Mention birthday and one of the first things you think of is to buy a cake. A much appreciated gesture, this tradition goes back to ancient times, serving to commemorate and share good wishes for the birthday celebrator. When Pad celebrated his birthday over the weekend, he received a pretty cake from Tous les Jours. I’m not familiar with the brand, but it impressed me. Not only was the cake very pretty, the box was beautifully crafted and stylish.
A quick google search easily explained why. Despite the French name, Tous les Jours is a Korean bakery cafe chain. The brand fuses French devotion to quality pastries with Korean attention to detail and style, to create cakes and pastries that are too pretty to eat.
But nothing is too cute to eat for Kitchen Cow! (MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!) Slicing into the mocha cake revealed three distinct layers. For a thin cake (it stands at 3 inches at most), I took it as a good sign when they went through the trouble of creating multiple layers, instead of the two I was expecting. The cake itself was moist and rich, tasting of coffee and a liqueur. Rum perhaps? The buttercream frosting wasn’t too impressive; it was a tad bland and not as buttery as we’d like. Still, I’d pick a bland frosting over a too sweet one, so it wasn’t really a deal breaker. What I really loved was the glaze on top. I’m not sure what it is, but it had a hint of fruit, so we’re betting that there are berries in it. The nuts didn’t make their way to the plate since I ended up munching on them, just like that.
Another thing I really loved about this cake was the fact that it came with its own disposable cake slicer, birthday candles and matchsticks! This thoughtful little gesture won lots of points in my book. How many times have we gifted our birthday celebrating friends with cake, only to have to rush out to buy candles? Plus, there’s that sad instance where we murder a pretty cake with disposable forks because we don’t have anything to slice it with.
Suffice to say, Tous Les Jours has won me over. I’m looking forward to visiting their shop soon, to have a firsthand look at what it’s like, as well as to pick up more goodies to try. If this hasn’t won you over yet, I’ll let Rain convince you instead: