Stop the car – this place is called Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery – turn left here.
That’s essentially what happened on my ride home from the Sounders game Sunday night. Craving chocolate, or at least something sweet, I turned to Yelp to help my friend and I find somewhere open late on a Sunday that served up something delicious and unique. I didn’t even need to read the reviews – with a name like that, I went straight for the address.
I’ve been up and down Ballard Ave, but never stopped into this place before – Hot Cakes is located at 5427 Ballard Avenue and is right in the thick of things. The chocolate menu is extensive and the list of drinks, some alcoholic and some just fun, causes you to stare at the chalk board for a good seven or eight minutes before you can figure out what to order.
I went for the Peanut Butter Cup, a milk chocolate cake with peanut butter ganache and peanut butter fudge inside. My friend went dark with the Dark Decadence, which had salted caramel and butter toffee. And since I wanted to feel like Harry Potter for the night too, we tried the butterbeer.
The cakes are baked in the jars they come in, and served up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. For a small size, they pack a big, rich punch and are well worth the $6.75 to $7.50 apiece. But I shouldn’t be surprised at how delicious they are – Autumn Martin, a local who started the company, has prior experience as the pastry chef at Canlis and as head chocolatier at Theo Chocolate. To top it off, the cakes are organic, and generally made with local ingredients.
If you don’t have time to sit down and eat, you can take Hot Cakes home. Several of the cakes are sold in jars, along with toppings, cookies, pies and more. You can also pick up their products at a variety of farmers markets and local cafes. What’s more, the store offers an array of classes covering everything from how to make caramel sauce and butterbeer to informational sessions on the coffee and other fine items they serve.
Hot Cakes made a great change from all the cupcake and frozen yogurt options out there. It’s a perfect treat when you need that extra something, and one I’ll definitely be going back to. Now, I suppose I owe Yelp a thank-you letter!