After a false start a couple months ago, I finally made it back to the Cake Man in Ft Greene and man oh man am I glad I returned. I really don't think I have anything new to add, just more praise to heap on.
His specialty is the Red Velvet Cake and as luck would have it, a fresh one appeared right as I walked in. Ahhh, this is what a cake should be. Moist with the perfect frosting balance. The cream cheese frosting, one of my favorite kinds of frosting is not too heavy, not too sweet. I could eat it straight. One of my co-workers is a red velvet cake expert and tells me that the secret ingredient is 2 table spoons of cocoa, which would explain the depth in the cake. You don't taste the cocoa at all mind you... I didn't reveal to her that I had a slice waiting for me at my desk, I'm feeling a little too greedy at the moment. Afterall a girl has to eat something for breakfast, right?
I also got a slice of a simple "yellow cake with milk chocolate frosting." Its anything but simple, though. I know I taste coconut in there somewhere. Again, the cake itself is a moist masterpiece. Even the day after, this cake is miles better than most cakes you can get. The frosting, the frosting. I'm trying to think of words to describe it but my brain seems to have shut down. All I can think of is who is having a birthday next so I can order a full cake from him.
The cake man is at:
708 Fulton Street
718 694 CAKE
Oh the false start I mentioned was a holiday spice cake that I got. It had an orangey citrus flavor that turns me off but that of course is subjective taste. I could see thru the citrus that that cake had possibilities and other great cakes were there.
A happy coincidence: I journeyed to Ft Greene with no thought of dinner, just dessert. As I walked up Fulton, there was the much talked about Cambodian Cuisine. I've never been but about a month ago I had one of my first experiences with Cambodian (in a Boston suburb courtesy of Boston CHs Galley Girl and yumyum) and to say that I was enraptured was an understatement. I searched the menu for something, anything that would recreate the meal we had in Revere and could only find one thing, the fried fish patties. They were surprisingly simillar. Very unassuming hockey puck shaped brown nuggets that were fairly bursting with all kinds of flavor. The flavor was not as intense as it was at The Floating Rock in Revere but close enough. I also got some cold spring rolls that sucked but I should've known better. After searching for what's good (here on CH), I only came up with a couple good dishes. Any recommendations?
So now I can go to the Cake Man guilt free...I'll have dinner at Cambodian Cuisine and cake by the cake man.