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The Dessert Architect Cookbook giveaway! (closed)

The Dessert Architect Cookbook
There is an art to putting together a restaurant-style plated dessert. With a little practice and a good sense of style, you can definitely put an upscale twist on your at-home dessert presentations, but starting out with a guide that will teach you the ins-and-outs of creating these impressive desserts is an easier way to begin. To get you started, I’m giving away a copy of The Dessert Architect to one lucky reader. The cookbook, which I’ve reviewed before, is written by Robert Wemischner and teaches you the fundamentals of putting together plated desserts with detailed information about the foundations of these desserts and many tempting recipes. To be completely honest, it is also terrific for food bloggers looking for some new presentation ideas.

To enter the contest, leave a comment below with the best dessert you’ve had at a restaurant – whether it’s a neighborhood favorite or a splurge restaurant you visited on vacation. Don’t forget to mention what city the restaurant is in so we can all make a note to give it a try if/when we’re in town! Simple and elaborate desserts will both do, so don’t worry if you’re favorite isn’t something particularly fancy.ย  The contest ends Sunday, February 26th at midnight and the winner will be randomly selected from the entries. Donโ€™t forget to fill in your e-mail on the comment form (it will not be public), as that is how I will contact the winner, and good luck!

Update: This contest is now closed. Thanks for entering, everyone. Congrats to Madison on winning the book!

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  • Sara Redlin
    February 23, 2012

    My favorite restaurant dessert was the Chocolate Fondue at Eno Vino here in Madison, WI. It’s nothing super fancy but the amience there is just so cozy and it’s the perfect dessert for snuggling up and sharing!

  • Sara Redlin
    February 23, 2012

    *ambiance, oops!

  • Kristina
    February 23, 2012

    Without a doubt, anything from Andre’s Confiserie Suisse in Kansas City, MO. They have a few other locations as well, but Kansas City is the original. Their desserts, pastries and chocolates are UNBELIEVABLE. I have an obsession with them and go back every time I visit.

  • Rachel
    February 23, 2012

    The best desert I have ever had is an ice cream sandwich from Scream Sorbet in Oakland which is a small local business that only uses ingredients from the San Francisco bay area. It was a cardamom orange cookie with pistachio sorbet. FABULOUS!

  • Allie M.
    February 23, 2012

    Any pie at Mama Dip’s in Chapel Hill, NC

  • Judy
    February 23, 2012

    There is this grilled blueberry muffin at my local diner. It’s amazing and I’ve never heard of it before this place. Yum!

  • Ashley J.
    February 23, 2012

    Peach ice cream at a hotel restaurant in New York. It was years ago and I don’t remember the specific hotel, but the peach ice cream was phenomenal!

  • Liz
    February 23, 2012

    I love the gelato – especially the coconut and black current ones in Montreal at a little place called Pagliacci. Delicious!

  • Janet
    February 23, 2012

    The butterscotch and chocolate pot de creme at Town Hall in SF – so delicious.

  • Sara
    February 23, 2012

    I love the ice cream tempura from KYO Sushi & Steak in Monsey, NY

  • Jackie
    February 23, 2012

    the best dessert? it was the bourbon bread pudding at heaven sent desserts in san diego. SO GOOD. <33

  • Cindy B.
    February 23, 2012

    The the best dessert Iโ€™ve had at a restaurant is peach cobbler, at Golden Coral in Albany, Ga.

  • Laurie
    February 23, 2012

    My favorite dessert is the chocolate ganache cheesecake at Raw Aura in Mississauga. So creamy, smooth, and chocolatey!

  • BakingTray
    February 23, 2012

    Oriental Love – it was like a coconut macaron sandwich with banana, pandan cream and passionfruit curd filling! so yummyy! Lux Bite, South Yarra, Melbourne AUSTRALIA ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Samantha
    February 24, 2012

    The best dessert I ever ate was the bread pudding at La Louisianne Express in Simi Valley, California.

  • Vivian
    February 24, 2012

    I’d have to go with the flourless chocolate cake at Bonefish Grill in Paramaus NJ. It’s absolutely huge, and topped with vanilla ice cream, raspberry sauce, whipped cream, and slivered almonds. My go-to dessert for celebrations ๐Ÿ˜€

  • bente scott
    February 24, 2012

    The best dessert I ever had was the Coconut Cake at Peninsula Grill in Charleston SC, it definitely lived up to all its hype.

  • Agricultural Commodity Exports
    February 24, 2012

    I love icecream of chocolate flavour & vanilla as well. But, i dont know the recipe. Sorry…

  • doris
    February 24, 2012

    An apple cobbler at the Berkley Cafe in Berkley Michigan

  • Brenda
    February 24, 2012

    Rock Cake from the ST bakery and cafe’ in Dallas TX sadly they had to close their door due to the weak economy.

  • Jeanne ODonnell
    February 24, 2012

    Triple chocolate torte with chocolate dipped strawberries at The Terrace bay Inn in little old Gladstone, Michigan. That is in the upper peninsula!

  • Amy Johnson
    February 24, 2012

    I don’t know why but it looks like my comment got deleted? The best I know of is the Fruits of the Forest Gateau with Dark Chocolate from Patisserie Valerie. It’s fruity and sweet goodness. Vanilla cake with cream and berries with chocolate. It’s stationed in Oxford, England, which is out the way, but makes the perfect thing to drool over when you’re a hungry study abroad student at 7 in the morning.

  • sarah
    February 24, 2012

    The best dessert I’ve had was one of the dessert specials at JK O’Donnells in Fort Wayne Indiana. Chocolate raspberry mousse, so delicious!!!! They don’t serve it often enough, thankfully their regular chocolate mousse is quite yummy too.

  • Malinda
    February 24, 2012

    A delicious I don’t know how many layer red velvet cake from a local favorite, Fat Hen Grill!

  • Sarah S
    February 24, 2012

    I just had some Dulce de Leche crepes at Nada in Cincinnati this past weekend which were out of this world!

  • Lauren
    February 24, 2012

    Opera Cake from Amphoras bakery in Herndon, VA

  • Holly
    February 24, 2012

    I guess I’m easy on dessert. I usually don’t order dessert when out to eat, I’m usually too full to do so. However, I love making desserts.
    I’m just going to go simple with the Raspberry Cheesecake at the Olive Garden. Simple, but good!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    February 24, 2012

    When I was on my honeymoon in Italy, I had an unbelievable dessert that combined a warm chocolate cake with a rich chocolate semi-fredo, it was amazing!

  • Anna
    February 24, 2012

    My favorite was the cheesecake at a local restaurant! First time I’ve ever had it and it definetly made an impression.

  • dena
    February 24, 2012

    My favorite was trio of microscopic chocolate cuties (which I could remember the dessert’s name) at Daniel in NYC. Each was no bigger than a teaspoon.

  • grace
    February 24, 2012

    that’s a toughie. most recently, i had a coconut cream pie that was outstanding.

  • Leigh Reynolds
    February 24, 2012

    Bread Pudding at the Bon Ton Restaurant in New Orleans.

    YUM YUM.

  • Linda
    February 24, 2012

    Delicious “Lemon Bars” the best I’ve ever eaten in a Denver restaurant called Nadines! Thanks for a neat giveaway!

  • Karen
    February 24, 2012

    Strawberry Nutella Crepes at a little place off the wharf in Monterey, CA

  • jamie
    February 24, 2012

    my favorite is a twist to the typical traditional korean dessert called “paht bing soo” (red bean shaved ice). they serve it at a flower shop/cafe called ‘scent’ on wilshire and serrano in los angeles! instead of the red bean they made it with sweet pumpkin! it has the pumpkin with ice cream, fruits, rice cake, syrup, and shaved ice! it is the most sweet and refreshing dessert especially during the summer!

  • Simran
    February 24, 2012

    Just one, like really! Okay, the one that comes to mind immediately is the chocolate jalapeรฑo souffle at Indigo Deli in Mumbai.

  • Derrick
    February 24, 2012

    I like cookies dipped into creamy rice pudding

  • Jenny
    February 24, 2012

    Creme brulee!

  • Sarah @ Cooker Girl
    February 24, 2012

    Eating gelato every day while we were in Italy.

  • delia
    February 24, 2012

    Chocolate cake, simple but very tasty

  • Denise O
    February 24, 2012

    One of our local Indian Casinos, Chuckchansi, has an incredible selection of baked goods. Their coconut macarons are practically the size of my head, you can get them dipped in chocolate or not, and they are out of this world good!!! It takes me a couple days to eat one, but I still won’t share with my husband!!

  • Elaine M
    February 24, 2012

    the godiva chocolate souffle at Eddie V’s in Austin, Tx.

  • Margot Core
    February 25, 2012

    I have never forgotten having ‘Mile High Ice Cream Pie’ at the Pontchartrain Hotel in New Orleans when I was a kid growing up there. Here’s someone showing how to make it: http://www.sauceandsensibility.com/?p=371 It’s basically pie crust, ice cream and a gigantic meringue top. I guess that you have to cook it really quickly, I’ve never made it ~ maybe I will now.

  • Stacy
    February 25, 2012

    Love the matcha opera cake at Patisserie Sadaharu Aoki.

  • Joan
    February 25, 2012

    Chocolate lava cake from 555 in California.

  • LaChelle
    February 25, 2012

    The Molten Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream and Raspberry Sauce at Barnstable Tarven on cape cod ma is quite tasty

  • Ben
    February 25, 2012

    Lemon Icebox Pie from Ouisie’s Table in Houston.

  • June
    February 25, 2012

    Banana cream pie at The Wheel Restaurant in Benson, Vermont. It is a quarter of a homemade pastry pie shell filled with bananas, cream filling, and whipped cream
    upon ordering. Very fresh and a good dessert to share.

  • stylefriendly
    February 25, 2012

    Decadent chocolate cheesecake with multiple layers.

  • Marnely Rodriguez
    February 25, 2012

    On Martha’s Vineyard at the MV Chowder Co.: Flourless Choco Cake, Coffee Ice Cream, Caramel Coffee Brittle! SOO good!