There aren’t too many good bakeries where I live. The vast majority of them are Chinese-style, and while some of them do make a good bbq pork or curry beef bun, the cakes are usually sub-par and just cannot compare to the decadent, rich ones that Western-style bakeries offer. There is one exception though, and that is Breka Bakery. They have several locations in Vancouver, and one of them happens to be on Fraser, just several blocks from where I’m living. They have a very great selection of delicious cakes, as well as other treats (donuts, cookies, cinnamon buns) at very affordable prices. During my latest visit, I got their Tiramisu and a Bailey’s Cream cake.
Their version of the dessert consisted of espesso-soaked lady fingers topped with a light mousse. The mousse was soft, creamy and light, and mildly sweet. The lady fingers were well-soaked and soft, and had a fantastic fragrance from the coffee. Although the ingredients don’t appear to be the highest quality (the chocolate decorations were a bit waxy), this is still a wonderful version of the dessert, and I absolutely loved it.
Bailey’s Cream ($4.75):
This consisted of layers of chocolate cake sandwiching Bailey’s flavoured mousse. This was delicious and flavourful. The layers of cake were soft and moist, while the mousse was creamy and had a fantastic fragrance from the Baileys. I did find the chocolate that they used to be a bit stale and waxy, but there really didn’t bother me too much.