There are endless excuses this time of the year to dig into tasty dessert dishes. Having a birthday? Pass the cake. Getting together with friends and family for the holidays? Yep, cake please! Received a holiday bonus? Celebrate with a slice. Want to join in on #NationalCakeDay social media fun on November 26th? Go get a chocolate-y piece and take a picture for your Instagram!
A sweet delight anyone can enjoy — it’s dairy-free, tree-nut-free, and egg-free — the chocolate ganache cake at Encuentro in Oakland, just east of San Francisco, is drizzled in chocolate sauce and garnished with some fresh fruit.
The Piemontese Gianduia, an almond cake soaked with vanilla bean and filled with chocolate hazelnut mousse that’s layered with candied lemon and milk chocolate crunch, is as delicious as it is beautiful. Pastry chef Brandon Malzahn’s ivory, chocolate and caramel, Piemontese Gianduia, and Sicilian Red Fruits cakes are available for purchase at all Fabio Trabocchi restaurants — Fiola, Fiola Mare, and Casa Luca.
Nothing screams fall more than the The Cotton Duck’s caramel apple dessert prepared with caramel custard, poached apples, spice cake (flavored with a mixture of spices such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg), and apple sorbet.
If you’re looking to relive your childhood days at your local carnival or fair, the Chocolate Fudge Funnel Cake at Ben’s Upstairs, topped with vanilla ice cream, chocolate fudge, and walnuts, can help you do that.