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One of the most popular vegan restaurants in L.A. draws crowds of health-minded eaters, thanks to its reinvention of comfort food classics using plant-based ingredients. Naturally, this applies to the dessert menu as well, including the tasty double-layered chocolate fudge cake and carrot cake (available only on the catering menu). Each slice of carrot cake is chock-full of carrots, currants, and walnuts, then layered with a vanilla tofu cream cheese frosting made from tapioca. 414 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles; 1-310-289-9910. 899 E. Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena; 1-626-844-8900. realfooddailyla.com.
Once inside this cozy Silver Lake eatery, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you have wandered into a traditional city deli. Take a closer look at the gigantic deli case, and you’ll notice shelves of vegan pastries in lieu of cold cuts. Order a slice of the lemon berry cake, a zesty combination of classic lemon poppy seed cake, whole blueberries, and an airy frosting with a flavor reminiscent of sweet strawberry ice cream. 3818 W. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles. 1-323-953-0611; florevegan.com.
Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC
This all-vegan bakery offers baked-to-order cakes in a variety of tempting flavors. The delectable brownie-cake option topped with cool mint frosting is a winner. Don’t live near the L.A. store? Its goods are shipped throughout the U.S. 236 N. Larchmont Boulevard, Los Angeles. 1-855-462-2292; erinmckennasbakery.com.