National Chocolate Cake Day is an established tradition that occurs on January 27. After all of the new year’s resolutions are met, this dessert serves as a perfect excuse to indulge in some of those much-deserved calories. In cold Midwest states like Minnesota, grabbing a hearty slice of cake makes those freezing days all but a distant memory. Bite into your next delectable chocolate dish with a stop at any of these Minnesota locales.
French Meadow Bakery & Cafe
2610 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
French Meadow Bakery & Cafe has been in business since 1985. It’s known to promote sustainable agriculture and use organic food for its diverse menu. The desserts are a delicacy including options like chocolate-dipped cake, triple mousse cake and Milky Way tart. And these are just the tip of the iceberg. If you are a chocolate lover or sometimes can overcome your gag reflex for too much gluttony, then grab any one of these rich chocolate cakes. Each has a unique blend of creativity infused with taste-buzzing ingredients.
850 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
Café Latte strives for superior customer service while providing a fully enjoyable line of desserts. This award-winning cafe makes its products without preservatives or colors. It also excludes artificial flavors for most of the cakes. Cafe Latte’s astounding three-layer dark chocolate cake with rich creamy fudge is definitely one of the best in the chocolate family. Feel free to combine other flavors aside from just pure chocolate to tone down the richness. There are also dense chocolate flourless cakes to choose from.
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Patrick’s French Bakery
2928 W. 66th St.
Richfield, MN 55423
Patrick’s French Bakery is a local hidden gem that has been serving the Twin Cities community since 2002. Its philosophy goes beyond just food since it has been voted one of the top bakeries for its exceptional service. The cake to try at Patrick’s is the feuillantine praline chocolate cake. It is a dark round cake topped with flakes of gold leaves and decorated with chocolate mousse. As described as an “almond sponge cake with hazelnut praline wafer, dark chocolate mousse and chocolate Ganache covering,” you better visit soon to get a taste.
920 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Salty Tart, under the leadership of Executive Chef Michelle Gayer, is a critically acclaimed pastry shop recognized as one of the best in the country. Since it opened its doors in 2008, the sweet and savory cakes are loaded with sugary arsenal. Each round of the chocolate cakes are prepared with three layers of cake along with two layers of filling. Special orders are accepted with a 48-hour notice and flavors can be of your traditional chocolate or vegan variety. Fillings can be topped with chocolate fruit mousse or chocolate buttercream.
A Baker’s Wife Pastry Shop
4200 28th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
A Baker’s Wife Pastry Shop is considered to be a humble and cozy shop in South Minneapolis. For regular ongoing clients, this place is a local treasure in Minneapolis with a traditional American touch and style applied to its culinary menu. The place is more known for its killer hand-crafted chocolate doughnuts, but the chocolate mousse cake is a must to try on your next visit. It is put together with creamy frosting and decorative layers of sweets that make it a fabulous cake to eat while indulging in a memorable moment that sidesteps a cold January month.
Anthony Carranza is a freelance writer covering all things Minnesota related to tech, social media, news, and local happenings around the Twin Cities. His work can be found at Examiner.com.