Who knew? J.E. Gibbs is more than just a cheese stand in Findlay Market. It's also a destination for delicious homemade fudge.
'Sugar Rush' on Serious Eats
This stunning dessert of coconut tapioca topped with tropical fruit and dragon fruit sorbet also happens to be gluten- and dairy-free.
Pies are the only sweets option at The Rustic. It was near impossible to choose from their offerings of key lime, banoffee, and chocolate silk, but in the end I trusted a local's recommendation of peanut butter. As the waitress placed the towering piece of quivering pie on our picnic table, I noticed it was loaded with halved peanuts and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
This moist bacon brownie is complemented by a honey bourbon ice cream. It's a decadent dessert I was happy to hog for myself.
This is the best cupcake I've had in a long time—probably because it tasted like tiramisu.
Xico in Southeast Portland is known for making regional Mexican cuisine with the freshest possible ingredients—and that extends to dessert. Mindy Keith, Xico's resident pastry chef, is daring and talented, and has a knack for creating unique Oaxacan-inspired desserts. Take this chocolate cake.
This delicate Lemon Meringue Tartlet from Cincinnati's Cake Rack Bakery is an elegant and bright sweet.
From the huge housemade doughnuts to mincemeat pie, there are a variety of intriguing sweets at Miller's Guild. But if you can only get one, make it the Whiskey Date Cake.
Matcha, azuki, black sesame, ginger, and satsuma imo (sweet potato) are among the Japanese ingredients you'll find in use at Fresh Flours bakery in Seattle. Enjoy them in such treats at the Green Tea & Azuki Red Bean Pound Cake.
My tasting notes for this cookie read "chewy!" (double underscore) and "big a-- chunks of chocolate." That really tells you most of what you need to know, but I'll elaborate.
The Bread & Chocolate Loaf at Berkshire Mountain Bakery in Housatonic, MA, Might be the Best Bite I'll Eat All Year
All of the ciabatta breads at Berkshire Mountain Bakery are fantastic in their own right, but for a chocolate lover like me, the Bread & Chocolate loaf is irresistible. It's addictive, filling, and a deliciously messy treat to eat.
The double shot cookie tastes first and foremost like the 85% Maya Mountain bar that it's made with. Which, at $3, makes it a good deal for those who don't want to shell out for the bar.
My first pa tong go, or Thai cruller, experience was a tad disappointing. I gave the treat another chance at a cafe fittingly named Pa Tong Go. This time, the results were crunchy, sweet, and awesome.
Sinners and Saints serves both regular and gluten-free sweets. And though the Tres Leches Cake is on their "saints" menu, it's rich and decadent enough for sinners.
Served in a thick homemade graham cracker crust, topped with fresh whipped cream and a cherry, this Key Lime Pie ($5) is a perfect excuse to spend an afternoon on the river.
He's been called the most influential US pastry chef working today. The former Executive Pastry Chef of The French Laundry and current professor at the CIA has now opened a unique chocolate shop called Hudson Chocolates
Since opening in 1983, Pastiche Fine Desserts has been a mainstay of the Providence restaurant scene, and the place to go when you're looking for a classic celebration cake or dessert.
Though it's more commonly sought out for its decadent offering of hot chocolates, bonbons, and chocolate bars, I recently made a visit to L.A. Burdick in Boston in pursuit of one thing: the Mocha Cake ($4).
Undrgrnd Donuts is a doughnut food truck that has joined the rotation of Philly's other great options for truck dining at spots like 33rd and Arch, The Navy Yard, and The Porch at 30th Street Station. Their doughnuts (which at $2.00 each are about the most budget friendly thing you can get from a boutique food truck these days) are of the cake variety, and the flavor options are exciting ones.
Specializing in cupcakes, cookies, and bars, this old school Hyde Park bakery also successfully executes fancier desserts. One in particular stands out as a good choice for Austinites who don't want to cook on Valentine's Day: the Chocolate Ganache Cake.