Best Dessert Spots in L.A.

Food — By Sujata Day on December 18, 2011 at 4:17 am

Craving something sweet? Have no fear, Los Angeles may have a penchant for leggy models and skinny actors but the local’s love for decadent desserts is what keeps our pilates, yoga, and dance studios in business.

Sweet Lady Jane Bakery (West Hollywood & Santa Monica)

Jane Lockhart began baking out of her house, initially selling desserts to local restaurants. She opened her first bakery in 1988 to rave reviews and constant praise of her heavenly pastries and artful desserts. Freshly made cakes and cheesecakes celebrate special occasions, while the unique selection of cookies and cupcakes are perfect for a post-dinner sugar fix. Sample the finest chocolate brownie or opt for a fruity tart to wake up your sweetest sense. Zagat Guide crowned Sweet Lady Jane the “best place in town for dessert.”

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Sprinkles (9635 South Santa Monica Blvd.)

The L.A. Times calls Sprinkles the “progenitor of the haute cupcake craze.” It’s no wonder locals and tourists line up along Santa Monica Boulevard to taste this contemporary update to a much-loved American classic. Catering to all cupcake connoisseurs, check out seasonal selections like the eggnog spice or chocolate peppermint or cupcakes for special diets like the gluten free and vegan red velvets. For a truly “Only in Hollywood” success story, tune in to Season 4 of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars to watch Sprinkles Founder Candace Nelson judge some of the country’s best cupcake bakers.

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Milk (7290 Beverly Blvd.)

Chosen by Daily Candy as one of the five best places for frozen treats in Los Angeles, Milk serves up freshly baked desserts and scoops out creamy ice cream treats. Featured on hit shows like The Hills and Entourage, don’t be surprised by a long line accompanying your dessert excursion. Unique spins to classic sweets take Milk to another level of the cake and cookie hemisphere. Nurse the award-winning Warm Ooey Gooey Chocolate Sundae, Black Cherry Float, or Blue Velvet Cake and transport yourself to dessert heaven.

Diddy Reise (926 Broxton Ave.)

Located right on the outskirts of UCLA’s campus, students form a line outside this legendary dessert institution that stretches no less than a block long. If you have the patience to wait for one of Diddy Reise’s signature ice cream sandwiches, you are in for a special treat. Named after the owner’s grandmother, this modern ice cream shop aims to sell top-notch quality desserts at supremely affordable prices. Cookies are made from scratch, baked fresh daily and choose from 13 flavors of Dreyer’s premium ice cream to customize your sandwich.

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