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Sweet Lady Jane Takes the Cake

Published April, 2006

In the Scene Magazine

Sweet is the operative word at Sweet Lady Jane, the West Hollywood bakery that offers cakes, pies, breads, tarts and cupcakes by the dozen.  Since 1988, they have been churning out sugar indulgent taste bud pleasers with abandon.  Lines often spill out the door as people await a taste of mouth watering creations of Jane Lockhart, the proprietor of the popular Melrose establishment.

The cakes are not only delicious but also gorgeously constructed.  In addition to full cakes, they sell individual slices in which to indulge.  You can sink your fork into almond rocca, chocolate raspberry, chocolate mocha praline, raspberry lemon, seven layer chocolate, white chocolate mousse and hazelnut mousse, to name a few.

Sweet Lady Jane is well known for using only natural, fresh ingredients so you can feel good about indulging your sugar craving.  None of their desserts are overly sweetened, which makes them so incredibly edible.

Their triple berry shortcake is to die for.  Naturally sweet raspberries, strawberries and blackberries along with the freshest whipped cream line three layers of the most heavenly white cake.  Their cupcakes are topped in lusciously smooth buttercream and the tarts include chocolate raspberry, coconut cream and lemon meringue.  The lemon meringue is one of the best of its kind that I have ever tasted.

Word on the street is that Sweet Lady Jane’s wedding cakes are a hot commodity not just among everyday customers, but also celebrities.  Their website boasts sales to Jennifer Lopez, Baby Face and Tracy Edmonds, Elizabeth Perkins, Pete Sampras and Bridgette Wilson, James Caan, Bruce Springsteen, Larry King, and Carnie Wilson.

In addition to cakes and tarts, Jane and her staff create a selection of pies and cheesecakes as well as breads, scones, cookies, muffins, sticky buns, croissants, biscotti and chocolate tacos.

There are fewer than two handfuls of tables at Sweet Lady Jane.  While the setting seems conducive to a quiet, intimate lunch, the constant influx of people in and out of the bakery creates a somewhat frenetic dining experience.  If you are able to tune this out, you are in for a sure fire treat.  Sweet Lady Jane not only offers an endless array of sweets to enjoy, they also tempt customers with several light soup, salad and sandwich options.

The other day, I was enjoying a bowl of carrot ginger soup and half of a curried chicken salad sandwich on homemade sour dough and the line became so incredibly long that a staff member began passing around a plate of cookies and brownies to appease the waiting customers.  It was a nice touch.

Since their desserts sell like hotcakes, I recommend making the trip as early as possible.  By 4pm on a Saturday, I had to fight the man behind me in line for the last chocolate cupcake with peanut butter cream frosting.  Boy was it worth the fight!

Sweet Lady Jane
8360 Melrose Ave
Open 8:30am-11:30pm; Monday-Saturday
www.sweetladyjane.com