Cupcakes are cute and all, but here at James and Colleen Standish’s Silver Lake bakery, it’s the sky high layer cakes that rule the sugar high roost. A dozen different creations, including “Stacey’s Old Fashioned Coconut Cake” (coconut cake with cream cheese icing and coconut shavings) and the “Berry Shortcake” (white cake layered with fresh berries, pastry cream, and whipped cream), are baked fresh every day ready to be personalized and picked up for backyard birthdays and celebrations of all sorts.
The best cake of all is barely a cake at all. The “Old Fashioned Ice Box Cake,” seven layers of chocolate wafers and fluffy whipped cream, is a tall stack of dear sweet richness. With the cream softening the cookies just so, a swift flick of the fork cuts through the layers like butter. It’s something kind of wonderful.
Lark Cake Shop
3337 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
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