La Monarca: Cakes for a Cause

La Monarca Bakery

La Monarca in Santa Monica officially opened last month. The traditional Latin bakery is named after the beautiful monarch butterflies that migrate from Mexico to the US from March until June. To celebrate the migration, La Monarca will donate 20% of every cake sold until June 30 to ECOLIFE Foundation which is committed to protecting the monarch butterfly habitat in Central Mexico with reforestation and building fuel-efficient stoves for the indigenous community.

Strawberry Shortcake

Fresh Fruit Tart

Puff Pastry Napoleon with Creme Patisserie

Also, as part of Earth Day on April 22, La Monarca will host a Twitter contest from April 22 to 25. La Monarca’s Twitter followers who tweet them @LaMonarcaBakery “I support @LaMonarcaBakery and #CakesforaCause!” could win a 7″ cake of their choice. A winner will be notified on April 26 via Twitter Direct Message.

Traditional Sugarcane Caramel Flan

Dark Chocolate Mexican Mocha

coconut flan with toasted coconut

Cakes vary by location and season but I really loved their dulce de leche. I thought it was so cute they did mini versions of their cakes. Check out their website for more flavors. You can order online but it may be easier to call or even better, go to Santa Monica or another one of their locations to check out the cakes in person. Plus, you get to grab a pastry and coffee while you’re at it.

dark chocolate ganache & dark chocolate Mexican mocha

dulce de leche

Oaxaca Coffee

Besides being a full bakery, La Monarca does offer a few savory items for breakfast, lunch and dinner  including quiche and cazuelas, these wonderful stews you can top your choice of size bread (bollilo sliders, bollilo, baugette).

cazuelas sliders

La Monarca offers poblano braised chicken mole, Sinaloa chipotle-infused machaca beef, tomatillo salsa verde braised beef and vegetarian chorizo. I was most surprised by the chorizo. How could this be vegetarian? The texture of the “meat” was amazing.

For more pictures of La Monarca Bakery, visit my flickr set.

La Monarca locations

Santa Monica – 1300 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403 – (310) 451-1114

Huntington Park – 6365 Pacific Blvd., Huntington Park, CA 90255 – (323) 585-5500

East L.A. – 5700 E. Whittier Blvd., Commerce, CA 90022 – (323) 869-8800