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The Hot List: 6 Decadent Desserts

Seeking a holiday treat that’ll blow your guests' taste buds away? The Mascarpone Cheesecake from Julian's Pâtisserie & Café in Folsom is the stuff sweet dreams are made of. Sinfully rich with a creamy, velevety filling, one slice of this masterpiece will crush your confectionery cravings.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake

If you think peanut butter and chocolate are the perfect pairing, you’re not alone! And you also don’t want to miss the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake at Frank Vilt's Cakes in Cameron Park. The rich, fluffy chocolate cake is filled with chocolate ganache, and then topped with more ganache and mini peanut butter cups. One bite and it’ll be on your dessert wish list for life.


Holy cannoli! Dolce Vita Caffe in Folsom makes homemade Cannoli that’ll keep your stomach—and sweet tooth—satisfied. The fried pastry dough filled with creamy ricotta and topped with your pick of pistachios, cherries, or chocolate is the perfect pairing to a hot cup of coffee or booze-filled beverage.

Fruit Tart

Divine Desserts in Loomis serves a Fruit Tart that’ll have you jingling all the way into the new year. The base is made from honey and walnuts then lined with chocolate, certifying it as gluten-free. Sugar-glazed strawberries, blackberries, kiwis, mandarins, raspberries, and fresh cream cover the top. It checks all the dessert boxes: tart, sweet, light, and chocolaty.

Belgian Chocolate Raspberry Mini Tartlet

NorthStar Home Baking in Rocklin serves scratch-made pastries, cakes, and savory items—all with a European and Mediterranean flair—that’ll seriously knock your socks off. Some offerings are gluten-free, others keto-friendly, but all are delicious. The Belgian Chocolate Raspberry Mini Tartlet with edible flowers and pistachios is particularly praiseworthy. Swing by soon and prepare to be impressed.

Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons

Sweeten up your holiday season by stopping by Sugar Lillie Bakery in Shingle Springs for their buttery, just-chewy-enough Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons. Chock-full of toasted coconut with a crispy edge, soft center, and thick layer of creamy dark chocolate, it’s a certified crowd, and palate, pleaser.


By Tara Harbert  //  Photos by Dante Fontana