The search for L.A.'s best snack cakes began after spotting a few fancy-pants versions of childhood favorites around town—think decked out Ding Dongs and twee Twinkies. But as we started exploring, we noticed an array of other tempting mini-cakes that necessitated tasting, and so we expanded our survey to include smaller versions of cake classics that managed to pack as much oomph into their petite forms as their full-sized big sisters. Pretty was a plus, but they couldn't rest on their cuteness—they had to be moist, flavorful, and seriously delicious. Oh, and no standard-issue cupcakes allowed.
Check out our picks in the slideshow. Got a favorite source for snack cakes in Los Angeles? Let us know in the comments.
Ding Dongs at Essential Chocolate Desserts »
Tarts at Fruute »
One Bite Treats at Platine »
Gingersnap Icebox Cake at Lark »
Red Velvet Cakewich from Cake Monkey »
Cakes at Bottega Louie »
Petits Fours at Valerie Confections »
Caramel S'muffins from Gotta Have S'more »
About the author: Katie Robbins is a freelance journalist based in Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in Saveur, O Magazine, Psychology Today, and Eating Well, among others. You can follow her on Twitter at @robbinskatie.