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Marisa S.

9 September 2019

Yuko did our wedding cake which was light and fluffy and with a buttercream. (I hate fondant). The cake was super moist and so good compared to wedding cakes I've had! Usually wedding cake is so disgusting and I never eat it at parties but I loved the cake she did for us and it tasted better than the tasting! We are so glad we went with her as our vendor as our venue had several options to choose from. We did three flavors but I only got to try two during the wedding so I will have to go back for the passion fruit one :). Thank you, Yuko! More...

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Crystal

6 September 2019

Excellent wedding cake shop! 5 stars!

Super high marks for Vanilla Bake Shop in Santa Monica. We couldn’t have been happier with our wedding cake.

First of all, we really enjoyed our tasting session with Yuko, who prepared our custom wedding cake design for review and approval. Yuko’s attention to detail was on point! She explained all of our options and answered all of our questions.

We also loved trying all the different cakes – so we were sure our guests were getting exactly what we envisioned.

On our wedding night the cake arrived beautifully decorated and exactly as advertised. It was just what we wanted. And of course the guests loved it and kept eating more!

If you want your guests to rave about your wedding cake for days after the wedding, order your cake from Vanilla Bake Shop in Santa Monica.

Personally, we recommend the Fleur de Sel chocolate. Really, really unbelievable!

Thank you Yuko, and Vanilla Bake Shop for the excellent product and service!
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Philip N.

5 September 2019

I had a wonderful cake done for a family/friends party to introduce my new grandson Ben to them all. Since we are huge Dodger fans the cake was made to our specifications and EVERYONE loved it! The cake was the hit of the party and I highly recommend Vanilla Bake Shop for all your cake and bakery items. More...

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Brad B.

18 August 2019

We worked with Kim at the Pasadena location of Vanilla Bake Shop for our July 2019 wedding in Pasadena. First of all, Kim was fantastic to work with. She was prompt in responses, spent time with us discussing options, didn't rush us, and offered up creative suggestions to 'combine' a few different elements that we really liked. She also went out of her way to incorporate amazing custom touches with the handmade sugar flowers and color of the cake. The cake itself was delicious (and we had 3 different flavor combos among 4 tiers). It was also a work of art. We received so many compliments on how beautiful and artistic it was. Truly masterful. We definitely recommend Vanilla Bake Shop. More...

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Chris N.

18 August 2019

Came to this bakery shop and so far so good. Price is fair and the macaroons were awesome! I also had the chocolate chip cookie was very good and not too sweet. Would come again. :)

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Danielle K.

18 August 2019

If i'm ever in the area here i try to make it a point to come.  Their cakes are really delicious! They have a very homemade taste. What i mean by that is: it doesn't taste like fake ingredients or preservatives. The cupcakes taste like you have to eat them THAT DAY. I bet they can't even sell them the next day. The frosting is not overly sweet and has a good cake ratio. I looooove the desserts and definitely will come back. More...

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Sherry Y.

30 July 2019

This is absolutely my favorite bakery in Santa Monica.  When I need a beautiful cake for a very special occasion Vanilla Bake Shop is perfectly dependable to meet highest expectations.  I often purchase the small cupcakes for various parties. They come in many different flavors, fillings, and frostings.  They are over top enjoyed by everyone.  Looking forward to my next reason to purchase their delicious and beautiful creations. More...

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Carlos C.

10 July 2019

Awesome bake shop! Ordered a birthday cake for my fiancée that was amazing! Our whole party loved it!

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Michelle Y.

2 July 2019

They made an engagement cake for my sister's engagement dinner party and I loved it! it was the strawberry one and was absolutely beautiful plus it tasted amazing. for 8 people, we ordered I think a small? and it was sufficient. well worth the money for a nice little party. More...

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Athena J.

26 June 2019

Oh my gosh I loved loved loved the mini cupcakes. I had a vanilla, chocolate and 2 others I can't remember but they were delicious. The frosting was good and they had the perfect ratio. It's also a cute little place and the person helping us was very nice and patient while we decided which cupcakes we wanted. 10/10 would return. More...

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kandice

6 June 2019

I highly recommend Vanilla Bake Shop. It was one of our best wedding decisions. We had a simple one tier cake - and the cake was AMAZING- delicious, beautiful, simply incredible. It truly helped to make our day perfect. Vanilla bake shop was great to work with and was priced very fairly. Without question, we will be using Vanilla bake shop for any future events. More...

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Amy L.

5 June 2019

I highly recommend Vanilla Bake Shop. It was one of our best wedding decisions. We had a simple one tier cake - and the cake was AMAZING- delicious, beautiful, simply incredible. It truly helped to make our day perfect. Vanilla bake shop was great to work with and was priced very fairly. Without question, we will be returning for any  future events. More...

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Michelle F.

1 June 2019

I was told the macarons were gluten free and I bought two. I was 100% impressed and I will be back. I wish they had more gluten free options

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Natali Z.

26 May 2019

Big selection of cupcakes and baby cupcakes. Great for parties and gifting. I ordered 3 dozen (36) baby cupcakes and a cupcake tower for a small wedding reception and it was perfect!!! The stuffed cupcakes were extra delicious, and I'm surprised that they even had them available for the baby size. My favorites were the Meyer lemon stuffed vanilla cake and raspberry, Fleur de Sel and chocolate, marshmallow s'mores. I recommend ordering in advance if you can. More...

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Michiyo W.

8 May 2019

This place is so cute and very nice stuff we use girls lunch party for this cupcake We all love it I will always coming back Super nice and cute place :)

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Miori I.

7 May 2019

Cute, little IG worthy bake shop in the Old Town Pasadena area that I during my daily lunch walk. They offer cupcakes, cupcake babies, cookies, muffins, macaroons, cakes and coffee. They also have gorgeous cakes with an option to customize. Yes, vegan options are available upon request. Currently in love with their blackberry passion fruit cupcake. The frosting isn't too sweet and the passion fruit filling has a nice tangy flavor. Perfect for me. Tip: Keep an eye out for their specials. They vary based on the day. Bonus: Free birthday candles if you need them. Very convenient if running in for a last minute birthday cake. Four out of five stars because the staff isn't always friendly. More...

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Vivia A.

7 April 2019

Pretty pricey for mini cupcakes but the vanilla cinnamon and the blackberry passionfruit were very yummy. The employee was very nice also. Beautiful feel in the store. I'd come back if they had a special going on. More...

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Ellen J.

1 April 2019

Picked up three dozen baby cupcakes for a work event and everyone on our team enjoyed them! They have soo many flavors including classics like red velvet and vanilla bean but also special ones like spicy carrot cake (my favorite) and cinnamon roll. Good to note that I called in my order only two hours ahead and they were able to accomodate! More...

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Priscilla N.

31 March 2019

This shop is awesome! they have the cutest and yummiest cupcakes! I think I have tried almost half of all their flavors already lol! I usually end up just buying their minis only cuz the'yre easier to eat on the go their pink champagne cupcake was one of my favorites!! not sure if they still make it or if it was only for the valentines holiday only. They usually have daily deals depending on the day of the week, I love stopping by whenever I'm in the area. More...

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Aurora G.

25 March 2019

The customer service is outstanding! They go above and beyond to make sure you are a satisfied customer and that I am. I purchased my wedding cake here and recently came back for my anniversary cake topper. The cake and service was stupendous. Thank you Kim for ALL your help! More...

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Brandi Pseudonym H.

23 March 2019

I love Vanilla Bake Shop!  My favorite are their southern banana pudding ice box treats!!!!!!!!  so good!!! and i love all the baby cupcakes!!

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Danielle Z.

21 March 2019

Had such a great experience ordering a cake from Vanilla Bake Shop. Yuko was super responsive over email and answered all of my (many) questions. I even got to pick up a couple of samples so I could decide between two flavors for the cake. This really helped because I had never tried anything from Vanilla Bake Shop before. The passion fruit creme cake ended up being the favorite and I decided on a barely naked design with a gold top and fresh flowers (bought separately and dropped off by me the morning of pick up). The payment process was easy and the cake was beautiful AND delicious. Multiple people told me it was the best cake they had ever had. I will definitely order custom cakes from VBS again! More...

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Joi N.

19 March 2019

Omg so I went to Vanilla Bake Shop today for my staff. I wanted to bring them some tasty treats. So I stopped and picked out a few goodies. The young lady that helped me was so sweet. She literally assisted me with everything and explained the different gluten-free opinions and vegan options they had! I was overjoyed that everyone got to have what they wanted! Thank you Vanilla Bake shop! More...

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Krishna K.

15 March 2019

We ordered custom cup cakes for one of our product launch at our office . We just gave them couple of days notice and they came up with 20 custom cupcakes with logos exactly as they way we requested . To achieve the right logo at such short notice says a lot about their professionalism. Keep it up folks . The only down side is custom cup cake was way too pricey and had lot of cream . But the cake was very tasty . Overall I'm happy with my purchase More...

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Lay D.

10 March 2019

This is a cute bake shop on Colorado that makes everything in house. My boyfriend liked the "​Mom's Birthday Cake," and we were told it was a popular choice by the attendant. I chose three of their mini cupcakes, my favorite being the dark chocolate on chocolate. The light caramel​ filling gives an overall flavor of an upscale Hostess cake. I wanted to try a Vanilla Bean but they were sold out this round. Fyi: They have specialty flavors and a cupcake happy hour that happens at closing during the last hour of every day! If you like coffee they have an excellent French Press. Just let it brew a few minutes before pouring for the ultimate effect! More...

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Susan L.

9 March 2019

Their bittersweet dark chocolate cupcakes are the best. Nothing can beat them.  Signed an 11 year old

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Silvia R.

1 March 2019

Stopped by here on a Friday night around 8:30 pm with my sisters. It's a cute little shop with delicious cupcakes! I got a cool deal- I bought 3 mini cupcakes and got 3 free. Don't remember the prices but I paid about $7, I didn't feel it was too much. I got a blackberry passion fruit cupcake it was absolutely delicious! It taste fresh, not too sweet and is now my favorite. We had a chocolate cake w chocolate frosting, that's was a little too much chocolate for me, cupcake was a lil dry. Also tried Cinnamon Vanilla, it had a good amount of both flavors, cupcake was soft and really recommend if you love cinnamon like I do. Last one we tried was Banana Chocolate Chip. Had a good amount of chocolate chips for being a mini cupcake. It was moist but I feel like I would like more banana flavor in it. I would visit again More...

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G M.

25 February 2019

This is a cute little bakery/coffee shop. It seems to be a set from a 1950's movie. There are some places to sit, and the girl working there was very nice. The pastry was good. The only let down, was the coffee was even more expensive than Starbuck, but served in a small cup, and not very tasty. In fact the cafe mocha tasted like green tea or something. More...

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Melina Dobbs

4 February 2019

By far one of the best cakes (not just wedding cake) I have ever had. Vanilla Bake Shop provided us with a complimentary tasting where each flavor was better than the next. Ultimately we went with the Red Velvet Swirl and Fleur De Sel which were both huge hits with our guests. The only downside was the cake was delivered on a cake board that was larger than what had been communicated to us which did not allow us to use the cake stand we had purchased separately. However, the cake was so good we couldn't not give 5 stars. More...

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Megan H.

15 January 2019

TL;DR: Open late! Yummy cupcakes. A bit pricey.This is the first cupcake shop I have ever been to that is open until 11PM on a Friday night! I was so glad because usually when I want a cupcake for dessert, bakeries close around 5-7 which is when I am eating dinner.They were out of doughnuts (we saw a picture of unicorn doughnuts on Yelp) but they still had a good variety of cupcake flavors left. Except for the seasonal ones that I wanted to try. In addition, they sell macarons (they make them there!), drinks, cakes, sandwiches, and more! Dark Chocolate Cupcake: Decadent and delicious. I love dark chocolate!Blackberry Passionfruit Cupake: Fruity, sweet, and tart. The frosting was whipped, and the cupcake was light.Pistachio Macaron: I forgot about my sensitivity to food coloring, so I only had one bite. I always get pistachio for my macaron flavor, and this one was on point!Also, the mini cupcake packaging is SO CUTE! The box is a skinny rectangle, and they stand upright (a little hard to get out without messing up the frosting, though). The service was friendly, but this bake shop is pricey. My 3 mini cupcakes was around $7 and with my macaron, about $11 total with tax. (check out my post on IG @sayimafoodie) More...

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Frank O.

11 January 2019

Vanilla is a cute little cafe right on Colorado Blvd, with the main display visible from the window as you walk past. A cupcake sounded good and the appearance of the mini cupcakes sealed the deal. We popped in after dinner to get a small dessert. The normal size cupcake is $3.75 and the mini size is $2.25. You get more value in for the large cupcake, the mini is small and two half bites only, you have been warned. The two flavors we settled in were the Blackberry Passionfruit and the Bittersweet Dark Chocolate. The BlackBerry passion fruit cupcake was my favorite. It had good flavor, sweet frosting (not overly sweet) on a simple yellow cake, with surprise glob of lemon inside. The whole piece came across as refreshing without being too unhealthy. The  Bittersweet dark chocolate was all chocolate, the cake, the icing, the sprinkles, simple and made with quality ingredients. More...

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Carollina L.

11 January 2019

Delicious strawberry shortcake ...my friend and her son loveeeee the birthday cake I ordered for them...so were the guests! And thank you Phillip and Fiona for being able to help me with the green dinosaur cake design and delivery in such a short notice just right after New Years day! More...

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Madison P.

28 December 2018

They made me a BLACK WEDDING CAKE and it was beautiful! The actual design of the cake turned out a little differently than I was hoping for but it was delicious and fit our black and copper theme perfectly. Highly recommend getting your wedding cake here! More...

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Amanda Flyckt

17 December 2018

We ordered a simple 2-tier cake with white buttercream frosting that we then decorated with our own florals just for the wedding party and families while the rest of the guests had an open dessert bar. VBS made the whole process very easy! The cakes at the tasting were all delicious and they provided exactly what we asked for and it was delivered on time. More...

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Elya L.

30 November 2018

I've only had the macaroons here, but they are delicious.  Perfect texture and sweet flavor.  Expensive, but comparable to the area.  Cute small little shop in Old Town, few seating options, relaxed and friendly service. More...

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Jessica G.

25 November 2018

Was just walking by and spotted this cute little shop! & it was delicious. I got a red velvet cupcake, moms birthday cake, and a confetti vanilla macaroon. I loved each one. Can't wait to go back More...

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Agnes D.

25 November 2018

Awesome staff! They have candles available, and gave us complimentary cupcake for my birthday, and even sang HBD with Hubby. Will definitely come back. Their shop is right on the strip, Colorado strip, very convenient. More...

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Darroll L.

25 November 2018

Amazingly wonderful bakery!!!!! The customer service was out of this world!!!!! The hostess assisted in picking the perfect cupcakes to help celebrate my darling wife's birthday!!! The candles were complimentary. They even lit the candles and assisted in singing happy birthday!!!!!Please give them a try and hold on to your socks (or they will be knocked off!!!!!!!Love the service and product!!!!! More...

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Stefanie G.

12 November 2018

Cute bakery very clean and the staff are nice. They have a gluten free brownie cookie thingy that is pretty yummy. The macaroons are gluten free. On Friday's they have their gluten free red velvet cupcakes as well. I was also told you can order their cakes gluten free. I hope they will have more options in store in the future! More...

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Vida S.

1 November 2018

Vanilla Baka Shop was a huge part of our wedding. We  tested this bakery a few times before we ordered our wedding cake and macaroons and we wear not disappointed! Everything, from communication to the delivery was easy and beautiful. Photos speaks for themselves More...

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Jessica

30 October 2018

We could not have been happier with Vanilla Bake Shop! We had a very specific theme and vision for the cake, and Yuko and her colleagues executed it perfectly. The cake and dessert bar tasted incredible and looked fantastic. The delivery and execution was a breeze and we have nothing but positive things to say about Vanilla Bake Shop. We can't wait to go visit them in Santa Monica to get a taste of our wedding again. More...

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Nicole V.

30 October 2018

My husband and I were married 2 months ago and we're still getting compliments our VBS wedding cake! Many guests said it was the best cake they'd ever had at a wedding. We went to 5 places (including Sweet Lady Janes) and this was by far the best. We ordered macaroons that were delicious as well. Yuko was wonderful and worked with us on our customization and had great suggestions. The gold brushing on the side was gorgeous. Delicious cake that went beyond our expectations - worth every penny! More...

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Nikki

30 October 2018

My husband and I were married 2 months ago and we're still getting compliments our VBS wedding cake! Many guests said it was the best cake they'd ever had at a wedding. Macaroons were delicious as well. Yuko was wonderful and worked with us on our customization and had great suggestions. The gold brushing on the side was gorgeous. Delicious cake that went beyond my expectations - worth every penny! More...

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Jay H

25 October 2018

Looking through the cakes, they were all beautiful, but we had a very special request. We wanted pandan flavor!

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Brie Mcdonald

22 October 2018

Vanilla Bake Shop was wonderful. Yuko, sketched the exact cake I described as I was sitting across from her at our first consultation. The cake wasn’t just beautiful but the cake was delicious too, lots of flavor options to select from and since we did multi layer we were able to mix it up so that we got some of everything. Cake was delivered beautifully. They made it the perfect sweet ending to our beautiful beginning. More...

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Jon A.

20 October 2018

A small shop with big flavors. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical when I first walked in the door, but they had quite a variety of sweets. The price is a bit high on the petite cupcakes. My Wife and I agreed the buttercream frosting was delicious. In closing, you must try the bittersweet dark chocolate muffin, it was delectable. More...

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Bianca H.

20 October 2018

Very cute little bakery! We tried the red velvet, cookies and cream, chocolate and vanilla baby cupcakes!! So good and so cute!! Red velvet was top notch. Highly recommend. Also the cakes in the window are gorgeous. More...

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Leo C.

11 October 2018

The bakery seats by Downtown Pasadena. The service people are very nice. So I got in late 30 min before closing, so it's happy hour buy 3 mini cupcakes get 3. The s'mores cupcake is good, a little dry but good. Frankly the cupcake is good but not special but the service is very friendly and inviting I can see my self drinking coffee and eating here More...

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Trevor

10 October 2018

We visited A LOT of bake shops when trying to choose the perfect one for our wedding cake but none came close to Vanilla Bake Shop. Yuko, our cake designer, was a godsend. She was the only person we spoke with who was open to letting us bounce ideas off her offering her honest opinion in the process. Literally everywhere else we went, we met bakers who just wanted a picture from Pinterest to replicate. She made this entire process fun and easy and we are so thankful for her. Our actual wedding cake exceeded expectations. It looked and tasted amazing. We had Coconut, Red Velvet, and Dulce de Leche layers and they all tasted out of this world. Highly recommend! More...

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Jessica O.

8 October 2018

Our cake was not the run of the mill wedding cake design. We had a henna design we wanted to be created to go with the Indian theme of our reception. We received a sketch prior to the cake being delivered and the final product exceeded our expectations. We even decided to put a photo of the cake on our thank you cards because it was so beautiful. We also ordered their mini cupcakes for the night before the wedding and those were also beautiful and everyone enjoyed their flavor. I would highly recommend Vanilla Bake Shop to anyone around Los Angeles hosting a event. More...

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Marc R.

1 October 2018

Cake was PERFECT (so perfect it almost looked fake!). Flavors were PERFECT (so perfect, guests who normally don't eat cake ate TWO slices and took a 3rd slice home!). Delivery was PERFECT (they actually got there early, which in L.A. is feat in and of itself. And dealing with Yuko was PERFECT. We couldn't be happier with our wedding cake. In case I haven't mentioned it yet, it was P-E-R-F-E-C-T! More...

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John T.

30 September 2018

I'm not that big on sweets, but the rich pecan brownie with large pecan chunks we had from the Vanilla Bake shop was outstanding.  Chocolaty, not overly sugared, with a perfect texture and flavor.Service was friendly and efficient for our small order.  Would definitely go back. More...

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Anjuli D.

30 September 2018

I loved coming to this place back when I was a UCLA college student, and this place continues to meet my expectations whenever I want a sweet treat. As I was visiting LA for the weekend with my boyfriend, we had to stop in for some cupcakes and other desserts after walking around the beach. The storekeepers had some delicious samples out of their seasonal pumpkin pie bars and brownies, but we opted for a box of cupcakes. We went for an assortment including bittersweet dark chocolate, vanilla bean and coconut. My favorite from a few years ago was the key lime pie, but it wasn't being offered the day we went. We will be headed back to the Bay Area but I'm so excited to take these cakes home and enjoy them later :) Thanks for the nostalgia Vanilla Bake Shop! More...

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Shay R.

30 September 2018

This review is a bit late coming, but well deserved. The team at Vanilla created a gorgeous faux cake for my daughter's wedding, as well as real cakes to serve. They created the top layer of the faux cake to cut, which worked out perfectly, and cakes that were served to the guests at my daughter's wedding were blown away by the variety of cake flavors, fillings and frostings. Normally wedding cake is dry and/or tastes disgusting, but Vanilla made sure that every morsel was as good as the cakes the bride and groom fell in love with at their tasting. Bravo, Vanilla - only a handful of vendors came through with flying colors at this very important event, but you and your team definitely made the cut! I would highly recommend Vanilla for your important event! More...

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Amanda D.

18 September 2018

Cupcakes were delicious!!! Would definitely come back. Although they were out of coffee :(

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Leslie S.

14 September 2018

They have the cutest cakes and it's so easy to order and have delivered. Great customer service with great tasting cakes.

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Jay P.

7 September 2018

Absolutely the best! Everything is SO good and so beautifully done! Thank you Vanilla Bake Shop

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Katie

1 September 2018

We ordered cupcakes for our wedding from Vanilla Bake Shop, and we are so happy we did! Yuko is great to work with, and was so helpful when we were choosing flavors and designs. We got so many comments about how delicious the cupcakes were! More...

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Jamie M.

23 August 2018

Vanilla Bake Shop did an amazing job on our wedding cake!!! It was so beautiful! We had 3 tiers, the bottom was chocolate vanilla swirl, the middle was red velvet, and the top tier was banana chocolate chip. The cake was delicious. We had fresh flowers delivered to VBS and they were arranged exactly how we wanted them on the cake. VBS also delivered the cake to the restaurant where we had dinner. Our entire wedding party loved it! More...

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Adjoa S.

23 August 2018

Amazing!We had them for our wedding and could not have been any happier with the quality of service, and omgomgomg the simply chocolate cake!!! I've had loads of chocolate cake and nothing compares to it. Get the vegan peanut butter chocolate bombs as well... and the key lime tarts and the eclairs and basically everything.. just bring friends and try everything & you will not regret it. More...

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Nazanin T.

21 August 2018

Delicious wide variety of dessert choices! Anywhere from cakes, brownies, cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, macarons, espresso drinks, and more.

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Garin N.

19 August 2018

Came here to get some cupcakes for a coworkers birthday. They had 12 types got one of each. They were all delicious and heard no complaints from the office. They aren't cheap though I think $4 per cupcake. More...

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Eli B.

18 August 2018

Our wedding cake from Vanilla Bake Shop was beautiful and delicious. We got four flavors - carrot cake, red velvet, passion fruit, and strawberries & cream, and they were all really good.

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Kristine T.

10 August 2018

I needed a quick desert treat to take over to a friend. I got a good night deal buy three mini cupcakes get three free. They were about to close and the girl at the register told us about it. Super generous and sweet service and delicious light and airy cupcakes. More...

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Wendy M.

10 August 2018

Obsessed with their coconut desserts!!!!! The best mini cupcakes.Love all the different flavors.

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Liz J.

10 August 2018

If you're going to overdose on sugar, there are few places as deserving of your business. The vanilla bean cupcakes are the definition of Chantilly. So fluffy and exquisitely light I felt like I was biting into a cloud just a little bit. If I could eat thousands of these without feeling like crap, I would. All day long. In my ongoing search for the best cupcake in LA, this is the highest reigning champion so far. The frosting alone makes it one of the tastiest cupcakes around. Truly a standout. More...

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Jo K.

6 August 2018

Best bake shop! Amazing pastries and the customer service is top notch.I came Saturday late afternoon and they only have 30min till closing Maggie and Negeen helped me put together my best friends Birthday cake. The owner even called and walked them through creating a layered cake.In such a short notice I had beautiful cake to bring to the party!I had preordered a Gucci designed cake at our other local bakery Vienna Bakery (see my review). They failed customer service 101. Very in accommodating.Again, thanks Nageen and Maggie! More...

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Betty-Jo J.

5 August 2018

This bakery is my go to when I have birthdays and just to pop in for a little treat. My wedding cake was from vanilla bake shop and I loved it.

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E K.

31 July 2018

I just spotted this place a few days ago on my way home from work, and decided to check them out. Their pastries were delicious, and the people behind the counter were extremely nice! They even gave me an additional free cupcake. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. My favorite was the Red Velvet. I highly recommend!!! More...

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Alpha X.

29 July 2018

The best cupcakes hands down! The frosting is amazing and I'm not a frosting person. Plus, they have great coffee! We buy here for all our special occasions.

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Nabi M.

11 July 2018

The cake they made for me was looking amazing. It was an ​American​ flag cake​ with vanilla flavor​. Tastes good as well. Thank you, ​guys!

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Mario G.

10 July 2018

What a delicious and beautiful little cake shop in Santa Monica! My fiancée and I went in to do some cake testing for our upcoming wedding and we were so happy with all the choices. The chocolate banana to the passion fruit white cake to the gluten free red velvet ( darn good gluten free you can't tell).The staff was informative and patient with our questions. We truly enjoyed ourself and are excited to use them for our wedding if all goes well! Bravo vanilla bake shop! I'm a fan More...

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Nikki J.

3 July 2018

Cute cupcakes on (always busy) Colorado Blvd. I've been on a cupcake binge lately and VBS was on the list for this area. Because they have different flavors everyday, it's impossible to sample every cupcake on one trip......but I certainly tried. *snicker snicker* My visit was on a Tuesday and lucky for me, they had key lime cupcakes on the menu. Strawberries and cream, Meyer lemon raspberry, chocolate peanut butter, and bittersweet dark chocolate were the lucky cupcakes chosen for this sweet tooth adventure. A perfectly tart lemon bar came along for the ride too. I can honestly say that we enjoyed all of our sweets. They were moist and not overly sweet. You won't be disappointed. Be sure you check out their website to plan your visit accordingly. More...

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Mozza C.

30 June 2018

This is a cute shop right off of Wilshire.  Scrumptious desserts!  The brownie crackle is delicious!  The cupcake minis hit the spot.  So glad we stopped here!

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Jazmine S.

22 June 2018

My boyfriend and I came in "just to look" but it was happy hour so we were able to get 6 baby cupcakes for $6.75! What a steal. I believe the happy hour is just a BOGO special that's every day after 7pm to closing. Some of the choices were sold out, but we were able to snag 4 red velvet, 1 dark chocolate, and 1 chocolate banana which was more like a muffin with cream on top. I'd say my favorite was the dark chocolate. The red velvet cupcakes were pretty standard. I'm not too big on sweets, but the happy hour is an awesome deal. We will be back. Thank you! More...

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Mrs W.

6 June 2018

I heard about this place through my coworker. We were trying to buy cupcakes for one of our employees. For her birthday! Parking is not so well but that Santa Monica for you. But the place is very nice and clean. And the staff is very helpful and very nice. everyone loved the cupcakes. More...

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Keri P.

5 June 2018

We hired Vanilla Bake Shop to provide the dessert at our wedding this past fall. We are so happy we did!! We wanted to do a dessert bar with a variety of mini desserts in lieu of a cake, and VBS executed our vision beautifully. Working with Yuko, we settled on a spread that would surely satisfy any palate, and she even suggested certain desserts to fit our color scheme. This included various flavors of the cupcake babies, french macarons, icebox dessert shots, tarts, and cake pops. The result was beautiful *and* yummy! In fact, we still have guests talking about how good the desserts were at our wedding all these months later. If you are looking for a dessert vendor for your vendor, I highly recommend Vanilla Bake Shop! More...

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Keri

5 June 2018

We hired Vanilla Bake Shop to provide the dessert at our wedding this past fall. We are so happy we did!!

We wanted to do a dessert bar with a variety of mini desserts in lieu of a cake, and VBS executed our vision beautifully. Working with Yuko, we settled on a spread that would surely satisfy any palate, and she even suggested certain desserts to fit our color scheme. This included various flavors of the cupcake babies, french macarons, icebox dessert shots, tarts, and cake pops. The result was beautiful *and* yummy! In fact, we still have guests talking about how good the desserts were at our wedding all these months later.

If you are looking for a dessert vendor for your vendor, I highly recommend Vanilla Bake Shop!
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Bryan V.

1 June 2018

Donuts, cupcakes, sandwiches, toast, macaroons, cakes and coffee. Vanilla Bake Shop stands out among some of the other cafes and cupcake locations in the Old Town area. Love this place.

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Carlos S.

27 May 2018

Sweet tooth Heaven.  From regular cupcakes, Baby cupcakes, macaroons and so much more. The customer service is the best.

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Julie E.

16 May 2018

We had Vanilla make our wedding cake and 250 mini cupcakes. I loved them all, it was beautiful.

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Phyllis C.

13 May 2018

A cute little cake shop on Wilshire! They have gluten free options if you order ahead or on Fridays. I found them when I was looking for GF options for friends and didn't realize it how hard it was until I started looking.

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M C.

30 April 2018

Great service and yummy cupcakes! My fave was spicy carrot cupcake. Since a fun place to take kiddos

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Gina S.

26 April 2018

Ran in to pick up a birthday cake. I wanted to make one but ran out of time. They only had two options in the case, a red velvet and a chocolate. I got the red velvet. It was awesome. I can't wait to go back and get the chocolate. Their cupcakes and brownies looked fantastic too. More...

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Vanessa H.

26 April 2018

My only complaint is that when I asked what the macaron flavors were, the woman seemed super annoyed with me. To be fair, there were no labels out so how was I supposed to know! Otherwise, the shop itself is incredibly cute and they have some really great macarons! More...

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James B.

24 April 2018

Stopped in after my haircut nextdoor. Craving something sweet. I got 4 mini cupcakes, 2 while waiting for my lyft request to get accepted, and 2 more while i waited for the lyft. Mmmm the lemon Meyer raspberry cupcake was awesome - by far the best of the 4 I tried. My least favorite, the southern red velvet. Though they go strong on the chocolate flavor of the red velvet, the cake itself was dry. Maybe it was a fluke batch though, the other three cakes were moist and yummy. With red velvet being such a staple, sometimes I feel the need to be a little more critical.The cinnamon vanilla was creamy and sweet - not strong on vanilla, but I should've known as cinnamon can be pretty over powering. Was still really good and Id get it again. Strawberries and cream could use a bit more strawberry, but It was sweet and yummy.Super friendly staff, only stopped in for a minute but glad I did! More...

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Tangee J.

18 April 2018

I decided to try out this bakery to get a birthday cake for one of my best friends birthday. I arrived and was immediately greeted by a very friendly lady that worked there. She was very patient with me as I asked her questions regarding each cake and waited on me to decide which one to go with. I decided on the beautiful multi colored sprinkled cake because I was told it was one of the most popular cakes. She offered to write on the cake for me and even waited on me again to decide on which flavor cookie I wanted for myself. They are so huge and looked too good to pass up. My friend loved the cake , it was a hit with everyone. It was really sweet. Vanilla bean flavored but really good and filling. More...

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Elyse H.

12 April 2018

Will be going here and ONLY here for future cakes. They did such a beautiful job on the cake I requested and the woman emailing with me was so patient with the changes that I kept making. The designers have great taste and that can be hard to find. Hands down best bakery on the Westside in my opinion. They do gluten free as well! More...

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Geena F.

5 April 2018

wow wow wow! This is one of the best bake shops I've been to in Pasadena.  Their vanilla cake cupcake is incredible.  I'm not even a big frosting person, but their frosting is delicious.  Their macaroons are good too!

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Nicole L.

19 March 2018

A post St. Patty's day treat for my support staff.Shamrock cookies and Irish cream chocolate cupcakes...mini and reg. It was a hit!!!VBS always comes thru...special ended of course on Sat the 17th but always pleasing the client they made a batch for Monday.I so appreciated it and enjoyed the calories.  They were superb!!! More...

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Heather B.

18 March 2018

Absolutely the best cupcakes ever!!! My favorite is the Vanilla Bean cupcake. It's a good thing I don't live close by because I would eat one everyday!!

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Tess M.

10 March 2018

During the 2008 recession and lean years that followed, our cheap supper club stopped meeting in restaurants opting to designate a member's home for monthly potluck evenings instead. Getting together was still, perhaps even more important.  At the end of each party, being fair, just friends on a budget, we'd throw dinner courses written on slips of paper into a salad spinner to determine what each one of us would bring to the next. 2018 with portfolios in better shape our party of eight is back dining out but every once in a while sharing potluck. At our last supper, we once again drew courses this time from an empty resto breadbasket. My mantra being, "Please don't let it be dessert!" because I absolutely DO NOT bake and with this group gelato, no matter how quality it is, isn't considered a real dessert. Fortunately I was saved by savory but if the potluck gods so deemed it, I would have done exactly what my friend did, let Vanilla Bake Shop do the work! One beautiful box of equally so cupcakes, a sampling recommended by Vanilla Bake Shop staff for a tasty overview - Meyer Lemon, Key Lime, Oreo, Vanilla Bean, Red Velvet, Cinnamon and two more I didn't get to taste - each distinctly different, moist with the right ratio of cake to frosting left us wishing there were more to help finish off the Prosecco. If in the future I draw dessert, it's Vanilla Bake Shop's sweet stuff and nothing but! More...

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Dennis L.

8 March 2018

Thank you Ray for ahmazing americano, ambiance and customer service! My second day visiting Pasadena!

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Roxana B.

4 March 2018

I've been in this place several times to work and study. They have good WIFI and plugs under the seats. The ambiance is good since they don't have loud music playing in the background and people usually grab and go, so there is not a lot of noise. For those who are gluten-free, they have a gf red-velvet cupcakes every Friday.... and they are awesome! They usually have a gf chocolate cookie and all their macaroons are also gf! (Hint: Ask for the Blackberry macaroon!, so good!)The staff is nice and sweet! More...

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Jobie W.

3 March 2018

MY FAVORITE BAKERY EVERRR. Love it so much that this is my first review on Yelp. My favorite flavors would definitely be the Blackberry Passion Fruit and Vanilla Latte. I have tried other flavors too, and they're all really delicious!! Their cupcakes are not an overload of sweetness and their vanilla flavor is to dieeeee for. Also, their Brownie Crackle and Brownies with pecans and caramel sea salt are one of my favorite things. Their filled donut holes are also really delicious!I have tried the macarons but personally thought they were alright. Loved their decorations for the Super Bowl and Valentine's Day. It's really convenient that they allow pick-up orders because I feel like their regular-sized cupcakes run out pretty quick! All the times I have visited the employees were all super nice. Ignore the reviews that say they have 'too many' vanilla flavors, it's called VANILLA bake shop for a reason! Their vanilla flavor definitely makes them deserving of their shop name!! More...

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Cheryl M.

28 February 2018

Awesome cakes! Didn't have anyone to write on my cake. The counter gal was really sweet and gave me a mini cup cake for the inconvenience.

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Ashley S.

21 February 2018

Adorable local shop with great customer service. Vanessa even packaged my Cupcake Babies up with a lovely blue ribbon. Their geode cakes in the store window are magical!

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David W.

19 February 2018

This place is legit! Everything tastes like it was made special for you. Highly recommend the blackberry but you can't go wrong with macaroon any day!

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Allison W.

15 February 2018

Slacker mom/wife forgot Valentines for the important people! Walked over here after the Santa Monica Farmers Market and bought an assortment of cupcakes for a special Vday treat. I've driven by so many times over the years and never stopped in, but now I have a new favorite dessert spot. More...

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Kerry D.

14 February 2018

I came in literally 7 minutes before closing because I was unable to come in earlier due to having to babysit my brother and desperately needed a Valentine's Day present for my husband and they were the only ones still open and they came through for me and I was able to get him valentines day cupcakes and he loved them. I personally loved the dark chocolate cupcakes they were amazing! More...

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Nicole S.

13 February 2018

Let's start with this. I have been craving for cupcakes (even though I am not really fond of cupcakes tbh) for days only because I've been binge-watching Cupcake Wars. I have been drooling... For. Days. But I refused to go to just any bakery and end up disappointed. So I decided to hold back and suffer the agony because much like love, you don't force and/or look for it, you wait for it to come to you. Great things take time. If it's meant for you, it will come to you. LOL. CHEESE! But srsly. Anyway.Coincidentally, yesterday (I say yesterday--even though it was only a couple of hours ago--because I am writing this as the clock strikes midnight) was our friend's birthday dinner and we got to the restaurant ahead of them and had a little bit of time to kill. It was FREEZING out, I didn't want to wait in the cold, and my 4-year-old badly needed to use the toilet so we sort of brisk walked about a block away from the restaurant and stumbled upon Vanilla Bake Shop! I said PERFECT! When I saw it, I honestly imagined a beacon of light shining down on the store with angels singing Hallelujah because not only did they have a clean decent restroom my son could use, THEY. ALSO. HAD. CUPCAKES. Pretty cupcakes. Tasty-looking cupcakes. And the interior decoration was divine. I'm into those things. I thought... This is fate. We were brought here not by accident. It seemed as though we were pushed here almost through divine intervention. Haha. Just kidding. Or not.So. It was almost around 7 PM I believe when we were there and there were only a few cupcakes left and nobody else was there but us (I liked that) but basically, my son chose the chocolate vanilla bean cupcake with red sprinkles (SUPER CUTE), my husband picked the banana chocolate one, and I got the vanilla latte. I had a taste of all three and OH. MY. LORD. Wow. We were at a loss for words. My son wouldn't stop eating, my husband kept saying mmmhh WOW (and he's not even a fan of sweets/pastries), and I was just devouring my cupcake like there was no tomorrow. They were SO good! All three were good but if I were to rank them, the choco vanilla bean is the best, followed by the vanilla latte, then the banana chocolate. My patience has been rewarded.I don't know why we'd only discovered this shop now but we are so thankful we "accidentally" did. Now, how to burn all the calories... Needless to say, we will definitely be coming back even if it is quite a drive from our home. Our experience was that good. Worth gaining an extra pound. Jk. But really... Excellent job, Vanilla Bake Shop! Can't wait to try moooore flavoooorrrsss. Keep it up and see you again soon! More...

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Eriny R.

13 February 2018

"Cake mommy, cake" and that's when I caved in and walked into the store. He saw their amazing looking cakes in the glass window and whined about it. The store is fairly small but has a lot of dessert on display. I asked about the pricing which wasn't very cheap but still reasonable for the location. 3 minis for $6.75 or 1 regular size for $3.75. The minis would be a great way to taste everything if your trying to buy a cake but unfortunately I am on a diet and I'm only trying to satisfy my baby craving. I got the Mothers Birthday Cake which is a white cake with a chocolate buttercream. The cashier recommended a dark chocolate cake with a vanilla filling and DC buttercream. Looked amazing but also looked messy and very heavy. Maybe I'll come back and try it. The frosting was to die for but the cake was a bit dry. The little guy enjoyed it and didn't mind. I on the other hand didn't enjoy it very much. Street metered parking is available right outside the store. The store seemed very clean. The cashier was nice. More...

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Mathew K.

12 February 2018

for our wedding on 12/23/2017, i kid you not, we were recommended vanilla from EVERY SINGLE married couple we know.and now we understand why it's such a no brainer slam dunk.step 1 - the search. we had vanilla up there with like 3 other bakeries, but when we did our calling / emailing to schedule our visit, vanilla was hands down the nicest and most accommodating for our schedule. we like nice people (whereas other places were kind of rude which was surprising).step 2 - the tasting. walking in, they immediately asked us what we'd like to drink in terms of coffees, lattes, sodas, ANYTHING! damn....i seriously need to go "cake tasting" more hahaha. but we tried i believe 8 different styles and all were amazing. i let my wife choose the 4 final flavors (which i don't even remember now hahah). but we kept eating more and more and had such a fun time. our new best friend yuko e guided us through the entire process and made sure we had more than enough cake!if you get yuko, consider yourself extremely lucky!step 3 - the design. this is where things started to get fun. our theme of the wedding was beach setting with light blues, dusty rose, and gold. yuko immediately sketched out a cake for us, to which we approved on the spot. hahaha so easy! step 4 - pricing / communication / customer service. when we left the cake tasting, we immediately got a jpeg of the cake and the communication / service had zero hiccups even on the day of! zero lag in communication, zero drama, zero issues the entire way! if you're looking for a stress free process, then go with vanilla! if you want some drama in your life and don't want something amazing and easy, go with someone else hahahastep 5 - the guests at our wedding. everyone kept raving about how good the cake was....maybe they were just doing the normal wedding "omg everything was amazing etc etc", but they did keep talking specifically about the cake, which made us know we went with the right team.vanilla bake shop FTW!!!!!! More...

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Ayanna H.

5 February 2018

Not the first time I've had cake from this bake shop but this is the first time I've ordered and had to call in with questions.  Online ordering was SO EASY! Picked the cake, the size and placed the order in under 5 minutes.  I appreciated the simplicity of the website in a major way.  I chose the Vanilla Lemon Berry cake.  My goodness it was so good and the person it was purchased for was happy.  Thanks Vanilla Bake Shop. More...

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Liz D.

4 February 2018

The white chocolate cranberry cookie is sooo good .. it's pricey but very worth it. The cupcakes are also really delicious

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Sara B.

4 February 2018

Good, bad, or anything in between, I have never, ever taken the time to write a review.  I am compelled to write this review because the cake  I ordered for my husband's BIG 50 was the best cake I, and many of our guests have ever had.  I ordered a two tier cake, top tier chocolate (6"), bottom passion fruit creme (9") both frosted in the barely or semi naked style.  I ordered the cake online with a couple back and forth e-mails sorting out the details; but I was a little nervous as I had not actually tasted either of the flavors.  I picked the passion fruit creme because I wanted a unique flavor that you can't just get anywhere and it was an absolute showstopper.  Many of our guests said it was the best cake they ever had!  Also, the cake was exceptionally beautiful and perfectly proportioned in terms of the tiering.  I kept the cake intentionally simple because the intended focus was to be the sparkler candles.  In the pics, if the gold paint detailing seems a little off it's my fault!  I thought I could do it myself to cut down the cost; but of course on the day of, I was running short on time and slapped it on quickly.  I highly recommend this place for any special event.  I was able to order this online because I kept the concept intentionally simple but if I'm ever in the market for the custom cake of my dreams.... this will be my first stop. More...

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Tony S.

27 January 2018

The night is young and it is a crime not to have dessert after dinner. I got their Southern Red Velvet cupcake, salted chocolate chip cookie and Fleur De Sel [flower of salt] caramel chocolate cake. Food:The Red Velvet Cupcake is rich, moist, and decadent due to the wonderful cream cheese frosting they use. It is hard to find a cupcake that is made well and this place is one of the few that makes a good representation of what it should be. Price:Pricewise is slightly above fair market considering it is Pasadena: $2.50 for "French" macaroons [I find it questionable considering its size and deficiency in its structural integrity [the two disks are not as compact as it should be in holding the ganache in between.  Real French macaroons are smaller in size and very compact].  $3.75 for the cupcakes: about 50 cents above what a cupcake usually costs but I am okay with it since the quality is there.  A slice of cake, $6.75, is fine: a good cake costs about $7ish per slice. Service:Adequate. Ambiance:The ambiance here is great: well-lit, contemporary/Hipsterish in its decor. The overall white walls complement the lights making the establishment seem impeccably clean and fresh [optical illusion but hey I like being in the Matrix]. The cushioned seating arrangement that lines the wall is especially comfortable for one's back. This is a place where one can really just sit there, reflect and temporarily forget about their problems.Overall: Great place to be for those with a big sweet tooth. More...

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Kary M.

5 January 2018

Excellent customer service, their chocolate chip cookie hands down the best I've tried! However I was slightly disappointed with their macarons. The macarons were a little too thick for my liking and somewhat stiff. I am willing to give it another try! More...

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Pre P.

30 December 2017

We had driven past this when on our way to dinner and even though we were stuffed we decided to walk back and try at least one item. The ambience is so welcoming which is why we decided to come back. My brother and I ended up sharing a mini spicy carrot cupcake with our parents. We sliced it into fourths. The flavor profile was awesome. The spicy kick it had is something I've never had in a cupcake before. My dad wanted some more so we decided to grab a mini vanilla bean cupcake as well. Again, the flavors were spot on and the way that everything is put together is awesome- great presentation. The other desserts and drinks looked like they were stellar. I definitely want to come stop by again. The staff is very friendly also :). Check it out if you're in the area. More...

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Malorie B.

30 December 2017

Kris with a K was FABULOUS can't believe how trendy and fabulous this place is. 15/10 totally recommend. Wish I could visit Kris everyday.Amy with an A was also fun!

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Brad J.

12 December 2017

My go to spot for cupcakes or treats for a special occasion.  The minis make it great to serve amongst kids.....especially little ones.  Would highly recommend.

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Rachel M.

9 December 2017

Delicious raspberry, moms birthday, and red velvet cupcakes. Perfect packaging to give as a gift. Order thru UberEats

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Hotmez m.

6 December 2017

Had the most wonderful experience.  I had my one year old and my six-year-old and Greg was our server and he was excellen, the cater to my 2 kids, he advise me as to what to order. My son was extremely happy with our visit there and he wants to take his dad there next week and his cousins.  Thank you so much and I appreciate the time it took to make my 2 kids and I feel extremely special.   The everything cookie is super delicious the Croissant was just the right temperature and the hot chocolate and macarons was to die for so great thank you once again. More...

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Arax T.

2 December 2017

Alexis stayed on the phone with me for 20 minutes yesterday trying to help me figure out a way to salvage a cake purchased from ANOTHER baker.  If that's not customer service going above and beyond your scope of duties... More...

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She G.

3 November 2017

We were extremely pleased with VBS. They exceeded our expectations. We ordered a dessert bar with a small cake. Yuko delivers nothing less than pure excellence. She is kind, professional, helpful and responsive~ making the planning process easy and fun. She responded to all our needs and questions and, assisted us with offering suggestions in cake design, decor, and dessert selection. We ordered 13 different desserts of mini-cupcakes, tarts, ice-boxed desserts, macaroons, bars, and cookies; and, each were decadently delicious, fresh and clean tasting (baking with only natural ingredients). Presentation was classy, clean, and artistic. Thank you, VBS!!! We will be hiring you for my baby-shower! More...

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Sheila

3 November 2017

We were extremely pleased with VBS. They exceeded our expectations. We ordered a dessert bar with a small cake. Yuko delivers nothing less than pure excellence. She is kind, professional, helpful and responsive~ making the planning process easy and fun. She responded to all our needs and questions and, assisted us with offering suggestions in cake design, decor, and dessert selection. We ordered 13 different desserts of mini-cupcakes, tarts, ice-boxed desserts, macaroons, bars, and cookies; and, each were decadently delicious, fresh and clean tasting (baking with only natural ingredients). Presentation was classy, clean, and artistic. Thank you, VBS!!! We will be hiring you for my baby-shower! More...

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Stephen T.

2 November 2017

I cannot praise and suggest Vanilla Bake Shop enough! Not only are their creations stunningly beautiful; they're delicious!Yuko makes the entire process so simple and fun. She really listened to my husband and I. And we ended up with a cake that was EXACTLY what we wanted.  We will be forever thankful! More...

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Stephen

2 November 2017

I cannot praise and suggest Vanilla Bake Shop enough! Not only are their creations stunningly beautiful; they're delicious!
Yuko makes the entire process so simple and fun. She really listened to my husband and I. And we ended up with a cake that was EXACTLY what we wanted. We will be forever thankful!
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Mariko E.

30 October 2017

My husband and I could not have been happier at how our 'woodland' themed dessert table and wedding cake turned out. To this day, we receive compliments on how delicious and truly beautiful everything was. Our desserts pretty much "stole the show" at our reception! Yuko is extremely talented and it's amazing how she can conceptualize the ideas that you have into actual desserts. She was very professional and friendly and made my husband and I feel like 'old friends' by the time the tasting was over. I highly recommend Yuko and the VBS Team for your wedding and dessert needs! 5 stars! More...

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Jason J.

30 October 2017

We walked into Vanilla Bake Shop with very little expectation of what we wanted for dessert on our wedding day. We knew that we wanted a more modest cake and some macaroons and pastries, but that was about it.Within a couple of hours of working with Yuko, we picked a design that we liked, customized that design to the color scheme and theme of our wedding, and picked out a few flavors of macaroons and pastries, and we were done! Yuko had a fantastic ability to bring our design imagination to life.The cake and desserts ended up exactly as we had imagined, and our guests finished all of the dessert almost immediately. No complaints here! Highly recommended. More...

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Donna J.

30 October 2017

I love it in here! Everything is so very clean...A nice pit stop when trudging up and down 3rd. Street.Great customized cakes and the baby cupcakes are devine.Last night I was helped by 2 of the nicest guys....Chris Wade and Ray Lira were so genuinely kind and upbeat!!! Thanx guys!!!! More...

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Mai

30 October 2017

My husband and I could not have been happier at how our 'woodland' themed dessert table and wedding cake turned out. To this day, we receive compliments on how delicious and truly beautiful everything was. Our desserts pretty much "stole the show" at our reception! Yuko is extremely talented and it's amazing how she can conceptualize the ideas that you have into actual desserts. She was very professional and friendly and made my husband and I feel like 'old friends' by the time the tasting was over. I highly recommend Yuko and the VBS Team for your wedding and dessert needs! 5 stars! More...

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Vicky P.

20 October 2017

I tried the 3 berry donut holes and the filling was pretty good. Not too much donut, just enough filling. The pictures aren't that great but I recommend them. I usually like more filling and I think these donuts had the right amount plus the filling itself had a good flavor. Not too sweet or too sour. I would definitely go back for some more and to try some more of the other pastries. More...

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Caileen U.

17 October 2017

Vanilla is my favorite place for cupcakes and cakes and literally the only place where my son will let me get cake from. He and I are both not fond of typical cakes and cupcakes because they are usually too sweet and lack any flavor but not at Vanilla. Every flavor is great, but I especially like the Meyer lemon raspberry, strawberries and cream and passion fruit. If you are looking for something rich the salted Carmel chocolate is out of this world. I love the mini cupcakes because you can try several flavors without getting a sugar overload. I'm a regular at the Santa Monica location, but I have family in Pasadena so we went to check it out. The decor is so cute, perfect date place for my  teenage nephews, and I like the addition of the toasts and donuts at this location. Definitely nice to have a savory option. The cakes are beautiful - simple and chic. If the look is as important as the taste then this is the place for you. I did a custom carrot cake and they matched the color of my paper sample I left with them perfectly. One tip is to order in advance though, they take their time to do it right. Overall one of my special places to go for a treat, don't miss it! More...

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Carly D.

17 October 2017

This is the best bakery in LA.  Hands down.  And we tried a ton of them.  We tried some cupcakes from here (Vanilla bean, Mom's birthday cake, Red velvet, Spicy carrot, Fleur de sel, Toasted coconut, Strawberries & cream, Chocolate peanut butter, and vanilla graham).  They were all incredible. We love them so much we decided we wanted our wedding cake to be from Vanilla Bake Shop.  But what do you do when they have SO MANY amazing cakes to choose from?  You forego the giant wedding cake and buy 6 regular cakes! We settled on vanilla bean, spicy carrot, toasted coconut dark chocolate, strawberries and cream, and chocolate peanut butter.  They were all delicious, all were a huge hit, and we seriously ended up with 0 leftovers (Bummer!) because people kept coming back for more.  Seriously - you guys are THE BEST. More...

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Kelly

11 October 2017

If you are planning a wedding, you need a cake by Yuko! She was inviting and personable. Yuko took time to really get to know what we wanted and made sure we were happy the whole way through. The cake she made for us was lovely and exactly what we asked for. She also provided a dessert table that everyone loved. Her team set up the desserts and gave us the boxes at the end for us to take home any extras (there weren't many). We can't wait to eat our top tier for our one year anniversary! More...

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Melanie G.

9 October 2017

Great bakery!!! We ordered the triple berry cream cake for my brother in law's birthday and it was absolutely delicious!! The fruit was very fresh and the frosting was great! Not too sweet but just about right! We ordered online and personalized our cake... so convenient and easy to be able to do so! This was my first time every trying Vanilla Bake Shop's cakes. I picked up the cake and fell in love with the bakery... so cute! More...

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Philippine D.

21 September 2017

Excellent cupcakes ! Check out their menu regularly as the choice of cupcakes changes everyday. My 3 favorites (by order of preference) are Marshmallow Graham, Confetti vanilla beans and Meyer Lemon Raspberry ! Enjoy

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Daniela S.

19 September 2017

I've taken a few baby cupcakes to try as most as possible. The Key Lime could have a more intense Lime flavor. The lemon Meyer raspberry was delicious and I had a chocolate something with chocolate sprinkles on top - that was my favorite.I hope to get there again to try some others. More...

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Marcy S.

16 September 2017

Recommended by friends and they deserve a big thank you!Kris assisted us, exceptional customer service, we were treated like VIPs.Blackberry Macaron was outstanding, filing was creamy and full of flavor, outside was light and airy with the perfect amount of crunch.  Southern Banana Pudding shot - amazing!!!Meyer Lemon Raspberry Shot - delicious!!S'mores bite size Tart - perfection!Bakery products were all excellent, Kris's service will definitely bring us back! More...

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Shelley D.

13 September 2017

Their cupcakes are heavenly! I tried like one of every single one of the little cupcakes (don't judge, you know they're delicious) and my favorite was the key lime pie cupcake. I like the layout, people are very friendly and if you work in Pasadena you get an extra 10% off! If you need a sugar fix, try this spot. More...

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Marla B.

9 September 2017

I'm so glad we booked Vanilla Bake Shop for our wedding!! We did a little tiny cake (6" - just for cutting because we were peer pressured into it by my parents) and a whole bunch of delicious desserts for a big dessert table.First of all, the tasting was awesome. We met with Kaitlin and told her what we were thinking for our wedding and picked a couple of cake flavors to try. They came in little cupcakes so we just had a bite of each and ended up choosing the triple berry vanilla. Then we literally tried ONE OF EVERYTHING at the bakery. I have never been so full of dessert in my life. It was painful but in the best way possible. We also flipped through photos of their table displays and picked a combination of the rustic and modern displays. Some of the highlights from the dessert bar at our wedding were the maple sea salt donuts, key lime cupcakes and little raspberry lemon shots. The table display and entire set up was so beautiful. Everyone who works here was nothing but friendly and helpful. I would totally book them again for other events! More...

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Lera D.

8 September 2017

I love the cream they use in the passionfruit macaroons. I think the passionfruit macaroons have the best texture and consistency. Not too sweet and just the right amount of fluff and crunch. A family friend had their wedding cake made here too it was absolutely stunning and simple and elegant... All white, with many tears and it actually tasted good to - not that fondant crappy see elsewhere. More...

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Katie D.

7 September 2017

Love there cake's! Friendly staff and reasonable prices.So many great choices for your desserts. I recommend this great place.

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Morgan S.

27 August 2017

If I could eat their vanilla bean cupcake every day, I would. It's that good. The staff is also very friendly. Aesthetically, it's clean and modern. I'm just waiting for a special occasion for which I can purchase a cake from here. Love this place. More...

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Brianne E.

24 August 2017

What a great visit today. Denise was so great. Super sweet and great with information. It was my best friend's and my first visit. NO COMPLAINTS AT ALL. I will return to get more cupcakes for my boyfriends birthday in November. Not to mention how adorable the donuts were. Unicorn shapes! How darling!  thank you again for making this the best "bake shop" experience I've ever had! More...

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Crystal x.

21 August 2017

I stopped in twice in 1 week!  The cupcakes are super moist and delicious.  The team at work was super excited to have them for our meeting.  The mini cupcakes were enough to satisfy without feeling guilty....so 2 days later I bought a couple dozen of the regular cupcakes.  I bought a cake and was pleased by the presentation.   They wrote a message on top and it looked amazing. The selection was good as well as the service.  Parking is better now that wholefoods has closed down. More...

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Teresa M.

4 August 2017

I ordered cupcake babies and Southern Banana Pudding shots for my boyfriend. All delivered on time and perfectly packaged. They were so beautifully presented. He loved it! Thank you for helping me make his birthday super special with your delicious treats. I will definitely be a repeat customer, and I have a feeling he will be too! ;) More...

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Alyssa B.

3 August 2017

Lovely addition to Old Town Pasadena. Vanilla Bake Shop was such a breath of fresh air--cute and unpretentious. This little bakery was boasting an impressive selection of cupcakes, cakes, donuts, cookies and macarons. I decided to try out their Red Velvet cupcake and a Brownie Crackle--both gluten-free! This was easily the best Red Velvet anything I've ever had. It was unbelievably moist and flavorful and the tang of the cream cheese frosting was perfect to cut some of the sweetness. I would pay good money for this recipe. The 'brownie' was excellent as well, but was actually more of a flourless dark chocolate cookie than a traditional brownie. The toffee piece baked into it was delicious and a nice contrast against the intense chocolatey goodness.  Will be back to try out their macarons and maybe even this avocado toast I'm hearing others talk about! More...

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Layla T.

28 July 2017

This little shop is conveniently located in old town Pasadena, along Colorado. They have a wide range of cupcakes, coffee options, sandwiches--and my personal favorite toast! What I've been ordering recently is avocado toast on sourdough bread! They make it so delicious! I've also had a Belgium chocolate doughnut which was super yummy also. They have so much to choose from, I know I'll be back to try it all! More...

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Roy R. P.

26 July 2017

Was in Pasadena today and looking for someplace to get a cookie and saw the Vanilla Bake Shop on Colorado near Raymond.Went in and couldn't decide between a White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie and a Caramel Bar.  Had the cookie, and it was really good. Planned to go back some time soon and try a Caramel Bar.After getting home, looked at the Vanilla Bake Shop website and saw they also have a shop in Santa Monica, which is much closer to where I live.Going there next week to get a Caramel Bar. More...

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Alex D.

23 July 2017

We loved our custom birthday cake from Vanilla Bake Shop. I called on a Thursday to describe what we wanted for our one-year old's birthday cake. They asked all the right questions to make sure they got it just right for us. We picked it up on Saturday. We loved it! So cute and so delicious! The buttercream frosting, vanilla cake, chocolate cake, and berry filling all were super delicious. It was also just the right amount of cake for our party. More...

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J M.

23 July 2017

We had our wedding cake/dessert bar done through Vanilla Bake Shop and we are so glad we did. The cake not only looked beautiful it tasted great!Our only mistake was not ordering extra cake cause our guests couldn't get enough. It was an easy process taste testing and ordering with them. They were extremely professional as well! Thank you so much! More...

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Andy H.

18 July 2017

I need a yellow cake with chocolate frosting cupcake in my life every once in a while and the "Mom's Birthday Cake" cupcake hits the spot. I prefer this over the other cupcake places in Pasadena (since Confexion Cupcake went out of business). However, I prefer Sprinkle's cupcakes (Glendale), but this bakery is more convenient for me. More...

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Shannon D.

18 July 2017

I ordered a birthday cake online and scheduled my pick up for 8am. The day of my pick up, I arrived exactly at the scheduled time, and noticed that they where closed. Turns out they had changed their store hours for the summer(they now open at 9am),without updating their website, and I ended up waiting for an hour to pick up my cake. I have to admit, I was frustrated with having to wait because the night before I had worked the night shift at my job, and all I wanted to do was quickly pick up my cake and head home for a nap before my party. When they opened, I aired my grievances to the cashier and she told me that she was sorry and would notify the owner.Regrettably, I didn't catch the girl's name, but she was professional and apologetic about the error, which put me at ease. I have to admit, the cake was worth the wait. It was beautiful,delicious, and made the whole family happy. One thing, however, took me by surprise. The next morning I checked my email, and found that I had been refunded the entire amount for the cake.I was shocked. Not once did a refund cross my mind. The cake was so delightful, that it was worth the wait and to be honest, waiting an hour wasn't too bad, I was just tired and annoyed. I have to applaud Vanilla Bake Shop, not only for their tasty treats, but for their amazing costumer service. I would definitely come back again.Thank You Amy Berman and everyone at Vanilla Bake shop. More...

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Cammy K.

18 July 2017

AMAZING lemon bars and cupcakes! I highly suggest you visit this bakery. In fact, I have to say they have the BEST lemon bars I've ever tasted. Way to go! I'll be visiting it again ;) More...

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Dee T.

17 July 2017

Those mini cupcakes look so yummy.  Many flavors to chose from. They also make cakes.  Right next to Whole Foods.

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Madeline Christine M.

6 July 2017

Love this hidden little pasadena gem! All their desserts and fresh, moist and delicious. The staff is also very friendly and eager to help any customer. They also have sandwiches and avocado toast which is yum! More...

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Tasha V.

26 June 2017

We stumbled upon this place while walking around. The smell is what drew us in. We tried their 3 mini cupcake deal. The strawberries and cream flavor was by far my favorite. I am not kidding when I say I plan to order a full cake of this flavor and have it all to myself. No judgement please....Dine or Dash? I think you know.... More...

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Michelle P.

25 June 2017

Key lime cupcake!!!!! The filling was delicious!! We randomly dropped in after we had dinner. The mini cupcakes are sold in trios. And they're perfect for portion control!!! Must try the key lime cupcake!! More...

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Brooke K.

23 June 2017

I used Yuko and Vanilla Bake Shop for my wedding cake and I am SO happy I did! Yuko quickly and easily understood the type of cake we wanted and executed it beautifully and most importantly, DELICIOUSLY! We chose three flavors - fleur de sel, dulce de leche crunch, and vanilla lemon berry. They were all amazing but I was especially obsessed with the dulce de leche crunch. I am not a huge cake person but Yuko's cakes are MOIST and denser than your usual wedding cake. I was super impressed with the texture and flavor and all of our guests were too! Not to mention the cake was beautiful. She also recreated our adorable pup in fondant on the top of the cake - so cute! Thanks again Yuko for making our cake dreams come true. :) More...

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Shuqin O.

20 June 2017

The environment here is so nice, right in the center of Santa Monica! Great place to chill and relax, with clean environment. All the desserts look delicious, the Lemon tart is the best!! More...

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Liza S.

16 June 2017

Easy and quick cake order. They had multiple cakes available and were able to do an inscription quickly. I got a small chocolate raspberry cake that was gorgeous and delicious for my roommate's birthday. I loved the gold paint detail to it! My only downside would be the box size - they had different boxes available for the tall cakes but for the small narrow tall ones I got an awkward taped box that didn't completely closed and was harder to transport. More...

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Sara R.

15 June 2017

Their cakes are amazing . I am going to order my wedding cake from them this September. Yuko who helped me with the cake tasting was very sweet and she was following up with me the whole time to make sure everything goes well. This bakery is my favorite in LA and their toppings are incredible. I highly recommend them . More...

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Leigh An

13 June 2017

Our wedding cake was absolutely beautiful and delicious!!! Everyone at our wedding loved our cake!! Yuko was so awesome to work with! She made it so simple and easy for us when choosing our cake and design! Everyone at the party couldn't get enough of it! Thank you so much! More...

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Lora H.

7 June 2017

Little baby cupcakes?!  YES PLEASE!  This place is so cute.  The baby cupcakes are so good - well, I got three and two of the three were good, but I think that was just my palette and not quality.  I wasn't a fan of the banana and chocolate cupcake.  The texture of the banana cake was like banana bread and frankly to me, cupcakes should be moist. The other two were.  The smell in this store is amazing!  I wanted to try more.  I will be back to try more!!! More...

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Veronica S.

5 June 2017

Amazing baked bread! I ordered the cucumber dill cream cheese wheat bread and it was absolutely worth it. I had high expectations because of the prices and I wasn't disappointed! The whole shop was very clean and the employees were friendly, I'll be going back! More...

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Wesley W.

5 June 2017

Such a cute place.  Loved the S'mores tart!  I wish I had gotten more than one.  Lots of great options to choose from and would definitely go back the next time I'm in the area.

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Ana C.

2 June 2017

Yummy cupcakes ! The S'mores cupcake was  my favorite . Cute new spot in Pasadena I wanna go back to try their banana pudding , I heard it was their best seller .

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Rebecca B.

24 May 2017

i have got cupcakes here a few times. staff was helpful and the baked goods were fresh.

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K S.

22 May 2017

Stopped in here for the first time--very tasty!  I was craving macarons, so I was happy to see they had a few flavors available.  Got the passion fruit, vanilla, and chocolate.  They were all perfectly crunchy and light on the outside, and slightly chewy on the inside.  Very nice flavor, not too sweet.  We also got 3 of the mini cupcakes to try.  Perfect size for sampling, nice ratio of frosting to cake.  The cake was moist and the frostings were all tasty too.  They even came in a cute mini box.  Also got an iced coffee which was super creamy and rich.  All in all, I was pleased with the quality and taste of everything.  Staff was helpful and polite.  I'd love to try the toasts or the doughnuts next time--everything looked yummy.  It was a little on the pricey side though--but a fun splurge! More...

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J S.

21 May 2017

Great variety.  Must have the Everything Cookie!!! A spectacular mix of crunch and chewy with chocolate chips, walnuts, coconut, and there must be other things in there.  Oh my word!!! Cupcakes and phenomenal brownie.  Get several items and share them all with the group so everyone gets a little taste of all the yumminess More...

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Julie T.

21 May 2017

This cake turned out so cute! Usually when a cake looks great...it doesn't taste very good. But this was one of the best cakes I've ever tasted!

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Simer K.

21 May 2017

The chocolate cupcake is to die for and it was my first time here today. I am gona keep coming back now. Price range is good.

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Sandi S.

18 May 2017

I pop in here in the morning before work because it's so nearby, unfortunately they open at 8am so that's a bit late for those who start work at 8. No parking apart from the lots and street parking if you are lucky, and because it's close to old town it can get a bit hairy. I usually park near Homebrew on Arroyo since I don't spend too much time.All things sweet and sugary can be found here! They have cookies, cakes, cupcakes, brownies, and donuts! It's a bit pricey but it's all really good and fresh! They actually make their donuts, and they're the really pretty kind of donuts that look gourmet. Surprised to say this, but I don't think there was a place in old town that actually offers that...but they do here! They offer a donut+coffee combo for $5, which I generally get to treat myself. The coffee is also Stumptown, so it's REALLY good coffee. My favorite donut is probably the salted maple cake donut...I just love that sweet and salty simplicity.They also offer savory items as well such as sandwiches and toasts. Their deviled egg toast is probably my favorite so far. It's has a curried flavor to it, reminds me of Indian food! The avocado toast is interesting, but wasn't fulfilling enough for me because I like egg on it...I usually just bring my own hardboiled egg and add it on top when I'm at work lol. More...

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Gabe O.

10 May 2017

This is a cute little cafe/bakery in Old Town Pasadena. Great selection of pastries, cookies, cakes, and coffee. Prices are a bit steep and the wait time can be annoying but so far it has been worth it. Would definitely come back.

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Richie N.

10 May 2017

Amazing cupcakes!!! Alexis was beyond nice and was very helpful with our purchase.  A must go!!!

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Nikky S.

8 May 2017

Popped in with a friend for a quick bite. We shared the Tomato Mozzarella sandwich and it's the best I've ever had. The ciabatta was not too hard and the balsamic vinegar wasn't over powering. Super nice seating area and the staff seems really friendly. Will be sure to come back again. More...

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Star A.

7 May 2017

This place is a cute little bakery. I was looking for pie, but they didn't have any. They had a lot of other goodies though! I got the Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookie and a Lemon Bar. The Lemon bar was moist and delightful. The cookie was yummy as well! The girls working there were so sweet and patient, I couldn't decide what I wanted because everything looked so good! More...

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Serena B.

6 May 2017

One of my friends got me a birthday cake from here several years ago. I loved the delicoous cake with beautiful decorations and always wanted to come get some cakes from here again, one day. Well, today was that day. I am so glad I did. I went with a few friends so we got to try different flavors cupcakes. I have to say, I love all the flavors. Especially, the Dark Chocolate, so deep and dark, just the way  I like it. Meyer Lemon was nice and bright as well as the Key Lime. The Vanilla Bean and the Cookies and Cream were just as delicious.I have not tried all the flavors of course but, I hope to go back and try some other ones sometime soon.Overall, cake is moist, fresh, great flavors and not too sweet. I would recommend it to my friends.Shop is clean and staff are nice, friendly and helpful. More...

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Yaesol J.

4 May 2017

They have the cutest selection of baby cupcakes and I really think it's worth for the price. Every bite is full of flavor and would recommend the cafe latte with the sweets to balance out all the sugar and clean your palette after each bite!

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Lisa T.

23 April 2017

The chocolate gluten free cookie was crispy in the outside and chocolate Lu and amazingly chewy.  It was the perfect combination of texture and flavor.  The hazelnut filled donut hole was super good too. Can't wait to try the cupcakes. More...

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Killian A.

22 April 2017

Great local spot, would recommend.Tons of great choice for all tastes and always freshVery ideal location

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Enova M.

20 April 2017

Love the red velvet cupcakes. They are so good. Their baked goods are so fresh and flavorful. Not too sweet either. Delivery is way to expensive for the Santa Monica area though.

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N P.

16 April 2017

Excellent homemade treats! The 3 layer vanilla cake is a revelation. The macaroons are to die for and I can't wait to go back. Sadly, I live in San Diego but my first stop the next time I'm in Pasadena is the Vanilla Bake Shop! More...

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Carissa G.

16 April 2017

They have the cutest little cupcakes here and very unique flavors like passion fruit creme.

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Rob B.

14 April 2017

I had been wanting to try this place for some time now after reading the reviews. So after I finished watching a movie at iPic I stopped in to grab a trio of the baby cupcakes. I had banana chocolate chip, bittersweet dark chocolate and moms birthday cake and all three were amazing. I'm not a huge sweets person but this place could definitely make you wanna be one. More...

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Susan G.

12 April 2017

First let me say they are pricy!  BUT...soooooo good.   I like the Blackberry glazed donut.  Great flavor and the Chocolate, Peanut butter rice Krispy squares are divine.   Have not had cupcakes yet.   I can recommend the ham cheese croissant.  Let them warm it for you and enjoy!  Everything is fresh and delicious.  They do have Stumptown coffee so I have to give it a try. More...

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Joan T.

4 April 2017

Stopped in for a tomato, mozzarella sandwhich and an iced coffee, both very yummy. I also ordered a cake, which I'm looking forward to.It is a cute little spot in Old Pas. More...

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Fatimah M.

2 April 2017

Just wrapped up a tasting for our upcoming wedding and Vanilla Bake Shop takes the cake. The process was easy. Just a couple of emails to schedule the tasting, wedding coordinator was friendly and organized. Table was set up before we arrived with a binder of pics to peruse, she helped us talk brought decorating and sizing options and the little tasting cakes were delectable. And BONUS: piping hot mug of Stumptown coffee to wash it all down. Loved the cake, loved the service, looking forward to slicing into the cake on our wedding day! Boom, another item off the list. More...

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Michelle G.

30 March 2017

The cupcakes are a little on the pricey side, and a lot smaller than what you get at sprinkles but they also taste 100x more fresh. I ordered the Red Velvet and it was so tasty! The frosting was very cream cheesy but I love cream cheese so, not a problem for me. Strawberries and Cream was also delicious but so tiny! More...

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Susanne H.

19 March 2017

My absolute favorite cupcake shop. Whenever I taste cupcakes from their competitors, I'm disappointed. VB's are always better! Favorite flavors are Chocolate Vanilla Bean, and Spicy Carrot Cake; also love Strawberries and Cream, and Key Lime. The baby cakes are the perfect size: 2 bites of perfection. However, if you want some variety, try the dessert "shots": a shot glass of pudding -- Yum! More...

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Chris H.

9 March 2017

This is a wonderful Bakery in Old Town Pasadena. Superb croissants and cookies, and honestly, the best donuts in SoCal - bar none. Try the Sea Salt Maple, or the Hazlenut donut holes - you'll keep coming back! More...

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Cherise

7 March 2017

Absolutely loved our experience working with Yuko Ebina at Vanilla Bake Shop! I have a gluten allergy, and Yuko was so helpful in finding us a gluten-free cake we liked. The tasting was fantastic, and Yuko was very accommodating with the style we wanted (and us changing our mind after the fact). They were also flexible in letting our florist decorate the cake. We have received so many compliments from our guests that it was the best cake they've ever had, wedding or no wedding. It may not be cheap, but it's worth every penny, and we would highly recommend!! More...

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Ruchira G.

5 March 2017

Great service and great looking items. Wanted some of everything. Settled for blackberry passion fruit and flirt to sell cupcakes. And an amazing looking caramel bar. Will have to report back on how they actually taste. But the presentation and Service are great.  Sweet lady at the front. More...

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Elaine

5 March 2017

Working with Yuko and her team was a breeze! They made special sample sized cakes to try out the different flavors before deciding, all in a cute to-go carrier so the groom and I could taste them at home. I ordered the cake well before the wedding date and at the last minute decided to add macarons to the order. They pulled through and guests loved the results. More...

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Aaron C.

3 March 2017

Nice cool place. Cookie was great. Selections looks god. No complaints from my party.

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Ashley C.

1 March 2017

Was greeted with great customer service & tasty cupcakes . I ordered the vanilla bean and southern red velvet , both were moist and delicious!

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Roxanne A.

28 February 2017

I love the Meyer lemon and raspberry cupcake babies! Delicious! And great customer service...the person behind the counter was patient as I surveyed my options and directly answered my questions so I could choose the best option for my sweet tooth craving

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Cecilia L.

24 February 2017

Vanilla Bake Shop has cupcakes(regular and mini-sized), cakes, cookies, and other delightful treats. I ordered an assortment of baked goods - 4 cookies, one donut, and a cake. The total was near $20. It is on the pricier side, but I never mind paying more for better quality. Items I've tried:-Brownie Crackle- Gluten Free!!! This cookie was so moist, chewy, and chocolaty. I would definitely get it again.-Chocolate Chip Cookie- SO GOOD. Lots and lots of chocolate chips. The texture was chewy and crunchy. It was perfect. -Everything Cookie- This comes with coconut, chocolate chips, rice cereal, and walnuts. Love the idea behind this, but wish there was more chocolate chips :). It was still good.-Triple Berry-filled Donut: I love the jelly/dough ratio. It came with the perfect amount of filling and dough is soft and fluffy. -Chocolate Cacao nip- This looks more chocolaty than it taste! I would say this is my least favorite, but not bad. Probably won't get it again.Customer Service: Excellent. The staff allowed me to try the mini triple-berry filled donut before purchasing. I also asked if she could write "happy birthday" on the cookies and she did an AMAZING job. She was extremely helpful and kind.Parking-Structure and meter parking More...

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Natasha M.

24 February 2017

The cupcakes are delicious, but the most delicious part is actually the banana bread pudding. If you want to try the cupcakes just skip the basic flavors like red velvet, and go straight for the more original flavors like lemon raspberry because oh my heavens that is amazing. The red velvet is good too though. Order anything I am sure you will be delighted! More...

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Ada F.

24 February 2017

I went through a crazy cupcake phase where I had to try all the cupcake places in LA. From Sprinkles to Crumbs to Dots to Confexion to Yummy Cakes I had to try them all.  Vanilla Bake Shop has always been my number one go to. However after moving to Pasadena it was a drive to go head over to the Santa Monica location so for a quick cupcake fix I would walk to Dots. They are second on my list. So happy when I saw that Vanilla Bake decided to open in Pasadena. I love the decor of this place. There is a little area to sit and enjoy their delicious treats. My all time favorites are their Lemon Meyer Raspberry and the Blackberry Passion Fruit. Their cupcakes are moist and just the perfect amount of frosting. I like how it does not taste as sweet as some of the other places. The Southern Red Velvet is delicious if you want something chocolatey. I noticed it has lost the hint of cherry that the Santa Monica location has, hence the 4 stars as oppose to 5. That hint of cherry made it unique. I like more of the fruit flavor cupcakes. I haven't tried their doughnuts or croissants but they do look good. I heard their sandwiches are good; a friend recommended I try the avocado toast. Will have to slowly make my way through the menu. More...

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Derek W.

24 February 2017

I have been back a few times and after confirming it with the wife, it seems as if they have changed their red velvet cupcake recipe.  I can't taste the subtle cherry flavor in the red velvet cupcake.  It was this unique flavor that made their red velvet cupcake so special.  I also just noticed their frosting had a really strong cream cheese flavor (which I'm not particularly fond of) with the cupcakes we purchased tonight.  Yes I am aware that a traditional red velvet cupcake calls for a cream cheese frosting.  Please change back the recipe for your red velvet cupcake/cake!!!! More...

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John H.

21 February 2017

Came in yesterday for a cupcake and coffee and was struck by the decor and cleanliness of the room right off. Its an inviting and comfortable space with tasteful music playing and a well lit room, mostly in white. Service was friendly and welcoming. Ordered was a vanilla bean cupcake and coffee. Cupcake is about the size you get from Sprinkles if familiar, and the coffee was hot and full flavored. Cupcake is $3.50 and coffee around $3. Reasonable I think. But then again a single glazed donut here is $3 and Cinnamon Toast over $6.  For those prices those items should be more special then my cupcake. Which wasn't bad but not great. The flavor and melding of cake and frosting was fine, but the texture somewhat off. The cake itself was a tad dry and crumbly, and the frosting too soft and thin for my liking. Subjective perhaps, but by the end of my cupcake it seemed a bit soggy from the frosting. Which was light and seemed whipped like Cool Whip or something? Oh, it was good. But as said...texture. And the dagger was the granulated sugar put on top. It made it more a sugar cookie cupcake then a vanilla. With each bite....crunch, crunch. Gratuitous addition at best which distracts from the flavor of the cupcake itself. But it was good enough to try another variety next time out, service is nice, and to my surprise they also have a food / lunch menu. Which was modest but appeared well done and reasonably priced with many items under $10. Oh....and the cake here? They look great sitting in the case. These are whole cakes and nicely decorated. If looking for one of those you can come here and grab one. Its a nice little spot in Old Pasadena. If nearby or in the area stop in and have a $3 glazed donut and tell us what you think. I am curious to know what a $36 dozen of glazed donuts might be up to. More...

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Justine A.

21 February 2017

Beautiful cakes and cupcakes. Presentation of 30 mini cupcakes I ordered blew me away. It's a bit pricey but I enjoyed eating them..not all 30 though. Hahaha

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India D.

20 February 2017

Their cupcakes are amazing. My husband and I have tried nearly all the popular cupcake places in L.A. and this place tops the list. The cake is perfect and the frosting is everything you hope it would be. Any time I'm near Old Town, I'm coming here. More...

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Amy T.

19 February 2017

My husband and I were so excited about this location in Pasadena! We had Vanilla Bake Shop create our wedding cake a while back and they did an amazing job. The owner and her team was so great to work with back then from design mock-up to the actual tasting and execution. We stopped by the Pasadena location this morning and was pleasantly surprised to find that they've expanded their menu to include breakfast sandwiches and donuts. We tried the avocado toast which had a nice drizzle of sesame oil and citrus to balance the taste. We also tried the wild blackberry donut which was not overly tart or sweet. Meanwhile the sea salt maple donut was perfect as it was both sweet and savory. As for cakes, we've tried both vanilla lemon berry and passion fruit creme which are both delicious. We will definitely be back for the cupcakes! More...

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Sonia F.

17 February 2017

I've searched high and low for a LEMON BAR in old town. Thank you VBS!!! Super cute bakery.

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Jillian A.

14 February 2017

I've been waiting forever for this place to open! We got the brownie and passion fruit doughnut. The brownie was super fudgy and rich while the doughnut was super citrusy and delicious. Both were great!Eyeing their lemon bar and cookies. :) More...

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Zachary P.

12 February 2017

Good coffee, good sweets. It has a fun vibe with lots of great treats. Lauren was adorable and super helpful. Glad I found a new spot for all my cake orders. I'll definitely be back!

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Nicole N.

11 February 2017

I'm a cupcake addict. These are solid. To be quite honest, I still haven't tasted them all but the four stars is due to the fact that the minis can only be purchased as a trio at 6 bucks. Yep, you got that right each mini is $2. WTH? I don't mind paying $3.50 for a full size or even $3.75 . After all, I enjoy fancy, gourmet cupcakes. But $2 for a mini? NOPE...I can't. Bring your wallet folks.UPDATE: I changed my rating to four because the red velvet is a winner!!!!Can you say foodgasm?! The best red velvet I've had since Violet's in Old Town closed a few years ago. And the customer service this evening was spectacular! More...

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Anna L.

11 February 2017

We got Mom's Birthday Cake, Red Velvet, and Brownie Crackle. They forgot to charge and give us the Brownie Crackle but when I went back to ask, they gave it to us for free! I said I wanted to pay for it and they said it was okay. I didn't catch your name but thank you for that! The red velvet cupcake and the brownie crackle are super yum! They aren't too sweet so that's a plus. More...

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Vanessa C.

9 February 2017

Forget about Dots Cupcakes and Sprinkles! This place tops them both (cupcake wise). Variety of desserts to choose from and I can't wait to come back to try everything! Friendly staff and the inside of the shop is cute! I recommend on stopping by! More...

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Meghan D.

5 February 2017

I went here for one of our cake tastings for my wedding, we loved the cake and this was our second choice but we went with Duff Goldman's place because we wanted a crazier decor with matching crazy flavors. BUT, I recently stopped in here for a cake for my husband and I couldn't have been happier. I was in and out in 15 minutes with a personalized red velvet cake with free candles for $25! It's conveniently next to Whole Foods too:) More...

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Kevin L.

11 January 2017

Come here for the cupcake babies! You can try a lot of different flavors that change from day to day. I tried 6 different flavors on my trip and each were delicious.

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Annie Z.

11 January 2017

These cupcakes are so cute!!!!! Come here for the cupcake babies so you can try multiple flavored of the bite sized cupcakes. They do different flavors everyday so make sure to check them out! I tried six different flavors and each one was delicious. Definitely try the blackberry passion fruit!! More...

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Kamila

30 December 2016

We first met Yuko when we asked her to design our wedding cake. She created the most beautiful cake that incorporated the details of my Catholic wedding dress and my Indian wedding saree. The details on the cake looked just like the fabric itself and it was topped with beautiful roses as well. Not only that, all the flavors were so delicious! Even one year later when we defrosted the top red velvet layer, it still looked and tasted amazing!! We also had Yuko create birthday cakes for our dads when they celebrated their 70th and 60th birthdays the day before our wedding. She managed to capture their life experiences and memories on those cakes in the most beautiful and fun way possible! Most recently, we had Yuko make a baby shower cake for us. She made the most adorable teddy bear figures, that even had intricate stitching details on them! Every detail on every cake has been phenomenal! We cannot say enough to adequately praise Vanilla Bake Shop and Yuko! They really have been such a huge part of the special milestones and events in our lives! More...

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stephanie

24 December 2016

super nice!!! great service.....keep it up!

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Yulia K.

29 November 2016

Yuko and the team at Vanilla Bake shop did a great job preparing our wedding cake. Florist decorated the cake with flowers and it looked exactly like in the picture. And tasted great which is as important. It was easy to communicate with Yuko by email, Yuko suggested making the cake half&half: three tier cake with two different flavors to accommodate gluten free option. She also recommended the best flavor out of the ones I picked (yes, they have lots of great flavors to choose from!). Our wedding cake looked very festive and tasted amazing too! Very happy and satisfied with the result. More...

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Yulia

29 November 2016

Yuko and the team at Vanilla Bake shop did a great job preparing our wedding cake. Florist decorated the cake with flowers and it looked exactly like in the picture. And tasted great which is as important.

It was easy to communicate with Yuko by email, Yuko suggested making the cake half&half: three tier cake with two different flavors to accommodate gluten free option. She also recommended the best flavor out of the ones I picked (yes, they have lots of great flavors to choose from!).

Our wedding cake looked very festive and tasted amazing too! Very happy and satisfied with the result.
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Tammy B.

3 November 2016

Used VBS for our wedding at Malibu Rocky Oaks in September and loved, loved, loved our cake and mini desserts. My fiance and I sampled wedding cakes with 5-6 high end vendors, and VBS had the best red velvet cake we have ever tried. She carried out our cake vision perfectly -- down to the tiniest of details. I was in awe when I first saw our cake. Everything was as tasteful as it was beautiful. Plus, the owner was super nice to work with and always answered our emails promptly. We highly recommend VBS for your special event!! More...

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Kevin M.

30 October 2016

The absolute best cupcakes in Santa Monica. My friend loved the cupcakes for her birthday.

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Patricia H.

25 October 2016

Absolutely nailed it!  Thank you for making my sister's baby shower a dream come true event.  The woodsy-mushroom cake was an idea in my head, but you guys are so creative and made it come to life.  The cake was truly a centerpiece for this event....It tasted amazing.... chocolate fleur de sel......  Vanilla Bake Shop is our family's go-to for all our important events.  Thank you! More...

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Amy M.

15 October 2016

Shout out to Yuko! My husband and I really wanted a "naked cake" because it has less frosting and Yuko did an amazing job! The cake was delicious and we got so many compliments and people asking who did our cake! Yuko was very helpful and accommodating through the whole planning process, and  always responded to emails in a timely manner. Thank you Yuko!! More...

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Iggy I.

12 October 2016

Our office had a big client meeting and we needed cupcakes to impress folks and help create a "wow" moment! We ordered cupcakes from here and our clients LOVED them! Not only were they yummy, but the decorations were top notch! They deliver too which is a plus. :) More...

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Bee R.

24 September 2016

Awesome cupcakes and great service!!!!I had the red velvet and it was delicious. Next time I go I will get the birthday funfetti cupcake.  Perfect thing to have on a easy going Saturday night. More...

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Michelle B.

18 September 2016

Super cute bake shop with a wonderful staff. They have little baby cupcakes as well as regular sized cupcakes, macaroons, and decadent desserts. Their Southern Red Velvet baby cupcake is melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Their staff are also genuinely nice people. Makes the visit all the more pleasant. Definitely will visit place again on future Santa Monica trips! More...

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Steve L.

28 August 2016

We've been here a few times for the cupcakes. Tried a cake for the first time recently. They took a while finding our order, but eventually found it. We got a box that wasn't closed, supposedly because of the candle. Even without the candle it wouldnt have fit... You'd think that for $100 for a small cake, it would come in an appropriately sized box. Other then that, cake was good. More...

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Christina S.

2 August 2016

I loved loved my wedding cake it was beautiful and so good even the top tier frozen for a year was some of the best cake ever.  A big thanks to Yuko for making ordering an ease and delivering us a perfect cake. More...

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18 July 2016

Vanilla Bake Shop not only has cupcakes that more than favorably compare to those of Sprinkles but as a bonus has a very capable Manager named Juan.   If you have a large cupcake order you need taken care of, Juan can get it done.   My personal hands-down favorite: the light/dark swirl, the best tasting frosting on any cupcake, anywhere. More...

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Jennifer L.

26 June 2016

Worked with Yuko at Vanilla for our wedding cake - amazing experience! Her and the team were very accommodating and professional.  I changed the design a couple of times, but they remained patient and delivered just as expected - if not better.  The cake looked beautiful and more importantly tasted great, too!  They have so many styles and designs to choose from and can customize as you request. More...

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Zimbot J.

22 June 2016

The ladies seem to like this place more than the men. I didn't see a lot of men coming in here when I was there. As an androgynous alien, I find both genders to be somewhat intimidating. I would feel much more comfortable if I was surrounded by a bunch of Tilda Swintons. But I wasn't. And we didn't need to talk about Kevin, though we started to anyway while I was there.I got a cupcake and since I didn't know any better, I started eating it straight through the little wrapper at the bottom. Why would you put a hidden wrapper on something? This seems like a trick for newbs. I felt like the butt of a joke. I hadn't felt that embarrassed since the time I crashed my ship into the desert, which, come to think of it, was just about two months ago now. Ever since then, my life has been a nice downhill glide. Until that wrapper.You see, we don't have dessert on Nilbod. We are a very stoic race. We just consume nitrogen and other elements that you have never heard of. Our periodic table of elements is the size of a football field. Also, football fields on Nilbod are a quarter-mile long.So when you do see a dessert for the first time like I did that day I went into Vanilla Bake Shop, I was overcome with what you humans call "emotion". On Nilbod, we just call that a pattern recognition theory of mind swell of the neocortex. We read a lot of Ray Kurzweil on Nilbod.The lady behind the counter was very nice even though she was not too androgynous. I did not feel intimidated by her. She did not seem intimidated by me either. It was an intimidation-free zone and I think we were both quite happy about that aspect of my visit. More...

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User6597654

20 June 2016

We tasted a lot of cakes before our wedding and these are by far the BEST. Yuko was awesome at helping us come up with a vision that represented us and our venue. We had cakes and baby cakes and they were all so delicious!!! We love Vanilla. More...

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Eve C.

15 June 2016

My good friend had one of their chocolate cakes for her baby shower.  Best cake I've ever had! This place knows what time it is.

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Jeremiah M.

5 June 2016

My wife has particular taste when it comes to cake and sweets. When she took her first bite into her Vanilla Bean Confetti cake the corners of her mouth raised about an inch each. We will definitely be back. Vanilla Bake Shop has Delicious foods, professional staff and is a great local spot to satisfy your sweet tooth. More...

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User5325065

13 May 2016

I can't even begin to describe the happiness Yuko and Vanilla Bake Shop brought us on our wedding day. But I'll try...

I've been a fan of VBS cupcakes for a while. I'm a simple girl, always vanilla for me so you really have to impress me with your ability to create an amazing vanilla flavored creation and VBS always seems to do it. My fiancé (now husband) however likes a little more "spice" in his sweets: fillings, fruit, etc. So when it was time to look for a wedding cake we needed someone that could make an amazingly delicious cake with fresh fruit in it without it being overwhelming. We visited bakeries near and far but we couldn't get VBS out of our heads, their Strawberries and Cream cake to be exact. The best way to describe this cake? Heaven. It tasted like you were walking on a strawberry filled fluff cloud. Amazing. And why stop there? We also ordered a variety of desserts: cupcakes, tarts, dessert shots.

On the day of the wedding our cake and desserts looked amazing. Exactly how we imagined everything would look. Our vision was perfectly executed by Yuko and her team. Guests devoured everything and we couldn't have been any happier.
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Alexys A.

9 May 2016

Awesome cupcakes and macaroons.  Super friendly and helpful staff.  A little pricey for what you get, so I won't go all the time, but it'll be a nice treat!

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Will K.

5 May 2016

Stopped in today randomly after just walking by. Left with 36 Cinco de Mayo churro cupcakes! #officehero

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Kara W.

29 April 2016

I've been loving Vanilla cupcakes since my friend had them at her wedding (not only in lieu of a cake, but also as favors for guests - how great is that?) almost 10 years ago. Most recently delivered them as the sweet to celebrate a friend's 50th - still just delicious. Highly recommend! More...

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Stephanie P.

10 April 2016

I would definitely recommend the macaroons (I was happy with all of the flavors) and the key lime cupcake was amazing... White cake with a key lime middle and a vanilla frosting.. I purchased a cupcake+4 macaroons=$11 ... I just wished they had more of a selection of mini cupcakes so that I could try more flavors; however, i didn't stop in until the evening More...

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Nicole K.

9 April 2016

winner- best desserts ever! ( they have my vote any time for any contest) These are the BEST cupcakes -minis are adorable and flavorful Highly suggest for any bday - especially your own. I even designed a cupcake and frosting to match a friends fragrance launch at a spa industry eventthe owner focused on every detail- from the in-store Parisian decor to the to-go packaging to protect your cupcake orders-any size! lots of luv,luv, luv here More...

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Mrs. R.

9 April 2016

AMAZING!!!!!!!! We got the strawberries and cream and it was to die for!!!!!!!!!!!! Literally the best cake ever. The guests were going crazy !!!!!! I highly recommend and the customer service was superb. More...

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Tatiana N.

7 April 2016

Tried yummy miniature mouse cups that were divine. They were cute, beautiful and tasty. I rate 4 stars however because the chocolate was the only one I liked, but boy did I like it! You can taste the cocoa and it maintained that flavour, versus masking it with sugar. Quality goods from VBC! More...

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Anh T.

7 April 2016

Cute and fancy cupcake shop in SM with matching price tags. Although I like my cakes a little more dense, theirs are light and fluffy. Unlike the cupcakes, cookies are large and hearty. Regardless of which you prefer, this is a good spot to satisfy mid-afternoon sugar cravings. More...

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Darling A.

6 April 2016

I can't even begin to describe the happiness Yuko and Vanilla Bake Shop brought us on our wedding day. But I'll try...I've been a fan of VBS cupcakes for a while. I'm a simple girl, always vanilla for me so you really have to impress me with your ability to create an amazing vanilla flavored creation and VBS always seems to do it. My fiancé (now husband) however likes a little more "spice" in his sweets: fillings, fruit, etc. So when it was time to look for a wedding cake we needed someone that could make an amazingly delicious cake with fresh fruit in it without it being overwhelming. We visited bakeries near and far but we couldn't get VBS out of our heads, their Strawberries and Cream cake to be exact. The best way to describe this cake? Heaven. It tasted like you were walking on a strawberry filled fluff cloud. Amazing. And why stop there? We also ordered a variety of desserts: cupcakes, tarts, dessert shots.On the day of the wedding our cake and desserts looked amazing. Exactly how we imagined everything would look. Our vision was perfectly executed by Yuko and her team. Guests devoured everything and we couldn't have been any happier. More...

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Autumn D.

26 March 2016

These cupcakes are awesome! I love coming here and picking up a few mini cupcakes. They're not too sweet which is perfect! Their other desserts are great too! More...

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Lena A.

21 March 2016

Vanilla Bake Shop. Such a cute sounding name. Evokes images of vanilla, cinnamon, frosting and just everything sweet and comforting and delicious. The experience is only as it sounds sometimes. Many of the people who work here are the furthest thing from sweet and comforting but abrasive and uncomfortable. (Every once in awhile I get lucky with a nice person, but I've noticed that's not the norm). Why you would be a mean person in a cupcake shop is beyond me. You must not be eating the cupcakes. But anyways, let's forget about the service and focus on the baked goods, because at the end of the day that's what really matters. Here's a breakdown of what I've had: Shooters: Love these! Cute little desserts in mini shot glasses. Confections range from lemon raspberry cake to banana creme pie. All are so delicious and look so cute served on a cake tier for a surprise after dinner treat. The sizes are small enough that you could eat the whole thing and not feel guilty. Mini cupcakes:These are my favorite thing here! They have a range of flavors and the flavors change daily. I haven't tried one that I haven't liked! Moist, not too sweet, and oh so yummy! Perfectly sized to satisfy a sweet craving without the guilt, that is, if you can stop at just one. I definitely can't. Cupcakes:Good, but not the best I've ever had. The cake is a bit dense and dry for me. My favorites are the vanilla latte and vanilla cinnamon. Cakes:The online ordering process is easy breezy and when I called in they were super accommodating about my request to have it ready an hour earlier than the time frame offered online. I wasn't a huge fan of the cake (I got dulce de leche crunch). I felt it was way too sweet and had way too much buttercream in the layers. A few people at the party liked it and others felt the same as me, so I guess it depends on your sweet preference. Oh and they offer free candles to go with your cake which is a nice touch, especially considering inscriptions are an extra charge. Overall, Vanilla Bake Shop can be a little pricy and not always the best in baked goods, but I love the shooters and mini cupcakes. I'll go back again and again for those and just ignore any meanies that work there! More...

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Yvonne M.

19 March 2016

Cupcake heaven. A+  walked blocks in Santa Monica to find this place.. it was worth the walk. The case was full of mini cupakes (3 for $6), all sorts of delicious flavors...The regular size cupcakes ($3.50) were on top of the counter.. southern red vekvet,  strawberris & cream, cookies & cream, vanilla bean...There are also these enormous cookies in a jar on the counter too.. white chocolate cranberry oatmeal, chocolate chip...I chose 2 reg cupcakes.. anything resembling strawberry shortcakes gets my vote.. and it was GOOD!! Moist with piled high icing.. the 2nd one was cookies & cream.. this was my 2nd fave...My daughter tried a shot sized old fashioned banana pudding.. it looked yummy too. This place is a must for anyone with a sweet tooth. More...

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Susan W.

20 February 2016

Delicious cupcakes! Better than I was expecting.  The cakes were light and fluffy, the frosting didn't overtake the flavor of the cake, and it was a perfect balance.  I tried:Key lime pieMeyer lemon raspberryRed velvetBanana chocolate chipMy recommendations are in that order. And if you only get one, you must get the key lime pie, it was absolutely delicious!Each mini cupcake is $2, and the regular size cupcake is $3.50.  They sell mini cupcakes in groups of 3. More...

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Melinda C.

14 February 2016

I randomly came upon this place.  Wow their cupcakes are the best.  So many flavors I can't even tell you which is best...if you are near this place, you must get a cupcake here!  My daughter is 5 and is also obsessed  with this spot More...

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Latrice H.

12 February 2016

Cute little bake shop. Has full size and mini cupcakes, as well as other little pastries. The shop is convenient to the mall so you can walk over if you're in the area. The red velvet cupcake was probably the best I ordered. It was moist and flavorful. There was a bit of a crowd so we had to wait about 10 minutes before we were served. There was only one person working, which means he had to serve you the cupcakes and play cashier. It would run a little smoother if they had more help but maybe I was there during an uncharacteristically busy time. More...

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Carol S.

9 February 2016

I'm a big macaron fan and they make some yummy ones.  Chocolate, coffee and pistachio are the best.  Love this place!

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Bailey

7 January 2016

I want to thank Vanilla Bake Shop so much for our gorgeous wedding cake. It truly was everything we dreamed. Most times you show an inspiration photo to a vendor and the reality pales in comparison, but in this case, they made the (challenging) cake exactly how we wanted it! Plus it was delicious. I would recommend Vanilla Bake Shop for anyone planning a wedding in LA! More...

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Eric C.

29 December 2015

Brought an assorted box of 24 mini cupcakes to a party.Definite hit. Yum!

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Karen L.

29 December 2015

I've always like Vanilla Bake Shop. My favorite are the Ice Box Desserts. I just ordered a bunch of them for New Years Eve, The Dirt Cake and Southern Banana Pudding are insanely good and just the perfect bite! French Macaroons are beautiful and colorful and most importantly, taste good. They come in flavors from traditional French vanilla to passion fruit and caramel sea salt. Brownies are fudgy and delicious as are the lemon bars. there are a lot of variety of cookies from regular chocolate chip to the butter pecan melt-away, Cupcake flavors change daily but you can always count on vanilla bean, mom's birthday cake, southern red velvet, cinnamon vanilla, bittersweet dark chocolate. and chocolate vanilla bean. Classic cakes will set you back $40 for a six inch round (serves 8-10). We love the Vanilla Bean with Vanilla Bean Buttercream. More...

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Reshad K.

28 December 2015

On my search for the best cupcake in LA I came to vanilla bake shop. I tried the key lime cupcake which was delicious. The cake was moist and fluffy and most importantly there was key lime infused in the cake which made thus cupcake the standout. The frosting had the right amount of sweetness. There was a good cake to frosting ratio. Overall, if you get one cupcake here make it the key lime.The Semisweet Dark Chocolate was solid but forgettable. It's hard to mess up chocolate and while they didn't mess it up they didn't do anything interesting and this was a generic cupcake. Overall, solid but pedestrian in execution. The Meyer Raspberry Lemon was very good. The lemon curd filling was deliciously sour and contracted nicely with the sweetness of the frosting and the torched sugar. To make this cupcake exceptional it could've used lemon infusion throughout the cake since without the frosting the cake lacked punch. Well worth a visit. More...

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Rocky R.

21 December 2015

Stopped by this afternoon for a quick treat! I had read about recommendations for the key lime cupcake, but they only bake those on certain days! I picked out a spicy carrot cupcake & some type of strawberry/chocolate macarón. The macaron was just okay, it was kind of dense and overly sweet, unlike how I like a macaron to be--light and easy to eat. However, the cupcake on the other hand was delicious! I love that the cupcake crumbled as you begin to eat it, and the flavors were really nice for a carrot cake. Everything else looked so yummy too, so I'll definitely have to stop by again next time I'm in the area. More...

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euni e.

14 December 2015

I ordered a custom Star Wars (R2D2) cake for a party this past weekend. The cake was SUPER RAD!!! And was a focal point for the guests, the underlying gorgeously rich chocolate and berries cake and R2D2 rice Krispy were yummy too! Delivery was easy and it all turned out well and wasn't overly pricey for a custom 3D cake (I comparison shopped). More...

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Bryan W.

13 December 2015

More people should say "thank you", the way my co-worker said "thank you".My co-worker bought me a beautiful Christmas cupcake from Vanilla Bake Shop. The icing work was intricate.  The icing was the perfect blend of butter and sugar for my palate.  The cake was a moist, flavorful carrier for the icing.  It was a little masterpiece and I'm bound to do more favors if more "thank you" come in the form of a Vanilla Bake Shop cup cake. More...

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Char Y.

11 December 2015

I had the red velvet and fleur de sel (chocolate with salted caramel). They were very rich, delicious, and moist! I don't think I tasted much of the salted caramel in the fleur de sel, but it was still good. Next time, I think I want to try the bittersweet dark chocolate and follow the employee's recommendation and try the blackberry passion fruit. More...

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Bob J.

8 December 2015

I ordered 3 dozen of their mini cupcakes and 2 dozen macaroons last week for a birthday party and they were a huge hit at the party.  I didn't get a chance to try a cupcake as they were all gone by the time I went to grab one, but the macaroons I had were excellent.  Great place to go for your party dessert needs......just make sure to order enough. More...

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L C.

4 December 2015

Their mini cup cakes are amazing. These are so pretty and not too sweet. I also love their cute gift box. I ordered cake pops for baby shower party I hosted for my friend about a year ago too. They were huge hit of the party! The service is always cheerful and kind except one time (yesterday), one hispanic lady was unfriendly (sort of being bossy...) and in hurry even though there was no customer waiting in the shop. Overall, the place is such a cute gem store. More...

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Annabelle H.

3 December 2015

A little bit expensive but the fact that they sell stuffed/filled mini cupcakes more than makes up for it. The real winner here and when I say winner in this situation I mean winner like one of the overall guaranteed best pies ever.  Bum bum bum bum........The Whiskey Tollhouse Cookie Pie.-it's basically a giant cookie filled with melt whiskey chocolate. More...

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Deirdre L.

1 December 2015

I've been getting cupcakes from Vanilla for years and they've always been amazing. The mini are the best because you can try a few for the price of one!  And the cookies are insanely good.  Really everything I've had from there has been incredible. So when my friend said her favorite cake was carrot, I called them.  It was kind of a last minute (24 hours ahead ) order for a birthday cake but they kindly obliged.  We were taking the cake to a restaurant and I knew we would get a cake cutting fee so it really had to be good.  And they didn't disappoint.  It was YUMMY and gorgeous and HEAVY.  (I always forget how much heavier a carrot cake is than other more traditional cakes.)  After our cake was delivered to the table we told the waiter he should have a piece because it was so good.  After trying it, he came back and said "you can tell how good friendships are by the quality of cake they bring.  And you guys are great friends!"  That pretty much says it all. More...

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Floreen R.

13 November 2015

Had the Fleur de Sel.  It was sweet with a hint of salty and very chocolaty sweet.  Moist cake.  Recommend a tall glass of milk while eating this.  Glad there is a stand at LAX.

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Karen L.

11 November 2015

Came at the end of the day so not too many flavors left. I was eyeing their cute baby cupcakes and bought a few. The vanilla, cookies and cream, spicy carrot and dark chocolate. Perfect bite size treats. Had their boxed however I guess the four cupcakes weren't big enough to stay still in the box so when I opened it when I got home it was a mess! Quite disappointed. Still delicious though. They have great deal on holidays! Got my treats for a steal! They are located right near wholefoods. More...

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User5546151

21 October 2015

Excellent wedding cakes and service and experience. Overall just awesome and great

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User4160763

11 September 2015

Vanilla provided an amazing cake for our reception. I've always found that people don't typically eat the cake at weddings but this cake was an exception. Everyone loved it so much that most people had seconds. It's a good thing we ordered extra. This vendor is also very easy to deal with. Just tell them what kind of cake, how much, and where it needs to be delivered and they take care of the rest. Highly recommend them! More...

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Susie C.

4 September 2015

After 5 on some days they have happy hour, where if you order 3 minis, they'll ask "would you like 6 instead?"  And you look at them like that's the stupidest question in the world and start aggressively pointing at ALL THINGS.  My favorite kind of hh.  The blackberry passion fruit cupcake is great. More...

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Kay W.

25 July 2015

Will helped me so fast and made sure that the three people that tried to cut me didn't get to order unless I went first! I asked him to give me a dozen of the mini and they all tased AMAZING! Will has amazing customer service I think he's very nice, nice enough to make someone want to ask for his name for a review !!! Thanks will!!! And THANKS VANILLA CUPCAKES !!! You have saved alllllllllll my birthdays. More...

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Katrina C.

25 July 2015

We got a couple dozen mini cupcakes from Vanilla and they were divine. I'm talking... melt in your mouth, savor every bite delicious. And the best part is, with the mini ones your can try a bunch of flavors without passing out and suffering a massive sugar crash. Basically, I loved them! More...

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Shannon L.

3 July 2015

I love being able to order online for anything, but especially for baked goods!I had the Black & White Raspberry cake which was delish, even 4 days later.  That's when you know it's really good.  This particular cake has both dark chocolate and vanilla bean cake, with fresh raspberries, fresh vanilla bean whipped cream, and the whole thing is covered in dark chocolate ganache.  The ganache is such a good idea because sometimes you don't want even more cream on the outside and you definitely never want fondant.  I didn't think the cake was overly sweet either which was nice.I would definitely order more goods to try from here.  If you get a custom message on your cake, don't expect any fancy style fonts though. More...

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Tina J.

1 July 2015

Update: I finally received an e-mail from management (however 3 weeks after this happened) and he apologized for the mishap and offered a gift card for the mishap on their end.

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Mika B.