Three days and six slices of cake later, I know why the French revolted when Marie Antoinette proclaimed, “Let them eat cake.” Because how else could they have burned off that sugar high? But happily for cake junkies like me, shopping in Bangkok is plentiful and cheap – perfect for wearing off all that sugar induced hyperactivity without sparking a revolution.
Cake and shopping for world peace? I’ll have another slice, please.
Audrey Café and Bistro
Like its namesake, Audrey Café exudes the same grace and Parisian chic. Think black and white striped wallpaper, plenty of white furniture, and photo frames artfully tilted for that certain je ne sais quois.
And because Thai fusion food is their thing, their best-selling Thai Milk Tea Crepe Cake stuns with clouds of pale pastry cream smoothed between layer upon layer of paper thin crepe. The resultant multistoried confection is then doused in a deep orange Thai Milk Tea sauce.
I would have loved the sauce to be a bit sweeter but despite the many layers of cream, each mouthful tasted so light that it was gone before we knew it.
D and I vacillated between ordering more cake or saving our appetites for street food, but capitulated when we caught a glimpse of the Milo Volcano Crepe Cake on the tray of a passing waiter. All resistance melted away as our mouths watered.
It was to be the best decision we made that day. The chocolaty Milo sauce overflowed and ran down the sides of the cake, pooling in little puddles at its base. The crispy crunchy Milo chunks sprinkled atop was evocative of eating Milo powder straight out of the can. Even the crepe, stacked atop the same light cream, had a hint of Milo.
And faster than you can say milo dinosaur, it was gone all too soon.
Address: 3, Phra Khanong, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Mr Jones’ Orphanage
If Tim Burton needed to make Alice in Wonderland on a budget, Mr Jones’ Orphanage would have been perfect for the Tea Party scene. Whimsical teddy bears, towering cake stands and a Dali-esque giant clock face grinning above, I half expected the Mad Hatter to pop out any moment, clap us on our backs and absent-mindedly go, “Have another cup of tea?”
Certainly, with more than 10 different cakes and desserts available, even the Queen of Hearts (totally running with the Alice theme here) would be hard pressed to find fault with them. I daresay, one bite of the indescribably decadent Kit Kat Cake and she would probably be cured of her head chopping tendencies for good. After all, how can one remain grumpy at the sight of so much candy on a single slice of cake? Already intensely chocolaty and fudgy, the cake was further heaped with multicolored M&Ms on the top and fortified with Kit Kat bars on the edge.
To be honest, at that level of sweetness the M&Ms and Kit Kat were ornamental at best, but they did add a nice crunch to the cake. The cake itself though, was super moist and the dark chocolate frosting velvety smooth and heavenly. Definitely worth a try for all chocoholics out there!
Address: Siam Center (2F, close to the exit to the Paragon Mall), 989, Rama 1 Rd, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
The Greyhound label in Bangkok is many things: fashion darling, lifestyle brand and the place to dine and be seen. Of course, as you can no doubt tell from this post, the only thing I care about is cake and oh boy do they have plenty of that.
D and I went in the afternoon, just in time for their weekday afternoon special – a 1 for 1 cake promotion. Seriously, this is the phrase every girl (okay, just me) wants to hear even before “sale”, “shoes” and “ice-cream.”
We ordered the Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Cake and Banana Nutella Cheesecake, the two cakes that sounded closest to true happiness and we weren’t disappointed. The Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Cake was served with a spoonful of salted caramel and sprinkled with flecks of sea salt crystals; a dollop of vanilla cream rounded out the entire presentation. You can never go wrong with a chocolate and salted caramel pairing and the cake was reliably delicious.
Always a fan of cheesecake, D’s immediate reaction after his first forkful of the Banana Nutella Cheesecake was to exclaim, “Woah, the best cake you’ve made me eat so far!”
The Milo Volcano Crepe Cake was the best of course, but he wasn’t that far off the mark. Topped with creamy Nutella and fresh bananas, the cheesecake was delightfully creamy but it was the crunchy crumbly biscuit base we both couldn’t get enough of. Strange I know, but cheesecake bases are always the best part!
Address: 3rd Floor at Siam Center, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok. 10330, Thailand
Dean and Deluca
Every so often I fall in love with a new cake (I heart you, Milo Volcano Crepe Cake!) but perennial classics like Red Velvet will always have a place in my heart. Especially in times of need, as when I walked out of a two-hour long Thai massage session, more bruised and wearied than before.
It was an impulse buy. I felt better the moment I was handed the cake but soon regretted my decision when, in addition to all our bags and luggage, we were saddled with that extra box of cake to take with us to the airport. And having being tossed about carelessly throughout our journey there, we weren’t really expecting much when we finally ate it on board the plane. How wrong we were.
Though squashed and looking nowhere like it did in the picture above, the cocoa-laced cake was tender, fluffy yet incredibly moist. The tangy cream cheese frosting no longer dressed it to perfection but the memory of us eating Red Velvet Cake from a box, scraping frosting down the sides, all while straining to peep at the movie the guy in front of us was playing, is one of my favorites. Funny yet sweet – and not just from the cake – it was one of our more lighthearted moments in a trip that turned out to be surprisingly exhausting.
P.S. Dean and Deluca isn’t usually mentioned as one of the must-visit Bangkok cafes, but it should be! The cake selection is impressive enough to rival Mr Jones’ Orphanage and I could live on just their brunch menu alone. Did I mention the prices are about a fraction of Dean and Deluca’s Singapore pricing?
Address: 93 Naratiwas Road, Silom, Bangkok, 10500 Thailand