Sweet Endings: Fruit-Forward Favorites

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From the May 2014 edition
  • Mojito cupcake from Koko Tea Salon & Bakery
  • Double Lemon Bar from Cherbourg Bakery

Wherever you fall on the fruit spectrum—from tart to tropical—there’s a sweet treat for you at Central Ohio bakeries.

TROPICAL

Visit L’Appat Patisserie & Cafe in Olde Towne East, and the first thing you’ll see is a glass case filled with enticing pastries made with tropical flair. Owner Didier Alapini concocts tropically influenced and not-too-sweet tarts, cookies and more with pineapple, mango, coconut, kiwi, bananas and curry spices. “You have to have an open mind to eat here,” he says. But it’s worth the adventure. lappatcafe.com

Editor’s Pick: Mango Curry Coconut Tart

SEASONAL BERRIES

Dan Riesenberger of Dan the Baker, who now works in a Grandview shop, is steadfast in his effort to craft organic and locally sourced breads and pastries. “Whatever’s the best, local and in-season is what I use,” he says. “I go pick strawberries just south of here, and they’re the best melt-in-your-mouth, ruby-red berries.” Starting in May the bakery will craft tarts and galettes with local strawberries and more, and later in the summer he’ll bring back fresh sour-cherry pastries. dan-the-baker.com

Editor’s Pick: Sour Cherry Galette

DECADENT FRUITS

Mozart’s Bakery and Piano Cafe in Clintonville makes indulgent cakes and confections, and their long-standing bestseller is the marzipan peach, a cake-like pastry with peach buttercream and raspberry preserves wrapped in house-made almond marzipan. Recently the cafe started making marzipan apples, too. “Fruit is just visually attractive—the colors draw people in,” owner Anand Saha says. “My wife came up with the idea for the peach. It’s just so unique.” mozartscafe.com

Editor’s Pick: Marzipan Apple

WITH AN UMBRELLA

Forget the post-work drink—try a cupcake instead. Koko Tea Salon & Bakery, located in Gahanna, bakes up cocktail-inspired cakes like mimosa, coconut-lime, margarita and mojito. “I’m from Hawaii, and my family sends me the tropical fruits,” owner Ava Misseldine says. “Biting into a coconut cupcake with real Hawaiian coconut … there’s just no comparison.” kokoteasalon.com

Editor’s Pick: Mojito cupcake (mint cake with lime icing)

CITRUS

Cherbourg Bakery in Bexley is a favorite for its accessibility—they craft all gluten- and nut-free treats on a nostalgia-evoking menu. And they do citrus really well. “I love working with citrus because of its freshness,” owner Geri Peacock says. “It’s a palate-cleanser.” Notable items include a citrus lavender muffin and, in summer, a lemonade doughnut. cherbourgbakery.com

Editor’s Pick: Double Lemon Bar