I’ve been going to UBC for 7 years now, and I have to admit that I barely know any of the shops or eateries around the place. This is mostly because I’ve spent the majority of my time there as a broke student who relied on either bringing my own lunch or getting value pick burgers from the McDonalds at UBC village (although I am partial to the occassional honey sesame chicken from the Manchu Wok that used to exist in the old SUB). Now that I’ve become a slightly less broke graduate student, I’ve begun exploring more of the eateries that are located near campus. For this week, I decided to visit Doughgirls, which is a bakery/cafe locate at Westbrook Village. In spite of being relatively small in size, they offer a pretty impressive assortment of both sweets (cookies, muffins, cakes, pies etc) and savouries (sandwiches, quiches, meat pies) that varies by the season. For my visit, I got a slice of the cake and the pie that they had on display. Unfortunately they didn’t label either of the desserts so I’m not really sure what each of the prices are (the total came to $11, so I assume that they are $5.5 a piece). I know that the pie was Lemon Chamomile, but I don’t know the name of the cake, other than it was chocolate.
Lemon Chamomile Pie ($5.5ish?)
Refreshing is probably the best word to describe this pie. It contained a creamy sweet filling that had a really nice bright lemon flavour. The crust was crumbly and similar to a shortbread, which I actually liked since it did not get soggy. I would have liked there to be a bit more tang as it is supposed to be a lemon pie and I didn’t really detect any of the chamomile flavour (although I don’t think that chamomile has much flavour to begin with).
“Chocolate Coconut” Cake ($5.5ish?)
The cake was quite moist and contained a layer of coconut filling, which lent a great fragrance. It was covered in a mildly sweet buttercream frosting that seemed to have a bit of coffee flavour and contained walnuts (or pecans), which added a nice crunch. I did find the frosting to be a bit greasy and I personally would have liked all the flavours to be a bit stronger. It was still a very good cake though.