Sweetcake is still closed until its new shop opens, so what to do for my birthday treats? (It was yesterday the 5th).
Use this occasion as the perfect excuse for tasting some of Lark's on Sunset goodies, of course. It's also a lot closer, and in this heat, short driving distance is key when picking up cake. (Unfortunately, however, Lark lacks a key component of said errand -- easy parking.)
The carrot cake is cute as a button, and for those who fall into the no-nuts camp, you'll be pleased. (The smudge was the result of a minor yet unfortunate box sliding incident.) The cake is super moist and dense, and a strong but not overpowering cinnamon zing chimes through. Even my friend who is decidedly pro-nuts in carrot cake gave it high marks. They don't go too overboard with the cream cheese frosting either.
The white paisley motif doesn't do much for the chocolate mousse cake, which could use some more design experimenting to hit on something as appealing and simple as the carrot. It's also not a practical cake for summer in Los Angeles, as my friend pointed out; by the end of the evening we had a little landslide action with the layers.
But no matter what the temp or condition of the cake, it tastes fanfizzletastic. Love the layers of mouse, silky frosting, velvety dark cake, and what I think is marshmallow cream.
I look forward to seeing what Lark has to offer by the time my birthday rolls around next year, when their larger cake offerings will presumably have expanded. For now, there are lots more cupcakes to try.
P.S. I must apologize for having wiped them out of their "3" candles.
Lark Cake Shop
3337 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90026