Virginia’s Flourless Chocolate Cake
by First Coast Magazine
Nils and Bailey Rowland, owners of Crème de la Cocoa in Augustine, shared passion for cakes and desserts all began when they met in middle school. As a pre-teen, Niles started taking charge of his parents’ home kitchen.
It’s no secret that there are a lot of great restaurants in St. Augustine. What’s far less common, however, are great dessert shops. In fact, if you didn’t know where to look, you might not ever find one. But, if you were to find yourself searching at the north end of San Marco Avenue, you’d be in the right spot.
North City St. Augustine just got a whole lot sweeter!
Creme de la Cocoa has opened in a new location, at 299 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine … just across the street from its former location at DOS Coffee & Wine, 300 San Marco Ave. Chef Nils Rowland and his wife Bailey offer handmade chocolates, marshmallows (asked for one toasted!), specialty desserts, cookies, brownies, oatmeal cream pies, and macarons, as well as custom cakes for any special occasion.
Ever since his father taught him to make lemon meringue pie when he was 11 years old, Nils Rowland has been obsessed with creating desserts as fetching as they are decadent. A graduate of the Notter School of Pastry Arts in Orlando, with many years’ experience in various resorts in private clubs, he launched last summer his own confectionary shop with his wife—and college sweetheart—Bailey.
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Pastry Chef and Chocolatier Nils Rowland took the local dessert scene by storm with the opening of Creme de la Cocoa last year. Providing uniquely flavored and hand painted truffles, petite dessert shots, and full sized dessert slices, Chef Nils can honestly be considered one of the top chocolatiers in the United States.
Crème de la Cocoa‘s Nils Rowland is the King of Cake in Northeast Florida. Whipping up the most delicious desserts, he is sure to bake the cake of your dreams. We collaborated with him in our Winter 2016 issue of The Celebration Society (go snag a copy to see) and the cake looked absolutely stunning.
10 MUST TRY Food Experiences in St. Augustine
by Simply St. Augustine
Chef Nils is making a big impact on the oldest city's dessert scene. He prepares unique desserts for several local restaurants and custom cakes for weddings and events and always offers about a dozen treats at Dos, a local coffee roaster. If the artistry of all the desserts in his case at Dos Coffee + Wine isn't enough to convince you, he was on Food Network's holiday cake cook off. Fancy.
by Edible Northeast Florida
Those who excel in the culinary realm understand that taste begins with presentation—you eat with your eyes first. The most skilled in the kitchen create an experience pleasant to all the senses, and seek to evoke a response from those who eat their dishes.
by Edible Northeast Florida
The drive for excellence on the local food scene comes in many flavors, and displays of edible art even pop up at the end of a meal. This is certainly evident at Crème de la Cocoa in St. Augustine, a confections company that aims to set a new standard for desserts and chocolate creations.
Dining Notes: Crème de la Cocoa Sweetening Up The Dining Scene
We're hearing sweet things about Crème de la Cocoa, which opened in June at 300 San Marco Ave. in St Augustine, sharing space with Dos Coffee and Wine.
Crème de la Cocoa - Insanely Good (and Inspired) Desserts
by St. Augustine Foodie Adventures
Creme de la Cocoa is run by husband and wife team Nils and Bailey Rowland. Nils is the pastry chef and chocolatier and Bailey runs all their marketing and event management. Between the two, they have years in the hospitality industry and understand that developing a new brand means hard work, dedication, and a seriously amazing product.