By  on August 2, 2007

Young Hollywood has developed a thing for a certain white powder, though this time it’s not the sort landing starlets on tabloid covers and in court. Flour and sugar are the substances du jour as Los Angeles experiences a boom in old-fashioned bake shops. Nearly a dozen have popped up in neighborhoods around the city this year, touting recipes from mom’s kitchen designed to evoke baking’s golden age. Here, WWD spotlights three of the fastest risers.

Delilah Bakery
This Echo Park sweet shop is bursting with ambiance. The freestanding location boasts kitschy, sunshine-yellow interiors and Deep South-inspired treats, including pecan bourbon pie, banana cake and whiskey bread pudding. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 1665 Echo Park Avenue; 213-975-9400.

Vanilla Bake Shop
Former dessert caterer Amy Berman and her husband, Jeremy, bring culinary school expertise to tantalizing concoctions including tiramisu shooters, bite-size brownie canapés, French macaroons and bite-size “cupcake dainties.” Can’t hang out? Order an icebox dessert to go — layered confections including dirt cake, chocolate mousse and Southern banana pudding, encased in old-fashioned glass jars. 512 Wilshire Boulevard; 310-458-6644.

Lark Cake Shop
Top-ranked treats include nutmeg and caramel salt cupcakes, peanut butter and oatmeal cranberry cookies and, of course, cakes galore — from old-fashioned coconut to red velvet (decorated with Mod-inspired polkadots). The decor also marries nostalgia with modernity: Midcentury furniture fills a small seating area next to a wraparound glass case packed with treats, while polished concrete floors and vaulted ceilings lend a hip industrial vibe. 3337 West Sunset Boulevard; 323-667-2968.

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