I am a newly addicted mille crepe cake junkie. Every time I think about it, I crave it - and it pops into my head at the most unexpected or inconvenient times. My love affair with mille crepe cake is a classic case of love at first bite.
Moonlight Cake House's "Berry Berry Milk Crepe" at RM8.80
That delightful first bite took me by surprise. I found the mouth feel of biting through the layers of tissue thin pancakes most addictive. It reminded me of the bite, and subtle snapping and recoil of al dente noodles, except that in this case, it is the multi-layers of crepe. Each thin pancake seemed to feebly resist the advance of our teeth, and then yielding, pushed apart leading to a minutely subtle pop as the tissue separates. Each successive layer receding as our teeth advances until our enamels meet. The gnashing of teeth, rewarded with this unique sensation until we swallow the warm mouthful of soft and sweet cake, cream, fruit or jam.
Moonlight Cake House "Cheese Mille Crepe" RM8.80
"Mille" is the French word meaning "thousand". So mille crepe cakes are layered cakes made with at least 20 layers of tissue thin French style pancakes. Though mille crepe cakes have French elements, it is actually invented in New York City at a cake shop known as Lady M Confections about 10 years ago.
Mille crepe cakes are quickly catching on in Johor Bahru with a few cake shops offering it. Moonlight Cake House is one of my favourite places to enjoy mille crepe cakes in Johor Bahru.
So, when I had the opportunity to visit Moonlight Cake House's central bakery in Taman Sutera Utama, I made sure that I dropped in at the mille crepe cake department. I was happy as a child because when I was small, my favourite pastime was to watch people at work. I always wanted to be a bulldozer driver when I was a child after watching wide eyed for hours, bulldozers in action from my 3-storey flat window.
Making a mille crepe cake is not easy! The paper thin crepes are so delicate. The mille crepe cakes at Moonlight Cake House are made with at least 20 layers of French pancakes. In this case, these are egg crepes.
The crepes are carefully stacked one on top of another, layer by layer. Here the skilful patissier is brushing in a thin coat of syrup.
Next she spreads on a layer of cream. Mille crepe cakes are very flexible, so there are many possible fillings between the layers. Other flavours include strawberry, blueberry, chocolate and even durian when in season.
The patissier spins the crepe cake on a spinning cradle to even out the thin layer of cream.
My idea of bliss is enjoying a mille crepe cake with a good coffee either alone with a good book, or having a tête-à-tête with family or good friends.
One good place where I can get all these in Johor Bahru is at Moonlight Cake House.
Restaurant name: Moonlight Cake House (6 branches)
Address: Head Office at 77B, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3, Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai, Johor Bahru
Hours: 9:00am to 2:00am
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