I recently had some outstanding cupcakes from Big Man Bakes on Main St. in DTLA. It's right next to a parking garage where you can park if you're just running in to grab some. These really are the best I've had, ever - to the extent that I was eating the frosting by itself after I finished the cake and wanted to scrape the crumbs off of the paper liners, then was craving more two days later. The Caramel Apple had incredible frosting with a pronounced caramel flavor, a very moist cake with chunks of apple in it. The Mounds, which is named after the candy bar had my gold standard of chocolate cake; moist, really dark chocolate, not too sweet, and coconut buttercream frosting coated with shredded coconut which was not too cloying despite both the frosting and the coconut itself being sweetened.
Big Man Bakes
413 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013