Babycakes is an all vegan bakery that specializes in gluten-free and wheat-free goods. They opened their original storefront in New York City, but have since expanded to the west coast (aka “the best coast”). I finally got the chance to check out their downtown location. It’s so hard to find parking down there, but their treats are definitely worth it.
Babycakes has donuts… DONUTS!! Oh, these are good! I didn’t even get all the flavors available that day (although I wanted to). I did get maple, blueberry, pumpkin, salted caramel, and chocolate glazed. The maple was sprinkled with cinnamon and was wonderful, the blueberry was simply topped with some powdered sugar and tasted like a fried blueberry coffee cake, the pumpkin was a cute heart shaped and had extra amounts of frosting in the indented center, the salted caramel was not too salty and had a lovely caramel flavor, and the chocolate glazed was nice (but a bit too bitter for me). I could eat these everyday.
I also got two spelt flour cupcakes – a vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting and a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting. Let me admit that I have had these before. Long before Babycakes came to LA, I made a visit to their NYC location. Frankly, I wasn’t too impressed with what I got (cupcakes and a cookie or two). This is the main reason it took me so long to visit their LA location. These cupcakes reminded me of that NYC trip. The cupcake itself was a little dry and the frosting was a little gummy (my same reaction to the NYC cupcakes).
Fortunately, the cupcakes were the only disappointment. I also got some brownies and some chocolate chip cookies. The brownies were cake-like and moist. They are the size of mini-muffins and I could have kept popping these little guys into my mouth. The chocolate chip cookies were also good. They were chewy, perfectly sweet, and had no graininess at all (something gluten-free cookies often have).
Babycakes has made it even easier to get their goodies. They opened a new location in the Larchmont Village area. So much easier to park there. I recommend a trip to either location:
130 East 6th Street
(between S. Main Street and S. Los Angeles Street)
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Sunday 10am to 6pm
Monday through Thursday 10am to 7pm
Friday and Saturday 10am to 9pm
236 North Larchmont Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Sunday 9am to 8pm
Monday through Thursday 9am to 9pm
Friday and Saturday 9am to 10pm