Photo by Financier Patisserie
From Austin, Texas to northern France, these bakeries are serving up delicious, and photogenic, chocolate cakes. Here’s a look at eight amazing takes on the classic dessert that you can find around the world.
1. The Trellis Bar and Grill
At Williamsburg, Virginia’s Trellis Bar and Grill, you can treat yourself to a one-pound slice of their Death By Chocolate cake, served alongside a scoop of dark chocolate ice cream, a white chocolate truffle, and a decadent chocolate sauce.
2. Gourdough’s Public House
If you’re looking for an untraditional take, check out Gourdough’s in Austin, Texas, where you can get your chocolate cake fix in doughnut form with their Blackout. This round chocolatey treat comes smothered in edible brownie batter, fudge icing, and a healthy helping of brownie bits to top it all off.
3. Financier Patisserie
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
The chocolate mousse cake at New York’s Financier Patisserie is made up of an almond macaron cake, chocolate ganache, mousse, and is topped off with glaze. Named for the French almond cake, and as an ode to their Financial District location, this shop is the perfect place to score desserts that are made fresh daily.
4. Peanut Butter Bar
This list wouldn’t be complete without chocolate’s greatest companion, peanut butter. And what better place than Sydney’s Peanut Butter Bar, where the creamy condiment is a part of every meal, including their Reese’s cheesecake. The chocolatey dessert is served with a scoop of vanilla gelato and a shot of peanut butter, perfect for drizzling.
5. Sweet Lady Jane
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
For a goliath of a classic chocolate cake, go to Sweet Lady Jane in Los Angeles, where they serve up these seven inch tall and five inch wide slices with thick layers of Callebaut chocolate buttercream frosting—not to mention the ganache that tops it all off.
6. Gail’s Bakery
At Gail’s Bakery in London you can help yourself to a single-size chocolate, sour cherry, and rum cake, coated with a rich dark chocolate ganache and cocoa nib brittle. It may be best to get extras, because according to the bakery, they’re the perfect treat to warm you up in the winter time.
7. Maison Pickle
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
While you might need a step stool to enjoy one of these pieces, New York’s Maison Pickle serves up a staggering 24-layer chocolate cake. Also available as confetti and red velvet, this towering cake gives a new meaning to saving room for dessert.
8. Aux Merveilleux de Fred
At Aux Merveilleux de Fred you can find their signature Merveilleux, a meringue with chocolate whipped cream coated in dark chocolate shavings. Though started in northern France, the shop has locations across Europe, as well as in New York City.