To whet your appetite for The Pitch's annual Best of Kansas City issue, we're counting down our favorite Top 50 dishes each weekday until October 7.
Yellow is not a flavor. But if we're assigning foods to stand for their color, the lemon cake from Cafe Europa would be a fine representative in the box of crayons. Moist and bright, this is the dessert that I'll eat no matter how full I am from the meal that I've just eaten.
Lemon cream-cheese filling sits between two layers of moist (this word can't be used often enough in this post) cake. All three layers fall onto your fork, meaning you inevitably take a series of larger bites than you intended. It's sweet, tangy and buttery. The choice of a light lemon glaze on top is inspired. This big slice of cake eats like a beautiful, oversized petit four.
Great cake seems to demand the accompaniment of a cold glass of milk. Cafe Europa's entrant is no exception. Although if you need to make do with a cup of coffee, you'll find that it pairs just as nicely.
What I experience at the end of the meal at the Crestwood restaurant is the taste that I hope for whenever I bite into a yellow dessert. Lemon cake yellow, it's the best color in the case.
Our list so far:
No. 49: Il Parma from Bella Napoli
No. 42: Apple strudel from Grunauer
No. 40: E-Crush from Hi-Hat Coffee
No. 34: Stroud's cinnamon rolls
No. 33: Smoked Polish from Werner's