Sugary treats from the city’s best sweet spots.
There’s never a bad time for a dessert. A meal always wonderfully welcomed, perhaps there’s no time as good as now, teetering right upon the edge of Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day. Might we tempt you to loosen waistbands for a cheeky bite out of these irresistible these sweet indulgences? In moderation of course — we’re still fresh out of the January health kick.
Butter Cake Shop
Two is most certainly better than one; in many a things, but especially when considering Butter Cake Shop’s delectable, pillow-soft slices. For Valentine’s Day, the retro cakery is rolling out with two sweet, sugary creations to tempt celebrating sweethearts. Strawberry shortcake (HK$450; 6-inch), a cute, petite, darling sponge layered with creamy vanilla and buttermilk cream, topped with meringue hearts and dripping in ruby-red strawberries; and a milk chocolate sweetheart (HK$700; 9-inch) — tall, dark and handsome, this three-tiered devil’s chocolate sponge sandwiches a gooey salted caramel and chocolate buttercream centre, with candied Sweethearts — ‘Let’s Kiss’, ‘Be Mine’ — teasing on the top.
Both strawberry shortcake and milk chocolate sweetheart are available in limited quantities at the Landmark pop-up from 10 through 14 February. Pre-orders are available by 8 February on Go.
Butter Cake Shop, Shop 239, 2/F, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
It’s a celebration of Valentine’s Day two most adored indulgence at Lady M: Champagne and cake. A momentous first debut in Hong Kong, Lady M’s Champagne Mille Crêpe (HK$83/slice) is the cake boutique’s renowned crepe-layered creation elevated and infused with Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne N.V. and thin sheets of strawberry-accented pastry cream in between. On top, a golden, glistening layer of pure champagne gelée that emphasises the light floral aroma of the Chardonnay. Light, refined and delicate in every bite, this seasonal creation is a fitting end to candle-lit dinners full of stolen glances and sweet romance.
Lady M, various locations including Shop No. 2096A, Podium Level 2, IFC, No.8 Finance Street, Central, +852 2865 1099
Sure, there has been many, endless even, talk of the city’s best sugary gift sets for the Chinese New Year season. Yet we’d sure there isn’t one as impressive and photogenic as Dominique Ansel’s take, presenting ‘A Box of Luck’ (HK$268) as part of its first petite collection for the holiday. Oblong-shaped, as if a gleaming golden ingot, this ombré sunset-shaded treat is a mascarpone cheese chocolate filled with a lava mandarin jammy centre — a notable fruit that symbolises good luck for the new year. Good luck, and most possible good moods after each bite, the French patisserie is also featuring a glutinous pound cake (HK$368) flavoured with red dates and mandarin for the season.
Dominque Ansel, Shop OT G63A, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2613 8618
For those in-the-know, the arrival of a new month brings along another pie flavour at Wyndham Street’s favourite American-inspired diner, Burger Circus. Following the refreshing, citrusy-tang of the summer-loving Key Lime pie in January, February, the month of love, is dedicated to the raspberry shortbread crumble (HK$58/slice) — a delightful concoction of sweet raspberry jam paired with the tartness of plump fresh raspberries and showered with a buttery, golden biscuit crumble blanket over the top. Served with two forks and a matching shake (HK$78) blended with the same crumble with two straws, of course.
Burger Circus, 22 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2878 7787
Tiffany Blue Box Café
It’s a moment dreamed and reimagined for many: Being on the receiving end of a petite turquoise box, neatly gift-wrapped with a dainty bow. For those who are still yet to receive a timeless keepsake from Tiffany & Co, perhaps the reality of enjoying breakfast (or dessert) at Tiffany’s will have to make-do for the time being. Part of the jeweller’s dining extension, Tiffany Blue Box Café, to-go menu, this four-piece dessert set (HK$298) will work to sweeten moods. Sample four of the café’s most signature cakes: caramel popcorn chocolate tart, New York cheesecake, chestnut cream cake and the most longed-for and well-anticipated, Petite Blue Box.
Tiffany Blue Box Café, 2/F, Shop No. 7-8, One Peking, No.1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2362 9828
Rise by Classified
There’s no sweeter declaration of affections than with cake, and Rise by Classified is going a step further this Valentine’s Day with a limited-edition heart-shaped Fraisier cake (HK$90). The classic French pastry pertains to tradition and is stacked with soft genoise sponge upon a vanilla-flavoured créme mousseline centre, finished with freshly sliced strawberries and a thin layer of marzipan at the top. Bound to go beyond your endearing sentiments and more, save any grandiose gestures planned, this sweet-heart will speak for itself.
Available at Rise by Classified from 8 through 13 February.
Rise by Classified, Exchange Square Podium, Shop No. 313, 3/F, 8 Connaught Pl, Central, +852 2147 3454
Header image courtesy of Butter Cake Shop