Tuesday, May 8, 2012

THE Place for Dessert, Port, & Long Chats

Flourless Chocolate Torte
CAUTION: If you are dieting, do not read this post. The mouth-watering desserts described in the following blog may cause you to run to The Dessert Lady. I have heard such great things about this dessert shop, lounge, and cafe on Church Street in downtown Orlando, and finally had a chance to try it out for myself this weekend.

The Dessert Lady is known for over-sized portions of several different delectable cakes and desserts, including: Chocolate Zuccotto, Cannoli Cake, Peanut Butter Pie, and Fudge Ripple Bread Pudding. It is best known, however, for its award-winning Carrot Cake, which includes a signature cream cheese icing and is served with creme anglaise and dark rum-soaked raisins.

Lemon Rum Cake
We wanted to try something different, so we ordered the Flourless Chocolate Torte, a rich truffle-like torte filled with coffee liquor then warmed and served with vanilla ice cream. The combination is a dark chocolate-y ooey-gooey mouthful of some of the best stuff on earth. We also ordered the Lemon Rum Cake, which is covered with lemon cream cheese icing and toasted coconut, and includes a rum glaze. The icing was flavorful - and I love the addition of coconut - but where was the rum? I truly expected a moister cake that had been saturated with at least a little rum. 

However, our overall experience in the restaurant - in a beautifully-renovated portion of the old Church Street Station - was wonderful. The atmosphere is perfect for a date night or for gathering a group of friends to enjoy a fine port or other beverage from the full bar and enjoy a long evening of conversation.

Cost: Expect to pay at least $10 per dessert, with sharing-size portions. Where: 120 W. Church St., Orlando.

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