Whoever said you can’t eat dessert first hasn’t yet tried these sweet treats in Southern California that are practically a meal all on their own. From unique ice cream concoctions to towering cakes, you’ll find a little something for everyone to make your sweet tooth do a happy dance. Do you have a favorite on this list?
1. Triple Berry Shortcake -- Sweet Lady Jane Bakery
This three layer cake is so beautiful you almost don't want to bite into it and ruin its perfection. That is, until you take that first bite of cream and fresh berries and then you're like, "Yeah, I'm eating the whole cake by myself." With locations in West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Encino and Newport Beach, you can find a location near you to tame your craving.
2. Milky Bun-- Afters in Long Beach and other SoCal locations
At first glance this looks like an oddly colored hot dog or panini, but it's actually dessert at its finest. Start with a donut, then pick your ice cream and toppings and you'll have a unique ice cream sandwich that totally lives up to the hype. Plus, the name Milky Bun is just good fun to say, so it has that going for it.
3. Creamistry -- Irvine
Watch liquid turn to ice cream at this unique shop that uses liquid nitrogen machines to whip up the freshest ice cream you've ever tasted. Dessert and chemistry? For the sake of science, you better check this out!
4. Nutella Calzone at Pizza 90 in Riverside
Who says pizza is just for dinner? This mouthwatering nutella calzone will make you want to skip dinner and go straight for dessert.
5. The Elvis -- Manhattan Beach Post
This sinfully decadent dessert is named after the King who was a fan of peanut butter and banana sandwiches. It starts with decadent peanut butter mousse, salty-sweet bacon brittle, caramelized bananas, chocolate pudding, and is finished off with chocolate sauce for an explosion of flavor that you must try at least once in your lifetime.
6. Dad's Original Frozen Banana -- Newport Beach
Nothing symbolizes a SoCal summer like a chocolate dipped banana from Dad's in Newport Beach. Take one bite and you'll instantly be transported back to childhood when you experienced this frozen treat for the first time.
7. Key Lime Pie -- Fishing with Dynamite in Manhattan Beach
Who can resist a key lime pie? Anyone? Anyone? Not me! Look at the beautiful peaks of meringue just waiting to be devoured. And the lime filling is the perfect balance of sweet and tart that will make your taste buds go wild. Must head to Fishing with Dynamite so you can dig in and take a bite.
8. Butter Cake -- Mastro's Steakhouse in Costa Mesa and other locations
For those times when your sweet tooth is feeling fancy, there's nothing quite as perfect as this elegant and warm butter cake served at Mastro's Steakhouse. It's the signature dessert at this fine steakhouse, so go ahead and order it so you can officially be in the know as to why it's so popular.
Mmmmm – I bet you’re craving dessert right about now! I can’t decide which one to start with so I think I might do a dessert road trip and try all of them. If your sweet tooth is still in need of another treat, you might like checking out these
10 ice cream shops in Southern California that are worth a visit.