On my midweek weekend, Jeff and I went to the EMP in Seattle Center, they had an exhibit on science fiction films and writing and horror movies (why people are obsessed with horror movies when they scare us.) Intense. They had props and models that were actually used in a lot of the films. My favorite: the face-grabbing monster from Alien. Since we were downtown, it was only right that we cross off an item on my i-have-to-go-to-this-bakery bucket list. Enter Hot Cakes.
Located in Ballard this cakery has quite a reputation. They offer warm cookies with ice cream, creme brulee, grilled chocolate sandwiches (!!) and bread pudding but are known for their molten chocolate cakes that they bake in mason jars (cute, petite, portable.) They also sell their products for you to enjoy at home at your convenience. The molten cakes come in a variety of flavors: peanut butter cup, s'mores, and simple chocolate decadence (all $7.50). They use organic ingredients and have a lot of vegan-friendly options. Oh, did I mention they also make their own Nutella?
Most bakeries do double duty as coffee shops and this is true at Hot Cakes. However, in addition to their espresso offerings, you can enjoy boozy milkshakes and floats (ranging from $7.00- $13.00), drinking chocolate, beer, wine, specialty cocktails like butterbeer, a mixture of cider and sparkling wine.
Jeff and I went on a Tuesday around 3:00 pm and the place was super busy. As it was a little early we didn't opt for any boozy treats, but I can assure you we will be back to try them.
Jeff got a salted caramel milkshake made with this
I went for the namesake dish- a hot cake.
Chocolate decadence is an appropriate name. It has a molten ganache center surrounded by dense chocolate cake. The ice cream is topped with toffee crumbles. I was barely able to finish it because it was so rich. But, aided by a double espresso, I pulled through. If you are in the Seattle area Hot Cakes is definitely worth a trip, if you aren't you can order their products online.
Go get your hot cakes on at:
5427 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107