13 S. Eighth St.
Fargo North Dakota 58103United States
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Nichole's Fine Pastries earns a loyal following for its artistic, exquisite desserts.
Cake slices, tarts and pastries line up like edible works of art in the cases at Nichole's Fine Pastry. Chefs stroke gold leaf accents onto chocolate-glazed miniature cakes layered with hazelnut crunch. Mango, raspberries and blood oranges top fruit tarts like flowers. Domed chocolate-mint cakes look like they're encased in green glass. There are more than a dozen pastries each day: an ever-evolving blend of layer cakes with chocolate-pistachio or strawberry mousse; lemon curd and chocolate-caramel-sea-salt tarts; and favorites such as twice-baked cinnamon-sugared croissants layered with sweet almond cream. There's also a case of gelato and sorbets in flavors such as ginger, pistachio or white chocolate with a kick of lemon. An expansion in spring 2010 adds seating and lets the shop expand their breakfast and lunch menu of soups and sandwiches. Stop by on weekend nights for a glass of wine and, of course, a tempting dessert.