Chocolate cake seems to work itself into a significant portion of our life events. Maybe it was sitting at a wedding, or a birthday party, or was split between old friends. All we know is there are only positive thoughts associated with it, and that it’s very necessary to keep it that way. Behold the safe-havens for chocolate cakes in Houston.
1. Phoenicia Specialty Foods
Phoenicia is a grocery store specializing in Mediterranean foods that, surprisingly, offers a dine-in section by their bakery. Encased is a “Chocolate Cake” that is really a chocolate ganache and cheesecake union – all for less than 4 dollars a slice. An orgasm is guaranteed when the crisp ganache is broken by the roof of your mouth and the soft cheesecake middle slides over and into layers of angelically layered cake. Their creative touch on the classic chocolate cake have made them one of the most iconic places for chocolate cakes in Houston.
2. Empire Cafe
Come to Empire on Mondays, when cakes are half off! Their variety rotates, but they always have some version of a chocolate cake, whether it be in “Nutella,” “German Chocolate,” or plain “Chocolate” flavor, to name a few. The cafe itself will open up your appetite with its homey orange walls, table candles, and wooden scene. Welcome that opening, because these cakes are so huge, they could be meal and dessert!
3. The Chocolate Bar
For icing that generously hugs the top and sides of the cake, and fuses intimately with the cake batter itself, look no further than “Aunt Etta’s Chocolate Cake” at the Chocolate Bar. Here, gooey is good. You can even take your cake a la mode, as the Bar serves up dozens of ice cream flavors, too. Yes, the chocolate ice cream paired with Aunt Etta’s cake is nothing but love and perfection.
4. Common Bond
You can enjoy pastries and brunch options at the common Bond. However, they do offer extravagantly arranged cakes that can be bought whole. Their cakes feature artistic elements that incorporate texture play, color contrast, and mounds of intricate design at the tops and sides. My favorite is their “Double Chocolate” cake where chocolate strips are dusted with gold powder, and are surrounded by perched chocolate macarons.
5. Susie Cakes
Bright white on bright blue, Susie Cakes brings the purest of childhood memories right back to you. Their “Old Fashioned 6-Layer Chocolate Cake” is a year-round classic that evokes content in trusting the simpler things in life. It’s tall, thick, and portioned evenly between batter and icing – as honest as a chocolate cake can be – with the surprise that this hits the spot better than finer things could.