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13 treats for #NationalDessertDay

On National Dessert Day, here’s a baker’s dozen of excellent reasons to celebrate.

A few of these might be off the menu by now, but chances are there’s something else to fall in love with.

Red Raspberry Rhapsody sundae at Antoinette’s, 5981 Transit Road, Depew. Because housemade raspberry sauce, ice cream and whipped cream has its own gravitational pull.

Red Raspberry Rhapsody sundae at Antoinette's in Depew. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Red Raspberry Rhapsody sundae at Antoinette's in Depew. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

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Baklava cheesecake at 755 Restaurant & Lounge, 755 W. Market St., Niagara Falls. Cheesecake topped with a flaky phyllo layer and more pistachios has the makings of a crossover classic at this Lebanese-American restaurant.

The 755 Restaurant & Lounge at 755 West Market St. in Niagara Falls serves Lebanese and American cuisine. The baklava cheesecake is a top seller. It's a rich rosewater cheesecake inside phyllo pastry and topped with rosewater syrup and pistachio. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

The 755 Restaurant & Lounge at 755 West Market St. in Niagara Falls serves Lebanese and American cuisine. The baklava cheesecake is a top seller. It's a rich rosewater cheesecake inside phyllo pastry and topped with rosewater syrup and pistachio. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

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Black Forest cherry cake (Schwartzwald torte) at Black Forest Adler, 2447 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Cherry liqueur soaked into the layers, nutty cake, sour cherries and whipped cream makes an epic slice.

Black forest cherry cake from Black Forest Adler.

Black forest cherry cake from Black Forest Adler. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News file photo)

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Cherry crostada with housemade vanilla crème fraiche at The Black Sheep, 367 Connecticut St. The sticky toffee pudding has its disciples, but this outshone it for me in a July visit, because cherries.

The cherry crostada from The Black Sheep outshines the sticky toffee pudding, according to Andrew Galarneau. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

The cherry crostada from The Black Sheep outshines the sticky toffee pudding, according to Andrew Galarneau. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

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Cheesecake at Dick & Jenny’s Bake & Brew, 1270 Baseline Road, Grand Island. My platonic ideal of New York style baked cheesecake, fluffy with a touch of caramel on top.

The cheesecake from Dick and Jenny's on Grand Island.

The cheesecake from Dick & Jenny's on Grand Island. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News file photo)

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Sticky toffee bread pudding at Elm Street Bakery, 72 Elm St., East Aurora. Brioche bread pudding, warmed from the wood oven, in a salty caramel-like toffee sauce, topped with whipped housemade crème fraiche. (Photo: Elm Street Bakery)

Sticky toffee pudding is popular at Elm Street Bakery. (via Elm Street Bakery)

Sticky toffee pudding is popular at Elm Street Bakery. (via Elm Street Bakery)

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Almond lace cookie cup, Hutch’s, 1375 Delaware Ave. A simple, fresh, classic that has captivated generations, and disappointed children whose parents will leave them home next time.

The almond-laced fruit cup from Hutch's. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

The almond-laced fruit cup from Hutch's. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News file photo)

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Guava pastelito, La Flor Bakery, 544 Niagara St. The first bite of this airy, tropical Puerto Rican classic of guava paste, puff pastry and powdered sugar made me put it down and get a cup of coffee to enjoy it properly.

The guava pastelito from La Flor Bakery.

The guava pastelito from La Flor Bakery. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News file photo)

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Apple custard pie at Orazio’s, 9415 Main St., Clarence. In a place that does most of its own baking, this apple pie custard crossover made me wish for seconds.

Apple custard pie from Orazio's.

Apple custard pie from Orazio's. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News file photo)

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Crème brulee trio at Rick’s On Main, 687 Main St., East Aurora. Most crème brulee flights of fancy crash, but not this one, with clear, enjoyable flavors of cappuccino, chocolate and raspberry.

Creme brulee trio from Rick's On Main in East Aurora. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Creme brulee trio from Rick's On Main in East Aurora. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

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Ile flottante at Rue Franklin, 347 Franklin St. Classic and enchanting, much like its home, the meringue topped with caramel lace never goes out of style.

Ile Flottante from Rue Franklin with is poached meringue afloat in a creme Anglaise with caramel and toasted almonds. This dessert has been a standard at the restaurant for over 30 years. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Ile Flottante from Rue Franklin with is poached meringue afloat in a creme Anglaise with caramel and toasted almonds. This dessert has been a standard at the restaurant for over 30 years. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

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Sfinge at Gigi’s Cucina Povera, 981 Kenmore Ave., Kenmore. Crispy puffs to gild with cannoli filling makes a delicate end to a hearty meal.

Sfinge from Gigi's Cucina Povera.

Sfinge from Gigi's Cucina Povera. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

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Torta gianduja at Tempo, 581 Delaware Ave. The lightness of the chocolate-hazelnut belies the intensity of its toasted nut flavor.

Tempo Restaurant's Torta Gianduja is a chocolate mousse with a hazelnut crust. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Tempo Restaurant's Torta Gianduja is a chocolate mousse with a hazelnut crust. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

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