Is there anything more tragic than a beautiful piece of cake getting ruined? Not to a weak, pathetic, overweight loser like me. Seriously, I almost had a mini meltdown following my visit to Pacific Bread Company. The latter is a bakery located on East Hastings, near Commercial Drive serving up a good variety of pastries, cakes, and cookies, including a great assortment of macaron cookies. During my visit, I picked up a Caneles De Bordeaux and four cakes (Ebony Dark White Chocolate Truffle, Passion Fruit Mousse, Raspberry Mousse Chocolate, and Chocolate Truffle), and also an Almond Croissant for my mom. Now, the four slices of cakes all got put together into a relatively small box and extracting them proved to be more than a little difficult. I ended up knocking one of my cakes over, causing some of its gorgeous icing to fall off. *sob*.
Caneles De Bordeaux ($3.25):
This is a small cake that has been soaked in rum and caramelized. This is the first time that I had a canele, so I’ve got no idea of what they are supposed to taste like. All I can say is that I did not really care for this cake much. The exterior had a tough, gummy texture and had a slight bitterness from being burnt. The interior was considerably better, and had a moist, custardy texture, although I did find it to be a tad bland.
Ebony Dark White Chocolate Truffle Cake ($5.50):
This consisted of a layer of chocolate cake topped with white and milk chocolate mousse and glazed with ganache. Unfortunately, I had trouble extracting the cake from the box and knocked it over in the process – as a result some of the chocolate ganache came off *sob*. Fortunately, the cake was still very tasty. The mousses were creamy, luscious and flavourful. The cake was a tad dry, though not overly so, and appears to have a nice fragrance of liquor.
Passion Fruit Mousse Cake ($5.75):
This came on the recommendation of the staff/owner: I actually initaly wanted their blueberry velvet cake, but he said that this one was better. It consisted of a layer of sponge cake that’s topped with mousse and passionfruit jelly, and was decorated with a half macaron cookie. The cake was very tender and moist, while the mousse and jelly was quite tart with a nice fragrance of passionfruit. The flavours of this are very strong and assertive, without being artificial. I didn’t really care for the texture of the jelly since I’m not a very bit jelly fan, but that’s more of a personal preference than a fault on their part. I also enjoyed the macaron, which while a bit soggy, still had a nice favour and crispness.
Raspberry Mousse Chocolate Cake ($5.75):
This was a chocolate cake topped with raspberry mousse and covered with chocolate ganache. The cake itself was extremely tender and moist, and appears to have been soaked in some liquor as it had a nice fragrance. The mousse was smooth, creamy, and sweet with a slight bit of tang and fragrance from the raspberry. This is seriously a fantastic cake.
Chocolate Truffle Cake ($5.50):
This was a layer of chocolate cake topped with chocolate mousse and covered in chocolate ganache. The cake was quite fudgy and dense, but still relatively moist and tender. The mousse was light and luscious, with a nice bittersweet flavour. A great dessert for chocolate lovers.
Almond Croissant ($5.25):
In spite of being somewhat traumatized from seeing my gorgeous cake getting ruined, I’m quite impressed by the food at PBC (with the exception of the canele). Price-wise, I found their pastries to be a bit on the expensive side, but their cakes are fairly reasonable. All in all, I think that this place is definitely worth a visit.