What was Hot Cakes founder Autumn Martin thinking when she created Sweet Week, a weeklong celebration of sugary treats? Um, maybe that cupcakes and ice cream and molten chocolate are awesome and make you super happy and that there should be a restaurant week type event devoted to our city's creative pastry chefs, chocolatiers, ice cream makers, bakers and their wildly delicious desserts.
Just a thought.
Now in its second year, Sweet Week, which runs Sept. 14 to 20, features 20 of the city's best sweet shops offering special $5 desserts or samplers, some of which are not usually on their menus. Here is the complete list and what they'll be serving, if, you know, you want to coordinate your stretchy waistband pants to go with the shop's dessert.
Ballard: Apple Cardamom Ginger Crisp with salty molasses caramel and vanilla ice cream
Capitol Hill: Cherry Fig Fennel Crisp with salted caramel and vanilla soft serve
Ice Cream Sandwich with Chocolate Chai Brownie Chunk Cookies, Molly Moon’s Stumptown coffee ice cream, and pop rocks
Fudge Sampler Box
Flight of fall flavors: Pear Balsamic Ganache, Apple Cider Caramel, and Fig Fennel Ganache
Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Bars
S’mores Chocolate Tart
‘City of Seattle’ Italian plum and ginger Basque cake
‘La Vie en Rose’ sweet rose mousse and raspberry cream in choux pastry
Tea-infused macaron sampler: Chai, Rooibos, Hojicha, and Matcha
‘The Opera Bundt Cake’ all-vegan vanilla bundt cake brushed with espresso syrup, covered in dark chocolate ganache, and filled with espresso creme
‘Cookies & Cream Tuxedo Pie’ crumbly chocolate-graham cracker crust, with layers of rich ribbons of chocolate, crushed Oreos, delicate homemade custard, more crushed Oreos, and whipped cream topping
Mini Banana Chocolate Cake, layers of banana and chocolate cake with sweetened whipped cream and rum roasted bananas, glazed with ganache
Flight of Brown Butter and Salted Caramel drinking chocolates with a salted caramel covered in dark chocolate.
Apple Rosette with pistachio ice cream
Trio Of Mini Mini Pies, pick three:
Beechers Apple Pie with local Flagship cheddar, apples, and brown sugar cheddar crumble; Boozy Blackberry with local berries and Schilling Cider’s Mischief Maker, Crème Fraiche Pecan, Pumpkin Cream, and Raspberry Chiffon
‘Gelato d’Autunno’ trio of gelatos using pears, figs and hazelnuts, served with a caramel cookie
Buttered Popcorn and Caramel Crunch Babycake with buttered popcorn and peanut crunch ice cream, and KukuRuZa Hawaiian sea salted caramel corn
Vegan & Gluten-Free Yeasted Cinnamon Roll with cream cheese frosting
Chewy Chocolate Hazelnut Cookie Sandwich with butter toffee ice cream, rolled in hazelnut toffee
Smoked Chocolate Porter Ice Cream with Hot Cakes’ smoked chocolate