Life’s short, eat dessert first goes the maxim. If your meal choices are predicated on what’s for dessert, Lake Country restaurants offer enough decadent desserts to satisfy even the sweetest of teeth. Here are a few of them. 

The Golden Mast Inn 

The dessert menu at Golden Mast Inn harkens back to the days when a meal didn’t end until after dessert, coffee and an after-dinner drink. 

This Weissgerber property located on Okauchee Lake features five signature desserts. “All signature dishes are homemade in the European bakery style,” said Lisa Marks, one of the family members. There is always “care and flair put into our desserts” and has been ever since Marks’ grandmother baked them daily.  

The picture-perfect strawberry schaum torte places fresh strawberries and French vanilla ice cream atop a cloud of baked meringue. The ethereal food sculpture is then topped with whipped cream.  

The hot apple strudel is the favorite of Hans Weissgerber, the restaurant’s 100-year-old patriarch, said Marks. Apples, raisins, nuts and cinnamon are assembled before baking the concoction in a flaky pastry crust. 

For chocolate lovers, the Black Forest torte offers a marriage of chocolate and cherry. The layers of this dark chocolate cake feature light and dark cherries, Kirschwasser (a cherry-flavored brandy), whipped cream and chocolate cream frosting.  

Don’t need a chocolate fix? Try the Bienenstich Cake, a yellow custard cake layered with Bavarian cream drizzled with honey and topped with toasted almonds. In a nod to one of its ingredients, the name translates as “bee sting.”  

Any dessert menu worth its calories includes a creme brulee and the Golden Mast is no…