Sometimes you just want to skip lunch or dinner and go straight for the good stuff - the dessert. Here are the top dessert destinations in Sacramento to tame your infinite desire for sugar.
Rick's Dessert Diner serves homemade recipes from grandma, but with a sophisticated flair. There are more than 285 items on the menu, including cakes, tortes, cheesecakes, pies, and pastries. Desserts are made fresh daily. Rick's Dessert Diner is a great place to go when you yearn for anything chocolate late at night. This Midtown diner closes at midnight on Tuesday through Thursday and 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Popular cakes include the Shadow Fresa (fudge cake layered with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, with chocolate drizzling down the sides), the Lemon Cooler (layered buttermilk cake filled with lemon curd and frosted with Italian buttercream), and the Fresh Fruit Tart (fresh fruit topping a creamy vanilla custard with a flaky crust). The bakery also specializes in decorated and shaped cakes, wedding cakes, pastries, breads, and muffins.
Note: Freeport Bakery will move to the ground floor of the planned Broadway Lofts at Broadway and 19th streets. Not to fret, it looks as though the bakery will remain at the current location for the next two years.
Along the border of Arden and East Sacramento is Ettore's, a very popular European bakery. Chocoholics can get satisfied with the Truffle, a three-layer chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and topped with chocolate truffles. Among the bakery's popular cakes are the Fruit Basket (vanilla sponge cake, with alternating layers of strawberries, pineapples and white mousse, finished with a fresh fruit and whipped cream) and the Princess Cake (three-layer sponge cake filled with pastry cream and raspberry preserves and covered in marzipan).
Along with its eclectic decor, Tower Cafe serves an array of desserts. From its Chestnut Decadence Cake to Marble Tart (featuring Valrhona's Manjari chocolate), there's always something delightful to eat. Of course, there's always the Tower Cafe dessert classics, such as the Napoleon, where pastry cream and fresh fruit and sandwiched in between four layers of puff pastry, and the popular Black Bottom Cupcake, a simply delicious chocolate cupcake with a cream cheese and chocolate chip center.