Lay It On! Nine Great Classic Tall Cakes in Boston
There’s a current vogue in pastry craft for the deconstructed dessert-scape, miniaturist tableaux decorated with exquisite blobs of ice cream, shreds of sponge cake, swooshes of berry compote, bits of brittles, and airy foams, often requiring nimble forkwork to land a single balanced bite. Not to knock those visual masterpieces, but this winter we’re craving classic tall cakes—the kinds with buttery layers of carbohydrate sandwiched between fat swaths of rich frosting. Here’s where to find them at restaurants by the hulking wedge and, in some cases, by custom order for your next sugary spread.
AVAILABLE FOR DINING IN
“Marjolaine” cake (chocolate, meringue, hazelnut, and buttercream) with strawberry coulis and whipped cream, $11.
Chocolate devil’s food cake with truffle ganache and vanilla buttercream, $24 (serves two to four).
Peanut butter–banana crêpe cake with mango butterscotch and rum “pop rocks,” $10.
Myers + Chang
Chocolate–peanut butter cake with chocolate ganache, $8.
AVAILABLE TO TAKE HOME
Coconut cake with coconut dulce de leche and pineapple sorbet, $13 per slice, $90 for a 10-inch cake (call in advance to order).
Salty chocolate-caramel cake,$3.50 per slice, $32 for an 8-inch cake.
Vegan Taza triple-layer chocolate cake, $5.25 per slice, $46 fora 9-inch cake.
Great Taste Bakery
Mixed-fruit cake with peaches, strawberries, and melon, $1.50 per slice, $23 for a 10-inch cake.