Here's the original Hot Cake, out of its mason jar and sitting unadorned. It's rich, made with nearly an entire Theo 70% dark chocolate bar.
Autumn Martin Playing with Fire
Autumn Martin, chef/owner of Hot Cakes, roasts a marshmallow for a S'more Molten Chocolate Cake.
S'more Molten Chocolate Cake
The s'more molten chocolate cake ($8.50) is a smoked chocolate cake on a pool of dark caramel, topped with a roasted marshmallow and served with graham crackers. Ooey, gooey, and smokily satisfying, it's an upscale retreat back to campfire days.
The s'mores cookie ($3.00) has chunks of melted marshmallows and chocolate chips. Soft and sweet (and still warm, fresh out of the oven), this cookie calls for a glass of ice cold milk.
Grilled Chocolate Sandwich
Presentation of the grilled chocolate sandwich ($7.50), wrapped in parchment paper with a side of salted caramel sauce.
Sandwich Bites, Stacked High
Here's an inside look at the grilled chocolate sandwich. Potato bread is the perfect vessel—its softness compresses the sandwich and its slight sweetness is a nice match for the dark chocolate ganache filling. It's good enough to eat without the salted caramel sauce, but you'll want to dip.
Apple Cardamom Ginger Pocket Pie
Hot Cakes' pocket pies ($5.00) are the perfect size for a snack. This apple cardamom ginger pie is not shy on spice notes, and the flaky crust is a sturdy and buttery holder for the filling. Other fruit pies include peach thyme honey and classic cherry, while savory pies include asparagus goat cheese and potato leek with bechamel.
Lemon Curd with Candied Lavender Milkshake
Check the "Seasonal" board by the kitchen for specials that aren't on the regular menu. Salted caramel and milk chocolate are the regular milkshakes, but this lemon curd with candied lavender milkshake ($6.50) is a limited-time offering. Citrus lovers will enjoy the tang of the lemon curd, mellowed ever-so-slightly by the dollop of whipped cream on top. The candied lavender adds floral notes that work well with the lemon flavor.
Hot Cakes Interior
The counter at Hot Cakes is quite compelling, with a few stools for those who like to watch the workers prepare desserts. There is seating for about 26 people overall, and the wood furnishings give the dessert shop a Pacific Northwest feel.
Caramel, Undies, and More
The retail section at the front of the store sells a wide variety of goodies, from caramel (original, extra salty, and vegan) to smoked chocolate chips to, yes, Hot Cakes undies. Such is the spirit of this fun little dessert shop.