As most everyone knows, chocolate contains mood elevators called opioids that dull pain and give a sense of well being. It also has natural uppers like caffeine, sugar and phenylthalymine, which gets the heart pounding a little faster resulting in a slight “high.” Jan. 27 is National Chocolate Cake Day, so now you have even more of an excuse to indulge in a slice. Whether you’re looking for a slice or the whole cake, these places promise the best chocolate cake in town.
Lark Cake Shop
3337 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
If you’re looking for cake, especially a chocolate cake that will blow your mind, Lark Cake shop is where you’ll find a number of them that will do the trick. Enjoy its famous mousse chocolate cake layered with whipped cream and dark chocolate mousse filling with a dark chocolate ganache glaze; its black-and-white chocolate cake with vanilla Italian buttercream icing and filling; or the chocolate mocha cake chocolate cake iced with whipped cream and filled with layers of caramel mocha Italian buttercream and whipped cream, decorated with cocoa powder. Its signature old-fashioned ice-box cake featuring thin chocolate wafer cookies layered with whipped cream means you’ll be lucky to walk out with just one.
Morton’s The Steakhouse
SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
435 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
It’s an anomaly how steakhouses have some of the best side dishes and even salads that have nothing to do with beef. For dessert, Morton’s The Steakhouse is no exception. Morton’s hot chocolate cake is legendary. Made with Godiva chocolate, these single-person delectables are served warm with rich dark chocolate filling that oozes out when it’s cut. Fresh berries and ice cream on the side take it to a new level. Morton’s legendary chocolate cake is so amazing even vegetarians have crossed the threshold for one of these … even if it was just to get it to go.
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3360 W. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Sometimes nothing satisfies a chocolate craving like a big slice of a traditional chocolate cake. Thoughts of a rich, moist chocolate cake with layers of heavenly chocolate filling make most people swoon. At Valerie Confections, its chocolate cake is chocolate exactly how you love it: dense bittersweet cake layered with creamy chocolate ganache, covered in chocolate buttercream and iced with chocolate shaving curls. This blissful creation is nine inches, designed to serve 12 people, but that really depends on who’s holding the knife. Orders in advance are recommended.
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Angel Maid Bakery
4542 S. Centinela Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
The person in charge of the cake for a birthday, anniversary, engagement or bridal party, or any other momentous event, is under a lot of pressure especially if it’s for a lot of people. Choosing a flavor that everyone will enjoy, like chocolate, is a no brainer. Chocolate sheet cakes may be found almost anywhere. The problem with that is that they taste like, well, sheet cakes. Fortunately, Angel Maid Bakery offers a wide variety of sheet cakes that taste better than you could ever imagine. Choose between chocolate banana, chocolate mousse, German chocolate or the mocha chiffon light chocolate chiffon cake with mocha cream and cover. Cakes can serve from 15 to 100 people.
502 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Raphael Lunetta, chef and owner of JiRaffe has a passion for food as well as life. This passion is definitely represented in his chocolate truffle cake. Luscious and moist served with Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate raspberry sauce, it is the purest example of utter decadence. The Eiffel tower wafer is a delicious nod to his French culinary training. This place is a bit on the expensive side, $10 for this little gem, but just laying eyes on it is enough to make your entire day.
Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.