While the calorie overload might be enormous, a huge hunk of moist chocolate cake not only melts in your mouth but melts your heart. The City of Brotherly Love is well known for its adoration of this particular bit of heaven. Here are the top places in Philadelphia to find this delectably delicious dessert.
Termini Brothers Bakery
1523 S. 8th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 334-1816

Price: $120 large cake/$9 slice

Founded in 1921 by two Sicilian brothers, Termini began as a small pastry shop in the heart of South Philadelphia. Today, the family-run enterprise has four locations throughout the city specializing in top-notch Italian cookies, biscotti, cannolis and other savory pastries. The bakery also makes chocolate cakes to die for. For the supreme chocolate aficionado, the black forest cake — chocolate layers freckled with juicy amarena cherries on top — will make your eyes roll to the back of your head. You can purchase a huge cake for 35 to 40 people at one of the bakery locations, or buy it by the slice at Mr. Joe’s Cafe across the street from the flagship store.

Famous 4th Street Delicatessen
700 S. 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 922-3274

Price: $9.25 huge slice

This corner Jewish deli has been a Philadelphia tradition since 1923. In addition to a menu overflowing with overstuffed hot and cold sandwiches, the renowned eatery also offers a cornucopia of amazing desserts, baking the best vanilla and chocolate checkerboard cake in town, hands down. For a serious slice of heaven, try a slab of the peanut butter cup chocolate layer cake. Layers of devil’s food cake and pieces of peanut butter cups are scooped out of the middle to form a cavity filled with fluffy, rich mousse.

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Golosa Chocolate Bar & Dessert Lounge
806 S. 6th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 925-1003

Price: $10 slice

Golosa Chocolate Bar is a great place to satisfy your sweet tooth after a movie date or a meal at a nearby restaurant. Shakes and truffles are the main focus of award-winning chocolatier and pastry chef Andrea Bianchini, a native of Italy. In fact, the high-end chocolate used in his confections and cakes is imported from Florence, Italy. For chocolate cake lovers, however, the real cause for applause is the red velvet chocolate gateau, a mouth-watering piece of moist chocolate red velvet cake with layer upon layer of feathery cream cheese frosting.

Brown Betty Dessert Boutique
722 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 629-0999

Price: $30 cake for 6/$40 cake for 8/$60 cake for 10

Smiles will broaden and eyes widen when a slice of one of Brown Betty’s chocolate cakes is placed before you on the table. The dessert boutique, named in honor of the owner’s baking-fanatic grandmother, churns out scrumptious cupcakes, wedding cakes and everything in between. And cakes don’t come more chocolaty than the Dear Ruth gateau. It will certainly deliver a standing ovation when you bite into its four layers of fresh chocolate sour-cream cake and chocolate buttercream icing, all topped with a generous coating of chocolate shavings.

Miel Patisserie & Cafe
204 S. 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 731-9191

Price: $27.50 whole cake/$5 slice

French for honey, Miel Patisserie & Cafe is a honey hole of tarts, pastries, artisan chocolates and cakes. Using only fresh, natural ingredients, the cafe’s chocolate cakes are the epitome of sweet indulgence. You better be famished before feasting upon Miel’s chocolate ganache cake. Oozing with dark chocolate cake, creamy filling and a fudge glaze that covers the whole shebang, you’ll be lucky if you finish this sweetness from heaven in just one sitting.

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Susan DeFeo has been a professional writer since 1997. She served as a community events columnist for New Jersey’s “Cape May County Herald” for more than a decade. A writer for numerous online publications, Susan has covered health, fitness, beauty and travel, all subjects that are near and dear to her as a married mother of seven children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.