Crème puts the dessert in your cocktail3/18/2015
As a kid, it’s safe to say that, for many of us, our favorite part of dinner was the dessert that followed. Whether it was a piece of cake, a bowl of ice cream or even just a regular chocolate chip cookie, that sweet promise of sugar gave us the courage to choke down whatever vegetable was served just so we could have that treat.
Now that we’re adults, dessert might not be a regular addition to each meal anymore. Instead, we might choose to use our extra dollars — and calories — to order a cocktail, maybe even a fancy one with chocolate drizzled on the top.
Well, Crème Cupcake + Dessert doesn’t believe in giving up dessert for cocktails, and it certainly doesn’t maintain that dessert is better left to the adolescent population. At Crème, it’s all about treating that sweet tooth, both in dessert form and liquid form.
With a range of desserts spanning from chocolate raspberry cheesecake to chocolate peanut butter lava cake, Crème goes well beyond the average bakery. Sure, it offers cupcakes and wedding cakes, but it also has a long list of beverages. One menu pairs each delectable dessert with a cocktail, wine, coffee or tea to complement the flavors depending on what mood you’re in that night. Another menu features alcoholic or non-alcoholic dessert-themed beverages, including an Orange Dreamsicle Float or a Pink Flamingo.
For customers with a dominant sweet tooth, it’s clear that there is no wrong choice here. The pairing menu shows 10 different desserts, each lined up with four different pairing options. If you’re thinking the peanut butter lava cake — an upturned chocolate cupcake filled with melted peanut butter and garnished with homemade peanut brittle and spiced berry jam — sounds good tonight, it’s recommended accompanying cocktail is The Marilyn, made with brandy, prosecco and grenadine. It also pairs well with a Beaujolais wine, mocha or Anna’s black tea.
The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and quick to offer personal suggestions on both dessert and drinks, which is especially nice because making a decision will be the only downfall to your visit.
The restaurant is small and offers a more intimate setting with dim lights and quiet music, and everything from the bright paint colors to the canvas art gives it a modern touch.
Crème has a great atmosphere for a casual party or a romantic date, especially if you go with someone who doesn’t mind sharing plates so you can both experience at least two different items.
The prices range from $7-$14 per dessert, which might seem high until you consider the quality and care put into each one. Each plate is immaculately dressed by the culinary artists in the kitchen, making it a perfect Instagram moment for all the social media mavens out there. They don’t miss a beat with the cocktails either, garnishing each with a corresponding rim of sugar and spices or a leaf sitting atop the mint chocolate martini.
When it comes to being an adult, don’t forget that dessert is still something we can all look forward to once in a while. And at Crème Cupcake, you don’t even have to eat your vegetables first. CV
Crème Cupcake + Dessert
543 28th St. • 515-288-1050
Bakery hours: Tues.-Thurs. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fri. 11 a.m. – midnight. Sat. 10 a.m. – midnight
Dessert lounge hours: Tues.-Thurs. 5-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 5 – midnight.