While vacationing in OC my wife and I 'stumbled' upon Desserts by Rita while looking for the bead shop next door. What would have been a hidden treasure to us is now something we've talked about with others that are planning a trip to OC.
The staff person told us that the owner only buys from a local farmer that provides fresh eggs, fresh milk and that she only purchases the best ingredients for her cakes and pastries.
There are many unique and wonderful flavor combinations that can't be found in the run of the mill bakery. The two slices we purchased were Coconog (yes, Coconog) and Chambord infused pound cake. Both were superb!
The store is tucked away in a little strip shopping center. The cakes are available by slice or whole and the selections depends on the day. IT'S WORTH THE FEW MINUTES DRIVE OUTSIDE OC ... DON'T SETTLE FOR LESS THAN THIS BEST!