Ginger Spice Cake ($2.50) in the morning and Hazelnut Cake ($2.50) in the afternoon is how I like my visits to Duane Park Patisserie. You need to come early for the spice cake, a single batch baked in a small square pan, just nine tidy cuts for that day's lucky visitors. The cakes boast sticky tops and robust, earthy bodies, with freshly grated ginger.
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Hazelnut cake is available all day and you'd be wise to pick one up on your morning trip. Finished with a quarter-inch of silky espresso buttercream, the cake is crumbly and sweet with ground and chopped hazelnuts serving as the foundation. The sliver of a cut is quite enough for this indulgent nibble, the crown of chocolate pretty though completely unnecessary. Plain and simple is often best.