I've gotten more and more of a sweet tooth as the years go by, and sometimes a nice thick slice of chocolate cake would totally hit the spot after a midweek home-cooked meal. Since moving out here to Oakland, though, I've noticed that most of the places that sell cakes and pastries are bakeries that close by 6:00 or even earlier. Back when I lived on the East Coast, I had a couple of favorite dessert joints where I could grab a giant, decadent slice of cake or, say, a fruit tart, to go at 8:00 or 9:00 in the evening.
So what's a chocolate lover to do? Any places you folks can recommend where a fella can get a GOOD slice of chocolate cake to go on a weeknight? (I'm not talking about the sugary nastiness they're serving up in the bakery section of the Merritt Bakery.) Would be glad to hear other to-go dessert recs too. Preferably in the East Bay, and ideally in Oakland.