As promised, I am back to tell you about the Six-Course Dessert tasting that the huz and I attended last evening for Valentine’s Day at Cake Nouveau.
This was my first time visiting Cake Nouveau and it is beyond CUTE inside – bold, funky, brightly-covered décor everywhere. Loved it! Even the bathroom was cute.
I really had no idea what to expect with regards to the atmosphere of the event, but it ended up being very tastefully done. We dined in a decently-sized room filled, with a few tables for two or four, for a group of about 20 tasters, or so. The huz and I sat at a cute little bistro table for two, covered in a satin purple table cloth, with candles and a wine bottle filled with with red roses. The lighting was intimately dim, comfortable and pleasant. Lovey-dovey music played at a nice level (think Jack Johnson and Etta James).
So yes – a lovely atmosphere for our dessert tasting!
Here is a view of the bakery tasting room from our table. There are more tables lining the perimeter of the room - on the left and right sides.
Cake Nouveau emailed a description of dessert courses prior to the event, so I will include those descriptions below. Dessert began with light and mildly sweet course, and built up to an indulgent, rich finish.
1st Course: Strawberry Lemonade Shooter
Moist vanilla cake, layered with lemon curd and fresh strawberry puree.
This course was paired with a mini pour of a rather delicious, chilled Riesling.
Crisp citrus and bright berries were a great starting point for the tasting. Loved the lemon curd near the top! The mini silver spoon was one of the cutest things I have ever seen!
2nd Course: Rustic Apple Tart
Flaky butter pastry, filled with caramelized apples and salted caramel sauce.
I loved this course! it may not be apparent from my below picture, but these [warm!] apple tarts were served atop an adorable heart-shaped platter. The buttery pastry was fantastic and this dessert was super-cinnamon-y, which I loved! I’m not sure I detected the “salty” aspect of the caramel sauce, but it didn’t even matter because it was delish!
3rd Course: Aztec Hot Chocolate Cake Truffle
Chocolate cake mixed with cinnamon and cayenne pepper, dipped in dark chocolate and topped with cinnamon candy.
Oh my word – this was the favorite course of both the huz and I! Super moist cake within a shell of dark chocolate. The cake WAS actually detectably hot! The heat level was perfect, in my opinion. Sometimes I have tried “hot” chocolate treats from other places, and the heat level is barely even detectable; but, in these cake truffles, it was most certainly detectable. Want more!
I will be returning to Cake Nouveau for more cake truffles. Aaaand look at the adorbs polka dot miniature take-out box each cake truffle was served in. Too cute for words.
I had a splash of sparkling clementine juice with this course.
I was quite impressed by the extensive number of layers within this cake! I enjoyed the three different flavors of frosting, or “mousse,” in this cake, but, while this cake was good and we ate every bite, it was probably our least favorite course. I think the cake just needed.. something. Maybe a layer of raspberries? Or caramel!?
A few sips of bubbly champagne were served with this course. Sometimes I forget how much I enjoy bubbly drinks! Sparkling wine and champagne now always remind me of this day in San Francisco, when the huz and I toured a few Napa and Sonoma Valley wineries, and I had, well, an indulgent serving of sparking wine.. with lunch. Wow…that was .. that was a day.
5th Course: Godiva Ganache Tart
Rich, dark chocolate ganache, made with Godiva liqueur and poured over a chocolate crumb crust.
Oh my; now this was up MY alley. Rich, dense, ultra-chocolate-y. Definitely decadent. Nom nom!
Plus a taste of chocolate wine, for sipping, with this course. Mmm!
6th Course: Peppermint Brownie
Our chocolate brownie, swirled with peppermint oil, baked with peppermint chips, and finished with a drizzle of peppermint white chocolate on top.
Perfect minty finish! This yummy brownie was served with a little cup of peppermint white chocolate fondue for dipping. This was very fun to eat and oh-so-delicious. I think this course elicited the highest number of audible “mmm!”s from me. My stomach was so full at this point but I could not stop eating.
Overall, I was really impressed with the dessert tasting hosted by Cake Nouveau.
What most impressed me was the high level of attention to detail to each and every aspect of the experience. The atmosphere was lovely, in terms of décor, lighting, and music. We were given glasses of cold water upon being seated, and attentively looked after throughout the experience. The presentation of each course was clearly well thought out, and very pretty. Chef and Owner Courtney Clark gave a description of each course, after she and her husband served each dessert. What a kind couple these two are!
This was a really fun way to spend Valentine’s Day that was a bit more unique than the typical fancy restaurant dinner. Not that I don’t love a fancy restaurant dinner (let’s be real here), but sometimes it’s fun to have a more interactive alternative!
My under-eye has been twitching ALL day! I don’t know what is going on!
Currently listening to: Mad World – Gary Jules.