If there’s one bakery that might compete with Trafiq as my favourite place in all of Vancouver it’s Cadeaux. While I’m most fond of their cakes, which they typically offer in 3 varieties – London Fog, Carrot, and a rotating chocolate flavour – they make a good selection of other tasty treats, all of which are made with care and quality ingredients. During my latest visit, I had a slice each of their London Fog and Raspberry Latte cakes. Unfortunately, to my chagrin, I saw that they had not yet sliced their London Fog cake, which meant that I’d be stuck with an end piece (the 3rd time this has happened), which is not only not very photogenic, but more importantly, tends to be smaller than a regular piece. *sigh*. I also got Cookies n Cream Tart and Paris Brest, and an almond croissant for my mom.
Cookies n Cream Tart Slice ($3.50):
This consisted of a shortbread crust that was topped with milk chocolate ganache and white chocolate mousse, and garnished with whipped cream and a piece of cookie. The crust was tender and cut easily. The chocolate was of good quality and melted in my mouth, while the mousse was smooth and creamy. It was a bit on the sweeter side, so it might not be for everyone: I really enjoyed it however.
London Fog Cake Slice ($6.50):
This consisted of layers of vanilla cake sandwiching chocolate ganache and was covered with chantilly cream. I was a bit disappointed about receiving an end piece (3rd time that this has happened!). Fortunately, it was still very tasty. The cake itself was very soft and moist while the cream was fresh and fluffy. The cake was incredibly soft and moist while the whipped cream was fluffy and fresh. My favourite componnet is the chocolate ganache, which was infused with Earl Grey, and had a wonderful citrusy flavour.
Paris Brest ($6.50):
This was a choux pastry filled with chocolate ganache, praline moussiline, honey caramel and hazelnuts. The choux pastry was quite tender. The moussiline was fresh and smooth, albeit a tad bland on its own. Fortunately, it was paired with the sweet caramel, which was thick and had a wonderful fragrance of honey, as well as chocolate ganache. The chocolate was The hazelnuts were fresh and crunchy, with a wonderful fragrance. I have to admit, this was actually a bit hard to eat since it was a bit too tall to fit into my mouth – I had to squish it down a bit. It was a little bit messy, but very tasty.
Raspberry Latte Cake Slice ($6.50):
This was a chocolate cake sandwiching layers of raspberry mousse and chocolate-coffee ganache, and covered with chocolate mousse. I’ve had this cake before, and it was just as good as I remembered. The cake itself was tender and moist. The buttercream was smooth, sweet and chocolaty, and melted in my mouth without any bit of greasiness. The chocolate ganache was rich and had a wonderful fragrance of coffee while the raspberry mousse provided a great fragrance and tartness that cut through the sweetness. This is seriously one of the best cakes that I’ve had.
Almond Croissant ($4.05):
I seriously love Cadeaux. No matter how many end pieces they serve me, this is a bakery that I will always keep on coming back to. For anyone who enjoys cakes and other great treats, please do yourself a favour and head down there!
Recommendations: Cake Slices, Paris Brest