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Jul 23, 2009 03:03 PM

Special Birthday Cake

Hello Fellow chowhounders.

When I was younger , a good friend of mine bought me a birthday cake made by Franz the pastry chef from the Movenpicks that used to be in Yorkville. The cake when it was revealed looked like a mound of cow droppings ( though that wasn't the word used by the friend) . Although it wasn' one of the prettiest cakes I've seen it has been one of the most delicious memorable cakes I've ever had. It was a swiss chocolate champagne truffle cake. The outside layer was a dark chocolate ganache and the inside layers had layers of swiss chocolate champagne mousse along with dark moist chocolate cake. Sadly Franz had left and it has been years since Movenpicks/Marche's has made anything remotely close to that.

I would like to find such a cake or something just as special for my friends birthday.

Can anyone reccommend a bakery or pastry shop where I could get such a cake?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I would talk to Dessert Trends -- they do gorgeous custom cakes and may be able to replicate your long lost cake.

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      That cake sounds amazing!
      I agree with TorontoJo's recommendation. They make gorgeous and delicious, very high quality cakes.

      Stubbes is an excellent chocalatier that also makes makes very good chocolate cakes. They have a chocolate truffle cake and champagne truffles. I think they would probably combine the two for you. Stubbes tends to be a little less expensive than DT.

      Also, although I have not yet been, a new chocolate shop at Yonge & St. Clair called Dahso apparently has a Belgium chocolate champagne cake on the menu.

      Dessert Trends
      154 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

      Stubbe Chocolates & Pastry
      653 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

      15 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M4V, CA

    2. I'm pretty sure the Franz you're talking about now owns The Apricot Tree in Mississauga along with his wife Ester. I know for a fact he worked at the Movenpick restaurants after he was recruited from Austria to work there in the 80s. His desserts are still unbelievably good and I consider them to be the best. Keep me posted.

      Apricot Tree
      1900 Dundas St W, Mississauga, ON L5K1P9, CA

      1. Hello,
        Well, my name is Franz and I used to be the Pastry Chef at Movenpick in the late 80's and early 90's. I do remember making the Champage Truffle Cake. But I don't have the recipe any longer. After leaving Movenpick I openend my own Pastry shop/Restaurant in Mississauga abd have been at the same location for 16 years now. (


        But there are a couple of other people who may know the recipe or even still make it.
        One is called Kessler's Swiss Pastries in Richmond Hill. He used to be the Pastry Chef at Movenpick on York Street. Or the other one was Aysa who also has her own place in Toronto/Leaside called Marvellous Edibles. She used to be my Assistant for several years at the Movenpick.
        Best Regards,