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.
'Valerie Confections' on Serious Eats
Best known for their chocolate-dipped toffee collection, Valerie Confections was started in 2004 by Valerie Gordon and Stan Weightman, Jr. Since then, the Los Angeles-based company has created different lines of artisan sweets, including gorgeous handmade petit fours.