If you have an insane sweet tooth, there's no limit to what you'll do or where you'll go to get your fix. From modern interpretations of retro desserts to a straight-up chocolate indulgence, here are six decadent, over-the-top, delicious desserts to add to your must-eat list.
1. Chocolate Cake at Strip House
The ribeye and the goose-fat potatoes at this sexy steakhouse in NYC and Las Vegas are top-notch, but the most coveted item on the menu? The 24-layer chocolate cake. It's seemingly endless stacks of moist chocolate cake and chocolate custard frosting, all topped off with a thick layer of rich chocolate ganache.
2. Baked Alaska at DBGB
This retro American dessert might seem outdated—how often do you see it on a menu these days?—but it's making a comeback in a big way. It's a cake that's topped with a dome of ice cream, then covered in fluffy meringue and baked until golden. Miraculously, the ice cream inside stays frozen, resulting in a tantalizing mix of hot and cold in a single slice. It's often flambéed tableside for added drama. At Daniel Boulud's DBGB restaurant in Washington, D.C., the famed Baked Alaska takes five days to prepare. It features raspberry, pistachio, and vanilla ice creams in the center, and it's ignited at the table with a mixture of kirsch and vodka.
3. Edible Balloon at Alinea
Grant Achatz's Chicago restaurant Alinea is considered one of the most innovative in the world, and a meal there is a muti-course, multi-sensory experience. The tasting menus are tweaked constantly, so if you can score a reservation, keep your fingers crossed for the edible helium-filled sugar balloons to appear during dessert. Diners are encourage to suck out the air directly (and enjoy the high-pitched helium effects for a few seconds), or use the provided pin to pop the balloon. Recent flavors have included banana, strawberry, and green apple.
4. Bananas Foster at Brennan's
Brennan's is a New Orleans institution, dishing out hearty creole fare like gumbo and shrimp remoulade since 1946. It's most known for inventing the now-famous NOLA dessert, Bananas Foster. Bananas are sautéed in a mixture of butter, sugar, and cinnamon, then flambéed with aged rum. It's served with ice cream for the perfect hot-cold way to top off a meal.
5. Milles Crêpes Cake at Lady M
With multiple locations across the world, Lady M offers exquisite Japanese-style cakes and pastries that are as beautiful to look at as they are to eat. While you can't go wrong with any of the sweets, you're really here for one thing—the mille crêpes cake. It's made with 20 paper-thin handmade crêpes layered with a light pastry cream, and the top is caramelized to add another dimension of rich sweetness and texture. It's available in several different flavors, such as green tea, strawberry, and Earl Grey, ensuring you'll never get tired of this delicate treat. Not that you ever would.
6. Boston Cream Pie at Flour Bakery
Boston cream pie is one of America's most famous and oldest desserts, created in the 1800s in Boston, naturally. While the Parker House Hotel claims it invented the dessert (it's actually a cake, not a pie), you'll find arguably the best rendition of it at Boston's Flour Bakery, run by renowned pastry chef Joanne Chang. Her version is a four-layer sponge cake that's soaked in coffee syrup, filled with vanilla cream, and then covered in chocolate ganache—a slight twist on the classic recipe.
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