Ohhhhh, hello you chocolate lovers, you! I hope you did not miss me too much and most importantly, are enthusiastic to see me back. I certainly know that I am ecstatic to see you, horrrayyy! How have you been, what is new, did you experience anything amazing besides being gifted one more day on this planet, and of course, any new chocolates that you have devoured lately that you want to talk about? I am all EARS! Share, please! Nevertheless, today’s review will be based on a cheesecake and not an actual chocolate. Yes, this still counts since it is an infestation of chocolate, Ferrero Rocher to be exact. You heard it, that is right! How did this flavour even evolve? Who is the genius behind it? Well, I thought you would never ask. There was a Cake Challenge from the Vancouver Foodster that ran between
November 8 – November 30, 2019. There were three establishments that were in the running, and each one presented their best sweets. Not in any particular order, here are the three bakeries:
Trees Organics Coffee House is the first establishment that ran for the Cake Challenge, and Minami Miura was the creator of the Ferrero Rocher cheesecake. Great idea Minami. Anyhow, the cake is decadent and full of Nutella, meaning there are a whole lot of hazelnuts. This delightful concoction is then mixed alongside the “generic” type of a cheesecake that Trees Organics offers, prior to adding any flavour. The Ferrero Rocher cheesecake is served with fresh whipped cream. Yum and double Yum. Sounds good to me.
Italia Bakery is the next establishment that ran for the Cake Challenge but unfortunately, there is no creator listed. I guess it is a secret, shhhh! They made a Whiskey Walnut Cake handcrafted with Choux paste on top and bottom of the spongy wine layer in between that includes roasted walnuts, and mascarpone filling. In addition, there is a third layer sandwiched in that is filled with ganache and whiskey buttercream. Sounds like a lot of alcohol and even a whole lot more butter/cream/heavy infestations. This is in question?
Buttermere Patisserie Café is the third and last establishment that ran for the Cake Challenge, and the creator was Jamie Tung. He wanted to come up with an untraditional tiramisu where he added a twist of textures normally unconventional in this kind of a dessert. Jamie combined graham crackers with a whole lot of cocoa powder for the base of the cake. He then used Cacao Barry chocolate sponge soaked with coffee liqueur Kahlua as opposed to the traditional ladyfinger biscuits that are normally utilized. For a huge variation, the mascarpone filling received Nutella, yeahhhhh, now we are talkin’! This sounds absolutely divine. I need to taste it, the desperation is starting to kick in, I am already making plans for the 150 km trip just for this tiramisu. Anything with Nutella infused and I am there! Mountains will be moved if I must!
There you have it, the three competitors. There was a People’s Choice Award winner as well as an official winner judged by the following.
Louisa Chan – Writer and Editor of L for Life as well as Ming Pao
Deanna Woo – Blogger and Instagrammer
David Grange – Blogger for BCFoodieBlogger
I love food competitions in general but a cake running, right up my alley!
The winner was…..drumroll……………………………………………………………..
Trees Organics with their Ferrero Rocher Cheesecake. I am dancing now.
Here is my review: The cake looks fabulous, magnificent, classy, sophisticated, need I say more. I am so impressed upon first glance. There is even a Ferrero Rocher bon bon on top of the slice, just sitting there, looking ever so pretty. I could not wait to take my first bite. Ahhh, at last. Oh, I will also admit that I made sure I was in Vancouver before the cheesecake was no longer available for purchase. Time was ticking and I was on a strict deadline to make this trip. I did have errands to do that day in the Vancouver vicinity, but the fact that this was so important for tasting and sharing with you all, made the 150 km drive so much more worth it. The cake is lavish, and tasty. Creaminess with a crunch from the Ferrero Rocher bon bons scattered throughout the cheesecake made this delight that much more special. I will, however, admit that it was on the sweeter side. This was absolutely not necessary as the taste of the cake is then lost. All you are left with is sugar, and sugar, and more sugar, to the point where you eventually stop at the third bite and put the fork down. Other than that, the cheesecake was pleasant. The fresh cream served on the side certainly helped to refresh each bite. One last “words of wisdom”, I am still stuck on the Sin Cheesecake flavor as my utmost favourite, and I will probably always and forever be however, this was a good attempt. Would I repurchase a slice if available, ummmmmm, YES!
ChocolisciouslyDelightful Rating: 3.9 / 5.0
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