If you like cake, Ritz-Carlton wants you to like their cake, only their cake. As announced by the luxury hotel chain, they now have a signature Ritz-Carlton Chocolate Cake, made in their own kitchens by their pastry chefs.
Ritz-Carlton has asked 20 of its pastry chefs from around the world to come up with a special cake recipe to celebrate its storied heritage in an edible way. The request came from the corporate chef Rainer Zinngrebe with couple of strings attached “the cake had to contain Grand Marnier, the liqueur was named by Cesar Ritz for his friend Louis-Alexandre Marnier La Postelle, who later gave Ritz the money to start up his very first hotel in Paris. The cake also had to contain fine chocolate. And lastly, the cake needed to stay fresh for up to eight days.”
After the cake recipes were submitted by 20 talented pastry chefs, the head pastry chef at the Ritz-Carlton, Frederic Barasse got the responsibility to make cakes according to each recipe. Cakes were then judged by Ritz-Carlton’s top executives. After extensive taste-tests, stipulations and judging it was announced Chef Yusuke Aoki of the Ritz-Carlton Toronto as the winner for his chocolate cake entry.
Chef Aoki’s winning yummy cake as per the hotel is a “sponge cake mixed with three different kinds of chocolate and layered with two stripes of bitter caramel and two stripes of orange ganache which is made with candied fruit and the required Grand Marnier. It’s topped with another fine strip of chocolate.” And cake also comes stamped with the Ritz-Carlton lion logo.
The cake, wrapped in a chic black box with the words “The Cake” printed on the side and tied with a white Ritz-Carlton ribbon, is for sale only in Ritz-Carlton hotels from around $40-$45. There are plans to sell it online in the coming months so you can taste a bit of the Ritz without ever leaving your house.