Layer Cake Bakery - Irvine
Psst! There's a new Indonesian bakery in town. No, not really. It's just a bakery owned by Indonesians. But it is a good one started up by two sisters; one of them a trained baker who makes everything "from scratch." Those are their words, not mine.
She makes cakes slathered in cream cheese frosting, flaky croissants, and true Parisian macaroons. The latter looks like pastel-colored mini hamburgers, with a thin layer of flavored filling in between. But I like that they have cookies in actual cookie jars. One of them is called "Chocolate Sparkle"; a fat, crumbly thing packing a potent dark-cocoa wallop.
A browned, bulbous brioche called "Monkey Bread" is bronzed with cinnamon and sugar. Why is it called "Monkey Bread"? Maybe because to eat it, you tear one apart like a primate discovering use of opposable thumbs.
Their butter-crumbed cheese puffs has a coarse, granulated sugar topping that crunches between your teeth like crystals. The center of it is as hollow as a cavern, save for a small amount of salty cream cheese smeared on the walls.
As if you haven't already guessed, Layer Cake Bakery does European-style pastries, catering to the same crowd that Panera Bread panders to. The difference is that I'd actually pay for Layer Cake's products. And for the plaza it sits in, that makes two Indonesian businesses that don't do anything remotely Indonesian.
The other? Why, it's the Thai restaurant down the way called Thai Kitchen. No one in Irvine would've suspected they weren't from Thailand. And for a while, neither did I. That is, until one night when I heard them speak to each other.
But it all makes sense. In Irvine, French bakeries and Thai restaurants sell. Indonesian food? Not so much.
It makes one wonder: What else based in Irvine is surreptitiously fronted by an Indonesian? A food blog, perhaps?
Layer Cake Bakery
4250 Barranca Parkway, Ste. 1
Irvine, CA 92604
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