Durian season may be over but the die-hard durian fans must still somehow get their fix. The durian snob would scoff at the idea of having durian in any form other than straight out from the thorny fruit but I’m definitely not one of them. I like durian in any form, which is why I was interested in what The Durian Bakery had to offer.
It was not a simple task to make choices from their catalogue because it’s just too difficult. Everything looks so irresistible. From the cakes, I chose the Signature Mao Shan Wang Durian Mille Crepe Cake (8″). And for those who can’t make up their mind about which pastries to try, the Signature Pastries Taster Bundle is a good bet.
The Durian Mille Crepe Cake is about 1kg, and there are a total of 39 layers. There are 20 layers of thin handmade crepe skin and 19 layers of durian puree.
Did I count the layers? Of course I did. Just to make sure I was getting what I was promised from the description of the cake and because I’m sort of OCD. 😀 So anyway, you can happily just order yours and eat it without counting.
The cake is layered with their signature Mao Shan Wan SilkyGold™ Durian Puree, blended through a special process to make it extra creamy and just as tasty as the durian fruit itself.
What I like best about it though is that just like a home-baked cake, there are no preservatives added and these are freshly baked. There are limited bakes daily and once sold out, you would have to choose another date for it. In fact, you’d be glad to know that all their bakes are free from preservatives. I’m not fond of artificial preservatives, that’s why I bake my own breads and cakes regularly or only buy from bakeries who do not use these in their bakes.
Now for the taste. The durian puree is really creamy and rich and pairs well with the thin, fragrant handmade crepe skin. The crepe skin is pan fried by hand at 400°C for 20 seconds each. If you’ve ever watched a video about how to make crepe cakes, you’d know how much time and effort goes into making the cake. And understand why these cakes are always sold at a more premium price. More effort and quality ingredients makes for a more expensive but delicious cake. You basically get what you pay for. I haven’t ventured into making a crepe cake because there is seriously so much time and effort involved!
I love the blend of taste and textures – the bittersweet taste of durian with the thin crepes layers and the soft creamy durian juxtaposed with the very slight bite of the crepes. This durian cake can be kept frozen for 7 days, but once thawed must be consumed within 24 hours (thaw in chiller for 30-60min for best consumption as advised by the Cake Care Instructions sheet that comes with the cake). It was a long wait for me after it arrived. I kept trying to cut into it so I could try it but it was still frozen. 😛
Eventually, I shared the cake with my husband, in-laws and a good friend’s family. I couldn’t possibly eat the entire 8″ cake within 24 hours myself and sharing is caring 🙂 The cake also received great reviews from everyone who had tasted it.
If cake or crepes is not your thing, I highly recommend this Signature Pastries Tasters Bundle set. You can spread out your calories over a week and have portion control for your dessert every day!
The Snowy D24 Durian Puffs can be kept frozen for 7 days and 2 days thawed (thaw in chiller for 30min). To avoid overeating, we keep them frozen (it comes frozen) and take out only what we want to consume each time. Sounds like a great plan, doesn’t it?
The durian puffs are about 4.5cm in diameter and weigh about 25g each. There are 12 in each box. The light airy choux puff pastry is filled with a luscious and decadent D24 durian filling. The durian filling is made with 95% durian and 5% cream, no sugar or artificial flavours added. I couldn’t wait long enough to bite into it:
The next thing I tried was the Dark Choco Musang King Mousse. Honestly, it was the first time that I had tried chocolate with durian. And I wasn’t sure if that combination was gonna work well. I love chocolate and durian. But I had not had them together in the same bite. It was the same for my husband. Let’s just say we had a revelation that day.
Of all the pastries, my husband loved this best. Sadly for him, there was only 1 in the bundle. The dark chocolate is specially imported Cacao Beans from Côte d’Ivoire a.k.a Ivory Coast and the durian is again the signature SilkyGold™ Durian Puree. There’s a lot going on in this dome. To save myself from having to put it into so many words, I thought a picture would help better:
There you have it. You have crunch from the base, tender durian mousse and molten core, bittersweet durian, fragrant hazelnut base, intense flavour from the dark chocolate. It might sound strange, but it was a great gastronomical delight.
My personal favourite is the D24 Durian Mochi (6pc). 3.5cm in diameter, these adorable durian mochi are handcrafted. Mochigome (glutinous rice) is steamed, mashed and pounded with wooden kine. The filling is 90% durian, so you’re not paying for cream!
I love it from the first bite and declared that all were mine. I reluctantly gave one to my husband for sampling. But the rest were mine. No one was allowed near them. The mochi is soft and chewy and goes perfectly with the still-cold durian puree. I like it cold (but not frozen) so it provides a chewy bite from the mochi and the durian filling is almost like super rich durian ice cream. A cold treat for the madly hot weather these few days! It is recommended to thaw in the chiller for 10-15min for best consumption. But who has patience to wait around for that? I put mine outside on the table for 5 minutes in the sweltering heat because I just can’t wait to have it! 😀
If you’re still thinking about what dessert to get or need a cake for an occasion, do consider The Durian Bakery, especially if you are durian fans.
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Disclosure: We received some delicious treats from The Durian Bakery for sampling. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are ours.