“Every night in my dreams
I see you, I feel you
That is how I know you, go on”
Okay, I’m not the biggest fan of Celine Dion. She’s definitely an extremely talented and established artist, but her songs are just not to my personal taste. But Deadpool 2 is coming out soon (SO EXCITED!!!), and that Ashes video…well, let’s just say that I never knew that I needed to see Deadpool doing a contemporary dance (in stiletto heels no less) to Celin Dion until now. Seriously, if you haven’t watched the video go and treat yourself! And now that I have Celine Dion in my mind, I’d like to dedicate her all-time greatest hit to my one true love: Trafiq.
“Love can touch us one time
And last for a lifetime
And never let go till we’re gone”
I’m so sorry to those of you who now have the song stuck in your head (fyi, Titanic was very popular in China when it finally got released there, and I got the song stuck in my head from my parents watching it repeatedly on TV), but the lyrics just so perfectly describe my feelings for Trafiq. I am so in love with this bakery. They produce some of the most beautiful cakes that I have ever seen, and that taste every bit as good as they look. During my latest visit, I’ve picked up a slice of their Zen Matcha and Red Raspberry Chocolate cakes, as well as two minis (Banana Cream Pie with Caramel and Black Forest).
Banana Cream Pie with Caramel ($2.25):
The crust was tender and easily. The banana filling was thick and creamy with a nice fragrance. I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t detect any of the salted caramel. It was still delicious however.
Red Raspberry Chocolate Cake ($6.95):
“Layers of red velvet cake, delicious raspberry mousse & swirls of 85% Columbian Single Orange dark chocolate pastry cream, finished in a white chocolate red glaze”
The cake was soft and very moist (I actually found it to be a tad too soft, and would have preferred a slightly firmer texture). The raspberry mousse was light and had a great, fruity tang. It was definitely a raspberry-forward dessert, with the chocolate flavours playing a more of a backup role. The white chocolate glaze was creamy and fragrant while the dark chocolate mousse had a wonderful, rich cocoa flavour, and both paired wonderfully with the raspberry flavour. Seeing that this cake is one of their new creations and probably won’t remain on their menu for long, I HIGHLY recommend checking it out before it’s gone!
Black Forest Mini ($2.25):
This consisted of a small piece of brownie topped with cherry mousse and marshmallow cream. The brownie was perfect: dense and incredibly fudgy (I seriously have to try their brownie now). The mousse was light and tangy, and paired perfectly with the richer flavours of the chocolate brownie. Personally, I didn’t think that the marshmallow added much, but they are a nice decoration.
Zen Matcha Cake w/ Yuzu Mousse ($6.95):
“Yuzu mousse envelops layers of matcha cake & matcha cream. Finished in a high gloss white chocolate glaze”
The cake was soft and moist, while the mousse was creamy, light and tangy, with a wonderful citrus scent from the yuzu. The white chocolate paired perfectly with the yuzu. I did find the matcha flavour to be somewhat subtle (which is the case for almost all matcha desserts that I’ve had), but that was not a problem; this is an absolutely fantastic cake.
“Near, far, wherever you are
I believe that the heart does go on
Once more you open the door
And you’re here in my heart
And my heart will go on and on”
I’m just so in love with Trafiq. If marriage between man (or woman) and bakery was legal, I’d be on my knee right now, proposing to Trafiq (I’m going to get rejected of course, but it’s worth the shot). Sadly, like practically every other place in the city, their prices have increased and their cake slices are now going for $6.95 (which is a $1 higher than they used to be). However, given the good portion and incredible quality, it is still well worth the price. I seriously cannot praise this place enough; if you like cakes and have never visited Trafiq before, head down there and treat yo self!