I have taken a fancy to “cake fakery”. Yes, you heard me right. Even in something as creative and rewarding as baking, you sometimes hit a dead end. It’s similar to a writer’s block – the ideas are all there but you just can’t pen it down.
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This cake is very special to me – it brings back warm memories of a quaint, little bakery called McRennet in Madras. It was my next stop wonderland, of pastries, biscuits, cream puffs and walnut cake; ah the walnut cake!
I don’t recollect a single birthday without a cake from McRennet. In fact, before the new bakeries started hitting the streets, McRennet was the only place people would order cakes from. And no amount of avant-garde bakeries bearing swanky French names can replace the old-world charm of bakeries like McRennet.
When I was a child, bakeries were personal. They were not just a get-in-get-out place. It was a meeting point for people, for couples, and I for some strange reason can’t get this picture of a couple sharing a single piece of “green-nut” cake between the two of them, beside a large, glass window (of McRennet on Chamiers Road) out of my mind.
One of the things I would always buy from McRennet was the “Japanese” cake – one of the famous misnomers in the pastry world; Japanese is actually Japonaise (in French) and I, like most of you, believed that the cake hailed from Japan, when it is in fact a classic French pastry, well of course it is!