Here’s a Crepe Cake Worth Every LayerMay 9, 2020
- Mikka WeeWords
Would it be wrong to say that I find blissful satisfaction in the feeling of being overstuffed after a fine round of dessert? Perhaps it was my upbringing as a fat kid (don’t pretend—you know the feeling), but when it comes to the sweetest course of any meal, I never go anywhere less than all out. Bring on the slices of chocolate pie, Ma. Birthday cake ice cream and warm bread pudding with a pool of vanilla sauce? Yes, please. I couldn’t care less if I wake up several pounds heavier. There’s always tomorrow.
Now I’ll be real here—crepes aren’t something I’d look for as much as I would carrot cake dripping in tangy cream cheese, or even just a chocolate bar, really. The paper-thin pastry reminds me too much of egg roll wrappers, and it’s hard for me to relish it as much as other people did. Crepe cakes though, are another story. Especially the ones in newly opened Paper Moon Cake Boutique and Café.
What makes these delicate treats special are that they were developed by Madame Kazuko Emy Wada, who holds the Grand Dame of Specialty Cakes title, having created cakes for seven of Tokyo’s best cafés. The Original Mille Crepe comes tiered with 20 layers of soft, toothsome crepes, that hold a mild sweetness and are accentuated by a buttery, almost-burnt caramel veil. Paper Moon aims for simplicity and elegance when it comes to its offerings, and other variants of the famed crepe cake include a chocolate flavor if you don’t mind indulging a bit more, a tangy and tropical mango, and a strawberry crepe cake that mimics its shortcake sibling—all of which never cross the border of cloyingly sweet, and hold just the right amount of cream and flavor to pass as dessert.
Curious palates can also explore Paper Moon’s Choux Fromage, which is an alternating tower of choux pastry and airy cream tinged with a touch of cheese. Then there is the ginger cookie sandwich with a dollop of dark chocolate ganache peeking in between, which is the naughty lovechild of a snickerdoodle cookie and a cup of warm tablea.
Have you tried Paper Moon? Where is your favorite place to grab some crepes? Tell us with a comment below!
Paper Moon Cake Boutique and Café
Branches: GF Glorietta 3 and Trinoma