Restaurant Reviews

La Monarca Bakery

November 19, 2014

With locations all around LA and awards under their belt, La Monarca bakery is easily accessible and becoming very popular.

The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:

Great cakes, reasonable prices.

The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:

My family had a go-to bakery where we would order birthday cakes, unfortunately it closed, and we eventually found one to replace it. Earlier this year though, that restaurant closed down as well. In the midst of our mourning, a family friend brought La Monarca’s Tres Leches cake to one of our barbecues and it was a success! We really liked it so we ordered it this weekend in early celebration of my birthday. I have only been to the bakery in Santa Monica and while it is mainly to-go, they have a few small tables. They have a menu with some Mexican dishes such as molletes and a fully stocked bakery with whole cakes, cake slices, breads and pastries.

What we ate:

  • Traditional Tres Leches cake

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The cake is moist and tastes very fresh. I love that it isn’t too sweet and the vanilla bean whipped cream frosting adds flavor without being overwhelming. The cake is adorned with a single cherry in the center and if you choose they will add a message and design for no charge. The cake stays fresh the next day and travels well. For those who aren’t familiar with tres leches cake, it is a traditional Mexican sponge cake, soaked in three types of milk (hint the name): evaporated milk, condensed milk and heavy cream/whole milk. The cake is designed to soak up the milk without getting soggy, so the result is a light, airy cake. La Monarca Bakery gets the taste just right. You can also rest assured you are getting a great quality cake since all their cakes are made daily from scratch with top-notch ingredients. Another positive thing is that you are not required to order in advance. We have found the cake we wanted without reserving it beforehand both times.

If you’re unsure of where to purchase your next cake, you should give La Monarca Bakery a try, I think you will be pleased.

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