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.
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.
The trays were full and perfectly lined with donuts, biscuits, buns, brownies, cakes, breads, muffins, cookies and 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 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!
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.bakery, biscuits, brownies, cookies, donuts, downtown, gluten free