932-1142 or cakemonkey.com
Frozen Yogurt Pavlova
You’d better save room after your fancy main course at Odys + Penelope for this treat, flavored with fresh strawberries and cocoa nibs. Diners rave about how such a dairy-rich and fruity taste bomb leaves you feeling sweetly satiated and not overly full.
Odys + Penelope, 127 S. La Brea Ave.; 323-939-1033 or odysandpenelope.com
Guava Cream Cheese Hand Pie
Say hello to a little empanada of sweetness that’s flaky on the outside and creamy on the inside. (Buy two, because tomorrow, it can be breakfast.)
The Pie Hole, various locations; thepieholela.com
Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake
It’s a two-layer sponge cake with super-light coffee whipped-cream frosting. Just before serving it, you take it out of the fridge and press broken bits of crunchy toffee-flavored meringues into its surface. (Fun fact—it was Nora Ephron’s favorite cake.)
Valerie Confections, 3360 W. First St.; 213-739-8149 or valerieconfections.com
Every month, Bottega Louie adds a new flavor to the lineup. This one has all the flavor of your favorite fireside treat, but it's more fit for afternoon tea than outdoor camping.
Bottega Louie, 700 S. Grand Ave.; 213-802-1470 or bottegalouie.com
Milk Ice-Cream Sandwiches
How to make a next-level ice-cream sandwich? Take air-light macarons and put house-made ice cream in between them. Create them in colors that look like a post-afternoon-rain-shower rainbow. Oh yes, and have their flavors range from Froot Loops to red velvet to pumpkin pie.
This fluffy white tres leches cake with multicolor sprinkles comes in a no-nonsense square slice at Trois Familia. It’s like a glorious middle-school cafeteria flashback.
Trois Familia, 3510 Sunset Blvd.; 323-725-7800 or troisfamilia.com
Coconut-Jackfruit Ice Cream
The Thai name for this genius juxtaposition—ice cream on a sweet bun with peanuts, sweet sticky rice, condensed milk and chocolate syrup—is khanom pang ai tiim.
Pok Pok LA, 978 N. Broadway; 213-613-1831 or pokpokla.com
This has been on the menu since Pizzeria Mozza opened ten years ago, and here’s why: It’s the platonic ideal of a sweet pudding topped with salted caramel and whipped crème fraîche. The salty-sweet flavor combo makes you keep eating until, well, sense prevails.
Pizzeria Mozza, 641 N. Highland Ave; 323-297-0101 or la.pizzeriamozza.com
Ricotta Poppy Cake with Blueberry Peach Compote
Silverlake’s Forage bistro is all about its local farmers and fresh produce. And this light cake really shows off the just-picked fruit toppings (plus whipped crème fraiche).
Forage, 3823 W. Sunset Blvd.; 323-663-6885 or foragela.com
A simple cake done right: Mastro’s Steakhouse in Malibu has this buttery cake with a crispy outside. And it’s basically wearing a hat of vanilla ice cream with some fresh fruit accents.
Mastro’s Steakhouse, 18412 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu; 310-454-4357 or mastrosrestaurants.com
Strawberries and Cream
The classic dessert is made all cheffy with this delish collage of fresh berries, strawberry buttermilk ice cream, clotted cream and walnut macaron.
Bestia, 2121 E. Seventh Place; 213-514-5724 or bestiala.com