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Five Must-Try Desserts

Angeleno’s recent “101 Must-Try Tastes” left us hungry for more. Between paging past hearty entrees and bona fide culinary creations, those of us with an omnipotent sweet-tooth scoured the February feature for our favorite, and final, course. Here, we present five of the most decadent desserts from this month’s issue, including warm chocolate pizza and a fresh take on the all-trendy cronut. No need to thank us. We’ll let the dishes do the talking:

Ding-a-Lings, from Semi Sweet Bakery, make our list of top L.A. treats.


1. Frozen Custard Concrete at Top Round Roast Beef
The folks behind this funky Mid-City stand serve rich, dense frozen custard made from their own recipe, blending it with just about anything a sweet tooth desires, from fruit and caramel to candy bars, chocolate chips and nuts. Think of it as an inverted sundae in a cup. 1000 S. La Brea Ave., 323.549.9445

2. The Frances Donut at Frances Bakery
A month after Manhattan’s Cronut craze took hold in May 2013, this Little Tokyo bakery launched its first donut-meets-croissant version. Made with layers of flaky croissant dough and a custard center, the Frances donut is devilishly decadent. 404 E. 2nd St., L.A., 213.680.4899

3. Ding-a-Lings at Semi Sweet Bakery
If only Hostess made Ding Dongs this good. Chef Sharlena Fong’s mini cakes layered with buttercream and covered in rich chocolate are fantastic sweet treats. Favorite flavors include peanut butter, traditional chocolate and red velvet. 105 E. 6th St., L.A., 213.228.9975

4. Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake at Valerie at Grand Central Market
Made to honor the famous cake from San Francisco’s Blum’s Bakery, Valerie Grodon’s crunch cake—two layers of sponge cake with coffee whipped-cream frosting and crunchy, delicious honeycomb—is absolutely divine. Sweet, buttery and completely addictive, it’s also available for pickup. 317 S. Broadway St., L.A., 213.621.2781

5. Chocolate Pizza at Craig’s
Only Craig regulars know to order this decadent off-menu dessert: a warm, doughy pizza decked with different types of chocolate and cookie crumbles and topped with vanilla ice cream. When Craig’s devotees Zack Schiller, Ryan Phillippe, Breckin Meyer and Jesse Bradford attended a preopening pizza-tasting, someone joked about chocolate pizza, and the idea stuck. 8826 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.276.1900