Food Review : A quest for best rainbow cake in town

Another rising star in cake shops in town, the “rainbow” cake.

The appearance looks attractive with 6 bright colorful layers (for a moment just don’t think of how much amount of food coloring in one piece) and if you don’t eat them that often, should be okay I guess. After the last Red Velvet cake review I try to cut down eating cake so it took me quite a while to compile samples from few shops.

Below please find my finding (personal comment and not sponsored by any brand).

              

   

  

1) Rainbow Cake by Michel’s patisserie

Price / slice : IDR  25,000 (approx USD $ 2.3/ slice) compare to previous  Red Velvet cake review, IDR had been weakening against USD from 1 USD = IDR 9,250 to IDR 9,500.

Same verdict as their Red Velvet. The 6 layered  cake  topped with creamy cheese cream was rather plain to my liking, just cake and cream cheese with no element of surprise. Did not able to finish the piece  and I think I can sense the hint of the food coloring smell in the cake. Anyway compare to the other shops, the price is value for money and might taste better with tea/coffee.

2) Groovy Checkered Cake by Kitchenette

Price / slice : IDR 35,000 (approx USD $ 3.6/slice).

I love the unusual outlook of the cake,  bit different from the standard rainbow cake and I love the  fact that the waitress did not forget to  include the colorful sugar sprinkle (pack separately) for the takeaway. The sugar sprinkle enhance the not too  sweet and light cheese cream while the cake itself is moist and light.

I finish the whole piece by myself, munching all the way while watching my fave TV series.

3) Rainbow cake by Dante / Miki Ojisan

Price per slice : IDR 35,000 (approx USD $ 3.6/slice).

I bought this cake at Dante coffee shop, and for sure it was not produced by the store. Earlier when I sipped my coffee, I kind of spotted a waitress brought in few transparent shopping bags with Miki-Ojisan cheesecake brand (one of the japanese cheesecake pioneer in town).  Nevertheless since I like Miki Ojisan cheese cake, I decided to bought a piece of the rainbow cake for take away and review. And to confirm my suspicion, few days later I spotted the same rainbow cake at Miki-Ojisan outlet. Back to the cake itself, I love the fact that they don’t use too much food coloring compare to other brand.  One bite, you can sense the signature of Miki Ojisan cake, soft and light cake texture blend perfectly with the creamy cheese cream.

4) Rainbow cake by Shokupan

Price per slice : IDR 12,500 (approx USD $1.3/slice).

Unlike the other cake shop/cafe who display the rainbow cake in chiller, this cake from Shokupan  (Japanese bakery) was in plastic wrap and display among other sponge cake and breads. The cheapest rainbow cake in town but don’t let the economic price mislead you. The taste of this rainbow cake is really good, like the common Japanese sponge cake, the texture is soft and light and you can smell a hint of lemon in the cake. I love the thin layer of sweet cheese cream which compliment the cake and also the fact that of light using of food coloring.

5) Rainbow cake from Liberica

Price / slice : IDR 55,000 (approx USD $ 5.8)

They come in 2 version, the standard vanilla  version and the chocolate version. Never seen the chocolate rainbow cake version before so I decided to bought  both piece to try. The cake size was not as big as the other brands considering the price were the most expensive one. The chocolate version was  a little shorter than the vanilla version,despite they have same 6 layers, the chocolate cake was thinner (could it because of the chocolate cream was heavier and press down the thickness of the cake ?).

Despite the size the overall cake outlook were okay, I like the confetti topping on the chocolate and the colorful chocolate flakes on the vanilla, however  I will say that I kind of disappointed that the price did not represent the taste of the cake. Both cake texture were dry and rough despite I eat them immediately after I reach home and took the picture (which was approx 15 minutes them out from the store’s chiller), seems that the cake had been stored in the chiller for more than 2 days. The cake itself have hint of fruity smell, probably the food coloring contain some fruit essence . The chocolate cream (taste a bit like thick choco mouse)  was actually good , if only it was compliment with soft and moist cake texture.  While  on the vanilla version the thin cream cheese just can’t improve anything of the cake. I just took a bite of each and the rest of them goes direct to the trash bin, I think the store need to improve their QC and should implement daily fresh cake policy considering they are a quite establish coffee shop chain in town.

 

Well that’s all for the part 1 review.

Just a question to ponder : Why all those rainbow cake must have 6 layers or 6 colors? And all this time I thought rainbow got 7 colors?

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Review: A quest for best Red Velvet in town – part 1

I noticed an increasing popularity of Red Velvet in town since last year,  almost every cake shop, coffee shop, cafe , even online shop sell this cake.

Although the  red color (various version of bright red to dark right, red brown) topped with cream cheese icing looks very attractive on the display,  yet I tried to resist the temptation with the reason : Too red to be true, which means some red food coloring is added and they are not good for health.

However the fateful day happen when I had lunch with fellow girl friends and we decided to share some cake for dessert, the majority ops for red velvet and I just go with the flow but then one bite is enough to made me helplessly fall in love with the cake. And nope the cake that I fell in love with was in this post (the cafe is located at other side of the town and I don’t have time to go and buy yet, so it will be posted in the later part)

Though some shops claimed that they used beets to enhance the color of their cakes and do not use food coloring, yet I believe some/little amount of coloring is added to get such color , but since I never try to make it, so I am not sure as well, probably you who know better can help to comment.

Anyway, below please find my personal opinion on those cakes that I had tried, and this is purely personal comment and no hidden campaign or sponsor by any brand.

     

 

1) Red Temptation by The Coffee Bean.

Price / slice : Rp 28,000 (approx USD $ 3 / slice)

First thing that I like from this cake is the size, it just perfect, not to big nor too thick and it look sweet and attractive with a dash  of red sparkles  on the top  and a stick of dark chocolate , it have some roasted almond slices at the bottom of the outer side. The 3 layered cake texture was sweet and moist while the cream cheese though was slightly sweet, still blend in well with the cake.

I love them with tea instead of coffee.

2) Via Red Velvet by  Starbucks

Price / slice : Rp 25,000 (approx USD $ 2.7 / slice)

I was attracted by the generous coating  of what I thought was nougat on the outer side of this  roll cake version . The cake itself was moist and not too sweet so the sweet vanilla cream balance it. If only they used a nougat instead of  roasted peanut then it will be perfect (the roasted peanut taste too plain and without any sweetness and they were a bit soft, might due to the chiller).

Nevertheless it was value for money and goes well with Caramel latte.

3) Red Velvet by Michel’s patisserie

Price / slice : Rp 25,000 (approx USD $ 2.7 / slice)

I saw a long queuing at the counter so the cake must be good , I bought 2 pieces the red velvet and rainbow cake (post separately at later time).

The 4 layered  cake  topped with creamy cheese cream and red sparkles, it  had  light texture and not too sweet .The cream cheese  has light salty taste and a bit too light to my liking where personally I think did not balance the cake. If only they add some other topping  because to me the overall cake was rather plain, just cake and cream cheese with no element of surprise. Nevertheless this cake is suitable for those who prefer the less sweet cake.

4) Red Velvet Whoopie Pie by Kitchenette

Price / slice : Rp 25,000 (approx USD $ 2.7 / slice)

At a glance this pie look like a giant macaroon. The pie itself was soft inside and rich in taste and not too sweet, you can really feel the lingering of red velvet taste after a bite. The cream cheese as you can see from the photo, was firm and thick and have rich cheese  taste which really match the pie.

5) Red Velvet by Delika

Price / slice : Rp 18,000 (approx USD $ 1.9 / slice)

I was attracted to the unusual outlook of this red velvet cake. Instead of red sparkles or nougat which are the common in many red velvet, this version was decorated with dried coconut flakes (at first I thought they were white chocolate) and a rose shaped chocolate which initially I thought was made of icing.

The cake is very stable in the form and texture, love the great balance between the cake and the cream cheese, and the coconut flakes did a great job to enhance the taste. The chocolate rose can taste better if they use a better quality  chocolate.  However can’t bee too demanding considering the relatively low price that they charge 🙂

6) Red Velvet by Brussels Spring

Price/ slice : Rp 27,500 (approx USD $ 2.9 /slice)

At a glance to my photo this  square shape red velvet might look bigger and thicker than the one by Delika , but I can assure you that the actual cake was not as big as what it looks, my apology for the close up angle. However if you found that the top layer was thicker than the bottom layer, that was true case and not because of the camera angle.

First bite of the cake told me that both cake texture and the cheese cream were rather firm/stiff and tasteless, I guess it might due to 2 things , either the chiller temperature was too high and caused the stiffness or the cake had been  sitting in the chiller for more than a day. I kind of a bit suspicious because I saw some red stain from the cherry on the whipped cream, don’t think that a preserved cherry can stain that fast but then again I am not professional so it can be only my guessing, perhaps any reader who have more experience in baking or cake making  can share some comment.   I wait for a while for the second bite to see if I can get the right taste and  found that the cake texture was quite moist and the cream cheese actually slightly salty with a quite strong cheese taste, so it was not tasteless after all.

To be continue to part 2

Stay tuned…

Review : Japanese roll cake in town

I always enjoy eating Japanese style cake , love those soft  and fluffy cake texture with it’s light yet delicious cream.

So when I heard about this new cake shop  in town which specialized in Japanese roll cake I did not waste my time and immediately went there and try.

Located in the shop house in  Pantai Indah Kapuk  residential complex at South Jakarta is a nice and cozy place called Rati Rati. This cake shop is manage by an outstanding Japanese chef who had won many awards back there in Japan (referring to many awards and achievement and acknowledgement displayed in the store).  Store it self is not too big but clean, dominated with white decoration and it has both outdoor and indoor sitting place. I did not have the chance to take the picture of the store because it was not my intention to write any review. Went there during my lunch break and need to get back to work, so I bought  those cakes for take away and to enjoy at later part.

I had a hard time to choose because all those cakes looks very attractive and yummy. The good part  is customer can buy either in roll or slice. After browsing around I decided to follow to the waitress advice by choosing : 1 slice of Strawberry Cardinal  (said to be the best seller) and a slice of each Blueberry, Matcha and Choco roll cake .

Price per slice range from Rp 28,000 ( aprox USD 3/slice).

Cardinal Strawberry

Cardinal strawberry is the only cake which is not a roll cake type.  At a glance it look a bit like  pastry puff , the cake itself does taste like a cake, not puff, with a crunchy outer layer and soft light cake texture inside. Love the not too sweat and light cream with fresh strawberry inside. A dash of caster sugar sprinkle at the top part add balance the overall not too sweet cake.

Blueberry roll

A typical Japanese cake with soft texture and light yummy fresh cream. I like the not too sweet cream balance out the sweet blueberry sauce.

Macha dan Choco roll

The sweet ogura (red bean) inside the fresh cream bring element of surprise to the macha roll.

Love the absolute taste of the chocolate coating on the cake as well as the rich chocolate cream inside.

I love the fact that they place an ice pack inside the packaging to keep the cake cool and fresh, not many cake shop practice this habit.

For dine in at the shop, it serve with a scoop of home made ice cream.

Note : review was made for personal purposes based on personal judgement and not for any commercial value nor sponsored by any party.