Desserts That Take the Cake

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September 29, 2013

Story By: Jaimie Kim Farinas | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo

You should never have to justify indulging in sweets. Sugar makes everything better, after all.

It’s the proverbial cherry on top when whatever confection you’re eating is just as appealing to look at.

At Fendu Boulangerie, located in the Manoa Marketplace, you not only get all those things, but the bakery ensures that you treat yourself to natural ingredients as well.

“Everything is all natural,” says owner Niel Koep. “There are no chemicals and there’s no shortening in everything here.”

He also doesn’t use corn syrup, and although you may get a sugar high, Koep assures that Fendu doesn’t go heavy on the sugar.

“In the European style, there is not a lot of sugar in everything,” he says.

The Dark Chocolate Financier ($3.75 per slice) is not overly sweet, and instead features subtle flavors of dark chocolate, candied orange and chocolate chunks. Its texture is similar to a brownie, but this tiny pound cake isn’t thick with chocolate, something Koep says is because of the almond meal (flour) that is made with finely ground almonds.

Fendu’s newest item — Spiced Cappuccino Slice ($5.25 per slice) — will help you celebrate the Fall season. A thin layer of dark chocolate is at the bottom, and is topped with a flourless chocolate cake, a layer of spiced chiffon cake and vanilla mousseline. It is decorated with a chocolate-covered coffee bean and sliver of white and dark chocolate.

If you’re really looking for something to indulge in, one of Fendu’s most popular desserts is the Buttermilk and Fresh Berry Panna Cotta ($4.75). The bottom features a raspberry puree, topped with sponge cake and a final layer of the panna cotta that is made with heavy cream and buttermilk. Fresh berries on top pair well with the acidity of the buttermilk.

It’s not just desserts Fendu offers either. Stop in to enjoy the bakery’s wide assortment of sandwiches, pizza and fresh breads.

Fendu Boulangerie

Manoa Marketplace
2752 Woodlawn Drive
Monday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96822

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