I'd like to thank everyone for his/her help. I had full intentions of heading over to Susina after I had finished running my errands...
. And then I was driving down Doheny, and out of the corner of my eye, spotted an awning that read "La Conversation." More importantly, underneath it read something like "French bakery and cafe" (I'm not really sure, it *was out of the corner of my eye).
So I pulled my car over, and darted across the street. Lo and behold, they had cakes there! And since I was already there, it'd mean one less stop for me. And all I really needed was a good and decent cake, it didn't have to be mindblowing as by the time it was consumed, all would surely be drunk.
There was a raspberry one, and a strawberry one, but I eventually decided upon a pure chocolate cake - layers of chocolate cake separated by chocolate mousse, all covered in a chocolate frosting.
It was taken back to the kitchen so that a few raspberries could be added to the top for decoration, and I was told that if I had called a day in advance, they would properly decorated the cake for me. I asked for some candles, and they were miraculously provided.
And so I dropped the cake off at Cobras and Matadors (on Beverly), where the birthday boy had chosen to go for dinner. I would describe the meal, but there were 4 bottles of wine split amongst 5 people, so I'm afraid that I don't remember very much - just that the food was great, as always, and that the room was on the dimmer and louder side.
As for the cake - it went over really well. Again, not so keen on the details, but it had a nice dense chocolate crumb, and was just moist enough. The frosting was a little harder than I expected - more like a thick thick ganache than frosting.
With regards to pricing: it was $21 for the smallest cake, which was to serve 8-10 people. La Conversation also serves meals, for those who are interested, and they had some tempting napoleons and other pastries, which perhaps I'll check out another time.