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Piece of Cake (Little Red Hens)

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Piece of Cake (Little Red Hens)

shortstop | Jan 26, 2003 03:14 PM

Based on the positive reviews here, I headed over to Piece of Cake this afternoon to buy a small chocolate cake. I called to see if they were open, the person on the phone was extremely warm and friendly, however I neglected to ask if they had any small chocolate cakes available. So when I got there I was disappointed to find out they had only a coconut cake and a vanilla cake with chocolate mousse filling avail in small sizes - neither of which was going to cut it with my 7-year-old niece. (I would have loved to try the coconut cake, but did not want to eat the whole thing myself, so... ) anyway, I digress.

What they did have looked good, but wasn't what I needed, so I bought some cookies - chocolate chip, linzer hearts, vanilla sables. As I was paying the woman gave me one of what she said were their signature chocolate truffle cookies for free. Wow. Part cookie, part brownie - this is good stuff - and I am not even a chocoholic. Excellent sweetness to chocolate ratio and interesting texture, like its name - a truffle cookie. I added three to my order and will go back to try other things there based on those alone. (Haven't tried the rest of the cookies yet...)

Someone in an earlier posting recommended this place in response to a query looking for another Payard - it's not quite that kind of bakery - less frou-frou, more American.

I ended up with mini Black Out and a Chocolate Mousse cakes from the Red Hens. I'll let my niece do a taste-off later, during the game and see which one she likes better.

I also tried the Red Hens' Caramel Turtle bar. If you're a fan of nuts, (walnuts, macadamias and pecans) caramel and chocolate, and like your sweets very sweet - this is not bad. The nuts and caramel are on a cookie base with a crumb topping - the chocolate is subtle. I cut the bar in quarters and one piece was more than enough.

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