I’m not the biggest fan of Asian/Chinese-style cakes. I often find them to be just too dry and bland. However, it seems that a lot of Asian bakeries have been stepping up their game in the cake department. I’ve quite enjoyed the desserts that I tried at Marui Bakery. More recently, my visit to Michele Cake Shop has further improved my perception of Asian cakes. The latter is a Chinese/Asian-style bakery in Kerrisdale that make a good selection of cakes, as well as buns and pastries. For my visit, I stuck to just their sweets, and got their Tiramisu, Michele Cheesecake, Chocolate Cake, and Portuguese Tart.
Portuguese Tart ($1.75):
This is similar to a regular egg tart, except that the top is bruleed/caramelized. The crust was a bit bland, but quite tender and flaky. I quite liked the egg custard, which was smooth, mildly sweet, and had a pleasant eggy fragrance. I actually prefer this over the ones from Marui as it is a bit more flavourful (without being overly sweet).
This consisted of layers of coffee sponge cake sandwiching coffee mousse. This is a fantastic rendition of the dessert. The cake was soft and light while the mousse was smooth and airy, with a wonderful bitter-sweet flavour. The cake also had a fantastic fragrance of coffee liquor.
Michele Cheesecake ($3.50):
This consisted of a layer of fluffier, Asian-style cheesecake on top of another layer of denser, more Western-style cheesecake. The top layer was light and fluffy with a nice citrusy fragrance, while the bottom was richer, creamier, and had a wonderful tang. This is seriously the best of both worlds.
Chocolate Cake ($2.75):
This was made up of layers of chocolate sponge cake and chocolate cream, and decorated with a small cream puff. Again, the cake was very fluffy and light. I personally found the chocolate/cocoa flavour to be a bit too weak. I also didn’t really care for the cream puff, which was bland and had a slightly oily texture, although it was quite a nice decoration.
I had managed expectations for the desserts at Michele Cake Shop and I must say, I was quite blown away by how tasty some of their cakes were. The prices are a bit on the higher side for an Asian-style bakery, but I think it’s quite reasonable given the quality of their desserts. Whether you like Asian-style sweets or not, I highly recommend giving this place a try.