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Austin's 10 Most Decadent Chocolate Desserts

By Megan Giller
April 14, 2014

Last week we profiled self-professed “chocolate fiend” Nora Hamerman of Great Bean Chocolate, which got us thinking about that sweet uniter of all people: chocolate. You know, the gooey, over-the-top decadent kind that your mouth craves at all hours of the day and night. From high-end chocolate delice and terrine to approachable cake shakes and pie, here are 10 of the best desserts in town to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth among us.

  • Blackout Donut at Gourdoughs  

    Why We Love It: The donut trailer keeps it over-the-top with their gooey ode to chocolate. As if the cake donut weren’t enough, they pile on brownie batter, chocolate fudge icing, chocolate-covered brownie bites and top the whole mess with chocolate syrup. This is not for the faint of heart.

    Price: $4.50

    1503 S. First St.; 512-707-1050

  • Chocolate Terrine at The Carillon

    Why We Love It: Pastry chef Plinio Sandalio’s always-creative concoctions sometimes lean toward the savory, but this one is all sweet, with the exception of a fresh burst of cilantro. The bittersweet chocolate terrine gets a boost from banana anglaise, candied cashews, cashew dacquoise and coconut custard.

    Price: $8

    1900 University Ave.; 512-404-3655

  • Chocolate Pizza at Due Forni  

    Why We Love It: Nutella on Neopolitan pizza crust? Genius. The hot crust is slathered with the chocolate-hazelnut spread, then topped with strawberries, toasted hazelnuts and fior di latte gelato.

    Price: $11.95 (It’s big!)

    106 E. Sixth St.; 512-391-9300

  • Chocolate Gelato with Candied Orange Peel at Dolce Neve

    Why We Love It: Usually we’re not fans of chocolate and citrus, but the bright notes from the candied orange peel add a burst of flavor to the rich, creamy gelato.

    Price: $3.99 for a small, $4.28 for a large

    1713 S. First St.; 512-804-5568

  • Photo by: Jody Horton

    Chocolate Delice at laV  

    Why We Love It: Pastry chef Janina O’Leary knocks it out of the park on her first try at the new restaurant, with a dense yet delicate traditional delice, made fresh with housemade Earl Grey ice cream and topped with cocoa nib tuile that adds even more texture.

    Price: $9

    1501 E. Seventh St.; 512-391-1888

  • 1886 Cake at the 1886 Cafe and Bakery

    Why We Love It: If your mother were a specialty baker, this is the cake she’d make. It’s dense, rich and traditional with a touch of upscale charm and a chocolate glaze on top, and it should be part of every birthday.

    Price: $7.50

    604 Brazos St.; 512-391-7066

  • S’mores Bar at Searsucker 

    Why We Love It: What’s chocolate without some marshmallow? Searsucker ups the ante on the classic with a graham cake with salted caramel ganache, honey-chocolate mousse, toasted marshmallow and chocolate crumbs.

    Price: $8

    415 Colorado St.; 512-394-8000

  • Cake Shake at Holy Cacao

    Why We Love It: Though the cake ball trend may be on its way out, Holy Cacao’s cake shake will never go out of style. It's exactly what it sounds like: cake balls blended into ice cream. For the ultimate chocolate bomb, try Blue Bell chocolate ice cream with chocolate cake for a creamy, rich treat.

    Price: Medium $5, large $6.50

    1311 S. First St.; 512-851-2253

  • Sweet ‘N Salty Pie at Royers Pie Haven

    Why We Love It: It’s hard for us to play favorites at this place, but we might just have to go with the over-the-top Sweet ‘N Salty pie, with a dense filling like the brownies your grandma used to make, plus caramel and sea salt thrown in for good measure.

    Price: $4.50 for the slice or $6.50 topped with Amy’s ice cream (yes!)

    2900 Guadalupe St.; 512-474-2800

  • Boca Negra at La Condesa  

    Why We Love It: Flourless chocolate cake gets amped up with spicy chile de arbol and ancho chiles at this Downtown hot spot. Add caramelized banana and brown sugar-banana ice cream to cool your mouth down and you have a new classic.

    Price: $9

    400 W. Second St.; 512-499-0300

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Places Mentioned

La Condesa

Mexican • 2nd Street District

Food24 Decor25 Service22 Cost$37
 
 
 
Due Forni Pizza & Wine

Pizza • Downtown

Food- Decor- Service- Cost 
 
 
 
The Carillon

American • Campus

Food24 Decor21 Service22 Cost$68
 
 
 
Dolce Neve

Ice Cream Shop • Bouldin Creek

Food- Decor- Service- Cost 
 
 
 
Searsucker Austin

American • Warehouse District

Food24 Decor24 Service21 Cost$34
 
 
 
laV

French • East Austin

Food24 Decor26 Service24 Cost$101
 
 
 
1886 Cafe & Bakery

American • Downtown

Food23 Decor23 Service21 Cost$28
 
 
 
 
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