I had a somewhat awkward incident at Purebread several months back when they declined to serve me a slice of their Coconut Buttermilk Cake (they never explained why, and I had to settle for the loaf version instead). The experience left a somewhat bad taste in my mouth, and I actually avoided the place for a while. The allure of their baked goods proved to be too strong however, and I ended up returning again recently. I saw that they had their Coconut Buttermilk Cake again, and this time, they were actually willing to serve me a slice (YES! FINALLY!). Of course, I wasn’t satisfied by just a slice of cake; I also got their Crack Bar, and a slice of their Raspberry Mocha Loaf.
Coconut Buttermilk Cake ($5.5):
Although the cake was quite short, but the slice was relatively thick, making it a fair-sized portion. I’ve previously had and enjoyed their loaf version of this, and I have to say, I like their cake version even better! The layers of cake were moist and filled with fragrant, shredded coconut. The cream cheese frosting lent a great sweetness and tang, and since its a layered cake, it was a lot easier for me to get both the cake and frosting in one bite (an issue that I had with the loaf, where all the frosting was on top). This is seriously delicious, and I just hope that they offered it more often.
Crack Bar ($4):
This was a chewy bar consisting of a sugary filling that’s similar to that of a pecan/butter tart mixed with what I think may be oatmeal. It was a bit on the sweeter side, which might turn some people off; I however, really enjoyed it. It was quite small however, and I found it to be a bit overpriced.
Raspberry Mocha Loaf ($4.25):
The loaf slice was noticeable thinner than the ones that I’ve previously had from Purebread, but was still substantial. The cake had a good cocoa flavour and was bittersweet in taste. It was a bit dry around the edges, but had a reasonably moist interior. The frosting had a nice mocha flavour and paired well with the cake, but had a stiff and slightly greasy texture. I couldn’t really get much raspberry; although I could detect some seeds inside the loaf, but they didn’t really have much flavour.
My latest visit to Purebread has put the bakery back into my good books. I did notice, however, that they’ve raised prices in the past year, and also appear to have decreased their portion sizes (the loaves aren’t nearly as thick as they used to be), which does sadden me as I do love my sweets. Still, their prices are still fairly reasonable, and I look forward to coming back again. There’s still a TONNE of cakes and pastries that I still
want need to try.
Recommendations: Coconut Buttermilk Cake (IF they are willing to serve it; get the loaf version if they’re not)