Fans of Fond have been under pastry chef Jessie Prawluckis spell for years now, but these days you can skip straight to dessert. Her cakes twist classic combos just enough to set them apart. Its hard to beat the Fond: malted milk-chocolate mousse and cocoa sponge cake on a crispy peanut base. But if theres olive bread, get it. Its pricey, but outrageously delicious.
1437 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-271-2299 | Website
2009 WINNER, Bakery
Tartes Fine Cakes and Pastries
212 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
We followed pastry chef Teresa Wall’s cake-and-scone-and-cookie-crumb trail all over the city before finding her manning the takeout window at her tiny pink bakery in Old City. She’s responsible for the tasty desserts at Monk’s, Grace’s Tavern, Nodding Head and Anthony’s Coffeehouse, but it’s at Tartes that her daily specials small layer cakes, seasonal fruit… Read more »