Cedar Rapids Moms Favorites: Best Desserts in and around Cedar Rapids

When COVID started, my husband and I started having a date night in each week. We frequently order a dessert or two for ourselves once the kids are in bed.

Here are some of our favorite desserts in and around Cedar Rapids:

 

Lucky Penny

Address: 1705 Boyson Road, Hiawatha

Website: https://www.luckypennypub.com/

The Coin Toss Cake (pictured above) is my favorite dessert in the Cedar Rapids area. As an added bonus, it’s probably large enough to feed three people (although I’d recommend keeping it all for yourself). Lucky Penny also has a special dessert each week, and every one we’ve tried has been fabulous.

Black Sheep Social Club

Address: 600 1st Street SE, Cedar Rapids

Website: http://www.iamtheblacksheep.com/

Black Sheep is my favorite restaurant in Cedar Rapids. Their dessert menu changes each season and I’m almost embarrassed to admit that each season I usually visit frequently enough to try every dessert. My current favorite is the Ding Dong cake.

Daisy’s Garage

Address: 5240 Edgewood Road NE, Suite 100, Cedar Rapids

Website: https://www.facebook.com/daisysgarage/

Their rich Triple Chocolate Cake is to die for. My husband has thoroughly enjoyed both their Carrot Cake and Bread Pudding.

Cheesecakes by Mer at Hwy 30 Diner

Address: 4330 16th Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids

Website: https://hwy30diner.com/

I was bummed I wasn’t going to be able to add Cheesecakes by Mer, as her place was destroyed in the derecho. However, I just saw today that she has teamed up with Hwy 30 Diner and they are now serving her cheesecakes! It looks like they’ll be serving a couple of flavors each week – I’ve had several and you can’t go wrong!

Lighthouse Inn Supper Club

Address: 6905 Mount Vernon Road SE, Cedar Rapids

Website: http://www.crlighthouseinn.com/

The Lighthouse has been one of my favorites for a long time. I have a hard time deciding between the Triple Chocolate Cake and the Raspberry Cheesecake, but I most recently went with chocolate and was not disappointed!

Kava House & Café

Address: 122 2nd Street SE, Swisher

Website: http://kavahousecafe.com/

Kava House & Café always has a tremendous selection of baked goods. My very favorites are their carrot cake and cinnamon rolls!

Monica’s

Address: 303 2nd Street, Coralville

Website: https://www.monicasonthestrip.com/

Monica’s is where I first fell in love with Hot Fudge Filled Chocolate Cake (sometimes known as Lava Cake). Now I look for it at any restaurant I go to, but Monica’s is still my favorite. Monica’s also happens to be home to one of my husband’s favorites: White Chocolate Bread Pudding. Their Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee is also worth mentioning. Honestly, you should probably just order one of each dessert they offer.

Now that you know what a ridiculous sweet tooth I have, I need you to let me in on all of your favorite desserts that I’ve missed. What’s your favorite dessert and where can I find it? Let me know in the comments or on our Facebook page!


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Marla Hoy
Marla is a lifelong Cedar Rapidian who met her husband, Shawn, at the local Dairy Queen in 2005 and married him in 2009. They have three beautiful daughters (6, 3, 9 months) who seem to take after their dad. Marla is a stay at home mom who spends very little time at home. She loves children and has spent the last five years doing in-home daycare and foster care. Marla is an adoptive parent, a homeschooling mom, and is currently the co-coordinator of a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group at her church here in Cedar Rapids. In whatever free time she can find, Marla enjoys reading a good love story or watching a chick flick.

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