We just put the latest issue of Columbus Monthly to bed—an issue all about great desserts in the city—and so ends the intense sugar craze I’ve been caught in the last two months. With Easter in mind this weekend, and knowing many of you probably cut back on sweets for the Lenten season, I’ve rounded up a few worthwhile ways to bring sugar back into your diet.
Peanut Butter Cream Pie from Honeykiss Bakery: Last year, I gave up peanut butter for Lent. (Yes, I do actually consume that much peanut butter.) For those who love it as much as I do, this is your dessert mecca. Baker Rachel Eaton subs traditional pie crust for a crumbly crust of crushed Nutter Butter cookies. The filling is like ultra-whipped, light and creamy peanut butter and is then topped with a fluffy helping of not-too-sweet whipped cream. You can find her pies at Weiland’s Market or online.
Brazilian Whisper from Cakes and More: I normally reach for the Alfajores (dulce de leche sandwiched in between lemony cookies) at this strip mall bakery on North High Street, especially if I just want a small sweet on the go. But, if you’ve got time to stick around, order the pink-and-white Brazilian Whisper cake—a sweet and fruity three-layer cake filled with strawberry and coconut cream and nuts and topped with chocolate.
Cupcakes from Koko Tea Salon & Bakery: I intentionally mean to be vague here because, well, I’ve never had a bad cupcake from Koko. Though, normally, I’ll reach for something tropical sounding (like the intense lime and mint Mojito or the fresh Hawaiian Coconut). Owner and Hawaii native Ava Misseldine always has something fun she’s working on—so head into this cute Gahanna shop with an open mind.
Chocotejas at Si Señor: If you just want a few bites of something sweet, hop into this Peruvian sandwich shop Downtown and snag one of the homemade chocolates sitting at the counter. The owner’s sister makes these traditional chocolates by hand—a thick milk chocolate exterior covering a dulce de leche and pecan center.