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Celebrate National Dessert Month in L.A.

October is National Dessert Month: it may be the season for trick-or-treating, but that doesn't mean you have to limit yourself to bargain bags of Snickers and caramel apples. L.A. is home to some fantastic desserts, from refined post-dinner delicacies made with a blowtorch to a simple chocolate chip cookie, perfectly crafted. Here are some of our favorite sweets around town -- what are yours?

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Blue Velvet cake from MILK | Photo: TheDeliciousLife/Flickr/Creative Commons License
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French macarons from Bottega Louie | Photo courtesy Bottega Louie
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Pastries on display at Porto's | Photo: World to Table/Flickr/Creative Commons License
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Banana cupcake with chocolate frosting from Sprinkles | Photo: Muy Yum/Flickr/Creative Commons License
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The Simpson's donut at Stan's Donuts in Westwood | Photo: manda_wong/Flickr/Creative Commons License
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Meyer Lemon Tart Dessert Shot from Vanilla Bake Shop | Photo: Muy Yum/Flickr/Creative Commons License
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Pumpkin gelato at Pazzo Gelato | Photo courtesy Pazzo Gelato
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Cookies from Platine Bakery in Culver City, chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, camee | Photo: Muy Yum/Flickr/Creative Commons License
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A case full of truffles at L'Artisan du Chocolat | Photo courtesy L'Artisan du Chocolat
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Dessert at Umami Burger: yellow cake sandwich filled with peanut buttercream and housemade marshmallow, coated with chocolate | Photo: Muy Yum/Flickr/Creative Commons License