Let Them Eat Cake: Top Hong Kong Sweet Treats To Try This Summer 2020
There is no better season to enjoy cakes than summer, where seasonal fruits are in abundance. This summer, pastry chefs all over town are launching an intriguing array of new cakes and sweet treats, from whole cakes to individual delights. Here are our favourites for the season.
Butterfly Patisserie At Rosewood Hong Kong
Aside from running a full afternoon tea spread at Butterfly Room, pastry chef Holger Deh also leads a brigade of pastry chefs in creating a selection of new cakes for the season, including an individual portion of the hotel cake shop’s signature black forest cake. Yet it is the fresh cherry tart that won our hearts. Buttery flaky pastry crust holds a thin layer of almond financier base with a brushing of cherry jam, followed by a neatly-arranged layer of halved fresh cherries with shelled pistachios. The sweet tart is one of many more new individual cakes to be launched on June 12. Cake orders are best ordered in advanced at Rosewood Hong Kong’s online boutique here.
Butterfly Patisserie, G/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; +852 3891 8732
The Peninsula Boutique
Inspired by the summer sunshine and the vibrant blooming of the season’s best blossoms, Francois Delaire, executive pastry chef at The Peninsula Hong Kong, created the seasonal Chamomile Cake. Shaped like a blooming flower, Delaire’s new creation infuses the popular tisane in his cake, where sweet white chocolate mousse is offset by a tangy apple and lime compote with vanilla, followed by a topping of chamomile curd filling and condensed milk chamomile jelly on top. The new chamomile cake requires three-day advance reservations. Online orders can be made at The Peninsula Boutique online store.
The Peninsula Boutique, Shop 7-9, The Peninsula Arcade , 22 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; +852 26966969
As part of Jia Everywhere, the restaurant group’s gourmet delivery service, Louise is offering an array of traditional French sweets by delivery. With a minimum of 24 hours advanced online ordering, guests can indulge in sweets such as Saint-Honore, prepared with caramel-coated choux pastry, vanilla custard cream and Chantilly cream atop a round of golden brown sweet flaky pastry. Alternatively the Paris Brest, a round-shaped choux pastry filled with smooth praline cream and chopped hazelnuts, is made to high standard. Other sweet treats include the restaurant’s celebrated madeleines and canneles. Louise’s sweet treats are available for online order here.
Louise, G/F, JPC, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central; +852 2866 0300
Mandarin Cake Shop
As part of the revamp of their cake menu, Mandarin Cake Shop’s classic cake varieties are reinvented with a stylish new look along with a handful of new cakes added to the collection- crafted by the hotel’s pastry chef Christophe Sapy. While the hotel’s classic 1963 Mandarin Cheesecake is a timeless favourite of ours, the mango coconut cake is the perfect summer addition you cannot miss. A buttery sable biscuit crust topped with a creamy mango-coconut mousse, lightened with zesty lime, the cake is best shared among a few friends. Most of the cake shop’s whole cake offerings are also available in individual sizes available at the cake shop daily. Advanced orders can be placed online here.
Mandarin Cake Shop, M/F, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Rd Central, Central; +852 2825 4008
While it may be hard to top its launch of a their chiffon cakes with flavours such as hojicha, matcha snow and banana-caramel, the popular tea café on Tai Ping Shan Street is launching a new range of baked goods, reinventing classic cakes this summer. Highlights of Teakha’ s new whole cakes menu include pandan-coconut chiffon cake; Victoria sandwich sponge cake filled with strawberries and cream; and condensed milk lemon tart with mascarpone cream. Orders can be placed online up to 2 days in advance with in-store pickup options available.
Teakha, Shop B, 18 Tai Ping Shan St, Sheung Wan; +852 2858 9185
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
With cake varieties rotating by the season at The Chocolatier at Grand Hyatt Hong, the hotel’s executive pastry chef Smita Grosse is presenting a new limited-edition cake for the month of June fusing her favourite summer flavours in her Exotic Summer cake. Assembled with multiple textures and flavours, the new summer cake pairs mango mousse, passion fruit jelly, coconut sable layer with sweet pistachio cake. The Exotic Summer cake is available at The Chocolatier at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.
The Chocolatier, M/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai; +852 2584 7744
Vive Cake Boutique
Central’s Vive Cake Boutique is launching a brand new collection of chiffon cakes. The new ‘O Heavenly’ collection showcases tender layers of chiffon cakes sandwiched and garnished with softly -whipped cream, meringue bits and fresh fruits. The new collection features three varieties: Madame Grey (white chocolate base, chiffon cake with earl grey mascarpone cream and fresh figs); Berry-licious (vanilla chiffon cake layers sandwiching strawberry jam, raspberry meringues, topped with fresh strawberries and strawberry mascarpone cream) and Be Zesty (chiffon cake layers filled with almond meringues and yuzu custard cream). The O Heavenly chiffon cake varieties come in sizes ranging from 4-inch to 7-inch. Cakes can be reserved online via the Vive Cake Boutique website here.
Vive Cake Boutique, 1/F, H Queen's, 80 Queen's Road Central, Central, Central; +852 9602 2869
W Hong Kong
To celebrate the launch of their online boutique, W Hong Kong is presenting a selection of sweet treats designed and crafted by the hotel’s pastry chef Baptiste Villefranque, with treats soon to be added for advanced ordering. Villefranque’s online cake debut includes celebration cakes and tarts such as sweet crispy apple tart, luscious minty strawberry tart, and tropical mango coco tart. The new online shop also launches a new Crazy For Yuzu cake, where vanilla sponge cake is topped with yuzu mousse, lime whipped cream and tangy yuzu caviar. The new six-inch cake is priced at HK$420 apiece, available at W Hong Kong online boutique.
W Hong Kong, G/F, 1 Austin Road West Kowloon Station, Kowloon; +852 3717 2222