[Photo: Kathy YL Chan]

Sometimes all you want is a chocolate cake. No fondants and fillers, just simple. And for that you should head to Little Oven in Long Island City, where from time to time, Chocolate Cake ($3.75) appears on the menu. One rectangular-cut piece of dark chocolate sheet cake and a silky buttercream to match. The crumb is tender and moist to the touch, the chocolate neither too intense or light, but an ideal pairing for vanilla buttercream that melts in the mouth. A sprinkle of toasted pistachios to top, and you've got the perfect afternoon nibble. Don't forget the Raspberry-Lychee Soda on your way out!

Little Oven

12-07 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101 (map)

About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan writes A Passion For Food, where she chronicles her eats and travels adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.


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