It’s not every day we come across a cake that’s delicious and sophisticated but also easy to make. At Avenue in Manhattan Beach, chef Christian Shaffer turns out a luscious golden walnut cake. Toasted walnuts are suspended in a tender-crumbed cake that’s subtly flavored with walnut oil and glazed with oloroso sherry.
“The cake is awesome,” says staff writer Amy Scattergood. “It is a terrific dessert, minimalist, not too sweet. Perfect with just strong coffee. I took some home for breakfast.”