The 10 Best Places for Desserts in Houston

You better believe these cakes from Dolce Delights made our list.
You better believe these cakes from Dolce Delights made our list.
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt

Sometimes you just want something sweet and when you get that sugar craving, you have to satisfy it right then and there. Baking cookies or brownies takes too long and that small piece of chocolate you have in your pantry just won't do it for you. But, there are multiple places around town serving up killer desserts. You just have to walk inside, choose your poison, sit down and enjoy it. How easy is that?

We are aware that a multitude of restaurants offer quality desserts, like the chocolate coconut shell, el coco, at Caracol, the banana's foster at Brennan's of Houston and the tres leches at the Cordua restaurants. However, we want to share with you the ten best places that specialize in just desserts. These are the places you want to visit and know you're going to indulge in something sweet. These are the places where sugar is the common denominator. And these are the places you can count on to always satisfy your sweet tooth.

Best Place for Sweets Almost Too Pretty to Eat Dolce Delights Candace Chang creates some of the most beautiful and exquisite desserts in the city, whether it's her bright and colorful macarons available in just about every flavor imaginable, or her mousse cakes easily mistaken for works of art. Although her cakes and sweets are almost too pretty to eat, once you take a bite of anything in her display case, your hesitancy to ruin her creations will go out the window. Share a Pick Me Up cake complete with Devil's food cake wrapped in espresso cheesecake, all sitting on a graham cracker crust, or take the fruity route and try the Lady Bug featuring pistachio cream in the center of raspberry mousse on top of an almond sponge cake. Pair any of these cakes, cookies or macarons with a mocha or caramel macchiato, or take your sweetness to the next level with a cookies n' cream frappe.

Just because the cupcakes are small, doesn't mean they aren't mighty tasty.
Just because the cupcakes are small, doesn't mean they aren't mighty tasty.
Photo by Mandy Oaklander

Best Place for Miniature Indulgences Petite Sweets Just because the name of this bakery implies small desserts, that doesn't mean the flavor is lacking. Sink your teeth into one of the famous custard sandwiches featuring two chocolate chip cookies and a thick filling of swirled chocolate and vanilla custard, or grab a cup of your favorite gelato paired with a macaron for a refreshingly, sweet dessert. Of course, a couple of miniature Bacon Jam Pancake Cupcakes or a few salty caramel macarons with a cappuccino make for an incredible evening dessert. Take a seat inside the bright and colorful sweet boutique, and indulge in a frozen custard parfait. If you want a larger cake or cheesecake, yes I'm talking about that vibrant red velvet cheesecake, then order it in advance or stop by BRC Gastropub.

You know you want the Bayou Goo on the left.
You know you want the Bayou Goo on the left.
Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg

Best Place for Late Night Sweet Tooth Cravings House of Pies Thank goodness the House of Pies on Kirby reopened because we were at a loss of where to go for late-night dessert cravings, specifically ones for pie. Cozy up to your own slice of apple pie, Texas pecan fudge or the ever-popular Bayou Goo complete with a crunchy pecan crust topped with cream cheese, vanilla custard, chocolate chunks, and the finishing touch of fluffy whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Honestly, any slice of pie at HOP will do the trick.

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