Shyndigz: Richmond’s Ultimate Dessert Destination
Richmond, the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia, is an exciting city that is fast becoming known for its culinary diversity. Its close proximity to Washington, D.C., colonial Williamsburg, and Norfolk makes it easily accessible. I enjoy taking day trips to Richmond that typically include a morning at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and lunch on Cary Street, followed by dessert at Shyndigz. Recommended by a friend, Shyndigz has a cozy ambiance, friendly service, and exceptional sweet treats.
Shyndigz is a unique, desserts-only café that serves menu items like Samoa Cake and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake. Owned and operated by Nicole and Bryon Jessee, the desserts are created using quality ingredients and served in generous portions. I highly recommend these three of my regular favorites:
1. Salted Chocolate Caramel Cake
Standing tall at five inches, this sumptuous cake is layered with a smooth chocolate buttercream that has a distinctly velvety texture. It is drizzled with a salted caramel sauce that brings out the rich cocoa flavors of the cake. It tastes best at room temperature or slightly warmed up.
2. Peanut Butter Mousse Pie
Quintessential American peanut butter is the undoubted star of this decadent dessert. The pie features a cloud of peanut butter mousse that sits on a crunchy graham cracker crust and a thin layer of gooey chocolate ganache, topped with a generous portion of whipped cream. An ideal dessert for a nut lover, the mousse is smooth and airy and melts in your mouth. It is perfectly complemented by a rich chocolate layer and a cookie crust with a hint of salt.
3. Fresh Fruit Cake
Although I am not usually fond of vanilla cakes, this one definitely won me over. It is a classic, layered vanilla cake with a tangy cream cheese frosting. Nestled between each layer are ripe blackberries, strawberries, pineapple and kiwis. The pure vanilla flavors of the cake and frosting allows the distinctive flavor of each fruit to shine, especially the crunch of the blackberry seeds and the mild acidity of the kiwis.Shyndigz
1903 W Cary Street
Richmond VA 23220
(804) 938-3449 www.shyndigz.com
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gia Coelho was born in India and holds an MBA in Marketing. She lived in Toronto and has traveled extensively in India and Europe. She now lives outside Washington DC and pursues passions that include wildlife conservation, writing, culinary adventures, painting, and creating colorful Zentangle art that she sells on her Etsy site at www.etsy.com/shop/giacoelho.