Cake and Bonbons for Lunch – NYC
A few days ago it was my birthday. Usually for me, a birthday means cocktails, dancing, and a wretched hangover the next day. This year, as appealing as a hangover sounded, all I wanted was cake, specifically the Coconut Cake from L.A. Burdick that I read about on SE:NY. I’m not usually a cake person (give me a jalebi over a slice of cake any day), but when I saw the post, I made a mental note: Coconut Cake = Birthday Cake Pour Moi.
A day before my birthday, I couldn’t wait, and left the salad I had brought to work in the refrigerator, and headed downtown for a lunch of cake. When your birthday is around the corner, you’re allowed to do things like that.
The Coconut Cake ($4) — chocolate coconut cake layered with coconut meringue, frosted with lime butter cream, and covered with toasted coconut flakes — was almost as good as expected. The chewy coconut meringue was delightful, as was the beautiful toasted coconut flakes, but the lime butter cream was more sweet than tart as I had hoped, and the chocolate coconut cake was dense and had neither a strong coconut or chocolate taste. I ended up eating around the cake, and left half of the cake behind. Yes, very bad of me I know.
In between bites of frosting and meringue, I took sips of my Maple Latte ($3.50). A light coffee sweetened with maple syrup, it’s perfect for those who want gentle cup of Joe. Me, I prefer a rich dark roast with a killer caffeine punch that will have me seeing stars, especially when I need to go back to work.
The handmade chocolates, however, did not disappoint. It’s a better deal to get a box of already prepacked chocolates, but I created a box of my own. (The single bonbons are $1.10, the double $1.65, and the triple $2.15.) From the assortment, highlights were the Honey Caramel Truffle and Lemon Pepper Truffle pairing, the Sesame Cashew, and the Caramel Trio. My absolute favorite, however, was the Salted Cardamom from the the pairing of Salted Caramels. (It was paired with a Salted Vanilla.) The cardamom flavor wasn’t very pronounced, but covered with dark chocolate and topped with sea salt, it was an intense bite of bitter chocolate and salty caramel. This is what will have me returning, even when it’s not my birthday.