10. Sweet Lady Jane
This incredibly popular treat should be the first choice for anyone who wants a touch of cake along with her frosting. The enormous slice is more than seven inches tall and cut five inches across at the wide end. It has three layers of sweet, dry cake with a dense Callabaut chocolate buttercream that's paved on thicker than the cake itself. The whole colossal thing is dipped in a layer of bright chocolate ganache and served ice cold. If there's such a thing as hearty cake, this is it. 8360 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; (323) 653-7145.
There are myriad cakes and pies to choose from at Alcove, but what you want to zero in on is the devil's food cake. The dark chocolate, whipped cream and fudge frosting dessert has a slight tang to it, thanks to some sour cream cleverly worked into the mix. There's a sharp note of cocoa and a lingering scent of vanilla that lures you in before the wham-bam of silky chocolate soothes your palate. Paired with some of their excellent coffee, this may be that breakfast cake you're been looking for. 1929 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 644-0100.
For this vegan slice, made without the usual trappings of milk and butter, the talented pastry staff at the Mid-City Erewhon market have created a cake that truly satisfies. What it may be lacking in moistness - which is just a fact with vegan cakes - it more than makes up for with markedly intense chocolate flavor and lushness. Made with organic, unsweetened cocoa and evaporated cane juice, it's a stunning looking slice that more than passes muster. 7660 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 937-0777.