Friday, January 9, 2009

A Slice of Heaven



Chocolate Angel Too
1109 Preston Road, Dallas
972-788-4600




Sometimes you just need cake.

I'd been de-commissioned for almost a week, moping around the house with a double ear infection, cursing the day I was born alternately with the day I grew ears, and sometimes cursing the world in general for being so lousy and, in my condition, remote.  Quite a week.  One morning, however, the clouds parted (literally and figuratively), and while I still wasn't quite at a hundred percent, I did feel up to a little exploration.  

A post on the newest location of Chocolate Angel over on The Dallas Cookbook blog piqued my curiosity, and at the moment one neuron fired on another, sending its electronic signal for "chocolate" along one of my brainwaves, I knew that this was just the outing for the day.  Wrapping a wool scarf around my neck (sunshine or not, I wasn't about to risk a step backward on the path to wellness), I skipped out the door and up to Preston and Forest, dreaming of a freshly-baked cure.  I felt better already.

Chocolate Angel Too Cafe and Bakery is located in the same lineup as Chic From Barcelona and The Mercury, across the parking lot from Snappy Salads.  Its sun-drenched (on this day, at least) storefront features a minimalist decor - dark wood furniture is neatly arranged in two dining areas, with a drink station on one side offering self-serve soft beverages.  Orders are placed at the counter, where you can feast your eyes on all manner of goodies on display.

Here's where I should mention the most annoying aspect of having two hopelessly clogged ears:  Chewing anything, especially anything challenging to the teeth, sounded like feeding time at the hippopotamus pool inside the stuffy echo-chamber of my head.  Therefore, when I laid my eyes on a tall, frosted Red Velvet number under the glass dome alongside the register, it called to me in more ways than one.  

"Pick me," cooed that cake, looking all sweet and homemade and comforting. "I'm rich and creamy - see how the light catches my moist, delicate crumbs?"  

Sure, being sick afforded me the perfect excuse to skip main dish in favor of dessert, but the added bonus was avoiding the fingers-on-chalkboard effect of trying to chew a Chicken Salad Sandwich with dried cranberries and toasted pecans in my condition.  Sold.  A nice man behind the counter carved me a generous (shall we say entree-sized?) slice of the aforementioned cake, and I helped myself to a steaming cup of coffee to sip alongside.

Now, those who know me well know that I don't mess around when it comes to desserts.  I'd rather not have it than have it less than perfect.  Trust me, then, when I say that this cake was delicious.  It defined the term moist, with two tall, dense layers that all but dripped with deep red, Southern sweetness.  Those layers turned darker at their bases and edges, where excess moisture had created subtle, fudge-like layers-within-the-layers that almost rendered frosting obsolete.  But that smooth cream cheese concoction, spread with a fair and even hand, definitely managed to hold its butter-rich own.

I devoured most of my mountain of cake, stopping only to sigh with pleasure or drink from my mug, while watching Chocolate Angel fill with ladies who seemed very interested in salads and soup.  Perhaps I'll go back and try those sometime.  For now, I'll say that my experience with the Red Velvet Cake was (forgive me) uplifting, and that the Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake looked pretty damned good, too.  Before re-wrapping my scarf and heading back out into the day, I savored a final forkful of my decadent lunch and silently apologized to whoever was listening for even once considering the world a lousy place.

13 comments:

gammypie said...

Oh my gosh! I have to go there! I'm dragging my hubby for some cake and coffee this weekend. I'm not even going to try anything other than dessert on our first visit. Your description of the cake alone has me salivating!

HeatherBakes said...

I love that place! They have this strawberry-cream cheese-pretzel concoction that's to die for. So excited that there's one close(r) by now!

gammypie said...

I am in so much trouble. Ever since you made this post it is all that me and the hubby can talk about.

Classy&Sassy said...

Please do let me know if/when you go and what you try. I'm wondering about that Coca Cola cake... It looked very homemade, which I love, and the cake I tried tasted homemade, so I think these are good signs :)

Matthew said...

I went to the new Dallas location today and tried the strawberry pretzel salad and the hot pimento cheese sandwich and they were unlike anything I had ever had. Really good. The cashier told me everything is made from scratch on site. My wife loved her chicken salad sandwich but I didn't try it as I am not a fan of any chicken salad. We will definitely go back.

gammypie said...

We tried the chocolate coca cola cake yesterday. So good! You must try. The only part we had a problem with was that the bottom had dried out some. The majority of the cake was extremly moist and the icing was to die for. M and I polished off the entire thing plus several cups of coffee. We took home a sack full of coconut macaroons. They were delicious as well. You must go back for the chocolate cake. M and I are already planning a trip there today. That just tells you how good it is.

Classy&Sassy said...

Thank you for keeping us posted - I really need to get back there and try that Coca Cola cake!

Margie said...

Oh no. I'm not sure I needed to know this!

Tania said...

Oh this is some dangerous info! Mmm...must try soon! :)

Anonymous said...

Tried their homemade peach cobbler today. It took me back to my Grandmother's - so good! I also had the best grilled chicken sandwich with the strawberry pretzil salad - beyond delicious. I took home the Chicken Enchilada Casserole for dinner - my husband thought he had died and gone to heaven. I'll be back tomorrow!!

JR said...

*lights cigarette*.....

Anonymous said...

My only complaint is that it is always packed and hard to get in at peak times. Worth the wait though. Great food.

Smarry said...

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