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From Tres Leches to Tiramisu, Plus Nutella and Truffle, These Cakes Will Blow Your Mind

Written by: Alexandra Shubin Let the Cakes Begin: The 9 Best Cakes in San Diego

San Diego is a city with endless choices to satisfy a sweet tooth, especially when it comes to the fluffy deliciousness of cakes. You’ll find crowd-pleasing ingredients like organic bananas, Parisian imported chocolate and bacon at both specialty bakeries and on the menus of popular restaurants. We already know where the best cakes in Los Angeles are, so now it’s time to pull up a chair, grab a fork and get to finding the best cakes in San Diego.

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Maple Bacon Tiramisu

Can there be too much of a good thing? Jake’s Maple Bacon Tiramisu certainly raises the questions. It’s made of whiskey-soaked ladyfingers, maple cream, bacon toffee and spiced vanilla syrup. After the first bite, you’ll be too happy to question anything.

Jake’s Del Mar
1660 Coast Blvd
Del Mar, CA 92014
858.755.2002 |


Tres Leches de Café

Puesto is known for their tacos, chips and delicious happy hour. But that’s no excuse to miss out on the Tres Leches de Café. This dessert has a mascarpone whip with fresh strawberries. It’s both beautiful and delicious, so let the fiesta begin.

789 W Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
619.233.8880 |


Chocolate Cake

This seaside restaurant has a full menu, but one thing that sticks out is the chocolate cake. It’s layered with cashew praline and coconut, so you know your taste buds will be dancing. Stop in for the best coconut cashew praline chocolate cake and ocean view combination in all of San Diego. Did we mention there’s cake?

3105 Ocean Front Walk
San Diego, CA 92109
858.338.9304 |


Flourless Banana Cake

Extraordinary Desserts buys all of its produce locally and stocks up on as much organic produce as it can, which means the menu changes with each season. Perfect for warm San Diego weather, it’s a banana spice cake with a layer of cream cheese mousse, studded with walnuts. But if you’re looking to drop in and grab one, make sure you order it in advance!

Extraordinary Desserts
2929 5th Ave
San Diego CA 92103
619.294.2132 |


Parfait Signature

Founder Guillaume Ryon wanted to create an atmosphere true to his French roots; classy but not snobby, both clean and romantic, serving everything from croissants to macarons. “Everything is made from scratch. It’s organic, ” says Ryon. “The chocolate comes France. We have gluten-free options. Really it is the healthiest way to indulge.” But the most popular treat is the Parfait Signature. With a foundation of almond biscuit and praline crisp and a thick layer of rich chocolate mousse, it’ll be your signature too.

Le Parfait Paris
555 G St
San Diego CA 92101
619.245.4457 |


Chocolate Raspberry Silk / Espresso Chocolate Truffle Cake

It was really hard to decide between the Chocolate Raspberry Silk Cake or the Espresso Chocolate Truffle Cake. Chocolate and sweet raspberries or a flourless espresso cake with chocolate and whipped cream? We never did end up deciding.

1106 1st St
Coronado, CA 92118
619.435.4323 |


Lemon Ice Box

Two words: Lemon cake. This restaurant’s Lemon Ice Box is a vanilla sponge lemon curd with vanilla bean buttercream. It’s the freshest cake in town. Lemon lovers, meet your destiny.

The D Bar San Diego
3930 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92301
619.299.3227 |


Molten Pistachio Chocolate Lava Cake

Feeling fancy? This Italian restaurant will leave you with your head in the clouds. Especially the Molten Pistachio Chocolate Lava Cake. It might be small as far as cakes go, but a drizzle of raspberry sauce and hibiscus ice cream on the side really set this cake over the top.

Bice San Diego
425 Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
619.239.2423 |


Nutella Cheesecake

Crêpes, gelato and coffee, need we say more? This place does more than just cakes, but it still earns a spot on our best cakes list. Plus, they are usually open until 1 a.m.—perfect for an indulgent midnight snack. While the Cremerie’s praline hazelnut dessert and crème brûlée are to die for, it’s the Nutella Cheesecake that’ll have you coming back for more.

Chocolat Cremerie
509 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
619.238.9400 |

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