Restaurant News & Reviews

Top Dish: Go crazy for coconut cake at Pure Bliss Desserts

Name: Pure Bliss Desserts.

Location: 1424 Cornwall Ave. in downtown Bellingham, between Magnolia and Champion streets. Find more on its Facebook page. 360-739-1612. Closed Christmas Day and Dec. 26.

Quick bite: Pure Bliss is known for its cakes.

So choosing from its rotating menu of cakes served by the slice can be hard. But I love coconut, so I knew what I wanted the moment I saw the coconut craze cake in the display case.

This is also the best choice for the coconut-lover who can’t decide between white or chocolate cake.

At $6, the slice is a generous portion of a chocolate layer sandwiched between two white layers, all topped with cream cheese frosting and toasted coconut.

It was rich. It was moist. The silken texture was nicely balanced by the toasted flakes of coconut.

Best of all, the frosting was sweet without being cloying.

I paired the cake with a $6 glass of Korbel Brut champagne for a dry counterpoint to the sweet bites.

Side note: Three of us went for dessert, so we had slices from three different cakes at our table. The other two were salted caramel and red velvet.

Per our group’s yum meter, the coconut cake took top honors, followed by the red velvet and then salted caramel.

Don’t want to eat a slice of cake? The bakery’s other offerings include cupcakes, cookies and tarts.

The story of ... Owner Andi Vann opened Pure Bliss in October 2010 on Cornwall Avenue to give people a place they could go to in the evenings for a sweet treat after dinner or a show, or as an alternative to the city’s bar scene. Judging by the people of all ages there on my visit one Friday evening, she’s succeeded.

Ambiance: Casual, comfortable and cozy ... as in this small space fills up. This is the place to go if you need a breather during the holidays, or for dessert before or after a movie. (The Pickford’s Limelight Cinema is just a few feet away.) Plus, the staff is friendly and helpful.