Layered cakes, also known as mille crêpes, are really delicious. I was first introduced to layered cakes a couple of years back on a trip to Malacca where I had the opportunity to taste the super famous Nadeje layered cakes. Nadeje opened in 2006 and it only took a couple of years for them to earn accolades such as ‘best cake in the world’ or ‘best cake ever’. In the last couple of years this trend has spread to Singapore, and today we have a look at First Love Patisserie, the Indonesian layered cake brand that opened nice little shop at ION Orchard back in 2013.
Ordering, Storage and Preparation
The good thing about layered cakes is that they can be kept in the freezer for an extended period of time. Some of the layered cakes at First Love Patisserie are stored in their freezer as well. The key to optimising the taste of these cakes is to make sure that you thaw them perfectly. You should move them down from the freezer to the fridge approximately one hour before consumption. If you are in a hurry, you can thaw them at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes.
At First Love Patisserie their layered cakes are priced at S$6.50 for a slice, S$12 for two slices or S$24 for five slices.
First Love Patisserie – Layered Cakes / Mille Crêpes
The expected fragrant sweet taste of cakes is the bare minimum when it comes to layered cakes. The layered texture is what makes these cakes special. The texture of these layered cakes varies greatly based on the thawing process. If it is too hard, you will be eating something close to ice cream, and if it is too soft, you will be eating something closer to cream. Basically there is a particular temperature that the cakes are best stored at for the texture to be perfectly firm but not too hard. Freezing and thawing the cakes in itself already slightly degrades the taste for those with a sensitive palate.
When consumed shortly after purchase, the layered cakes at First Love Patisserie taste the best. They have a nice ‘shiok’ texture when you take your first bite and the delicious sweetness makes this a thoroughly enjoyable dessert. We rate these layered cakes 4/5. The best flavour will depend on the individual’s tastes but we are partial towards their chocolate layered cakes.
I have never been able to understand how ordinary cake slices can go for upwards of S$7 these days. It seems complete madness that a small slice of cake can cost more than an entire meal. With that ecosystem in mind, we find that these layered cakes present incredible value. If you get five pieces you will pay only S$4.80 per slice. And these layered cakes are much harder to make than your regular cakes and will give you (in my humble opinion) a far more satisfying gastronomic experience.