Need dessert? Superhero macarons come to the rescue

Digest Eat This

August 9, 2015

Story By: Caitlin Basilio | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO

Assorted character-inspired macarons ($4 each)

Assorted character-inspired macarons ($4 each)

Cake Works, a baked-goods sanctuary located right across the street from Hawaiian Humane Society, is everything its name suggests and more. As a team, chef and owner Abigail Langlas and her staff work together to create all things sweet, including cakes, French macarons, cookies and cupcakes.

Their latest venture? Character-inspired French macarons ($4 each).

“We’ve been playing around with decorative ones for a while now,” says Langlas.

Inspired by characters ranging from Winnie the Pooh, Pokemon, Mike and Sully from Monsters Inc. and the superheroes from The Avengers, Langlas and her team work to create beautiful and yummy desserts.

“These are hand painted; we do a lot of different, cute things,” she describes. “We started doing (decorated French macarons) for Kawaii Con, and then we did them for Comic Con.”

French macarons continue to grow in popularity, and it’s easy to understand why. Not only are they cute and colorful, but they’re full of flavor as well. Their outer cookie layer is made with a meringue and almond-flour base.

“It’s a little bit of a delicate process,” explains Langlas. “Our filling is usually a chocolate filling, either white or dark chocolate that we then flavor.”

Marvel characters are featured on these specialty macarons ($4 each).

Marvel characters are featured on these specialty macarons ($4 each).


Aside from the chocolate filling, Cake Works also offers a salt-and-caramel interior, which is made with caramel butter cream, and a cookies-and-cream filling, which consists of butter cream and Oreo cookies.

Cake Works always strives to cater to its customers’ preferences. “If somebody asks for something, we do it. A lot of stuff is organic like that … somebody comes up with an idea and we just riff off of it,” shares the owner.

Aside from its decorated French macarons, Cake Works also prides itself on being able to offer a gluten-free version of everything on its menu (except for cookies-and-cream-flavored French macarons, because they’re made with real Oreo cookies.)

For decorated French macarons, Langlas recommends ordering them two to four weeks in advance.

CAKE WORKS
WHERE 2820 S. King St.
CALL 946-4333
HOURS Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
WEB cakeworkshi.com