Best flourless chocolate cake:
1702 E. 7th Ave.
Ybor City, FL 33605
Bernini, which serves Italian cuisine, is named after Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini, an architect, sculptor and painter. The interior of the restaurant is adorned with prints of his sculptures. This sweet creation is made of two layers of Belgian chocolate cake covered in white chocolate ganache. If that’s doesn’t sound like enough chocolate for you, it also comes with a heaping topping of cocoa whipped cream.
Best dark chocolate cake:
2117 E. 7th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
The Columbia Restaurant, founded in 1905, is Florida’s oldest restaurant and an Ybor City hotspot. This wildly popular restaurant offers more than just authentic Spanish cuisine — it also offers a dark chocolate cake that puts others to shame. The Godiva chocolate cake is made up of layers of dark chocolate cake and chocolate mousse with caramel sauce drizzled on top. A sprinkling of seasonal berries makes this a perfect dessert.Related: Best Cold Treats In Tampa Bay
Best white chocolate cake:
Let Them Eat Cake
3805 S. West Shore Blvd., Suite B
Tampa, FL 33611
Chef Michael Baugh is serious about cake. He offers wedding cakes, catering and even cake classes for both adults and children. One of his specialties is white chocolate raspberry torte — layers of sweet vanilla sponge cake, creamy white chocolate mousse and seedless raspberry preserves. Give this cake a taste and then sign up for a class and learn to make it yourself.
Best chocolate raspberry cake:
A Piece of Cake
5915 Memorial Highway, Suite 108
Tampa, FL 33615
You can get more than a slice at A Piece of Cake. Choose from a fabulous selection of cakes, cupcakes, chocolate-dipped cake pops and even cake push-up pops — layers of cake, fillings and frostings inside a plastic push-up pop. For a sensational and fruity treat, order the chocolate raspberry truffle zinger with layers of chocolate fudge cake, raspberry marmalade and rich chocolate ganache. Wrap up the cake in a fabulous design like a bowling pin, guitar, ladybug or anything your imagination can come up with.
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Best chocolate layer cake:
Chris’ Cakes & Confections
Chris’ 10-layer chocolate cake is a chocolate lover’s dream: layer after layer of dark chocolate devil’s food cake, bittersweet chocolate buttercream and alternating layers of chocolate chips. The cake is then frosted with more bittersweet chocolate buttercream and encircled with even more chocolate chips. The high-quality chocolate, imported espresso and French cocoa that goes into every cake gives each bite a rich, dark flavor, and the chocolate chips add a pleasing texture. Chris makes cakes for any occasion including weddings, birthdays, bachelor parties, summer camps, baby showers, retirement parties, graduations and other special occasions.
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Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.