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Leda's Bake Shop review

Max Million | Oct 28, 200502:22 PM

There has been some hot debate on Chowhound this week about cupcakes.

Those in the know insist that Leda’s Bake Shop beats Buttercake and Sprinkles (funny, no mention of Joan’s on Third) any day of the week, citing evidence of long treks from the Westside over the hill just for a box of these mini-morsels of pure perfection. Fights had even been witnessed over the snatching up of the precious last few of a particular variety...

Well, seeing as I can get to the corner of Woodman and Ventura in about 12 minutes (and I had a pile of dry cleaning just begging to be dropped off at the Steamer Cleaners at said intersection) I was off!

Three apiece was apparently the magic number. I chose a passion fruit, a dulce de leche and a dark chocolate on chocolate. My sweetheart got a raspberry, a passion fruit and a lemon one. No sign of the pumpkin and orange butter cream one...

Here’s how I ate mine. First I scooped a little bit of the passion fruit butter cream off the side. It tasted kind of funny, actually; a little fake and oily (well, buttery). Light and whipped, but not substantial like mousse. Then I ate the little sugar decoration. It was thin and sugary (natch.) When I bit the cake in half, the butter cream blended beautifully with the vanilla cake. The passion fruit flavor was subtle. I gobbled it up in a few seconds flat. Then I scraped the silver foil wrapper with my bottom teeth to get all the cakey remains. I think there was some finger licking involved, too.

Next was the dulce the leche. Magnificent! It had an intense blob of pure caramel under the light butter cream. The cake was great too.

The double chocolate was wonderful as well. It also held a surprise; a nugget of dense ganache under the fluffy butter cream.

My guy got very stroppy (meaning belligerent – we're Australian) when I tried to sample his lemon one. "I have to taste it for my article!" I insisted. "Bull-SHIT!" he bellowed, trying to dodge my greedy little fingers. "I didn’t come down in the last shower, you know." I watched him bite into the lemon one. It also had a blob of lemon curd under the cream.

"I don’t know that I’ve ever tasted such delicious cakes," was the satisfied sigh from his studio.

These cakes will transport you to a state of sheer bliss.

13722 Ventura Boulevard,
next door to Senor Fred's,
just West of Woodman Ave

Check out the website and drool away.


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