Thursday, January 27, is National Chocolate Cake Day and if you’re a chocolate lover like me, you’ll agree that there is no other cake worth celebrating!
Apparently, we have Dr. James Baker to thank for chocolate cake as he was the first person to discover how to make chocolate by grinding cocoa beans between two millstones. That wasn’t until 1764 so before that, folks didn’t know what they were missing!
Fortunately, here in Lake Oswego we have a few places where you can satisfy your sweet tooth and celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day the way it should be celebrated—with chocolate cake!
TOO SWEET CAKES. Take your pick from Double Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter or German Chocolate in 4”, 6”, 8” and 10” sizes. And good news for you gluten-free/vegan dessert fans out there. They can bake these up to fit your dietary requirements too! 5755 Willow Lane, B2. 503.305.8381.
ST. HONORE. Go ahead and try to resist their Gateau au Chocolat (flourless, rich and dense cake made with dark chocolate) or their Black Forest flourless chocolate sponge cake that is actually gluten-free baked with almond meal, filled with creame mousseline flavored with Kirsch and preserved dark cherries. 315 1st Street #103, 503.496.5596.
LA PROVENCE. Enjoy an individual serving or order a whole cake in a variety of sizes of one of their two chocolate flavors: Black Beauty (chocolate cake brushed with vanilla syrup and layered with dark chocolate ganache and mousse) or Versailles (chocolate sponge cake layered with vanilla, coffee, and dark chocolate mousse, and covered with dark chocolate ganache. 16350 Boones Ferry Road, 503.635.4533.
KYRA’S BAKE SHOP. Thanks to Kyra’s, people with dietary restrictions don’t have to feel deprived. Kyra’s is a gluten-free facility but many of her cakes and cupcakes are vegan and can be dairy-free upon request. The bad news is that custom orders usually require two weeks’ advance notice; however, her daily offerings often include variations on a chocolate cupcake theme. Some of her custom cakes include: Chocolate Dipped Strawberry (a chocolate cake filled with strawberry jam and strawberry buttercream, frosted with chocolate buttercream), and Chocolate Caramel (chocolate cake filled and frosted with caramel buttercream). On the cupcake side of things, consider the Hot Chocolate (chocolate cake, toasted marshmallow meringue), Ding Dong (chocolate cake with a vanilla bean frosting and dark chocolate shell) or Caramel Ecstasy (chocolate cake with caramel sauce, chocolate buttercream and chocolate dip). 599 A Avenue, 503.212.2979.
ZUPAN’S. Luckily this store sources its goodies from a variety of bakeries so you can choose from Papa Haydn’s Triple Chocolate Cake or Dessert Tray’s German Chocolate Cake in their bakery case or Rubicon’s Chocolate Blackout Vegan Cupcakes or Portland Style’s Double Chocolate Cheesecake in their refrigerated section. 16380 Boones Ferry Rd., 503.210.4190.
Consider me your Lake Oswego expert no matter what you’re looking for, whether it’s chocolate cake or your next home. I’ve lived here and been a Realtor here for over 30 years. Give me a call and let’s see how I can help! 503.939.9801. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.kevincostello.hasson.com/