By Kellie Denton
and Betsy Schneider
We kicked our diets to the curb for one night to do a bit of legwork for you â€“ youâ€™re welcome â€“ and checked out Sweet Surrender Dessert CafÃ© in the Crescent Hill neighborhood.
Get ready to snuggle up with a decadent espresso drink and large piece of cake; one slice is plenty enough for two.Â Between their award-winning carrot cake with caramel bourbon filling, the Kahlua tiramisu trifle and the seasonal â€œManhattanâ€ (chocolate cake layered and frosted with mandarin orange bourbon butter-cream thatâ€™s then drowned in chocolate ganache), there are enough choices to find a favorite.Â We loved the sour cream pound cake layered with lemon filling so much that we were practically in tears.
Owner/manager Jessica Haskell is as sweet as her shop, and she insists that her bakery stay customer-friendly as well. That includes catering to extremely individualistic needs.Â And, really,Â who doesnâ€™t consider cheesecake a necessity?
One of her best recipes actually came from a customer. The salted caramel French macaroons are now so popular that thereâ€™s a waiting list for those who desire them, so get in line â€“Â Â after us, of course.
If youâ€™re looking for an original, inexpensive way to commemorate the annual day of love, celebrate with theÂ â€œLoverâ€™s Gift Box,â€ a goodie box complete with heart-shaped mocha concords made with layers of baked meringue and chocolate ganache slathered with French butter-cream. If thatâ€™s not your style, fill the pretty container with your favorite treats from the bakery.
Since this is their 25th year in business, keep an eye out for 25-cent bakery items, as well as an original coffee blend thatâ€™s currently being created in-house.Â Just make sure you donâ€™t get in the way of marriage proposals, as this is a place that keeps Cupidâ€™s arrows flying.
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