Patisserie La Palme D’orDigest Step Up to the Plate
June 16, 2013
Story By: Alana Folen | Photos by: Leah Friel
A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: CHOCOLAT CAKE ($38 7-INCH CAKE, $4.30 PER SLICE)
Patisserie La Palme D’or is the definition of sweet. In 2006, owner Hiromi Tanaka opened the doors to her Ala Moana Center dessert haven, and thanks to head pastry chef Akiko Kimura and the rest of the staff, La Palme D’or has been thriving ever since. Within the pristine glass show cases, you’ll find exquisite pastries, desserts, cakes and more.
Treat Dad to La Palme D’or’s Chocolat Cake, a decadent must-have on Father’s Day. Available on a first-come-first-serve basis, this is a chocoholics dream come true, as Chocolat Cake features unique chocolate variations with every layer.
The cake is accented with morsels of fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. For Kimura, final presentation is top priority — all desserts have to look as good as they taste.
“Many would assume this cake to be really rich because of all the chocolate, but it really isn’t,” Kimura says. “It’s perfect for the family — young children included — this Father’s Day.”
Chocolate sponge cake is the underlying foundation of this sweet masterpiece. According to Kimura, it’s light and fluffy, and offsets the creamy parts of the cake.
Chocolate mousse, comprised of dark chocolate and milk chocolate, is perfectly applied to the cake. “I like to use pieces of authentic chocolate to create different aspects of the cake,” Kimura says. The taste is incredible.
Chocolate spray, a marriage of dark chocolate and cocoa butter, gives the cake its sheen.
Chocolate chip vanilla cream is made by hand and nestled between two layers of chocolate sponge cake. The secret to this concoction is in the preparation technique: Whipped vanilla cream (with no added sugar) and melted chocolate chips are slowly mixed together to obtain the perfect consistency.
Patisserie La Palme D’or
Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.9 p.m.
Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.