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Princess Cake @ Costeaux, Healdsburg

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Princess Cake @ Costeaux, Healdsburg

Melanie Wong | Dec 5, 2005 02:51 AM

Stopped at Costeaux on Saturday to pick up some of the signature pull-apart round loaves to have with crab. It had been a while since my last visit and I noticed the familiar green of a marzipan-covered princess cake out of the corner of my eye. Yes, it was indeedy a princess cake for a whopping $37. I asked if it were possible to buy a slice. Precut slices from a loaf shape were indeed available. I bought one of those along with a sice of the beehive cake, also new to me.

After Saturday night's feed, I offered the two slices up to my overnight guests (with some princess cake afficionados among them) for a midnight snack. The consensus was that this was a very good version. The marzipan layer was thinner than many and had a smooth texture, not grainy or gritty. The cake was light and natural tasting layers with thick whip cream and decent preserves. Since the slices from a loaf tend to not be as good as the whole rounds of this style of cake, I'd have no qualms about spending the $37 on whole one.

We also liked the beehive cake topped with burnt sugar and toasted almonds. The fluffy custard filling was awesome.

I picked up the last Danish pastry ring for our breakfast. It was a day-old, marked down to $6.95. Even one more day older, it perked up nicely once heated in the oven.

Lastly, I found out that the biscotti that one of my guests brought for dessert came from Costeaux. The flavor was really superb, though some didn't like the moister, crumbly texture and wanted something more to bite on. I liked them that way myself. They were especially good dunked in the morning coffee.

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