I’ve finally done it. I’ve finally gone to the best bakery in all of Vancouver (aka Trafiq) and sampled something else other than their gorgeous, scrumptious, unbelievably delicious cakes. I got their Chunky Monkey, a croissant bread pudding that I’ve always wanted to try, as well as their Coffee Cake and a Matcha Mini. Of course, I just could NOT resist and had to also get a slice of their Chocolate Decadence cake.
Matcha Mini ($2.25):
This consists of layers of tangy, thick, cream-cheese like mousse sandwiched between tender, moist matcha cake, and topped with white chocolate ganace and decorated with a leaf made out of white chocolate. This actually made me regret not getting a slice of their Matcha Yuzu cake; if this is an accurate reflection of what the cake tastes like, then it’s freaking fantastic! In terms of flavour, this reminded me a bit of a carrot cake, except with matcha and white chocolate in place of carrots and spices. It was moist, creamy and rich, with a perfect balance between sweetness from the white chocolate and tanginess from the layers of mousse. The only complaint I have is that the matcha flavour was a bit subtle.
Coffee Cake ($3.75):
This is one of the better coffee cakes that I’ve had. The cake was very moist, with a really nice cinnamon flavour. The walnut strussel topping was just incredibly crunchy and caramelized.
Chunky Monkey ($4.25):
This was a croissant bread pudding with bananas and chocolate. I’ve had a similar version of this at Bakery Sate, and I have to say that, after having had this dessert twice now, I might just not be a big fan of bread pudding. This one had a dense but moist texture. Unfortunately, I personally found it to be kind of bland and uninteresting. It wasn’t bad by any means, but it’s nowhere near as good as their other scrumptious offerings.
Chocolate Decadence ($5.95):
Maybe I’m just imagining things, but I think that the cake slice has gotten slightly smaller compared to the last time that I’ve had it (which is understandable due to inflations. Personally I would rather that they raise prices than decrease portion sizes since I’m a greedy pig). It was still a fair portion though, and large enough to temporarily satisfy my insane chocolate cravings (though definitely not enough to share). Fortunately, the cake was just as delicious as I remembered it to be. The layers of cake were moist while the chocolate mousse was creamy and rich with a perfect bittersweet flavour. It was topped by a large truffle that was rich and gooey, kind of like a brownie, and a wonderful treat on its own. I seriously just CANNOT stop once I start eating it; I’m literally afraid of getting one of their full cakes for my birthday because I’ll probably end up in the hospital after eating all of it in one sitting. This is easily in the top 5 of my favourite cakes in Vancouver.
While I’m glad to have tried some of their other desserts on this visit, I have to admit that I do regret not having just stuck to their cakes instead: they are just too f***ing incredibly good. I literally cannot stop thinking about them. Trafiq is, and will likely always be, my favourite place in all of Vancouver.