Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Bite of Alaska: The Cake Studio

When we asked a fellow to guide us to some good eats in the area, he clearly didn't realize our, let's say, developed taste in food when he pointed us to Longhorn Steakhouse (of all places).  Fam Och isn't interested in restaurant chains serving up the same tired menu.  Local mom and pop hole-in-the-walls, or trendy little boutique eateries...anything really that strays from the norm...that's what we want!

So, of course, I turn to a more reliable source...Google! Go figure, and here I thought conversing with those who have lived here longer would help. Thanks to my beloved search engine, Discovery Fave #1 was found.  The Cake Studio (click here to visit) sits on 4th Ave, a block away from the Visitor's Center in downtown Anchorage.  Boy, oh, boy, the delectable treasures that beckoned to us!

There are two display cases, the first full of chocolate confections, with the bottom shelf presenting blocks of specialty chocolate stacked atop each other.  If you can tear yourself away from the siren song of handmade candies and fudge, the second display case holds pastries and mini-cakes, all beautifully prepared.  The one that caught my eye:  Bacon Cheesecake.  Yep, folks, bacon!

Gosh, and how do you describe it? The Mister and D both wrinkled their noses at it, but at least they tried. I, on the other hand, thought it was glorious! The soft dark chocolate crust, the creamy smooth cheesecake, and the generous bits of bacon all melded together in a sweet, salty, creamy harmony followed by a smoky aftertaste. Nom nom nom. 

In addition to their bites of heaven, they offer quality cooking chocolate, tea tins, genuine muscovado sugar, and even those long taper birthday candles! Check this place out if you're a local, or plan on me taking you there when you come to visit!

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