Elway's Ding Dong (including a recipe!) and other desserts

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All photos by Kate Gibbons.
The dessert menu at Elway's Cherry Creek is quite the mouthful. If somehow you've saved room, an almost overwhelming sixteen choices await diners who want to satisfy their sweet tooth after a New York strip or salmon filet.

Combining classics like signature cheesecake and crème brulee with the more whimsical Ding Dong and do-it-yourself s'mores, the assortment at Elway's has something for everyone.

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Elway's and a variation on the Hostess Ding Dong might seem like an odd pairing, but the dessert has been on the menu since the Cherry Creek restaurant opened and is still popular; today it's available at all four locations of Elway's. This Ding Dong features fresh devil's food cake with a vanilla crème filling, glazed with chocolate ganache and plated with foil triangles and chocolate and crème anglaise. The oversized Ding Dong is complimentary for birthday, anniversary and graduation celebrations -- but if you can't make it in on your special day, Elway's was nice enough to include the recipe (below)for you to tackle in your own kitchen.

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Elway's has other options, of course. Two years ago, executive sous chef Aniedra Nichols was tasked with replacing the banana cream pie with another banana dessert. Not wanting to use any imitation or banana puree, it took her nearly six months to perfect the delicious banana pudding that's exclusive to Cherry Creek. Nichols layers vanilla pudding and fresh bananas and tops that with shortbread crumbs; chocolate-covered shortbread cookies accompany the pudding for dipping.

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Also exclusive to Cherry Creek is the lemon pound cake. Nichols adds lemon juice and zest to give the pound cake a tang, and tops it with vanilla-scented strawberries and orange crème fraiche for a fruitful delight.

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Then there's the popular Elsa's key lime pie. Created by pastry cook Elsa Marquez, the pie has graham cracker crust and a sweet and condensed milk filling. Infused with key lime and fresh lime juice, it's ideally perfectly tart. Topped with whipped cream and a lime wedge, the pie is drizzled with blueberry sauce for a colorful presentation.

Also on the menu are blackberry bread pudding, seriously chocolate cake and a warm, dark chocolate brownie.

Continue reading for the Ding Dong recipe.

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Elway's Cherry Creek

2500 E. 1st Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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