Best known for their signature cakes and macarons, Duchess features a rotating menu of macarons that includes their classic salted caramel, dark chocolate, rose, lemon, grapefruit and pistachio flavors. A macaron is a almond flour based meringue cookie with sweet ganache, buttercream or jam filling sandwiched in between.
On my most recent visit, I decided to pick up a few macarons and some baked goods. Biting into these macarons, I noticed they were quite moist and almost melted away as they touched my lips. The flavors of each macaron really shone through. Each macaron sells for $1.50 and is similarly sized to other pastry shops I've been to.
On previous visits, I've also tried some of their individual cakes. These cakes come in four inch (which serves 1-2 people) and eight inch (which serves 8-10 people) sizes. I like the individual sizes as they allow me to taste a variety of different cakes; although a bit more expensive, I think it's well worth the price. Duchess prepares a variety of flavors, including Lemon Meringue, The Duchess, and The Duke.
|Top row (left to right): The Duke, The Duchess|
Bottom row (left to right): Lemon Meringue, Passionfruit
and Raspberry tart
For the chocolate lovers out there, the Duke is what you are looking for. This is a chocolate cake with layers of salted caramel and ganache filling. The rich tasting ganache really allows the Valrhora chocolate (basically high grade luxury chocolate) to shine through.
The most beautiful cake I saw had to be the lemon meringue cake, composed of toasted meringue encircling a soft lemon chiffon cake. To me, this cake tasted a bit like artificial lemon. But all the cakes did have one thing in common: they had very well made, moist cake layers. The passionfruit and raspberry tart was my least favorite pie. Although it looked so elegant and well made, the flavors were quite forgettable.
A helpful tip:
Duchess only makes a certain amount of cakes and pies for the day, so call ahead and have them reserve your order to ensure you have something to bring home!