I got a bit of a bollocking from a friend for sending the following text message: “Do you want to skip class this afternoon and go to a cake buffet?”
Apparently the answer is so obvious I shouldn’t have even asked! After a long day of classes and immense frustration at a certain NZ Government department, I was in a mood only copious amounts of cake could improve.
I had heard about the mystical, magical cake buffet in the middle of town, so after rounding up 3 other dessert enthusiasts we went on an adventure to find it.
At first impression, the buffet seemed rather limited – I was expecting a ridiculously large spread of various cakes, but in actual fact there was actually only one cake, by the strictest of definitions. Nonethless, the quality of the cakes, or desserts as they will be named hereafter, absolutely made up for the fact that there were really only four options: chocolate brownies, strawberry panna cotta, apple crumble and a Danish Layer Cake (Lagkage). I have seen this particular variation in a few places and I think it is officially called a Filbert Gateau. Sadly I didn’t take my camera to school that day (thinking I was just going to go to class like a good student) so I only have a cellphone picture (above).
The apple crumble was judged the winner of the day – it was made with real marzipan (i.e. almond meal) in the crumble and had the most amazing flavour. I also really enjoyed the panna cotta – you could see the seeds from the vanilla pods in it. Definitely some baking inspiration there!
The more delicious food I try here, the more I realise how much we butcher good meals and ingredients in NZ! Marzipan in particular has been a sickly sweet, overpowering bright white coloured paste in my previous experience. A little research proves we commonly use the cheap version: almond essence mixed with soy paste as opposed to actual ground up almonds and sugar or sugar syrup as the Europeans, particularly the french and germans, do. The biggest giveaway you are eating the good stuff is that it is the colour of the inside of an almond, as opposed to wedding-cake-white!
All in all quality won out over quantity. So much so, in fact, that I was disappointed at how little I could eat before I felt sick! Next time I’m starving myself for days first. The other bonus was that it was only 32kr for the buffet, which is about $7-$7.50 NZ and it wasn’t one of those sneaky places where you are also forced to buy a bottle of expensive wine or a meal to get the buffet at that price.
For anyone wanting to go, it is called Globen Flakket and the buffet is available 2:30-4:30pm weekdays and 3:00-4:30 on weekends.