Pomegranate Chocolate Cake at Pomegranate Café
Dessert isn't supposed to be healthy, but that doesn't mean that it has to be entirely bad for you, either. Pomegranate Café's large selection of pastries and desserts expertly toes this line, bringing the best of both worlds: indulgence and health-consciousness. All desserts are made in-house from organic ingredients, all-natural sweeteners, alternative flours, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, dates, and high-quality fats.
Photo by Dayvid LeMmon Yes, it tastes as good as it looks.
We're not the only ones who have taken notice of what this Ahwatukee eatery is serving. The restaurant recently expanded with more tables and a much larger kitchen. However, if you go during lunchtime, the place is so crowded that you'll be wondering when they'll be able to expand again (or open a second location downtown, hint hint). Pomegranate Café also is working on a specialty product line, so these vegan sweets one day will be available in grocery stores and farmers markets.
Of everything in the pastry case, Pomegranate Chocolate Cake seemed the most necessary to taste. Not only does it feature the restaurant's signature fruit, but it makes for incredible eye candy. Made from spelt flour and organic cocoa, the cake is simple, moist, and definitely does not taste vegan. The texture is right, the aftertaste is all chocolate, and the pomegranate jam filling is a nice addition to a classic. The chocolate isn't too rich, which makes room for the tart pomegranate flavor. My expectation was that this would taste like chocolate-covered pomegranate seeds, but the pomegranate flavor isn't nearly as strong in this cake. The cake is topped with vegan chocolate buttercream and pomegranate seeds. The frosting tastes great with the cake, but when eaten on its own, it has a slightly strange note -- not quite bitter, but not a flavor that's in the real deal. But since no one's going to be sitting around eating this frosting with a spoon, it's not a major drawback.