Valentine’s Day Desserts

Still don’t know what to get yours truly? Act fast and order these delicious sweet-nothings.

By Kaitlin Nunn February 9, 2010


If you can supply the sweetheart, we’ve got all sorts of local goods to really sweeten up your Valentine’s Day. Five bakeries and pastry shops point us to their best-selling treats this time of year.

Bella Dolce
This wee storefront has been perfecting their deservedly famous red velvet cake for over seven years. If you’ve already been there, done that, try a rich hazelnut raspberry linzer tart. The price for a 10-inch torte is $35, although you can get the four-inch version—perfect for two—for $7.98. Order ASAP.

Cupcake Royale
For the fourth year in a row owner Jody Hall whips up a lethal combination of local ingredients—Theo Chocolate, Stumptown-derived espresso ganache, Royale’s signature chocolate cake—to create Deathcake Royale. One costs $6.65 (“Just a penny shy of evil!” says Hall) and is meant to be shared. Ordering several days in advance is highly recommended. Call 206-883-7656 or go online to do so.

Essential Bakery Cafe
The must-try seasonal sweetbread is the Cara Mia, $9, a heart-shaped chocolate French bread stuffed with chunks of chocolate and cherries. Also of note is the Porcupine Chocolate Heart, a chocolate chiffon cake laced with Grand Marnier, Belgian dark chocolate mousse, and sprinkled with shards of white and dark chocolate. It sells for $10.50. Place your order by noon 48 hours in advance of pick up.

Hoffman’s Fine Cakes and Pastries
At this Eastside establishment the cake of the month is Strawberry Kisses: devil’s food cake draped with strawberry mousse, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings. $22.25. Order ASAP.

Shoofly Pie Co.
Their dry-bottomed shoofly really is the standout item, but for Valentine’s the hottest-selling pies are cherry (nicknamed Bleeding Hearts) and chocolate cream. A nine-inch pie goes for $20, five-inch minis are $6.50, and slices are $3.50. Call at least 48 hours in advance to make sure your pie of choice is available.

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