Five places to celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day

Time to get your sugar high, Denver. Today is National Chocolate Cake Day, which is an excellent reason to stop into a favorite spot for a slab of something rich, delicious and, above all, packed with chocolate.

Need a suggestion? Here are five places that will give you a fix.

D Bar Desserts

Keegan Gerhard's dessert haven serves up all kinds of delicious sweets, including a molten chocolate cake -- made with valhrona chocolate -- that definitely cures a craving. But we've always had a special place in our hearts for the cake and shake, which pits a classic slice of layered chocolate cake with a cold chocolate or vanilla milkshake or malt.

Crave Dessert Bar & Lounge

Denver's newest dessert bar, located at the base of the Spire, has a plethora of options for cocoa-philes...and a number of ways to celebrate the holiday: a molten chocolate cake complemented by a fresh scoop of raspberry ice cream; a twenty-layer cake infused with peanut butter; a triple-chocolate cake with buttercream and mousse and, if you're more into the idea of drinking your dessert, a couple of decadent chocolate cocktails, too.

Wooden Spoon

This tiny Highland bakery serves up a case full of our favorite pastries in town, which range from tarts to turtles, croissants to cookies. And while the daily lineup varies, there's no doubt a delicious chocolate morsel -- like a flourless chocolate cake bite layered with cakes encapsulated in chocolate fondant or the chocolate dome, which is a big bubble of ganache.


Fancified versions of chocolate cake exist all over the city, but when we're in the mood for a classic, we head straight to Pasquini's, where the dessert comprises rich, fluffy cake layered with chocolate whipped cream and iced with chocolate butter cream. Washed down with a cup of coffee -- or a glass of milk -- it's a simple pleasure, and a throwback to chocolate birthday cakes of childhood.


If you're a firm believer that chocolate is incomplete without peanut butter, you might want to celebrate this holiday with a post-dinner peanut butter crunch at Edge. A half sphere of chocolate-encased peanut-butter mousse supports a long, thin rectangle of chocolate embossed with the word "Edge," while the rest of the plate is filled with a linear sprinkling of peanut-butter crumble and dots of chocolate. It's close enough to cake to count, but purists can also try the chocolate sampler, a flourless chocolate cake in addition to a slew of other cocoa-infused bites.

Know of other great chocolate cakes? Tell us about them below.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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