The east Altadena stop for a treat (a cookie, a slice of chocolate truffle cake, a cup of coffee), Patticakes is really famed for its special-occasion, made-to-order cakes. They are spectacular, and they taste every bit as good as they look. You’ll find a gallery of them on the website, but if you don’t see exactly what you want, they’ll make it custom.
1900 Allen Ave., Altadena, 626.794.1128, patticakesdesserts.com, Bakery. Mon.-Sat. from 7:30 a.m. MC, V. $-$$$