Just speak the words “Dessert Lady” and I am there!
We first discovered this little slice of sweet heaven back when it was located off Kirkman Road near Universal Studios, Orlando. That Kirkman location has since closed, but The Dessert Lady lives on in her newest digs, downtown on Church Street, and within walking distance of the new Orlando Arena — a much better spot for post-game, post-concert and pre-partying refreshments.
This unique dessert bistro serves wine, cocktails, gourmet coffees and the most luscious of confections. Because there are so many extraordinary dessert choices, we always opt for the sampler platter — four smaller pieces of cake, cheesecake or other seasonal dessert.
The Dessert Lady’s Carrot Cake, always a winner for sure, is out of this world, and has no nuts for those of you who prefer it that way. My second favorite is the Chocolate Neapolitan Cake, six layers of scrumptious cake with raspberry mousse, chocolate ganache and raspberry sauce. Then there’s the Six Layer Chocolate Cake, Peanut Butter Pie, Fudge Ripple Bread Pudding, a variety of cheesecake flavors and seasonal desserts which sometimes include another favorite of mine, Caramel Apple Cake. The desserts are a bit pricey, but they are large portions and you definitely get what you pay for.
Owner Patti Schmidt became The Dessert Lady back in 1997. But way before that, she started creating carrot cakes in her garage for a local bakery. Her passion for baking blossomed into a full line of desserts and the desire to open up her own establishment. Her cozy dessert and wine bar now features a lunch menu with sandwiches and quiche. Catering is also available and you can buy made-to-order whole cakes to bring home.
The Dessert Lady has been voted “Best Dessert” by the Orlando Magazine Dining Awards, the Orlando Sentinel’s Foodie Awards and Travel Magazine’s Top 25 Reasons to Visit Orlando. The bistro is open every day with varying hours, but until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
Save some room after your dinner downtown and stop by The Dessert Lady for a drink and dessert that you’ll never forget. As Pattie herself has said, “There’s never a bad experience with dessert.”
Dates of Visit: 2005 to present