My doctor at Cedars put me on a gluten-free, dairy-free diet for a few years, so I explored a lot of bakeries that fit into this parameter. My favorite is Clara Cakes, a vegan bakery run by a very talented teen baker. I really loved her lemon-blueberry cupcake. You can try her gluten-free, vegan cupcakes at Azla Vegan and Pizzanista. While her baked good are not specifically gluten-free, you can request this dietary need.
Orders can be placed at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (213) 880-CAKE aka (213) 880-2253.
Orders are picked up at her home in Atwater Village
Breakaway Bakery is a pretty good gluten-free, kosher bakery, and they have some vegan options. They are closed on Saturdays.
5264 W. Pico Blvd. LA, CA 90019
Phone: (310) 968-9380
I’m not a fan of Erin McKenna’s Bakery (formerly Babycakes) on Larchmont. It’s very old-school gluten-free, as their baked goods are very dense with excruciatingly sweet, thick frosting.
This is a little off-piste, but I like the raw, vegan, gluten-free cheesecakes from Earth Cafe, particularly the blueberry flavor. You can buy individual slices at Whole Foods or Erewhon. Whole cheesecakes can be ordered here:
Good luck in finding a suitable treat for your friend. I might suggest trying cupcakes/slices from these bakeries before you buy an entire cake or a tray of cupcakes.