60th Anniversary Cake @ Plaza Inn

Price: $5.99

When: November 28, 2015, 1 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

So I’m at the Plaza Inn, riding high on a happy-making meal of Pot Roast, and our party decides to spring for dessert.

The Plaza is offering a “60th Anniversary Cake” for about six bucks – its a good-sized slice of cake, looks reasonably moist, and has a white diamond on top to celebrate the park’s anniversary. We went for it.

Skip this one.

This cake is a muddle, a strange collision of flavor and texture. It’s composed of a fondant top, chocolate ganache, a vein of vanilla, and a fruit-ish layer at the bottom (mango? apricot? passion fruit?). There are also little caramel-esque bits sprinkled throughout, which adds unexpected (and a tad unwelcome) crunch to each bite.

The result is a confused cake that has a lot of flavor elements, but isn’t that flavorful. If you’re a chocolate fan, you’re frustrated: the chocolate flavor is having to compete against the fruit layer or vanilla layer to stand out. And vice versa. Nothing really pops. It wasn’t that much fun to eat (and, truthfully, we didn’t finish it.)

Oh, and the 60th-anniversary diamond on the top? White chocolate. Hollow. If you like that sort of thing.

UPDATE: As of November 2016, this dish is no longer available.