Today is my Patty’s birthday.
Over the years I have learned that whatever birthday cake I buy, it must be the best chocolate cake available at the time. I made a few hasty errors in judgement early on. Shortly after moving to Beaumont, there was that Sobeys grocery store white cake with sickly sweet white icing and coloured sprinkles. Disappointment was swiftly conveyed. Since then I have taken my time, done my research and managed to secure the very best cake available in honour of the occasion.
This cake is called the Duke and is available at the Duchess Bakeshop on 124 Street in Edmonton. The Duchess Bakeshop is an institution in the city and was #4 on 2015 Buzzfeed’s list of bakeries to visit before you die and finished in second place on the Le Meilleur pâtissier-Les Professionels baking show in 2018. Being voted 2nd best French bakery when you come from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is a big deal. Trust me, we have been to many bakeries in France.
So, we headed off to Duchess on a city day this past Thursday. Our quandary when we got home, was whether to wait until today for our first slice. The instructions on the box did read Best Served Fresh and if we have learned anything during Covid, it is that we must follow instructions, so waiting was not an option.
Duke for my Duchess ©
For my Patty’s day,
no simple cake will suffice.
Patty takes the cake.