Despite the stereotype that Angelenos are carb-averse, local bakeries are the pride and joy of so many communities across Los Angeles. Whether they’re your go-to breakfast spots or your afternoon pick-me-up stops, these indie businesses have become engrained in our daily routines. We could all use a little sweetness right now, and local bake shops have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. Even social distancing shouldn’t keep people from celebrating special occasions or treating themselves to something tasty (delivery and curbside pickup are available at many of these places), so if you have a hankering, we suggest you reinvest in the community and support these Black-owned bakeries across L.A. and beyond.
In 2016, Chef Laurent “Lou” and Karima opened up a cozy, French café and patisserie in Burbank most Angelenos would dream of living around the corner from. The husband and wife duo use the freshest ingredients and their classical training to bake some of the most authentic and delicious French pastries outside of Paris. Their buttery almond croissants with melt-in-your-mouth layers are a fan favorite, so if you want to enjoy one make sure to swing by on the earlier side. At the moment, the bakery is offering takeout only from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 4007 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank.https://www.instagram.com/p/B5YqMQ5h3ka/
L.A. loves a classic institution—especially when it’s more than just a recognizable name. Since 1956, 27th Street Bakery has perfected the art of the sweet potato pie at its original location just south of DTLA. This pie-making haven has been using the same secret family recipes for its sweet potato and pecan varieties for three generations. Bonus: You can get pies delivered via Postmates and DoorDash. 2700 S. Central Ave., Central-Alameda.https://www.instagram.com/p/CAOk6sEh-Xb/
William “Chip” Brown was still in medical school when he turned his baking hobby into his passion project. The six-foot-five gentle giant bakes some of the city’s finest cupcakes that come in both “XL” and mini sizes. Flavors range from Old School moist vanilla cake with chocolate frosting to a rich Caramel Apple spice cake made with fresh Granny Smith apples and homemade caramel frosting. You can swing by the bakery to grab and go or order via Postmates. 413 S. Main St., downtown.https://www.instagram.com/p/CBVqGVHlkpP/
This family-owned-and-operated sweet shop offers some of the most inventive cakes, cookies, and other mouth-watering confections in the city. With a daily rotating menu of specials, you might try their chocolate chip cookies with homemade toffee one day and their Lemon “Lush” Pie the next. Their peach cobbler cupcakes are a force to be reckoned with. A limited menu of desserts is available for same-day pickup, or you can place larger orders at least seven days in advance for curbside pickup, everyday except Monday. 1035 S. Prairie Ave #2, Inglewood.https://www.instagram.com/p/CBTqflWlN7o/
Florida-natives Catarah Coleman and Shoneji Robison founded their bakery in 2007 to bring the Southern hospitality they grew up with to the West Coast. Combining family recipes with their own culinary instincts, these two bakers infuse the flavors of the South into each bite of their desserts. If you can’t decide what to try first, start with the now-famous Sweet Potato Cupcake that won Coleman and Robison the grand prize on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. They’re currently open Tuesday through Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw.https://www.instagram.com/p/BDWS4HfhbSR/
You haven’t had real traditional Southern cobbler until you’ve tried a fresh fruit cobbler from The Gourmet Cobbler Factory. For over 20 years, the shoe box-sized bakery in Pasadena has been churning out cobblers made fresh-to-order every day. Made with a generous amount of butter, honey, sugar, and plenty of old school techniques these cobblers are as classic as it gets. 33 North Catalina Ave., Pasadena.https://www.instagram.com/p/CBDvnhWAjOl/
Usually when most people see the word “dessert” preceded by “healthy” they instantly assume that whatever it is will disappoint. That certainly isn’t the case at Thrive Doughnuts which specializes in keto, vegan, and paleo versions of the deep-fried confection. These fluffy yet rich baked doughnuts are made with wholesome ingredients and come in a variety of unusual flavors from Churro to Chai Latte. Order for delivery or find them at these locationshttps://www.instagram.com/p/B2Sf21dFeb3/
You don’t need to wait for the Santa Monica Pier or Magic Mountain to reopen to get your funnel cake fix. Fun Diggity specializes in the nostalgia-inducing carnival treat, turning it into a gourmet dessert you’ll savor every bite of. You can either build your own or try one of their best sellers, like the Infamous Red-Velvet Funnel. 222 E. 120th St., Broadway-Manchester.https://www.instagram.com/p/B3hmfaRlO0u/
Major cities across the U.S. have a thing for dessert hybrids—think Cronuts and Cruffins—and now Los Angeles can add their own brilliant mashup to the mix with Brookies. Fudgey brownies meet chewy cookie dough, in these bite-size treats baked in muffin cups. All Brookies are handmade to order and shipped fresh in half dozens and packs of four. Order for delivery here.