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In a city blessed with a bevy of bakeries and more than its fair share of gifted pastry chefs, one would be hard-pressed to narrow the list of best chocolate cakes in Atlanta to just one. To celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day (Jan. 27), CBS Atlanta has compiled a list of five of our favorite places to indulge on some of the Southeast’s finest melt-in-your-mouth slices of heaven. Whether one prefers their chocolate cake light and fluffy, dark and rich or with a deliciously unexpected twist, we invite our readers to add their own favorite chocolate cake destinations in the comments section below. Warning before reading: drooling may ensue.

Café Intermezzo
Three locations in Atlanta

Established in 1979, Café Intermezzo has become an Atlanta landmark among pastry and coffee lovers. Boasting locations open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and after-hours in Dunwoody and Brookwood, (plus its newest addition at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport’s Concourse B), there’s little excuse not to drive to the nearest possible location to try a sampling of its signature brand of chocolate decadence. Dare to try the triple-threat deliciousness that is the duomo torte. Featuring a trio of chocolate cake, chocolate mousse and pieces of cheesecake, this dessert brings new meaning to the word “sinful.” Because Café Intermezzo rotates its pastries daily, there is a chance that guests may visit on a day when the duomo torte is not available. Worry not! Chocolate cake fans also can’t go wrong by ordering the dark chocolate crunch torte, which features chocolate cake layers drenched in chocolate ganache and finished with toffee pieces, or the white chocolate three-layer torte, which boasts chocolate cake iced with white chocolate mousse and topped with chocolate ganache.

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Chocolate cake from Calliope Sweets (Credit, Kasie Bolling)

Calliope Sweets
5511 Main St.
Flowery Branch, GA 30542
(770) 965-3333

Located in the heart of historic downtown Flowery Branch, this New Orleans-inspired bakery features a sublime collection of freshly baked cookies, cupcakes, brownies and cakes behind the glass of its showcase. Chocolate cake aficionados should be sure to ask owner and brilliant baker Patty Phillips to serve them up a generous slice of her O’Brien chocolate cake. This is comprised of lighter-than-air layers of classic chocolate cake topped with copious amounts of peanut buttery cream frosting and chocolate shavings. It’s well worth the drive from Atlanta, but it’s recommended that you call ahead to make sure it’s on the day’s menu. For true devotees, the trip becomes even more worthwhile when one places an order for a whole O’Brien chocolate cake.

Atkins Park Tavern
794 N. Highland Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 876-7249

For a sinfully southern twist on the chocolate cake, Atlantans should look no further than Virginia Highlands’ hotspot Atkins Park. After indulging in an array of some of the best comfort food this side of the Mason-Dixon line, guests should be sure to save room for dessert. While not in conventional cake-like form, one taste and patrons will know why Atkins Park’s chocolate bread pudding with vanilla bean ice cream made this list. It’s wickedly wonderful!

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
4501 Olde Perimeter Way
Atlanta, GA 30346
(770) 698-8112

Foodies love to dine in style at Fleming’s near Perimeter Mall. Showcasing some of the finest steaks and wine lists in all of Atlanta, guests won’t want to miss out on Fleming’s famed chocolate lava cake. Because each cake is expertly made to order, it is recommend that you place an order shortly after the salad course or not long after the main course arrives. A gentle tip of one’s fork into the heart of this rich chocolate cake sends forth a warm lava flow of Belgian chocolate. This decadent and delicious dessert is perfectly complemented by a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chopped pistachios.

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Piece of Cake 
Five locations throughout Atlanta
(800) 922-5390

Fudge fanatics will definitely want to pop by one of Piece of Cake’s five locations for a slice of its classic chocolate layer cake. An ice-cold glass of milk goes wonderfully with this dish that features chocolate layers surrounded by fudge frosting with pecans sprinkled on top. It’s like a tantalizing time warp back to grandma’s kitchen table. But, why settle for just one slice when entire cakes are available for order? A big hint for German chocolate cake groupies: this particular item is a limited-time engagement and only available in January and February. Guests of Piece of Cake are encouraged to spread the love. These cakes can be shipped anywhere in the U.S.

Kasie Bolling is a freelance writer covering all things Atlanta. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.