I love cake. Did you know that cake can be a loyal, loving friend? Cake is my good friend. You know how some women end up growing old with no one but 30 cats in their home? I’d be one of those, except I’d be having, instead of cats around, cake. My fetish for cake has been around since I was little, but more and more, it’s becoming unruly. They say you don’t eat the goods you bake yourself, but when I bake, I am absolutely guilty of that. And serendipitously, when I’m baking, I always end up having a lot of leftovers. I do give out most to people, but the rest (usually the ugly) I keep for myself (sometimes stashed in my bedroom). Don’t judge.
Since I got back form the US, there are few restaurants/cake shops in Jakarta that serve cakes that I really enjoy. Bittersweet is one of them, yay! At this point, perhaps like me, you are probably sick of reading about red velvet cake. I wasn’t sure why or how red velvet cake became such a hype here, but I’m starting to think the reason is probably its red color. It’s basically chocolate cake mixed in with red food coloring (unless you are making yours with beets). But here we go…another post about red and blue velvet cake that are by far the best I’ve had in Jakarta. I’ve had the one in Union, which everybody raves about but I don’t even think tastes like red velvet (my reference is the American red velvet cake). The ones at Pepenero and Ninety-Nine are decent cakes as well, but just aren’t red velvet cakes to me. Am I making sense? Am I seeing or “tasting” things? Am I delusional? Let me know if you think I am.
Bittersweet offers, other than red and blue velvet cakes, carrot cake and chocolate red velvet cake. My two favorite picks are the chocolate red velvet and blue velvet cake. I love carrot cake–one of those cakes either you love or hate–but I don’t particularly like Bittersweet’s. This is my third or fourth time at Bittersweet and some characteristics consistent in their cakes is they are hefty, somewhat chewy, rich, and moist moist moist. One thing I’d say that’ll make it even better if the cakes were served cold, right from the fridge. I don’t know about you, but cold cakes are a notch up from room temperature cakes. Never thought there could be so much to be said about cakes. Just kidding, I think there can never be enough said.
Red Velvet Chocolate Cake & Blue Velvet Cake
Anyway, if you want to try and see if cake would be your friend (and trust me, it will), try Bittersweet, located inside Perennials (a china shop), in a quiet corner on the 3rd floor of Plaza Indonesia, just above Kopi Luwak. Along with cake, you could also enjoy their juices, coffees, and teas (price point of cake: 40K–their individual slices are pretty hefty). Let me know how you think their cakes compare to other cakes you’ve had and if you have other cake recommendations in Jakarta. Enjoy!
JL. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 28-30
Plaza Indonesia Extension, 3rd Floor Unit E 18 Perennials Store
T. (021) 29923661
Mon – Sun: 10 AM – 10 PM