We got the baby a birthday cafe for his 1st birthday and, after seeing a number of amazing cakes designed at Porto's Cuban Bakery, decided to get ours there. The cake was a vanilla cake with a layer of vanilla pudding and
They decorate cakes for all occasions: birthdays, graduations, baptisms, Quinceañeras, weddings, parties, etc. Porto's makes picture cakes (yes actually icing a literal picture onto a cake. (But only in Glendale.) There is a good selection of ready-made cakes too. (Check out the 2nd floor party store for pinatas, ballons, cake decorations, etc. It's pretty amazing.)
Porto's is highly recommended for birthday cakes. The one above cost $30. The week of the birthday I was reading a post on Consumerist lame Walmart cakes. I definitely fall into the category of you get what you pay for, The cakes at Porto's taste fantastic and have a level of artistry that rivals any major bakery in LA.
One really important piece of advice that will guaratee your Porto's cake experience is winning: pick up your cake at the very very beginning of the day or the very very end of the day. When we got there for lunch (we thought we'd eat and then get the cake) there were people who had been waiting for 2+ hours! And this is from actual conversations we had when we started waiting in line. Waiting 2 hours is BS and I can't really understand why the wait is that long. (One thought is that they do the final decorating of the salutation while the customer is present so as to prevent buyer's remorse I suppose.) Swoop in early or late and you'll wait only a few minutes. Follow this and I've just saved you hours of your life. For serious.
Check this out: a video of Porto's Cake Decorating
Portos has two locations:
315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA
Google Map Porto's Glendale
3614 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA
Google Map Porto's Burbank