Cake display at Mandarin Cake Shop, Taipei

What to try at the world’s best patisseries

It’s a global understanding that no matter how much you eat, there’s always room for dessert. But cakes and sweets differ from country to country, whether it’s flaky Parisian pastry or Indonesian thousand layer cake. Luckily, Mandarin Oriental has a range of cake shops worldwide, which serve a variety of confections to guests and visitors. We ask our star bakers what standout sweet treat defines their city

Pineapple cake

Pineapple cake, Mandarin Oriental, Taipei

Taiwanese pineapple cakes (pictured above) hold the secret to prosperity, and pineapples are often associated with the symbol of luxury and wealth. So, it’s no wonder that they’re one of Taiwan’s signature (and best-selling) desserts. The crumbly, aromatic crust and sweet filling makes for an ideal companion for tea or coffee. “The filling is made with two different types of locally produced pineapples,” says Yam Lok Hin, Executive Pastry Chef. “This creates a delicately layered texture in addition to the rich and creamy crust.”
Find it: The Mandarin Cake Shop at Mandarin Oriental, Taipei

Lapis Legit

Lapis Legit, Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta

Originally developed during colonial times in the Dutch East Indies, Lapis Legit (pictured above) gained popularity in Indonesia as a holiday treat. Now, the ‘thousand layer’ cake has become a delicious masterpiece that Indonesians are proud to call their own. The name comes from its intricate layers, which are made using a mix of spices. This labour of love takes patience to create the perfect balance of moistness, creamy texture and sweet taste.
Find it: The Mandarin Cake Shop at Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta

Chocolate Obsession cake

Chocolate Obsession cake, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

As the name suggests, this is one for chocolate lovers and is made with locally sourced cocoa beans. Executive Pastry Chef, Antony Hoyle, is passionate about the ‘bean-to-bar’ movement and ensures that the best quality ingredients go into each and every cake. “The Chocolate Obsession cake (pictured above) is a chocoholic’s dream filled with pralines, chocolate buttons and covered in a layer of decadent chocolate ganache,” he says. “It’s no surprise that all the chocolate items on the menu sell out like hot cakes.”
Find it: The Mandarin Cake Shop at Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

Pink Bloom cake emblazoned with the lotus flower

‘Pink Bloom’ cake, Mandarin Oriental, Macau

There’s more to this dusty pink cake than just pretty aesthetics, the lotus flower emblazoned on the middle of the cake is Macau’s national flower, which also appears on the country’s flag. The dessert (pictured above) was created last year to commemorate the opening of the hotel’s new Lobby Lounge and it’s baked to perfection using lemon sponge cake infused with earl grey mousse, and topped with lotus cream and a crunchy dough base.
Find it: The Mandarin Cake Shop at Mandarin Oriental, Macau

The glass facade of The Mandarin Oriental Shop, Bangkok

Vanilla, mango and banana cake, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Executive pastry chef, Christophe Sapy, brings his “contemporary French pastries combined with tradition” to the table at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, where he merges French techniques with vibrant Thai flavours. One of the highlights from his new range of bakes is his signature vanilla, mango and banana cake. Using vanilla from New Guinea, local mangoes and bananas, this light, fluffy shortcake makes for a refreshing treat.
Find it: The Mandarin Oriental Shop (pictured above) at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Saint Honoré Cake

St Honoré cake, Mandarin Oriental, Paris

The St Honoré cake (pictured above) is the crème de la crème of the pastry world, and is named after the patron saint of pastry chefs. Typically, this classic French torte has a puff pastry base, topped with whipped cream and surrounded by a ring of profiteroles, but Pastry Chef Adrien Bozzolo has put his own unique twist on the dessert. “I’ve shaped the traditional Parisian pastry into a striking pyramid,” he says. “It’s made with a caramel and vanilla crispy base, and filled with praline, mascarpone and vanilla whipped cream.”
Find it: The Cake Shop at Mandarin Oriental, Paris

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