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Where To Find The Best Desserts In La Jolla

Behold, the Herringbone sundae with chocolate ice cream, sea salt blondies (!!!) , caramelized cocoa nibs, and creamy caramel.

This is by no means a complete list, but here are updated recommendations for the best desserts in La Jolla broken down by dessert of choice. Have a favorite to add? Would love to hear it.

Where To Find Cake In La Jolla

Michelle Coulon Dessertier

I first met Michelle when I was shopping for a wedding cake 13 years ago. After our tasting, I was hooked. Not only are the cakes made with high-quality ingredients, like organic bananas and REAL buttercream frosting, but they’re moist and incredibly delicious. The good news is that the have mini desserts, which are basically bite-sized versions of her real cakes.

Michelle Coulon mini desserts

Whenever I cater a buffet-style luncheon, I order the mini desserts ($36 per dozen). My favorites include banana, German chocolate and carrot cake.

Michelle Coulon Dessertier
7566-D Fay Avenue (near PrepKitchen)
La Jolla, CA
(858) 456-5098

Come On In! Cafe

Come On In Cafe La Jolla Desserts

Come On In! Cafe has recently changed their hours and, truth be told, I can’t figure out what they are because information varies online (and I’ve called in the evenings with no answer). We either dine in or get food to-go. Sometimes we bring the dog and sit on the patio. Regardless, they have some of the best cake in town. Round, layer cakes with delicious buttercream frosting. My favorites are the banana cake and lemon blueberry cake. Coconut and carrot are next in line.

But they are definitely open in the mornings, so it’s best to call then.

Come On In! Cafe, La Jolla
1030B Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 551-1063

VONS La Jolla

I’m not even kidding. Quite a few kids parties I’ve been to lately order cakes and cupcakes from VONS. They’ll professionally decorate them, too. In fact, the puppy cupcakes a friend of mine ordered there were crowd-pleasers. The buttercream frosting isn’t bad. In fact, I’ve been known to pick up a square of carrot cake (in front of the fresh bread) when the craving strikes.

Would I serve cake from here at a dinner party? Probably not, but it will do for a barbecue or kid-centric event.

VONS La Jolla
7544 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-2620

Ice Cream and Fro-Yo

Froglander’s

Froglander’s has been a local institution institution for over 25 years and the kind of place that’s on your must-do list if you leave La Jolla and return for visits. The frozen yogurt here is either non-fat or low-fat (in my experience) and its denser consistency makes it taste a bit more like soft-serve ice cream. You can certainly add zing by topping it with everything from candy to granola to sprinkles. I always order the non-fat peanut butter. Take it home (in large quantities, if you so desire) or eat it al fresco on the patio or inside the shop.

The only thing that frustrates me about Froglander’s is the parking lot in back. The spaces are incredibly tight and hard to come by.

Froglander’s
915 Pearl Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 459-3764

Gelateria Frizzante

This dessert staple located on Prospect street has been around quite a while and is a favorite of both locals and tourists. I opt for gelato of varying flavors. They’ll let you taste up to three samples before you need to commit to one. It can be busy so don’t stall too long. It’s easy to walk to after a day at the cove or a meal at one of La Jolla’s best restaurants.

Gelateria Frizzante
1025 Prospect St, Ste 130
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-5798
(no website)

Cookies

Here’s where I could use some suggestions, if anyone is willing.

Girard Gourmet

Girard Gourmet cookies

If you are in need of cute cookies on the fly, head to Girard Gourmet and you’ll see a variety of sugar cookie designs in the window ranging from animals to seasonal shapes. They are not overly sweet like most sugar cookies, so be prepared for that. If you need a special order, give them a week of notice.

Girard Gourmet
7837 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-3321

Cheese Shop

Try the flourless oatmeal cookie, which is a recipe the owners first stumbled across in the 1960s. These cookies are baked daily at the Cheese Shop in La Jolla Shores. Don’t forget to order a sandwich and have a look at the imported candy!

Cheese Shop
2165 Avenida de la Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 459-3921

Mind-Blowing La Jolla Restaurant Desserts

Herringbone

The Herringbone sundae (pictured at the top) is a mind-blowing combo of sea salt blondies topped with chocolate ice cream and caramel sauce. But forget whipped cream, they go for melted marshmallow which is so much better dusted with carmelized cocoa nibs. The portion size is so hefty that my daughter and I couldn’t finish it.

Herringbone
7837 Herschel Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 459-0221

Whisknladle

I’ve never ordered a dessert from Whisknladle that I didn’t like. My all-time favorite is the butterscotch budino which blends together an amazing party of salty and sweet. It’s seasonal, just like the rest of the menu but keep an eye out. Or, try the fleur de sel carmel, crème fraiche & pine nut cornmeal cookies.

Don’t forget to order the cutting board cheese and meat platter as your appetizer—or entree, as I sometimes do.

Whisknladle
1044 Wall Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 551-7575

NINE-TEN

NINE-TEN Half Baked Chocolate Cake

Did you know that if you stay at the Grande Colonial Hotel (which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year), that NINE-TEN provides the room service? Talk about a perk. My favorite item on the NINE-TEN menu is the twice-baked chocolate cake (click for the recipe). It’s warm. It has caramel and whipped cream. It oozes chocolate. Delicious.

NINE-TEN
910 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 964-5400

George’s Ocean Terrace

Sticky toffee pudding at George's Ocean Terrace, a La Jolla restaurant

Our server recommended the sticky toffee pudding cake which was basically covered with bananas, salted almonds, caramel and vanilla ice cream. It was delicious and everyone at our table loved it (which was sad, because it left me with only a few bites).

George’s Ocean Terrace
1250 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-4244

Imported Candy

Cheese Shop

Having lived in London, I nearly died when I saw the imported candy in the Cheese Shop. There are retro favorites and more–I’ll snap a picture next time I’m there so you can see it.

Cheese Shop
2165 Avenida de la Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 459-3921

Your Turn…

Did I forget a worthy dessert? Let me know!

4 Comments
  • Matty G - July 23, 2015

    One place where they have the best dessert for adults and it’s in a hotel is the restaurant Manhattan and the treat is the bananas foster, oh so good!

    • La Jolla Mom - July 24, 2015

      Good to know! I love bananas foster and haven’t been to the Manhattan in a while!

  • Deborah Arnaua - April 9, 2013

    How about Zenbu’s plaintains covered with dark chocolate syrup and coconut gelato… Mike and I share this.. but have duels with our spoons over who will get the last bite!

  • Angela Quisumbing - April 3, 2013

    I’ve been craving sweets during this pregnancy. Thanks for sharing. After reading this I want to go to Bardot, Cups and the Grand Colonial for that chocolate cake!! Yum!

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