Sugar High: Cake and shake at D Bar Desserts
the city's premiere dessert spots.
The restaurant serves lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, but the full spread of plated desserts is only offered after 6 p.m. Everything else in the pastry case, however, is
available throughout the day, along with a few specials. Whether it's the
lovely pairing of a miniature milkshake with a generous slab of deep chocolate
cake, or the giddy excitement you get from being allowed to order two desserts that double as one, the cake and shake duo is a winning combination.
and comes with either chocolate cake or, if you're feeling adventurous, an
off-menu vanilla cake made with raspberry buttercream and filled with Grand Marnier. We went with the classic chocolate cake and vanilla shake so we could
explore what makes this combo so enticing. Our shake was a bit on the thin side, though perfectly sweet and sipable. D Bar tops all of its shakes with crunchy chocolate pearls made by Valrhona, an embellishment that Gerhard and Bailey specifically wanted to bring to their confectionery. "They're special
because most chocolate decorations are made with coating, but these are covered
with real chocolate."
milkshake isn't wide enough to accommodate the spheres, so you're reduced to
fishing them out with a spoon (not a terrible fate).
and packed with a satisfyingly deep chocolate flavor. "We use every old school
rule in the book to keep it moist," Gerhard says, adding that the process normally involves using
cottonseed oil, buttermilk, sour cream, and real chocolate in place of butter
and cocoa powder. On the challenge of baking at a high altitude, Gerhard
insists only a few simple alterations are necessary. "People tend to
overcompensate for the altitude," he warns. His tricks? His oven is 25-degrees hotter than an oven at sea-level, he uses larger eggs and fills the pans and
cupcake tins only two-thirds full instead of three-quarters full.
contrast to the cake. And while eating it would usually necessitate a glass
of milk, the frosty shake steps into this role quite
well. Okay, you'll probably need some water, too.
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