Café Cakes is a French Japanese bakery in Watertown. What does that mean? I’m not exactly sure, but I think it’s French pastries done in a delicate way with a Japanese aesthetic. For example, they have a milk tea chiffon café. I have no idea if it is any good, but it sounds intriguing. I’ve seen positive posts on Chowhound about their pastries, so when I noticed it was 3 doors down from the gardening supply shop we were going to, I wandered away from the chainsaws and in to the café. It was early on Saturday and the place was empty. The croissants drew my eye; the plain croissant was similar in appearance to those in Paris, but the almond croissant was a disaster. It looked as if they soaked it in something and it was partially absorbed by the croissant, while the rest of it leaked out and baked around the pastry, giving it an amoebic look. But when I asked what was made that morning on premises, salesgirl said that almond croissant was and highly recommended it. I got one almond and one plain and took them back to R, who was still looking at the chainsaws. The almond was fantastic; it was filled with marzipan on the inside and whatever they soaked it with created a crisp, but chewy almond croissant pudding exterior while retaining the light flaky texture of a perfect croissant. The plain was good too, but nothing compared to the almond.
It was so good we went back the next day for more.
51 Galen St
Watertown, MA 02472