As if the holidays weren't joyous enough, my mother's birthday falls right between Christmas and New Year's, allowing all of us to have another reason to eat out and have cake. I put myself in charge of getting her cake this year, and wanted to get her something different, like a Bûche de Noël.
On her birthday, I needed to run into the city for shopping, Kati Roll, and birthday cake. I ended up heading into the Time Warner Center, going towards Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery. Though this would be a good place to pick up sticky buns or cookies, it's not ideal for cakes, an item that isn't really represented on the menu. I wanted to just pick up a TKO or macaron and keep going on my merry way, but I noticed that they had a special seasonal item available, three different types of Bûche de Noëls. I seized the opportunity!
All three were above average, but not exceptional. The frosting was a buttery buttercream, and the Génoise had the expected dry texture, the problem arose from the flavors. The caramel pecan and pistachio cherry were very subtle, only the chocolate flavor really came through. I would have enjoyed them more if the flavors were more pronounced. But since I love Thomas Keller, you can bet I'll be back soon enough, if only to check out Per Se's menu (my other favorite activity in TWC).
Bouchon Bakery Time Warner Center 10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor (212) 823-9366 There are also locations in Yountville, CA and Las Vegas. www.bouchonbakery.com