After driving by this place for years, I finally stopped in. It seemed to be mainly a catering/special order bakery (cakes, cheesecakes, bars, tarts, pies cookies, etc.) with a tiny retail area up front. I had heard about their Moon Pies, two chocolate chip cookies sandwiched around marshmallow filling, dipped in chocolate. I can't think of another bakery that carries Moon Pies. Do you know of one?
I was hoping to try some cupcakes too, but very disappointed to find out they do not regularly carry them - only when they have some leftover from a special order. They really should jump on the band wagon and get some business from this current cupcake rage before it dies out. They did offer a few bars, Moon Pies in 2 sizes (I got the small one and could barely finish it), mini bundt cakes and muffins. I tried the chocolate raspberry bar, and a peanut butter chocolate chip bar. Both were tasty, moist, and chewy, but they are also the kind of pastries one may easily make at home. Everything I tried was good, including this mini banana bundt cake doused in sugary-sweet glaze.
Nothing mind blowing here - just good renditions of simple, homestyle desserts. The Moon Pie was the best pastry I sampled. The cookies were soft, the marshmallow was not too sweet, and just the right amount. They are just so cute, and definitely something I do not have the patience to make at home.
The Essential Chocolate Collection
10868 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, Ca 90232