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19 great layer cake recipes

The layer cake. It’s a classic showstopper, whether you’re celebrating birthdays, holidays or the finish to a great meal with company. We’ve compiled 19 of our favorite layer cake recipes, from rich chocolate to creamy coconut, carrot, fresh fruit and more. Enjoy. noelle.carter@latimes.com @noellecarter

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Meet Helen Johannesen, the wine director behind five hot L.A. restaurants

Meet Helen Johannesen, the wine director behind five hot L.A. restaurants

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