Tuesday, November 17, 2009

One Caramel - Bloggers Outing

1 Caramel outing

It was another fantastic gathering. A chance to meet new friends and exchange pointers. Organised by Harris and attended by Kaelyn, Elaine, Angeline, Janelle, Michelle, Fen and myself, Yuan.

Readers would probably noticed that we already have quite a comprehensive list of cakes from 1 Caramel. Nonetheless here are some others which we have yet to try. As with other Bloggers Outing, this was a tasting session, hence I must first give the disclaimer that it may be a different verdict if I were to have an entire slice.

Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Shortcake, $8.90++
"Layers of fresh juicy strawberries, vanilla genoise and strawberry creme coated with puff pastry flakes baked to a golden brown perfection."

This is a very unique variant of the strawberry shortcake. Unlike the regular chiffon and chantilly cream, 1 Caramel adopts the use of strawberry cream and pastry flakes. The choice of pastry flakes adds a slight crunch while the usage of strawberry cream makes it less cloying as compared to fresh cream. The overall feel is closer to eating a strawberry sundae and is definitely a light and refreshing delight. It is no surprise that this cake wins the hearts among the female diners.

The only setback is that some of the puff pastries that are in direct contact with the cream are alittle soggy.

Carrot Walnut Cake
Carrot Walnut Cake, $5.00++
"Moist carrot cake with Californian walnuts, topped with a smooth cream cheese icing"

As the description given the menu, this carrot cake is slightly moist, not sweet and has mild cinnamon taste.

Midori, $7.90++
"Matcha Sponge and azuki bean complete layers in a yuzu infused bavarois"

Green tea is one unique flavour which no two pâtisseries will have the same combination. Apart from the regular azuki, 1 Caramel presents its green tea creation with yuzu.

Since yuzu resembles closely to a grapefruit, with overtones of Mandarin orange, one can expect to feel the contrast between the sweet red bean, slightly sour yuzu and bitterness of matcha. This variant of the Matcha cake definitely scores in my opinion.

Brownies Almond Cake, $4.50++
"A delicious pairing of moist chocolate and almond brownies"

Generous chocolate mousse on the top however in contrast to the description, I thought it was kind of dry. For $4.50 it is nonetheless a good deal.

Hazelnut Pear Torta, $6.90++ (top); Peanut Butter Cheese Tart, $6.90++ (bottom)
"Crunchy hazelnut cake with caramelized pear slices";
"Peanut butter cream cheese tart with a hint of lemon and a crunchy layer of hazelnut praline"

As opposed to the last time we tried the pear tart, this time it has a better texture; to be more precise, more moist and softer.

As for the Peanut Butter Cheese tart, it is another unique combination. However I would have liked it better if the peanut butter was strong, the mixture with cheese gave the peanut butter a rather different smell which the peanut butter lovers may not like.

Apart from the mentioned cakes, we had the Red Miso Souffle ($12.90++), Lychee Rose ($7.90++) and Chocolate Praline ($7.90++). Red Miso Souffle continues to steal the limelight for being the "titantic" during the photoshoot, sinking every minute while the camera clicked; and once the phototaking affair is over, you can see everybody nodding their heads in sync to enjoy a lovely pairing of salty miso and sugar.

I have lost count of eating Lychee Rose and by far remains the top of my list at 1 Caramel. In short, imagine this cake to be a lychee refreshing treat with rose fragrance.

As for Chocolate Praline, our expectation for this cake has gone up during our cakes blogging. This is one cake which most hotels (e.g. Sheraton Towers, Goodwood Park) has featured as their signature, even similar counterparts from CentrePs, Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie and SomethingToGo have made their appearance to the 50 yummiest cakes. Ask me which is the best, I am as confused as you.

For similar posts,
The simplest aphrodisiac by Harris, Blogger Outing: 1 Caramel
SistaFood by Angeline and Janelle, 1 Caramel - Food Bloggers' Sensual Sweet Indulgence
My Food Sirens II by Kaelyn - 1 Caramel
Never Trust a Scrawny Foodie by Michelle - 1 Caramel

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