Holiday Cakes

What’s any holiday without a tasty cake to celebrate it? Every Christmas for the last few years, I’ve gotten a Bûche de Noël – Christmas log cake – and each year I try to get them from different bakeries.

This year I decided to try one from the aforementioned Les Delices bakery in Rockville. They had a choice of praline or chocolate, and I went with the former (pictured above). I thought it was okay…maybe a little subdued in flavor? At least the icing wasn’t too oily or thick, but it left me feeling like it could’ve been a little sweeter. Perhaps the chocolate was the way I should’ve gone.

More after the jump:

A close-up of a slice of the praline cake!

A few days later, my brother and friend and I stopped in at the La Madeleine (also in Rockville), and tried out a slice of their roll cake. This wasn’t too bad! I got their Christmas cake a few years back, and I remember thinking it was pretty decent, despite the slightly off-putting bright green and red icing on top. :)

A fruit tart, which has nothing to do with Christmas, but I thought I’d include it here, since it looks so colorful and festive. I liked it, except for the crust, which was rock solid.

Finally – and another few days later – I had the King’s Cake from Le Pain Quotidien in Bethesda. It’s a French tradition to have this cake during the holidays, and it’s made with flaky puff pastry with a frangipane (almond paste) filling. This one did not have a trinket inside it (the waitress told us that none of them do, lol). I thought it was okay…somewhat dry, perhaps. But it was a nice snack to go with my frothy cappuccino.

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