I love cake. I think that it’s probably my favourite food in the world. Any place that offers a good slice of cake will automatically find a place in my sugar-loving heart. Enter Cadeaux Bakery, a cute little spot near Chinatown that offers, in addition to a nice assortment of cookies, tarts, croissants and other treats, slices of five-layered cakes. They apparently always have three varieties available: their most well-known London Fog Cake, a Carrot Cake, and a variation of a Chocolate Cake. I’ve visited them twice now. On my most recent visit, I had their Ham & Cheddar Croissant and Raspberry Latte Cake slice.
Ham & Cheddar Croissant ($3.75):
Not much to say other than that it was flaky and buttery with a delicious savoury filling. I polished it off in no time.
Raspberry Latte Cake Slice ($6.25):
This is a real masterpiece. The cake itself was nice and moist. Because I got an end piece, I had considerably more frosting, which I was actually happy about because it was absolutely delicious: rich and chocolaty without being too sweet. Being five layers, the cake had two layers of aromatic mocha frosting and two layers of tangy raspberry frosting in between, both of which were luscious with bold assertive flavours that paired perfectly together. Although Trafiq’s Tiramisu still wears the crown for my favourite cake in Vancouver, I can confidently say that this cake wins the silver medal.
On a previous visit I had their Farmer’s Market Quiche and their popular London Fog Cake slice.
Farmer’s Market Quiche ($5ish):
The crust was pretty good, being nice and flaky. I didn’t really like the actual filling though as it was a bit dry and bland. Furthemore, the slice was quite small, and I don’t think it was worth the ~$5.
London Fog Cake Slice ($6.25):
The cake lives up to its reputation. It was really moist and delicious, with a perfect level of sweetness. I especially loved the layers of milk chocolate ganache. The one complaint I have is that I didn’t really get much of the earl grey tea flavour, so it tasted more like a plain vanilla cake with chocolate in between. Nevertheless, it was fantastic.
Based off of my two visits, I can say that Cadeaux Bakery sure knows how to make great cakes and is currently my 2nd favourite spot for cakes in Vancouver. Although they do also have a variety of other tasty-looking treats (salted caramel brownie, anyone?), I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to get to them because I cannot resist their cakes.