Two months back, I got W this Banana Chocolat Roll from Pâtisserie Glacé for her birthday and we really loved it because it was somewhat different from the usual cakes we had in the past.
Recently, I saw the same cake again at Pâtisserie Glacé’s outlet at Square 2 and just couldn’t resist the temptation to buy it home to enjoy.
The Banana Chocolat Roll (S$5.60 per slice or S$26 for whole cake) is a swiss roll that looks like a log cake with its ‘bark’ resembling the texture of meringue. There is a whole banana wrapped in the middle and surrounded by fresh cream.
The cake may look deceivingly plain and mediocre for what seems like an overpriced swiss roll but it’s no middle-of-the-road stuff.
Dark chocolate sponge cake laid out line by line and then rolled to enclose a banana in a layer of fresh cream.
The chocolate flavour was subtle. The exterior of the sponge was somewhat crispy and the inside was just airy, not too hard or too soft. The cream was light and fluffy without being cloying. Overall, this cake wasn’t overly sweet or heavy and in fact, the sweetness of the banana really stood out in this as nothing else was overpowering it.
I would say the highlight of the cake was really the sponge itself. Pâtisserie Glacé keeps baking natural and fresh so they don’t use any baking powder or preservatives. They basically use meringue (egg white and sugar) to make their cakes rise and that’s why they always turn out light and airy. The finesse of Japanese baking indeed.
This is a cake worth trying.