The cake is solid, but the frosting steals the show in this buttery wedge from Peels, the new cafe from the owner of Freemans. All the pastries are baked on-site by highly credentialed pastry chef (and food blogger) Shuna Fish Lydon. $4 each, these slices start with a simple base of yellow cake, moist with a coarse and consistent crumb, topped with a good half-inch layer of chocolate frosting. But it's not just any chocolate frosting—it's a chocolate crème fraîche frosting, silky smooth, melting on the tongue and leaving behind a haunting tang. Only a few steps below a ganache frosting in terms of richness, and decked out in a dusting of cocoa powder, it's the kind of frosting I find myself longing for every day.
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