Shyndigz: Richmond’s Ultimate Dessert Destination

Shyndigz Dessert Café

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:

Image courtesy of Shyndigz(Dessert images courtesy of Shyndigz)

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.

Shyndigz also features special, rotating desserts that are not on the regular menu. These are limited in quantity and usually sell out quickly so it is a good idea to check their Facebook page and arrive early.

Peanut Butter Mousse Pie

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.

Fresh Fruit Cake

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.

1903 W Cary Street
Richmond VA 23220
(804) 938-3449


Gia CoelhoGia 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




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  1. Debbie Armstrong
    Debbie ArmstrongOctober 28,14

    I haven’t tried the Peanut Butter Moose Pie yet but #1 and #3 are AMAZING!!!

  2. Kelly
    KellyOctober 28,14

    LOVE Shyndigz! And it’s an easy place to get into and out of in Richmond!

  3. Sarah Hunt
    Sarah HuntOctober 28,14

    This article nailed it. Shyndigz is the best! I wish I could eat there daily and try everything on the menu. My personal favorite so far is the Peanut Butter Humdinger, cake and pie together!

  4. Ashley McDevitt
    Ashley McDevittOctober 28,14

    I have recently visited Shyndigz after hearing great things…my visit fulfilled every expectation. The staff was friendly and the cake I had was wonderful my only complaint is I live over an hour away.

  5. Sarah Lagasse
    Sarah LagasseOctober 28,14

    Shyndigz is amazing! Great piece on the blog about my favorite spot in Richmond! Shyndigz Velvet is my favorite but everything is delicious!

  6. Wendy
    WendyOctober 29,14

    I love the Salted Caramel also! I plan to try something different, but always order that instead. It’s too good to pass up!

  7. Christy Szabo
    Christy SzaboOctober 29,14

    Love the holiday cake!! Can’t wait

  8. Mary K.
    Mary K.October 29,14

    We live right around the corner from Shyndigz and are here WAY too often. Most recently, they have rolled out a pumpkin chocolate chip cake that was to DIE for. Our other favorites are the samoa pie and the cobblers (especially the strawberry). This is our favorite little Richmond haunt, and we come here at least once a week to split a dessert, enjoy a glass of wine, or unwind with one of their delicious coffees on a cold night!

  9. Zoe
    ZoeOctober 29,14

    I love shyndigz! I love their kitchen sink pie and how it is always changing!

  10. Ashley R.
    Ashley R.October 29,14

    LOVE Shyndigz! Everything there is delicious and the atmosphere is really fun

  11. Polina Kavaljian
    Polina KavaljianOctober 30,14

    Very sweet:))

  12. Susan flemmons
    Susan flemmonsNovember 2,14

    Can’t wait to try them!

  13. shellie m
    shellie mNovember 2,14

    The Fresh Fruit Cake at Shyndigz looks wonderful!