Whether you prefer a layered chiffon mousse cake, a show-stopping ice cream sundae, or a wow-worthy tower of chocolate-dipped fruit, we’ve found six desserts that chocolate lovers will want to add to their must-try list, all from Indianapolis-area businesses that are either owned or co-owned by women.
Gallery on 16th is the newest and third location of Alison Keefer’s Gallery Pastry empire, and the eatery’s top-selling pastry, the “Chocolate Pillow” is not to be missed. It has a hazelnut crunch center surrounded by velvety smooth, chocolate caramel mousse and a flourless chocolate cake base—all for $10.
Clarissa Morley’s Pots & Pans Pie Co. is offering a delicious triple chocolate cream pie in April, and every one is made by hand in Indianapolis. The chocolate wafer crust is filled with double-chocolate cream, and then topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. It’s available for store pick-up for $32 a pie.
The “Strawberry Bling Tower” from Joanna Wilson’s Punkin’s Pies can be specially ordered for any occasion for $75. It includes 1 ½ dozen chocolate-dipped strawberries, a half order of dipped pineapples, and a dozen fresh roses, all artfully arranged into one fabulous tower.
Cindy Hawkins, the pastry chef and owner of Circle City Sweets at The Amp at 16 Tech, offers a “Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake” on her daily menu that is light and airy yet rich. It has three layers of chocolate chiffon cake, two layers of chocolate mousse, and is topped with chocolate glaze and chocolate sprinkles. It’s available by the slice for $4.50, or you can scoop up a whole 9-inch cake for $45.
DeBrand Chocolates at The Shops at River Crossing, which is co-owned locally by Lori and Bill Sonner, offers a “DeBrand Sundae” for $11 that features all house-made toppings and ice cream. You can choose from a milk or dark chocolate edible dish, then add two toppings like milk chocolate, dark chocolate, creamy caramel, crispy peanut butter, or tart raspberry. Finish it all off with whole roasted salted almonds or roasted salted pecan halves.
Leviathan Bakehouse in Indy’s Chatham Arch neighborhood has a knockout “Tierra” Chocolate Petit Entremet for $7, and if you’re a chocolate lover, this decadent dessert will check all of the right boxes. It has chocolate mousse, chocolate sponge cake, a chocolate crunchy layer, and raspberry jam. As an added bonus, it is also completely vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free.
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