Sod breakfast – dessert is the most important meal of the day. And there are so many joyous occasions to celebrate the humble pud this month. After being such a healthy little peanut throughout Jan, loosen those shackles and partake in Wriggle’s celebration of all things sugary. 

Every Tuesday for the month of February we’ll be releasing a feast of fat desserts for you to sink your hungry little gnashers into. These aren’t just any old desserts though, expect ice cream sandwiches, sweet rainbow vegan bao, dessert and wine flights, and dessert cocktails all from Cardiff’s best Indies. You, dear Wriggler, are in for a real treat. If sweet treats of the pancake kind are what you're after, check out our guide to Cardiff's top pancakes. 

The amazing folks at Luna's Vegan Corner have crafted a proper sugar bomb of a treat, exclusively for Wriggle - they serve it only on Tuesdays, so nab yourself one of these beauties before they sell out! You'll be digging into a real dream of a dessert: sticky toffee pudding bathed in ice cream, with generous dollops of chocolate and caramel sauce and gloriously topped with whipped cream - bloody delicious!

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Fiercely independent and passionate about delivering simple, honest, modern Welsh food. They make a real effort to deliver this to their pudding menu too. Choose from Biscoff cheesecake, Bailey's brownies or cookie dough and ice cream, there's also an optional Bailey's drizzle that can be added to any dessert. Booze + sugar = the best of times.

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Treat your bestie to an indulgent brunch at Juniper Place. These guys have taken French toast and brought it to a whole new level of goodness. You and your lucky guest will each be digging into your very own filled French toast - choose any two fillings from some mouth-watering options including Bisco peanut butter, Nutella, White chocolate and Maple syrup - feel free to get creative with your combos!

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Calling all chocoholics of Cardiff to the main stage: this one is a real dream of a Wriggle. You'll be indulging in a sweet, chocolatey cocktail while enjoying a chocolate taster board with 5 different pieces of Wickedly Welsh Chocolate. Cocktails to chose from are Mocha Martini, Choc-Nut Martini and White Chocolate Orange Martini. And if you want even more chocolate, have a look at Culley's menu - they've got some proper tasty stuff on there!

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Science Cream is what happens when you pay attention in Chemistry lessons. With bubbling, boiling liquid nitrogen, lab coats and Erlenmeyer flasks on display, you might think you've stumbled onto the set of a 1930s Frankenstein flick: but the only monstrous things here are the flavour combinations. In a good way. Keep an eye on that specials board – and a uniquely dense, silken texture. This is ice cream of rare quality with few local rivals and a visual element uniquely their own.

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Joe's ice cream is more than just a love affair between the industrial Welsh valley's and rural Abruzzi Mountains of Italy. This is something special from the heart of Swansea. This family run business originated back in 1922 and with their secret recipe up their sleeve Joe's has become a nations favourite. Famous for their vanilla ice cream they like to keep things simply with quality flavours at the forefront.

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Let Them See Cake (formerly Art of Sugarcraft) is a special place where the line between food and art has been comprehensively, surreally, deliciously blurred. Perched above the equally fantastic Pettigrew Bakeries, owner Gareth Davies (one of the most charming gents in all of Cardiff, as it so happens) creates edible masterpieces in his studio-come-cake-emporium that have quickly won him a loyal Welsh customer base, a stream of international cake awards and the adoration of some serious media movers and shakers.

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With the quality of French patisserie being knocked out by Cocorico you could be easily forgiven for thinking you’re sitting in a trendy Paris cafe. But no, this is Whitchurch Road and the artisan behind Cocorico’s cracking pastries is Frenchman Laurian Veaudour. The praline and hazelnut cream-filled Paris-Brest, salted caramel-filled tarte au chocolat and magnificent macarons are all some of the essential picks

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This cheerful crêperie, situated on a stretch of seafront in Cardiff Bay, is flipping marvellous. The menu is full of fun; slather your crepe with Chocolate, Toffee, and Marshmallows, or, if you’re feeling pious, the standard Lemon and Sugar option is also damn fine. They also do stunning boozy freakshakes for a properly fun-filled time.

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Nata & Co bring the Portuguese spirit to Cardiff with their trio of bakeries on Castle Street, Bute Street (Cardiff Bay) and Clifton Street (Adamsdown). If Portuguese baking is known for one thing it’s the pastel de nata and unsurprisingly, Nata & Co’s is an absolute bobby dazzler. Crisp layers of golden pastry contain a wobbly sweet custard filling with a lightly charred top. It’s a thing of beauty and made even more so washed down with a cup of strong Portuguese coffee.

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Nestled in the leafy, affluent suburbs of Pontcanna, Brød is Cardiff’s first ever Danish bakery and is owned by Betina Skovbro, a Danish baker who moved to Wales in 1998. Expect freshly baked bread, a tempting selection of sweet and savoury pastries and cakes handcrafted using traditional Danish techniques.

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Devilishly delicious cakes, warm doughnuts glazed to within a sugary inch of their lives, cocoa-infused melt-in-your-mouth cookies and some of the finest cruelty-free cupcakes you're ever likely to go weak at the knees over. With varieties such as vegan chocolate hazelnut or salted caramel greeting you as soon as you walk in the door, it's always hard to resist leaving Blanche without a box or two to enjoy later.

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Installed in a former bank, Lufkin cafe has it all: cosy ambience, the friendliest of staffs, and obviously great coffee. These guys are also a dab hand at whipping up some very special sweet treats. Their home-baked pies really do spark joy, flavours change regularly, but the cherry pie is life. If you've got a sweet tooth, you're gonna love their ice cream sandwiches. Made of two homemade chocolate chip cookies and oh-so-sweetly-delicious vanilla ice-cream. The best sugar-craving fix we could dream of.

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If you've got a sweet tooth, you're going to be in heaven here – extravagantly topped crêpes and waffles adorn the menu, with savoury pancakes also up for grabs. Freshly squeezed juices and excellent coffee complete the offering here – so next time you're heading for a picnic in the park, why not swing by Claudie's first to grab yourself a treat.

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Formerly known as The Deck, Love Peace and Cupcake have upheld their reputation as the cupcake queens of Cardiff. You’ll find this quirky vintage tearoom tucked away by Cardiff bay with counters full of beautiful homemade scones, brownies and cakes galore. They really come into their own when it comes to the cupcakes, recent drool-worthy concoctions have been pretzel cupcakes, cheesecake cupcakes and Reeses peanut butter cupcakes. It’s a yes from us.

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At the forefront of the new wave of bakeries popping up in Cardiff. Expect a fabulous array of baked goods, particularly their sweet pastries that are good enough to induce sugary filled tears. Think passion fruit pavlova doughnuts, banoffee tarts, salted caramel brownies and dark chocolate, raspberry and rosewater filled brioche. It really doesn't get much better than this.

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Standing proud on Whitchurch Road since 2006, Mint & Mustard is the founding father of Cardiff's high-end Southern Indian restaurant scene. And their dessert menu is a fine example of this. The chocomosa is a chocolate filled samosa abed a slice of caramelised banana and vanilla ice cream. The grilled tandoori pineapple coated in honey and saffron marinade with pistachio ice cream is heavenly. Or if you're having trouble deciding, go for the pudding platter and get a taste of both.

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In the heart of Cathays you’ll find the most indulgent ice cream parlour creating weird and wonderful sweet combinations you could only conjure up in your wildest sugar filled dreams. Imagine monster waffle stacks piled high with ice cream, fruit and lashings of melted chocolate or huge freakshakes stacked with whipped cream, gooey sauce, donuts and waffles. Expect all this and so much more from Coco Gelato’s vast menu of sweet treats.

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Cardiff’s first 100% vegan restaurant is run by cheerful chappie, Adam, who also happens to be a Hare Krishna monk. The vegan desserts here are next-level. How about a raw peanut better cheesecake or a black forest brownie? Walnut, cranberry and ginger cake or a dark chocolate tart drizzled with raspberry coulis finished with a chocolate shard and chocolate crumb. Whatever sugar fix you're craving, Anna Loka has your back.

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The Classroom, with its enviable view over the city, is an exciting project to train the culinary stars of tomorrow. The students work alongside the head chef, learning their trade as they cook a menu which leans far more toward elegant fine dining than you might expect. Desserts here are very photogenic, and very indulgent. Goats milk savarin and balsamic ice cream with candied orange and roasted plum; muscovado and dark rum rice pudding; and sticky toffee parfait are just some of the exceptional dishes you can look forward to.

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You'll feel right at home at in Longa Cafe's lovely relaxed, bright setting. It's the perfect place to stop and grab a freshly baked pastry. From homemade almond and mastic biscuits to chocolate covered pistachio cake, these sweet treats have been made with passion and the utmost care. Their newest dessert added to the menu is a traditional Turkish pudding called Lokma, it's a mouthwatering combination of Turkish fried doughnuts topped with chocolate, walnuts and ice cream. And you must try it.

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Once you've had your fill of flame-grilled steak, we strongly recommend you ask to see the dessert menu. You can tuck into drool-worthy puds like the waffle tower above. The Milky Way waffle drizzled in white chocolate sauce is insanely good and the chocolate fountain sundae is just dreamy.

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Wild Thing is on a mission to save the planet: this lovely and cosy cafe is 100% vegan, low waste and ethical. All of Wild Thing's menu offering is sourced from ethical and local suppliers and their cakes are as healthy as can be. That being said, it doesn't mean you won't get your cake craving satisfied. Raw snickers cheesecake and peanut butter and Himalayan salt, black bean brownies are just a couple of recent beauties.

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If you like your cakes and sweet treats with a little European flare. Fragolino is definitely one for your radar. This adorable cafe will give you that authentic Italian cafe culture feel without once having to leave Cardiff. Ice cream filled brioche, freshly made cannoli, pistacchio Semifreddo and dessert pizza are just some of the Italian sweet treats you can look forward to.

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Zerodegrees is the perfect place to grab a stunning wood fired pizza and a pint. They also knock out some killer dessert options. Their sweet pizzas are innovative and delicious. Chose from pecan and salted caramel or chocolate and banana pizza. The New York cheesecake and chocolate fondente gelato are also choice picks.

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Published -1st February 2020