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.
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.
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.