Liquid Chocolate Center Cake at Pier W 12700 Lake Avenue, Lakewood; 216-228-2250
Pastry Chef Darlene Gantar bakes up some remarkable goodies in the kitchen at Pier W -- items like voluptuous strawberry shortcake and vanilla-scented crème brûlée. But our favorite is her fresh-from-the-oven Liquid Chocolate Center Cake, a shatteringly rich, underbaked miniature chocolate cake with a warm liquid center. Gantar plates the cake on a bit of raspberry coulis and sides it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. If there really were such a thing as "death by chocolate," this would definitely be the way we'd choose to go.