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.  The contest ends Sunday, February 26th at midnight and the winner will be randomly selected from the entries. Don’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!


  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

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

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

  6. 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!

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

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

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

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

  11. The the best dessert I’ve had at a restaurant is peach cobbler, at Golden Coral in Albany, Ga.

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

  13. 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 :)

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

  15. 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 :D

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

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

  18. An apple cobbler at the Berkley Cafe in Berkley Michigan

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

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

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

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

  25. Opera Cake from Amphoras bakery in Herndon, VA

  26. 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!

  27. 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!

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

  29. 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.

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

  31. Bread Pudding at the Bon Ton Restaurant in New Orleans.

    YUM YUM.

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

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

  34. 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!

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

  36. I like cookies dipped into creamy rice pudding

  37. Creme brulee!

  38. Eating gelato every day while we were in Italy.

  39. Chocolate cake, simple but very tasty

  40. 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!!

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

  42. 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: 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.

  43. Love the matcha opera cake at Patisserie Sadaharu Aoki.

  44. Chocolate lava cake from 555 in California.

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

  46. Lemon Icebox Pie from Ouisie’s Table in Houston.

  47. 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.

  48. Decadent chocolate cheesecake with multiple layers.

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

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