Chocolate is the little black dress of the pastry world: the go-to classic. From airy mousse to rich cake, it's featured on dessert menus across the city in elegant and extravagant ways. Here are eight chocolate desserts that almost look too good to eat.
German chocolate cake at Moody Tongue Taproom
When it comes to decadent chocolate desserts in Chicago, the whopping 12-layer German chocolate cake at Moody Tongue’s taproom is the be-all and end-all. This behemoth is mecca for true chocolate lovers; it's piled high with layers of rich chocolate cake, glaze, chocolate buttercream, toasted pecan and coconut caramel filling, espresso cheesecake and a bottom crust made from chocolate cereal crumbs, graham crackers and pretzels. The only way this could get better? By pairing it with a glass of Moody Tongue’s caramelized chocolate churro porter, of course.
2136 S. Peoria St.; 312-600-5111
Grand macaron at Margeaux Brasserie
Chocolate macarons are already irresistible to chocoholics, but Margeaux Brasserie exacerbates the situation considerably with a saucer-sized version filled with Valrhona. The grand macaron consists of an airy and crackly meringue cookie shell surrounding a filling of milk chocolate cremeaux and fresh raspberries.
11 E. Walton St.; 312-625-1324
S'mores at Prime & Provisions
The nostalgic fireside treat is reimagined and elevated at Prime & Provisions, where the most jaw-dropping dessert on the menu is a tableside preparation that sees hot chocolate sauce poured over a chocolate dome, melting the shell to reveal an interior of graham cracker, marshmallows and campfire smoke.
222 N. LaSalle St.; 312-726-7777
"Best Piece of Chocolate Cake" at Dos Urban Cantina
The moniker doesn't lie; the chocolate cake at Dos Urban Cantina is required eating for chocolate fans. The handiwork of pastry chef and co-owner Jennifer Jones Enyart, the cake is a marvel of decadent simplicity. Made with fine unsweetened chocolate, the dessert features thick layers of moist cake, iced with a velvety layer of chocolate ganache frosting.
2829 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-661-6452
Hot chocolate at HotChocolate
The name nearly says it all. But the namesake confection from award-winning pastry chef Mindy Segal still bears description. It's available in several flavors, including a black and tan that blends one-third hot fudge with two-thirds hot chocolate; a Mexican version with dark chocolate, milk chocolate, fresh cinnamon and cayenne; and a pumpkin spice option with caramelized white chocolate and milk chocolate. Each is rich and fudgy, served with housemade marshmallows that melt into the cocoa.
1747 N. Damen Ave.; 773-489-1747
14K chocolate cake at RPM Steak
Even after an extravagant meal of steak and truffle risotto, this chocolate dish shines. Dark and milk chocolate cake is topped with chocolate ganache dotted with flecks of 14-karat gold leaf.
66 W. Kinzie St.; 312-284-4990
Chocolate cake at Formento's
Boasting nine layers, this cake features a hazelnut praline base that adds crunch to the layers of chocolate cake and chocolate pudding. The stack is covered in chocolate ganache and garnished with a hazelnut.
925 W. Randolph St.; 312-690-7295
23-layer cake at Michael Jordan's Steakhouse
The signature dessert at this Michigan Avenue steakhouse pays tribute to its founder and his lucky number 23 jersey with oh-so-many layers of cake and frosting topped with housemade whipped cream.
505 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-321-8823