While many diners incorporate chocolate into their daily lifestyles, they man not know that time-honored favorite food has its own special day of the year. Jan. 27 marks National Chocolate Cake Day, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by visiting one of Seattle’s award-winning bakeries for a slice of heavenly chocolate cake.
3421 Fremont Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Price: $32 to $41 per whole cake/$5 per sliceRated as one of Seattle’s best bakeries for more than 20 years, Simply Desserts is known for its thick, moist cakes, made from the highest-quality ingredients. Whole cakes may be pre-ordered in advance, and visitors to the shop may sample already-made cakes for $5 a slice to eat in-house. Two favorite cake flavors at Simply Desserts are its white chocolate strawberry and the Mexican chocolate. The white chocolate strawberry cake is a similar consistency to that of a moist cornbread. It is a dense cake, but not too heavy, with white chocolate frosting and the filling made with fresh strawberries. The Mexican chocolate cake features chocolate chips within the cake itself, as well as the right amount of cinnamon to enhance the flavor. It is frosted with a rich chocolate and then decorated with chunks of cinnamon-spiced chocolate.
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4737 California SW. Ave.
Seattle, WA 98116
Price: Starting at $13.25Bakery Noveau is located in West Seattle and has been featured publications including Zagat, Sunset, Seattle Metropolitan and Seattle magazine. Owners William and Heather Leaman have more than 20 years experience in creating baked goods, and their delectable desserts are proof. Bakery Noveau’s most popular cake is its classic chocolate, which is made with real chocolate mousse. By using more than 60 percent chocolate mousse in the cake preparation, it makes the cake so moist it almost melts in your mouth. It is then glazed with a flavorful chocolate frosting and decorated with elegantly cut shards of real chocolate.
301 Queen Anne Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109
Price: $200 minimum for all cake ordersNew Renaissance Cakes has a consultation and cake-tasting shop on Seattle’s Queen Anne Avenue, but will arrange meetings by appointment only. While the majority of cakes made by New Renaissance are for weddings, it also offers a variety of other cake designs for special occasions and events. Dark chocolate cakes are a popular pick from this bakery, and the fine dark Belgian chocolate and cappuccino mousse are two of its best. Belgian chocolate lovers savor the triple-layer cake made from the purest Belgian chocolate mousse, while coffee lovers adore the cappuccino mousse for its moist, dark chocolate cake layered with caramel and espresso syrup and then completed with a mocha mousse filling.
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2408 First Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
Price: Starting at $26.50Macrina Bakery and Cafe has received recognition from Seattle Weekly, Bon Appetit and Seattle magazine for being one of Seattle’s best bakeries. Macrina Bakery creates a variety of tantalizing cakes and desserts, two of its popular chocolate cakes are the tuxedo cake and the torta gianduja. The tuxedo cake gets its name for its layering effect of both icing and buttercream. It is made with bittersweet chocolate, accompanied by a brandy syrup. It is topped off with white chocolate, cream cheese frosting and decorative pieces of curled chocolate. The torta gianduja is a gluten-free cake made with individual layers of chocolate hazelnut and chocolate espresso cakes. It is then topped with rich chocolate icing and hazelnuts.
204 Belmont Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98102
Price: Starting at $23Located on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, B and O Espresso is not your typical coffee shop and cafe. It is not only a full-service restaurant, it has homemade cakes and other delicious desserts as well. Its most sought-after cake is the German chocolate, made of three rich chocolate layers, toasted pecans and fresh coconut. The other favorite is the classic devil’s food chocolate cake, which is similar to a molten lava cake that is filled and topped with warm, chocolate icing.
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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.