Here's a holiday party power move: Offer to bring dessert, then walk in with the Black Forest cake from the new Cake Life Bake Shop in Fishtown. This three-layer chocolate cake is tiered with chocolate ganache, Kirsch-soaked Luxardo cherries, and vanilla bean-Kirsch whipped cream - for a decidedly boozy, adult-only effect - and topped with the bling of a glitter-covered cherry. Holiday orders (also a cookie tree or box) by 4 p.m. Dec. 18; picked up Dec. 23, 3 to 7 p.m. or Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Samantha Melamed
Black Forest cake, $42 for an eight-inch cake (serves 16) at Cake Life Bake Shop, 1306 Frankford Ave., 215-278-2580, cakelifebakeshop.com
Top your dessert with a scoop of ice cream, aided by Zeroll, a scoop made of aluminum with a heat-conductive liquid core that helps it glide through even a frozen-solid tub of ice cream. - S.M.
Zeroll Original Scoop, $18.50 at Zeroll.com