We don’t know about you, but our team at the Beijinger has been celebrating a lot of birthdays. We blame Valentine’s Day, which according to our calculations falls almost exactly nine months prior. With all these celebrations going on, it’s inevitable that the party planning committee should forget to order someone’s birthday cake – but that’s no longer a problem, thanks to Sanlitun’s new cakes-to-go bakery shop.
The cake fridge selection is limited, but stocked, and that’s what matters
Beyond our favorites, Pantry’s Best and Comptoirs de France, where else can you go for a birthday in a box? The answer is Miss Mousse, located in the basement of Sanlitun Soho. Miss Mousse is a relatively a small venue with only two tables, a fridge to display cakes they’ve made today, and the ones available for delivery. There’s ready-made red velvet, black chocolate cake, Hokkaido-style cake, and sponge cake in the fridge, but you’ll have to look elsewhere for coffee or tea to accompany your sweet treat (and in Sanlitun Soho, you won’t have to look far).
A box of cakes (RMB 68)
We went for a box of four different kinds of cake (RMB 68), which we had to take away since the two tables were occupied. Let’s start with the best: go for the chocolate cake (on the left top), with a dense, sticky bottom, airy whipped cream, and flakes of dark chocolate. It looks a bit rustic, but the flavors proved the honest quality of the ingredients they use. The other chocolate one was a bit bitter, and strawberry one was acidic with a soft sponge cake bottom lacking in flavor.
A slice of red velvet cake (RMB 33)
As a red velvet cake lover, we pass up the opportunity to try a slice for RMB 33. It seemed a bit too light and too flakey for us, and even the cream cheese frosting didn’t help – definitely not our favorite when we’ve had the famous richly flavored and satisfying rendition at the Waldorf Astoria.
Piles of birthday-related toys to grab
Unfortunately, they don’t have slices of the popular fruitcakes, which are the bestsellers here, and we couldn’t consume a whole cake like that even they were appealing. While you can grab a cake and go, you can also get a wider range of cakes here if you book in advance, including double layer cake, tiramisu, matcha mousse cake, chocolate and banana cake, red velvet cake, chocolate cake, cheesecake, mocha cake, rose cake, and brownie (RMB 238 for a 6-inch, RMB 358 for an 8-inch, RMB 589 for a 10-inch, and RMB 898 for a 12-inch).
Perhaps the greatest appeal of this cake shop is that they also provide everything you need to decorate and serve your cake in a classic birthday party: balloons, hats, cards, candles, toys, and more – truly a godsend when you don’t have time for Taobao. Even if the new Miss Mousse has some wrinkles to iron out, it will certainly do in a pinch, and could save you and your friend’s birthday.
Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. B1-302, Bldg 3, Sanlitun Soho, 8 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (5785 3098)
Photos: Tracy Wang, dianping
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