Some may find this a sort of pleasure-hunt game, others may find it annoying. I say let's be grateful for the opportunity to even have cakes like this, meaning their rules are okay by me. Cake Monkey treats are baked in Burbank, and to get some you have to find a retail store that sells them. Too frustrating? Then place an order directly, like the time I picked up a special order of limited-edition passion fruit brown butter bars (and did not regret it!). The benefit of ordering ahead is you get much more choice, since only four of their cakes are sold at retail partners and there are so many more choices online (like these Inside Out 'Smores).
|CMB Inside Out 'Smores|
|CMB El Rollo|
If you look on the Cake Monkey menu, please don't blame me if you suddenly gain 20 pounds after the binge dessert blur that hits you. You can also play it safe by just looking at the pretty pictures, where you'll see a plethora of unique and delightful mini cakes (that can be ordered any time ;) like these beauties running about $7 each:
|CMB Choc Caramel|
Coconut Cake - Brown Butter Cake, Housemade Caramel, Toasted Coconut, Shredded Coconut Frosting
Lemon Custard Cake - Tart Lemon Cake, Meyer Lemon Custard, Homemade Huckleberry Preserves, Toasted Marshmallow Frosting
Must Love Chocolate - Chocolate Brown Butter Cake, Crunchy Valrhona Chocolate Pearls & Dark Chocolate Buttercream, Crumbled Honeycomb
(etc. etc. etc.)
Looks good hmm? Now please indulge me for a moment:
"Knock Knock." "Who's there?" "Hostess." "Hostess Who?"
Exactly. Has a knock-knock joke ever rung more true? The artisinal baking movement may have something to do with the end of the mass-produced snack cake and subsequent demise of Hostess (not that I'm happy about that), and I'm certainly not blaming the likes of Cake Monkey Bakery! They're a piece of the bigger picture, and thank goodness they are. So if you've got a hankering for something from Cake Monkey, either stop by one of the LA places listed below, call in an order for LA delivery, or if you live somewhere else go ahead and order some mail order because CBM ships nationwide!
Whatever CBM treat becomes your favorite, you'll likely push any residual national snack cake loyalties over to this new promised land (in that I promise you will love it).
|CMB Pop Pies|
1) Wrapped Cakes:
The Oaks Gourmet in Hollywood, Silver Lake Wine in Silver Lake, Everson Royce wine store in Pasadena, or any other place where you notice a pile of silver-foil wrapped cakes at the register.
2) On Dessert Menu: Umami Burger all over LA
3) Fresh Pop Pies (aka pop-tarts) + Wrapped Cakes: Paper & Plastik Cafe in mid-Wilshire
Until we eat again,
ps: all photos are from the Cake Monkey Bakery website, in order to promote Cake Monkey Bakery