Julianna’s birthday was last week, so we felt like cake was in order. Vanessa had read about the opening of “The Best Chocolate Cake in the World” in Soho recently, we though this only appropriate for our first cake tasting.
We each ordered a slice. Julianna enjoys bitter chocolate, so she got the bittersweet (70% cocoa) and Vanessa ordered the original (53% cocoa). Apparently they also have a bitter, zero-sugar version lower calorie option but we didn’t see that.
When we ordered the server asked if we would like milk or coffee, Julianna thought that was a sign that we were in for a serious chocolate treat. Vanessa was less impressed. While we waited for our cake we noticed the girls next to us enthusiastically scraping their plates with their forks. in Julianna’s opinion this was another good sign.
The cake was delivered. Although its not the fanciest looking thing in the world, what it lacks in looks it makes up for in taste. The cake is composed of layers of chocolate meringue and chocolate mousse with a thin glaze of ganache. Vanessa argues that since it was flourless it was more of a torte than a cake, conjuring up the old pie v. cake debate. Julianna didn’t really care what they called it, she just wanted to eat more. Both the bitter sweet and the original are rather sweet and rich, despite that it was still light and not too filling (we guess the meringue helps keep it light). Neither of us were willing to give it the title of the best chocolate cake in the world, but we definitely thought it was delicious!
Rating: 4.25 (average of Julianna’s 5 and Vanessa’s 3.5)