Monday, July 11, 2011

Patisserie Ideal, Mexico City

Mexico City is home to many culinary delights, but the sweetest ones can be found at Patisserie Ideal in the Central Historic district.  The unassuming store front features just two tiered cakes, but step past the security guard blocking the door (the first hint this is not your ordinary bakery), and enter a world concocted of butter, sugar, and gum paste.  The second floor features an amazing cake gallery, and I'm still not sure if the cakes were "fake baked" or made from some sort of hard, edible frosting.


This cake was probably close to 15' tall.

Could these clowns be any creepier? 

Bride of Chucky Cake

Downstairs, cookies, cakes, tarts, pies, and molded gelatins are jammed into every nook and cranny.  There's nothing better than the smell of 10,000 cookies! 

Individual chocolate cakes
Mom in front of case that housed thousands of cookies *yum*

Don't expect to see any stalagmite-ridden clown cakes in the Bit of Sugar collection anytime soon.  As incredible as those gigantic cakes were, they definitely didn't appeal to my aesthetic.  It seems that Mexicans love over-sized pastries they can eat without a fork and knife, and little attention is given to the presentation.  While I appreciate the practicality of Mexican pastries, I think I'll stick to dainty, French-inspired Japanese desserts like green tea macarons and honeydew melon parfaits. 

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