Vanilla Kitchen is what I would imagine Martha Stewart’s kitchen to look like—clean cut and simple, yet warm and homey. Both fresh and dried flowers can be found along the walls and on every table while soft splashes of blues, purples, and grays color the furniture and walls with a lovely feminine touch. Their menu features six house cakes: Red Velvet, Carrot, S’mores, Honey Milktea, Grapefruit Meringue, and Banana Caramel. While the selection may seem limited, it was made with the intention of offering a little something for everyone in a “quality over quantity” kind of way—ranging in texture, size, taste and densities. However, to shake things up, two special “weekend cakes” are added to the menu every Saturday and Sunday.
If you’re looking for something light, incredibly moist, and not overbearingly sweet then the Red Velvet is an excellent choice. Here you get three thick layers of super moist red velvet layered with light, creamy cream cheese frosting and topped with dried pieces of cranberry or flakes of the red velvet cake itself.
Those with a stronger sweet tooth in search of a denser, sweeter cake need look no further than the S’mores cake. This cake is three towering layers of thick chocolate cake, stacked with layers of roasted marshmallow, dark chocolate ganache, and a specially made graham cracker frosting. All of this is topped off with bits of roasted marshmallows, pretzels and mini reeses peanut butter cups. I’m not really a huge chocolate lover, but this cake blew my taste buds away.
If you’re a bit on the indecisive side, or plan to share a slice with someone else, then the Honey Milktea cake is a general crowd pleaser. Here you have four layers of delicately soaked milk tea cake complimented by a light fluffy milk tea infused frosting and topped off with dried cranberry bits and drizzled with honey.
So, if you’re ever in the mood to try truly unique and delicious cakes, I highly recommend visiting Vanilla Kitchen. With tasty cakes, a relaxing environment and friendly English speaking staff, what more could you ask for?
Location: 228-7 Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 연남동 228-7번지 1층)