When it comes to cake, I go gaga over it pretty quickly. What can I say? I'm tempted by looks & am addicted by taste, that's my sins of this world! And so... shall I tempt you with those awesome cakes I've ever tried from all over the world? What say you?
Let us start alphabetically (countries) with a few of these unforgettable cakes...
Sacher Cake (Vienna, Austria) My friend Oliver (Socrates_07) who just joined us on Lunch took us there for a sample of this cake. My other VirtualTourist.com friend Audrey simply loves this cake. For me, it's a tad too sweet but hey, it's Sacher! Who can resist a sampling? ;-)
The Story of Sacher Cake The original Sacher cake is known as Sachertorte in Vienna & invented in 1832 by Franz Sacher. Hence, the name Sachertorte for this chocolate cake. This is a cake which was invented at the request of Prince Metternich for several important guests. Although the cake pleased the guests, it wasn't impressive and didn't make its name until Franz Sacher's eldest son Eduard Sacher perfected it years later & served it at Hotel Sacher which he established in 1876. Since then, this cake has become one of the most famous Vienna's culinary specialties!
Mont-Blanc: Chestnut Cake (Bread Talk, China) I just chanced upon this cake very recently upon the store's recommendation. I bought only a piece for sampling & I was hooked. The top is chestnut paste with sponge cake and mousse below it. At the beginning, the chestnut paste didn't seem very special but as I dig in more, I found the light mousse below it mixes so well with the heavy chestnut paste on top which reminds me of men. You know, tough outside, soft as a jelly beneath! It was sensational and the combination is tempting me for more!
Frankly, the cake didn't look too fanciful and I'd have given it a miss. However, as it was highly recommended and I do love chestnut for snacks and in the Chinese stir-fried chestnut chicken dish, I relented and gave it a try. Boy, was I surprised!
Hazelnut Cake (Pappagallo @PPG, China) I just bought this cake for Valentine's Day because they ran out of the Strawberry cake I wanted and I couldn't be bothered to return for another cake on the day itself since it's also Chinese New Year Day. Well, as with the Mont-Blanc earlier, was I surprised! My first cake from PPG and as far as I know, they don't make this cake normally either. It was only available for Valentine's Day & possibly if you beg them with special orders!
The cake looks like any chocolate cake. However, it didn't taste like chocolate cake at all! It was not too sweet despite its look. That was my original concern as well. I don't like cakes that are too sweet! And for this one, it's an entire cake I was taking home, not just a piece! So, I took it out & tried it on Chinese New Year Day, for good luck. We Chinese eat Nian Gao (Chinese New Year cake) on New Year to bring in good luck and all things superstitious will be observed during this period. So, this year, I ate both the Chinese cake & Western cake since it's also Valentine's Day! Remind me to go on diet now that CNY celebration is over! I badly need to! :-)
The PPG Hazelnut cake is very smooth and moist. Perfect balance! I love its texture and love the fact that it has chunks of hazelnut and also almonds in it. Lovely! Simply the best!
Tiramisu (PPG, China) The 2nd cake I like from PPG. Tiramisu I've tried in many countries including Japan. But this Tiramisu is the kind of Tiramisu I can fall in love with! Not too sweet and very light. It doesn't give you the feeling of fullness and hence the need to stop!
According to the girl from PPG, this is also one of their best sellers. I'm pleasantly surprised that PPG has got excellent cakes, a lot better than their ice-creams & gelato which I've decided not to review on as they are too sweet for my taste!
Ichigo Daifuku (Japan) This is Japanese confection rather than our traditional cakes. But I truly love this mochi-style Daifuku that I'm including it in this review as I didn't have many chances to try the cakes in Japan. I might have tried a few but I don't recall any which I was addicted enough to return to look for more. Hence, Ichigo Daifuku (苺大福) it is!
Many of the train station sells this but what I truly love is actually the chilled version with a very thin skin and without the azuki bean inside. Instead, it's replaced by whipped cream. Does anyone know what that's call? I think it's Yuki Ichigo Daifuku but am not sure. Will have to check with my Japanese friends for the exact name! I love this and am always on the lookout for it whenever in Japan. I do believe it's only available sometime in early Spring for the Cherry Blossom season. Apparently, strawberry is seasonal in Japan and Spring is the best time for it!
Cheese Cake (Hilton Hotel, Singapore)
For those who loves Cheese Cake, this is THE cake for you. It is heavy with lots of cheese. An authentic cheese cake in the truest sense of the word! Hilton Hotel in Singapore is famous for this cake and it's been there forever as far as I can remember. My sister bought it last year and the last time I did go buy it was probably a decade ago. I like it but it's just too rich for me. Highly fattening and I need to watch my waistline!!! ;-)
Durian Cake (Goodwood Park Hotel)
While Hilton Singapore has the best cheesecake in town, Goodwood Park Singapore has the best Durian Cake I've ever had! Creamy creamy durian in its cakes. The thought of it makes me drool!!!
It's been too long! I must get this cake when I return to Singapore for a visit end this month! Oh, before I forget, it's Durian Puffs are heavenly! You've a choice of either the cake or puff, isn't that just great?!!!
Mango Cake (Orchard Hotel, Singapore)
Other than Durian, Mango is my favorite fruit and the best Mango Cake to be had is from Orchard Hotel in Singapore.
Carrot Cake (Chapter 31, Bangkok, Thailand)
I accidentally came across this charming cafe when I was last visiting Bangkok. It's very near to the Oasis Spa I frequent and that's how I came across it. I love this place and if I'm living in Bangkok I figure it shall be my kitchen! :-)
Chapter 31 is on 31 Sukhumvit and hence the name. I talked to the owner Pek, a young lady who manages the cafe with her sister, Kik. She not only runs the restaurant cum cafe but also bakes! Very capable lady who also happens to speak English not to mention that Pek's cakes are simply delicious!
A lovely place to have a quiet and nice lunch. Ideal for relaxing and also amazingly economical! I see some expats made Chapter 31 their home too! When you are at Chapter 31, don't worry about which cake to choose from, they are all fantastic. I recommend Carrot Cake here as it's the only place I thought Carrot Cake is nice and something I truly like! However, Banana cake is actually Chapter 31's best seller! More about that later :-)
Chocolate Cheese Cake (Cherubin, Bangkok, Thailand) Across from Chapter 31 is the Cherubin Cafe which only serves cakes and coffee. It's a little cozy corner where one can surf on the net and simply make it one's unofficial office! The decor is truly nice and has a homey feeling to it.
The cakes? Awesome! I didn't expect or realise that cakes in Thailand is so great! Truly! I know about Tom Yam & Pad Thai & even Thai desserts, but Thai cakes? Wow! Amazing! On my last visit, I had the Chocolate Cheese with Caramel Mousse. It's not Chocolate cake, it's not Cheese Cake, it is Chocolate Cheese... boy, it's decadent!
So there you've it, I've saved the best for the last! Chocolate cheese cake with caramel mousse! From Sacher cake of Vienna to Chocolate Cheese Cake of Bangkok. Cakes of different flavors tempting us all every day for the rest of our lives!
Cake is a form of food that is usually sweet and often baked. Cakes normally combine some kind of flour, a sweetening agent (commonly sugar), a binding agent (generally egg, though gluten or starch are often used by lacto-vegetarians and vegans), fats (usually butter, shortening, or margarine, although a fruit purée such as applesauce is sometimes substituted to avoid using fat), a liquid (milk, water or fruit juice), flavors and some form of leavening agent (such as yeast or baking powder), though many cakes lack these ingredients and instead rely on air bubbles in the dough to expand and cause the cake to rise. Cake is often frosted with buttercream or marzipan, and finished with piped borders and crystallized fruit.
Cake is often the dessert of choice for meals at ceremonial occasions, particularly weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays. There are countless cake recipes; some are bread-like, some rich and elaborate and many are centuries old. Cake making is no longer a complicated procedure; while at one time considerable labor went into cake making (particularly the whisking of egg foams), baking equipment and directions have been simplified that even the most amateur cook may bake a cake.