4 Slices of Carrot Cake to Try Because, You Know, Vegetables Are Good for You

Still the most fun way to get a dose of beta carotene

A slice might not boost your eyesight, but once spring has sprung, no dessert can top this sweet and spice classic.


1. Mom’s Carrot Cake from Fundamental DTLA

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Inspired by her mother’s recipe, pastry chef Beth Kellerhals serves up a supermoist, sheet cake variation garnished with orange cream cheese frosting and candied pecans. Available daily, it’s the perfect afternoon pick-me-up with a cup of coffee. 750 S. Grand Ave., downtown


2. Walnut Carrot Cake from Gjusta

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With so many pastries lining the display case at this chic Venice deli, carrot cake might seem like a middling choice. But there’s a reason Gjusta’s simple, straightforward take—filled with a thick layer of not-too-cloying cream cheese—has converted countless skeptics. 320 Sunset Ave., Venice


3. Carrot Raisin Cake from the Larder at Burton Way

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Decorated with tiny marzipan carrots, the version at Suzanne Goin’s casual café is as cute as it is tasty. Plump golden raisins are folded into the fluffy cake, while a pebbly coating of crushed walnuts provides a slight crunch to the swirled frosting. 8500 Burton Way, Beverly Grove


4. Nutella Carrot Cake from Angelini Osteria

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One of the few departures from chef Gino Angelini’s traditionalist menu, this Italian-adjacent dessert involves a spiced carrot torte sliced in half and spread with a layer of chocolaty Nutella. If that’s not enough flair, a scoop of house-made vanilla gelato slowly melts alongside. 7313 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax


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