Fengtian Rinuan, aka Cakecho, serves up small, prettily-decorated mousses and colored hot drinks and is the newest entrant to the increasingly crowded Wuyangcun cafe and bakery scene.
If you've ever desired to buy mousse that is shaped like a donut or rabbit and tastes like strawberry, this is the place for you. Alternatively, if you wish to meet someone for a blue tea in a pink cafe, you may choose to come here.
Cakecho’s main draw is its ring-shaped desserts. Made with a cake base, flavorsome filling, creamy mousse topping and sweet crust, these sweet treats are a sight to behold – decorated to the point of being almost too pretty to eat.
The ‘unicorn’ mousse came complete with a meringue mane, a glittery sugar horn and sleepy-looking eyelashes drawn in chocolate. The pineapple mousse was crusted with yellow sugar and speckled with chocolate, while green chocolate ‘leaves’ capped off the garnish extravaganza.
Taste-wise, the former had a touch of grapefruit flavor, while the latter was filled with pineapple jam. Unless you have an overwhelming craving for cream, though, the flavors are nothing to write home about. At RMB32 each, they are not exactly cheap either, especially for their small size. However, taste is secondary; you buy the mousses mainly for their Instagram-ready appearance, or to satisfy a date in search of cute desserts after a nice dinner.
The cafe also offers a selection of hot drinks in colors not usually seen in everyday beverages. The dark-green macha latte (RMB28) was rich and creamy, with the flavor resembling the genuine article in Japan. Despite its striking blue color, the flavors of the Curacao Blue Jasmine Tea Latte (RMB28) were well balanced, with the taste of jasmine shining through the milk.
The cafe’s overall decor can be summed up with one color: pink. Think pink shop front, pink benches, pink-cushioned chairs and various pink decorations, including an origami flamingo, pasted on the walls. Even the mousses arrived on pink, hexagonal plastic plates.
The colors, though, were muted enough so as not to make your head spin. It helped that the cafe’s speakers were playing reasonably soothing jazz piano remixes on our visit.
Overall, Cakecho’s main draw is the fleeting warm and fuzzy feeling you experience when presented with a unicorn-shaped mousse, which you then extend by blasting your pictures all over social media and accumulating an increasing number of ‘likes.’
Who’s going: fans of all things pink and cute; food photo fanatics
Good for: mousses, cakes, colored latte drinks
Nearest metro: Wuyangcun (Exit A), 10 minutes
Closed Wednesdays, 11am-9pm; see listing for Cakecho.