Thursday, 1 December 2011

Cakes & Sweets

Maison Blanc
Mister bought this for my birthday cake. I loved it – it was like Gauthier’s Golden Louis XV blown up 4x. The richest coat of dark chocolate enveloping the most sinful torte and thickest cocoa mousse, which was more like velvety whipped cream than light airy mousse, finished off with a solid block of biscuity wafer base. For a true chocolate addict, the high density cocoa couldn’t be better news. Each mouthful clung onto the roof of mouth, slowly releasing the deep aroma that flirted with every nerve to maximise the ultimate guilty pleasure.

Gail’s Artisan Bakery
Mister bought home this beautiful chocolate tart from Gail’s new opening at South Kensington. Dense and intense, contrasted with some delicate toffee brittles. Scrumptious.

L’Eto Caffe
Sandwiched between Princi and Hummingbird’s Bakery, L’Eto draws attention with its magnificent display of vibrant cakes in generous portions and layers. The choices were overwhelming, from the classic carrot cake to passion fruit meringue tart to baileys cheesecake.

Napoleon slice
Definitely not my type of millefeuille; puff pastry layers were damp and leathery and the filling was just thickened condense milk! Sickeningly sweet and squashy textures. Truly awful.

Honey cake
It was more maple syrup than honey. The cake was very moist, almost like each sponge layer was dipped into honey before gelling them with syrupy cream. I don’t know, it was different to cakes I usually have, but I’m not sure if I enjoyed it as much as my usual choices.

Sure enough the cakes are served big here, and they should too at £4.70 a shot. Serving a big slice of so-so cake is sad news; serving a huge slice of no-good cake is simply bad news.

I think Harrods cheesecakes are still unbeatable; as for millefeuille Patisserie rarely disappoints (except for their gelatine cheesecakes).

On a side note, Wafflemeister does some pretty extraordinary, well, waffles. I tried the one in South Ken for a late afternoon snack the other day; the bittersweet chocolate sauce, hot crispy-edged waffle, generous cream and ripen banana... Whoa!

Maison Blanc
303 Fulham Road
SW10 9QH
Maison Blanc on Urbanspoon

Gail's Artisan Bread
45 Thurloe Street
Gail's Bread on Urbanspoon

L’Eto Caffe
155 Wardour Street
L'eto Caffe on Urbanspoon

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