12 L.A. Desserts to Eat Before You Die
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 all the bucket-list-worthy treats, read on. Because you should start working your way through this 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 version 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
You’d better save room after your fancy main course at Odys + Penelope for this treat. It’s served with poached pear and vanilla-almond ice milk, so it’s basically comfort-food-as-dessert.
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 it can also be breakfast tomorrow.)
The Pie Hole, multiple 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, 3364 W. First St.; 213-739-8149 or valerieconfections.com
This is the sophisticate’s version o “taste the rainbow.” Fourteen flavors include salted caramel, violet cassis and our favorite, the mild gold-flecked blue-tinted Earl Grey.
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.
Milk, 7290 Beverly Blvd., 323-939-6455 and 1639 Silver Lake Blvd., 323-913-9911; themilkshop.com
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
This has been on the menu since Pizzeria Mozza opened more than a decade 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
Silverlake’s Forage bistro is all about its local farmers and fresh produce. So the best seasonal toppings are always on its gluten-free almond cake, such as this iteration with market grapes and candied almonds.
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
Take bittersweet chocolate pudding, pour it into a cacao crust and add hints of olive oil and sea salt. Sounds so simple, but it’s so precisely done that it’s Bestia’s mainstay dolce.
Bestia, 2121 E. Seventh Place; 213-514-5724 or bestiala.com