Bakery Review: Danielle’s Desserts, Tysons Corner, VA

Did you know there’s a delicious bakery on the third floor of the Tysons Galleria?  I had no idea.  Danielle’s Desserts serves cakes and pies whole or by the slice, along with cookies and fair-trade coffee and tea.  It’s a great place to stop for dessert after a meal in one of the restaurants downstairs.  (I raced to Danielle’s after dinner at Lebanese Taverna).

 I tried the blueberry buckle and the triple chocolate cake.  The blueberry was very generously sliced and tasty, though a bit underdone in the middle.  The chocolate cake, however, was a real stand-out.  It had the bitter, intense flavor of dark chocolate (maybe some espresso powder in there also) and was rich without being cloyingly sweet.  Two people could easily share the slice.

 I was pleased to see that Danielle’s emphasizes seasonal ingredients.  Danielle herself was behind the counter, which gave this bakery additional charm.  Located in a mall full of chains (which most people don’t shop in—Neiman Marcus, anyone?!) it was nice to see a bakery with a local owner.  Despite its location, I thought Danielle’s was affordable, especially considering that the portions can be shared.

 I’ll definitely be heading back to Danielle’s to try some more items the next time I’m in the area.

 Grade: A

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