There is a bakery near NYC called le Gateau Suisse that makes amazing tortes that are very light, have more mousse than cake (by which I mean the bread-like material that makes layers), and are amazingly flavored with various fruits or chocolate. When you eat a piece, you taste the various layers but its mostly the fruit/chocolate flavored mouse that provides all the taste. Its also very light and not as filling as many other cakes. To top it off, they cost $20-30 for a nice sized torte.
I've been trying to find something like this elsewhere and have been unsuccessful thus far. Most places make American cakes - carrot cake and the like, which is not what I want. Today, my girlfriend and I stopped by Phoenix Bakery and picked up their Strawberry whipped-cream cake and were very disappointed that it consisted mostly of sweet whipped cream and very dry layers with almost no strawberries.
I'm wondering if anyone knows of any bakery that produces tortes like this in the LA area. I'm in Pasadena, but have no problem driving to find something like this. If the tortes are reasonably priced, even better. I believe that the owners of the bakery I referred to are Swiss, but I'm sure that these kinds of tortes are made elsewhere in Europe as well.
Thanks for any help,