Sugar Shock: The Haute 5 Desserts in Phoenix

It could very well be impossible to narrow the best sweets in this city down to the top five, but we’ve tried. Here are five absolute musts everyone should try when making the dessert rounds in the Valley.

Brandied Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes at Amy’s Baking Company

Amy’s Baking Company is a patisserie and full-service European bistro and bar, and the housemade desserts there are to die for. After dinner, order a half dozen of these cupcakes to go so that you and your friends will have something to nibble on wherever the night takes you. Made with moist devil’s food cake chocolate, brandy and a super dark chocolate ganache, then topped with chocolate-dipped strawberries, they’re sinfully delicious.

Amy’s Baking Company is located at 7366 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 112, in Scottsdale  480.607.0677

Cappuccino Creme Brulee at My Florist Cafe

We’re so glad this cafe, which, surprise, was previously a florist’s shop for nearly five decades, swapped flower arrangements for food. Among their stellar dishes is a cinnamon and coffee-flavored creme brulee, made with custard and caramelized sugar, and served with mixed berries and a satisfyingly crunchy chocolate biscotti.

My Florist Cafe is located at 534 W. McDowell Road in Phoenix  602.254.0333

Roasted Banana Bread Pudding at Avalon

After sampling some of Avalon’s seasonal contemporary American coastal cuisine, you must save room for the roasted banana bread pudding, made with walnut toffee, banana gelato and salted caramel, served with whimsical presentation.

Avalon is located at 7707 E. McDowell Road in Scottsdale  480.656.0010

Espresso Churros at The Mission

The Mission evokes old world elegance with its aesthetic and its Latin cuisine, and the espresso churros made with iberra chocolate and served with a milkshake, are a perfect representation of The Mission’s approach to food, blending influences from Spain, Mexico, Central and South America.

The Mission is located at 3815 N. Brown Ave. in Scottsdale  480.636.5005

The Tartes at Coup des Tartes

Coup des Tartes is an upscale French bistro with an edge serving a mix of American and French/Mediterranean cuisine, and their tartes are a particular specialty. Choose from such flavors as pear, caramel/chocolate, four-berry, sweet onion, lemon, brie/fruit, coconut/caramel, samoa, chocolate/peanut butter and more. Flavors rotate depending on the season and which fruits and vegetables are fresh and in season. Hope you like surprises!

Coup des Tartes is located at 4626 N. 16th St. in Phoenix  602.212.1082