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?