This morning was the grand opening of Babycakes LA.  For those of you that have not been fortunate enough to visit their original New York location, Babycakes is an all vegan bakery that specializes in gluten-free products.  Most importantly, though, it’s delicious.  There has been a lot of excitement about this since they started developing plans to open an LA storefront in 2008.  Well, after a couple years of anticipation, an impressive crowd was ready to pack the bakery and try some of their treats as they opened their doors for the first time at 10am this morning.

Babycakes LA.

A crowd formed outside the bakery.

Eager to send us into sugar shock, mini donuts were passed out at the door.

Eager to send us into sugar shock, mini donuts were passed out at the door.

As the door opened, a warm, sweet air wafted from inside to greet us (along the blaring pop of Miley Cyrus).  Erin McKenna, the queen and mastermind of the operation, came out with an oven-fresh batch of powdered mini donuts.  The store is larger than the NY bakery with much more counter space to display all of the options and a view of the kitchen in the back to see some of the magic that is performed on a daily basis.

A row of vegan donuts, biscuits, brownies, muffins and buns.

A row of sugar-coated dreams.

The trays were full and perfectly lined with donuts, biscuits, buns, brownies, cakes, breads, muffins, cookies and cupcakes.

All vegan in this bakery.

All vegan in this bakery.

And, of course, the cupcakes.

And, of course, the cupcakes.

The real rise of the Babycakes name came from their cupcakes.  Awarded as Best Cupcakes in New York Magazine in 2006, these have been the standard to which others are compared for some time.  But we all know the cupcakes are good and I wanted to focus on a couple different things.  Enter the donut:

The vegan donut.

The vegan donut.

The thing about the donut is that it’s not actually a donut, not in any traditional sense at least.  Sure, it’s round and has a hole in it, but so does a bagel.  But while the name may be misleading, the flavor certainly is not.  These round-hole-cakes are nothing but delicious.  The texture is that of a slightly dense, moist cake.  This one was coated in cinnamon and sugar and lasted for only a matter of seconds.  And though it’s a sweet confection, it would be easy to down a box of these alone, so be careful!

The jam-filled biscuit.

The jam-filled biscuit.

Honestly, the jam-filled biscuits are my favorite thing that Babycakes makes and are what I skipped breakfast for this morning.  These biscuits are buttery and crumbly and filled with frosting and berry jam.  I’m sure these are an oft overlooked item in a bakery that has so much to offer, but it’s definitely worth a try.

While I don’t usually go out just for sweets, I’m glad to know that Babycakes is here for those special occasions.  I’m sure I’ll make a regular stop whenever I’m downtown.

Babycakes LA
(213) 623.5555
130 E. 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
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5 Responses to “Babycakes LA Grand Opening.”
  1. Mom says:

    Gosh that cinnamon donut looks good – I wonder how many points that is?

  2. Ryan says:

    Good tip on the jam-filled biscuits – I’ll have to try them next time. I discovered the donuts on my last visit (in NYC, not LA, obviously), and my god are they heavenly.

    I just discovered this amazing vegan bakery in my hometown of Bethlehem, PA called Vegan Treats. Have you heard of them? They make this Chocolate Peanut Butter Bomb that is the best dessert I’ve ever tasted, vegan or otherwise.

    • vegan says:

      Yeah! A few places in the city carry Vegan Treats. One of the main places to get a variety of their cakes is Atlas on 2nd Ave at W. 4th. If you go on Tuesday morning, they also have fresh Vegan Treats donuts. I made it out to Bethlehem once and ate so much that I vowed to never do it again! Atlas also has good vegan sandwiches and crepes.

  3. Vegyogini says:

    Ooh, I spotted some of my favorite vegans in your photos! I’m so happy the grand opening lived up to your expectations and I’ll look forward to checking it out sometime this year. The biscuit recipe is in the cookbook, so we’ll have to see if it matches the bakery version sometime.

  4. Just the sort of thing that LA needs! Thanks for the coverage, can’t wait to check it out.

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