Hear the words “dessert” and “truffle” and you’ll probably think of the classic confection found at your local chocolatier. In Westchester, however, Mount Kisco’s La Tulipe Desserts breaks all the rules by adding the savory, earthy fungi to its annual chocolate cake.
Chef Maarten Steenman embraces black truffle season. The delectable fungi, usually found shaved atop risotto and pasta for a surcharge, makes its way into Steenman’s “Il Tartufo” chocolate cake. Don’t let the rare delicacy’s savory profile turn you away; the umami punch will completely redefine your definition of dessert and leave you (and the lucky guests you’re willing to share with) begging for more.
The cake consists of layers of chocolate-and-Frangelico sponge cake with a winter-truffle-infused ganache. It’s glazed in a perfectly thin shell of chocolate and coated with chopped hazelnuts. Think Ferrero Rocher, only a million times better. Each cake comes packaged in a beautifully crafted custom box, hand-picked by Steeman. (It’s certainly a case where judging a book or, in this case a cake, by its cover is the right thing to do.)
At $55, it’s reasonably priced considering the rarity of black truffles, but you better plan ahead if you want to get your hands on one. While the cake is available through December 31, the decadent confection is historically in such high demand we wouldn’t recommend waiting. Luckily, La Tulipe has added a bourbon-chocolate sibling for Westchester gourmands, so no one will be leaving the dinner table hungry.
La Tulipe Desserts
455 Lexington Ave, Mount Kisco