The Legend Continues

Cake lovers should already be familiar with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Jakarta’s legendary American Chocolate Cake. 80-90s era was one of the most interestin period for hospitality industry as every 5 star hotels were trying to make their own signature cakes. However, we’re curious on how The Mandarin Cake shop managed to keep the high standard for its signature cake, so the first generation of loyal customers, will proudly introduce it to their children, even grand children.


Since its inception, American Chocolate Cake might be a totally new thing. Most Indonesians have never been exposed to such fudgy, intense chocolate taste, very American. Call us exaggerating, with those who have tasted it, of course you’ll understand why American Chocolate Cake’s presence is still significant, even though now we have so many new independent cake shops offering the variants of chocolate cakes.

Through numerous changes of Pastry Chef, almost no customers complained about the change of quality for the product. It’s a proof of The Mandarin Cake Shop’s commitment to quality, and to the cake that has become part of the hotel’s identity.

However, it doesn’t mean that the team doesn’t make any updates. Around 2 years ago, The Mandarin Cake Shop changed its presentation. Even though it uses the same recipe, almond nougat topping, walnut, and chocolate decoration, they changed it into more modern presentation, and of course, Instagrammable, because according to the management, people who buy cakes always take pictures and post them on social media.

Single Origin Chocolate

The Mandarin Cake Shop has shaped customer’s taste and expectation into more sophisticated palate, not too sweet with higher chocolate intensity. Then, some questions pop up in our mind, “if the recipe is written in stone, what’s left for the next generation of chef? Do they just keep up the tradition? What sort of innovations can they do?” The Mandarin Cake Shop’s approach put a big, stupid grin on our face. Similar to specialty coffee shop’s approach, they use local, single origin chocolate.

2 cakes that become The Mandarin Cake Shop’s highlights are Black Forest and Caramel Chocolate Tart. Of course, Black Forest is a traditional recipe we all know and love, but what’s the point of fixing something that’s not broken, right? What The Mandarin Cake Shop did, was using 80% single origin from Aceh, and present it in modern way, with chocolate decoration as topping that reminds us of traditional Mexican hat, sombrero.

On the other hand, Chocolate Caramel Tart is using 72% Balinese chocolate. Of course, The Mandarin Cake Shop understands that Indonesians love something new, but not too alien for their palate. They deliberately avoid exposing natural acidity of the single origin chocolate by combining it with other elements, such as salty caramel, flourless sponge, and earl grey crème.

The Mandarin Cake Shop also offers variants of chocolate bar with toppings: 73% Pidie Aceh Jaya, Chili Lemongrass Lime, 65% Banyuwangi Lavender, 65% Flores Cashew Nut Cocoa Nibs and White Chocolate Rose Petal. These chocolate bars can be broken into pieces and you can choose how much you want them. If you come with a chocolate snob friend, you can hold a serious chocolate tasting session right away to appreciate these unique notes combinations.

The Mandarin Cake Shop also serves many other seasonal fruit cakes. However, for us, the chocolate cake lines would be the first thing we opt for here. Having managed to keep up with the legacy of American Chocolate Cake, The Mandarin Cake Shop is trying to create the new ones by using single origin chocolate. The Mandarin Cake Shop is not merely a complementary cake shop in a 5 star hotel, it’s a whole independent entity that belongs to the artisan cake shop category.

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Para pecinta cake tentu sudah tidak asing dengan American Chocolate Cake di Mandarin Oriental Hotel Jakarta. Era 80-90an merupakan salah satu periode paling menarik bagi industri hotel karena setiap hotel bintang 5 seolah berusaha untuk menyajikan signature cake mereka masing-masing. Namun, kami penasaran bagaimana cara The Mandarin Cake Shop mempertahankan kualitas signature cakenya, hingga generasi yang pertama mengenal cake tersebut, akan dengan bangga memperkenalkannya kepada anak, hingga cucu mereka.

Pada saat kemunculannya, American Chocolate Cake mungkin merupakan hal baru. Sebelumnya, Indonesia tidak pernah mengenal cake dengan rasa cokelat yang begitu intens dan tekstur yang fudgy, sangat khasAmerika. Anda bisa bilang kami berlebihan, namun jika Anda pernah mencicipi sendiri, tentu Anda akan segera tahu mengapa kehadiran American Chocolate Cake masih signifikan, meski saat ini banyak cake shop independen yang menghadirkan berbagai varian cake cokelat.

Meski sudah melalui sejumlah pergantian Pastry Chef, hampir tidak ada pelanggan yang mengeluhkan perubahan rasa American Chocolate Cake. Ini merupakan salah satu pembuktian komitmen The Mandarin Cake Shop terhadap cake yang menjadi identitas mereka.

Namun itu bukan berarti, mereka tidak melakukan update sama sekali. Sekitar 2 tahun lalu, The Mandarin Cake Shop mengubah presentasi American Chocolate Cake. Meski menggunakan resep yang sama, topping almond nougat, walnut, dan dekorasi cokelat di atas cake, Mandarin Oriental sengaja mengubah tampilan menjadi lebih modern, dan tentunya, Instagrammable karena menurut manajemen, orang yang akan membeli cake akan selalu memotret dan menguploadnya di media sosial.

Cokelat Single Origin

The Mandarin Cake Shop telah berhasil membentuk selera pelanggan menjadi lebih sophisticated, tidak terlalu manis dengan rasa cokelat yang lebih intens. Lalu, muncul pertanyaan di benak kami, “jika resep ini tidak bisa diubah lagi, apa yang tersisa bagi generasi chef selanjutnya? Apakah mereka hanya akan sekedar melanjutkan tradisi? Inovasi apa yang bisa mereka lakukan?” Pendekatan yang dilakukan Mandarin Oriental membuat kami tersenyum lebar. Mirip seperti pendekatan coffee shop specialty, mereka mengandalkan cokelat lokal single origin.

2 cake yang menjadi andalan The Mandarin Cake Shop adalah Black Forest dan Caramel Chocolate Tart. Black Forest tentu merupakan resep tradisional yang kita kenal dan sukai, namun kita tidak bisa memperbaiki yang tidak rusak kan? Yang dilakukan The Mandarin Cake Shop adalah menggunakan cokelat 80% single origin dari Aceh dengan presentasi modern dan topping ornament cokelat yang menyerupai topi khas Mexico, sombrero.

Di sisi lain, Chocolate Caramel Tart menggunakan cokelat 72% dari Bali. Tentu saja, The Mandarin Cake Shop mengerti bahwa masyarakat Indonesia menyukai sesuatu yang baru, namun tidak terlalu asing bagi palate mereka. Mereka sengaja menghindari rasa acid berlebihan yang terdapat pada kebanyakan cokelat single origin dengan cara memadukan bahan lain seperti salty caramel, flourless sponge dan krim earl grey.

The Mandarin Cake Shop juga memiliki berbagai varian chocolate bar yang menggunakan topping: 73% Pidie Aceh Jaya, Chili Lemongrass Lime, 65% Banyuwangi Lavender, 65% Flores Cashew Nut Cocoa Nibs dan

White Chocolate Rose Petal. Chocolate bar ini dijual per gram. Jika Anda datang dengan seorang teman chocolate snob, Anda bisa langsung mengadakan sesi chocolate tasting serius untuk mengapresiasi kombinasi notes-notes unik ini.

The Mandarin Cake Shop juga memiliki berbagai varian seasonal cake yang mengandalkan buah. Namun, bagi kami berbagai varian cake cokelat adalah hal pertama yang akan kami pilih di sini. Setelah berhasil menjaga warisan legenda American Chocolate Cake, The Mandarin Cake  Shop meneruskannya dengan menghadirkan berbagai cake, chocolate bar, praline yang menggunakan cokelat single origin. The Mandarin Cake Shop bukan sekedar cake shop pelengkap di sebuah hotel bintang 5, ini adalah entitas sendiri yang berada di kategori artisan cake shop.



THE MANDARIN CAKE SHOP - MANDARIN ORIENTAL

Pacific Place Mall, Ground Floor No 51A, Jl. Jendral Sudirman, Jakarta 12190,

Phone : +6221 5797 3322, www.ptthead.com/jakarta

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