In 1997, friends Dena Tripp and Debra Shwetz set out to create a luscious, melt-in-your-mouth bundt cake. What began as an endeavor in their own home kitchens soon blossomed into a bustling business with bakeries in 13 states. Rich cocoa browns and soft pastels lend a nostalgic feel to each bakery, where every day lava-powered ovens warm up batter made from fresh eggs, real butter, and cream cheese. Flavors such as chocolate chocolate chip, pecan praline, and white-chocolate raspberry remain constants on the menu, and a new flavor makes a guest appearance each month. Cakes come in several sizes, from the standard 8- or 10-inch bundt to the single-serving bundtlet and the bite-size bundtini, all frosted with a signature blend of cream cheese and butter.
Each Nothing Bundt Cakes location also houses its own stock of gifts. Patrons may come across the brightly hued handle of a confetti cake knife or opt to take home an old-fashioned tin, perfect for stowing coffee and imprisoning gingerbread men who have tried to run away. Contact the location of your choice for gift pricing and availability.
The brainchild of sisters-in-law Shelly and Quinn Pennington, Buttercelli Bakeshop pleases sweet teeth and nourishes bodies with the dulcet tastes of oven-fresh, organic baked goods and piping-hot java. By welding together Shelly's mercantile savvy and Quinn's background in biochemistry, the pair devised a bakery built around mouthwatering cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and muffins forged from organic ingredients without the artificial aid of preservatives, additives, or corn syrup. The gleaming glass-flanked counter excites both eyes and palates with plates of cupcakes crowned with dollops of creamy frosting, cakes emblazoned with custom decorations, and dessert bars decked in colorful layers of jam. Coffee and espresso keep sweet notes company among the café's tempting cake displays and dark-hardwood floors. Meanwhile, convenient curbside pickup allows party planners and picnic-table racers alike to fetch desserts while on the go.
Kalinka Russian Tea House celebrates the hearty flavors of Russian cuisine with authentic dishes of meaty dumplings, thin blinchiki pancakes, and wholesome soups and stews. Traditional Russian fare combines the earthy vegetables and savory cutlets of Slavic peasant cooking with the gentry's delicate French-influenced salads, desserts, and forks that won't work unless the pinky is pointed skyward. Eurasian feasts flourish when complemented with glassfuls of rye-based kvass imported from Russia, earthy cups of Turkish coffee, or fresh tea steeped in an authentic samovar.
L.A. Creamery Artisan Ice Cream is frequently featured on television and in the press. The Daily Find praised the eclectic selection at L.A. Creamery. The Los Angeles Daily News featured the shop as one of its "Small Bites," and L.A. Creamery was seen in the "Dine on a Dime" segment on CBS News. Yelpers give the Canoga Park location an average of four stars.
Western Bagel has captured local tongues and breadbaskets since first exporting its circular treats to the bagel-barren West Coast 63 years ago. The freshly baked dough-discs cover a wide range of flavors and styles. Recruit a seasoned trio of sesame, poppy seed, and everything varieties from the stable of original recipes and erect a fort by spackling them with rich cream cheese. Meanwhile, each of the six alternative selections, all nearly fat-free and 110 calories, pack a flavorful punch without fostering paunch.