National Chocolate Cake Day Jan. 27 is, without a doubt, a day to celebrate. With the creation of solid chocolate in 1868, a small English company called Cadbury sold the first box of chocolate candies. By the late 1800s, a silkier chocolate was processed and became an ingredient in cakes. Celebrate this much-loved creation with the best chocolate cake in Charlotte.
2424 N. Davidson St., Suite 102
Charlotte, NC 28205
Amelie’s is a French bakery specializing in pastries and gourmet coffee. It is always open, and it is always busy, whether it’s students working on projects, church groups, business meetings or people watching. Niched in NoDa’s Art District, it’s an eclectic mix of people. Chocolate cake is always in the case and varying on a rotating basis. Try the hazelnut cake. It’s a chocolate chiffon brushed with Frangelico syrup and layers of hazelnut pastry cream. Have it coated with hazelnut or chocolate buttercream. Finally, sweet toasted hazelnuts and chocolate top the cake. The chocolate raspberry cake is three layers of chocolate chiffon topped with Chambord syrup and layered with chocolate buttercream and rasberry preserves. It is covered in chocolate buttercream and decorated with chocolate curls. Per slice is $4.89. Petite gateaux is a small cake designed for one person. It’s a chocolate chiffon with layers of chocolate buttercream covered in a thick, buttery, dark chocolate ganache. Per cake is $5.79. Amelie’s also serves breakfast and lunch sandwiches, soups, quiches, tortines, salads and a wide variety of cheeses. A mocha latte made with chocolate ganache from the kitchen and a slice of cake will quench any chocolate craving.
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4201 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
A cupcake is something special. It’s not a slice from a dessert to be shared with others. It’s an indulgence that fits perfectly in the palm of the hand, piled high with frosting hugging its edges. Tiz Benson bakes up some fabulous chocolate cupcakes. Chocolate chocolate cupcakes begin with a rich devil’s food cake, smothered with light chocolate butterceam frosting. After the first bite, it won’t take long to discover the smooth, chocolate pastry cream filling oozing from the inside. Rich, dark chocolate curls atop the frosting are a foretaste that lingers in the mouth. Hot chocolate cupcakes begin with the rich, devil’s food cake, filled with chocolate pastry cream. A vanilla buttercream frosting is topped with mini marshmallows drizzled with a chocolate ganache. Premium cupcakes start at $2.75. Take a box of cupcakes home for the kids. Tizzerts, sharing space with Suarez Bakery, is also known far and wide for its scrumptious cakes.
165 N. Trade St.
Matthews, NC 28105
Sante restaurant, nestled in downtown Matthews, is the heart of a community hugging the suburbs of Charlotte. Executive chef and owner Adam Reed, of French heritage, creates an environment that invites an intimate rendezvous while the day’s distractions melt away. The unassuming name of his dessert, chocolate cake, does not imply anything of lesser significance. A slow consumption of the first bite, while trying to distinguish the various flavors, has invoked many a question to the chef. After all, he has spent years tweeking recipes, pulling from different styles to arrive at an awesome chocolate cake. The secret to this bittersweet chocolate cake is the moistness. Raspberry jam, sour cream and coffee are a few of the ingredients adding to the full-bodiness of the cake. It is smothered with thick layers of chocolate and raspberry glaze. The raspberry sauce surrounding the cake is not just for decoration. Dip each bite into this delectable sauce. Call ahead to request this cake. Desserts are priced at $8. Consider purchasing an entire cake. Sante restaurant provides catering with an extensive menu of delightful dishes.
Grapes Wine Bar
2233 Matthews Township Parkway, Suite G
Matthews, NC 28215
Grapes Wine Bar is located along the Highway 51 corridor in the south Charlotte area. Owned by Fabien and Lana Duquesne, the business offers 250 different wines by the bottle and 46 wines by the glass. Enjoy a light menu of European offerings, a perfect selection of wine and a slice of chocolate cake for dessert. Whether meeting a group of friends for lunch or a date night without the kids, it begins with pairing the wine and the food together. This process will be guided by Duquesne with thoughtful suggestions and knowledge acquired from his decades of experience in the wine industry. Samplings from the menu include hummus, chicken salad, an impressive selection of European cheeses, cured ham, flat breads and homemade mustard. Finish the evening with a slice of dark, chocolate cake featuring 65 percent cacao. A white, cream chocolate mousse cushions the layers of cake, while the cake’s bottom is milk chocolate. Per slice is $6.
1716 Kenilworth Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28203
Zen Fusion is located in the historic Dilworth area of Charlotte. As the name implies, it offers a fusion of cultural foods both Asian and Spanish. It is the sister restaurant to Miro Spanish Grille in Stonecrest. Zen Fusion offers tapas, such as seaweed salad, spring rolls and patatas bravas. The menu includes Asian and Spanish specialties and a large selection of sushi. Perhaps one of the most impressive desserts known throughout Latin America is the tres leche cake. It begins with a delicate, white sponge cake. However, in honor of National Chocolate Cake Day, Zen Fusion will offer the cake in chocolate. Chocolate chips and Godiva chocolate will flavor the sponge cake. It is then soaked in three milks: evaporated milk, condensed milk and whole milk. It will also be smothered in a chocolate sauce. It is a dessert not to be missed. Per slice is $7.50.