The Chocolate Dessert

American layer cake is one of our native cuisine’s crowning achievements. So why are they so hard to find? Perhaps The Chocolate has the answer: Simplicity is key, but simplicity is rare. While the dessert café has a variety of premium pastries available, its cakes rule. They don’t feature fancy decorations, flavors, infusions or frills. Instead, the standard triple-layer cakes are made up of various combinations of vanilla and chocolate masterfully iced, just how you remember your grandmother doing it. With locations in Orem and West Jordan, The Chocolate has built up quite the following over the (almost) decade it has been in business. Stop by any night of the week and you’ll find groups cozied up on the sofas, engaged in lively conversations while enjoying cake by the slice and indulgences like the “cazookie,” a giant chocolate chip cookie topped with ice cream.

Cafe, 212 State St., Orem, 801-224-7334,

Here are all the baker’s dozen of exceptional local dessert shops: The Mighty BakerJune PieRockwell Ice CreamBubble & Brown BakeryShirokuma Snow CreamThe Chocolate DessertPierre Country Bakery & CafeThe Protein FoundryThe Baking HiveBig O DougnutsDolcetti GelatoRuby Snap CookiesFilings and Emulsions

See more inside our 2017 November/December Issue.