Recently opened Dolce Delights has sweetened the line-up of notable, globally-inspired eateries, including Artisans, Piola and Sushi Raku, that have made The Mix development – where lower Westheimer ends and Midtown begins – a culinary hotspot. The 1,100-square-foot bakery and café focuses on a rotating selection of premium, artfully prepared pastries and cakes.
Owner Candace Chang, a Hong Kong native and Baylor University graduate, grew up with a love of cooking and fondly recalls eagerly following her mother around the kitchen. Her first memory of baking at age seven includes a humorous, but telling, mishap when salt was accidentally substituted for sugar. While she continued to improve upon her skills, baking for friends and family though school and college, Chang never considered turning her hobby into a career until a couple of years ago, when she was challenged by her parents to pursue her passion fulltime.
Dolce Delights sets itself apart from many other local dessert shops, by focusing on reduced sugar and vegan offerings that generate their natural sweetness from a variety of farm fresh ingredients and high quality, real fruit purees, eliminating artificial components without sacrificing flavor. Inspired by her world travels and Chinese heritage, Chang brings a sophisticated palate and sometimes unexpected palette of tastes to her goodies.
With 10 daily features baked in small batches to maintain optimal freshness, there are plenty of reasons to make a return trip. Those feeling adventurous may want to try the Japanese Yuzu Mini Cake, packed with Japanese grapefruit and a hint of white chocolate. The Mango Lava Dome Cake and Banana Chocolate Mousse Cake reflect Chang’s take on favorites from her hometown of Hong Kong. Other signature offerings include the Pina Colada Dome Cake, Tofu Cheesecake and Green Tea & Red Bean Macarons. Large orders and off-site catering are also available by special order.
Chang’s fashion merchandising background is evident throughout the soothing, gallery-like space, where her gemlike delicacies in sleek display cases pop against the otherwise muted backdrop that favors a white, grey and black color scheme. Chic wool-wrapped chairs and petite tables topped with bud vases invite you to linger, while perusing through stacks of magazines and books.
The shop’s flexible hours make it the perfect stop any time of day, whether looking for a midday pick-me-up or a post-dinner treat. In addition to desserts, guests can enjoy a daily section of breakfast items and sandwiches. Refreshments include premium coffees, plus an array of hot and cold teas with a focus on Matcha, a stone ground green tea abundant in nutrients.
Dolce Delights is located at 3201 Louisiana Street, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77006. Complimentary garage parking with reserved spots is located immediately adjacent to the entrance. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am until 9 pm, Friday from 7:30 am until 10 pm, Saturday from 9 am until 10 pm and Sunday from 11 am until 7 pm. For information, call 713.807.7575 or log onto mydolcedelights.com.
Information provided by Studio Communication; Photo by Mellisa Kuo