Monday, April 06, 2009

Miel Patisserie

This feels kind of weird reviewing a dessert that isn't a cookie, but I wanted to briefly spotlight Miel Patisserie Pastries' Guinness Spice Cake. My gf and I were initially going to pick up a chocolate cake for her birthday, but once we were in Miel, we were swayed by the female clerk to try out the Guinness Spice Cake, which like the name implied is a spice cake made with Guinness beer.

I've got to hand it to Miel. This was quite good. It carries the deep, dark complexity of Guinness beer, without the bitterness. Texture-wise, for lack of a better description, it's a cross between a good chocolate doughnut (particularly with the light icing) and a carrot cake. But overall, the cake comes off very well. Its light sweetness is balanced with the spices, and its fairly light texture complements the darker Guinness flavor.

We tried the cake both chilled and heated up and decided that it actually tastes better chilled. For some reason, it loses a lot of the subtleness of the Guinness when heated.

So if anyone is looking for a cake and is looking to try something a little different than the standard cake, give this a shot. I may pick up another one of these up for my next special occasion.

Miel Patisserie Pastry
204 South 17th St. Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Map)
215-731-9191 | Yelp
($Bakery, $Dessert, $Philadelphia, $Recommended)

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