Sweetest Day of the Year

You’ll soon have plenty of reason to satisfy your sweet tooth: Oct. 14 is National Dessert Day. But if you’re watching your waistline, don’t worry— you can have your cake and eat it too with these bite-size treats from your local bakery:
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You’ll soon have plenty of reason to satisfy your sweet tooth: Oct. 14 is National Dessert Day. But if you’re watching your waistline, don’t worry— you can have your cake and eat it too with these bite-size treats from your local bakery:

Honey Pear Cheesecake

L’Arte’s Honey Pear Cheesecake is small enough to eat in one sitting and not overbearingly sweet. The bakery offers other fresh flavors like White Peach and Prosecco, Grapefruit and Campari, and Italian Ricotta, so why not pick up a few to share?

-L’Arte della Pasticceria, 109 E. Main St., Ramsey, 201.934.3211, larte.biz

The Broad

In addition to selling a handful of traditional tarts and cookies, Sook offers its own uniquely named and crafted desserts. “The Broad” is a coconut sponge cake with mangopassion fruit mousse and chocolate cremeaux dipped in meringue.

-Sook, 24 S. Broad St., Ridgewood, 201.493.2500, sookpastry.com

Canelé

Canelé is a petit French pastry flavored with rum and vanilla with a soft custard center. With its dark caramelized crust and striated top, the dessert looks like a mini Bundt cake. It packs in all the flavor and decadence of a full-size dessert, without the guilt.

-Pâtisserie Florentine, 10 S. Dean St., Englewood, 201.408.4890, patisserieflorentine.com

Hazelnut Millefeuille

This nutty dessert contains alternating layers of puff pastry and hazelnut cream, and is frequently topped with fruit. Ciel’s version of the pastry can be enjoyed by those who are gluten-free.

-Ciel Dessert, 273 Center Ave., Westwood, 201.497.8899, cieldessert.com

Apple Pie Cupcake (pictured above)

This is a perfect cupcake for fall and combines two beloved desserts. Carousel’s apple pie cupcake is vanilla-flavored and filled with apple compote, then topped with sweet cinnamon cream cheese frosting, caramel drizzle and apple pie crumbs. Cupcakes by Carousel,

-192 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201.389.3090; 31 N. Dean St., Englewood, 201.608.5092, cupcakesbycarousel.com

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