I always thought that Marie-Antoinette was making sense when she proclaimed “let them eat cake”, because, let’s be honest, if you are in need of a cheering up, nothing is better than a tart or gateau. This small French-inspired cake shop has taken the Queen of France’s words to heart, serving up a capsule collection of delicious French patisseries and cakes with the occasional Thai twist. Let Them Eat Cake is located around ten minutes’ walk from the end of Sukhumvit Soi 20 in Mille Malle, a small neighbourhood shopping complex. Situated on the ground floor, it is easily recognisable by its Paris-inspired outdoor patio and slate-coloured shop front. Open late every evening, it makes a great after-dinner spot with a group of friends.
The chic Parisian décor continues inside this cute cake shop. Adding a splash of brightness to the black and white marbled floors, grey walls and plain comfortable armchairs are peachy cushions and fresh flowers. There is a limited amount of seating here though so you may have to wait a while. At the moment the queues are predominantly Thai but that is sure to change once the word gets out about how tasty the cakes are here. The team that runs Let Them Eat Cake is clearly more dedicated to desserts than I am. They have been to Paris and tried some of the best cakes in the world and recreated some pretty impressive classics right here in Bangkok. Although there is only a selection of around a dozen cakes, it’s still hard making a decision about which one to have.
All the desserts displayed in the glass cabinet at the front of Let them Eat Cake are miniature works of art. It is obvious that the pastry chefs take their time to work on their presentation, and the same can be said about the taste; these cakes have been made using high-quality ingredients. This is reflected in the price, with cakes costing between 130 and 200 baht. The macaroons come in a variety of different flavours, including Thai tea and chestnut, jasmine tea with strawberry and passion fruit with raspberry, paying homage to not only French baking but also their Thai roots. Another popular dessert is the Thai tea tart: an almond pastry shell, with tea-infused cake, mousse and a hint of gooey white chocolate, all with the beautiful orange colour of one of Thailand’s most popular drinks.
If you are looking for traditional French cakes, there are plenty of these too: a rose and strawberry St Honore, carefully constructed layers of choux buns and fresh cream, lemon tart and the classic French éclair. After ten minutes deliberation in front of the cake counter we picked a classic chocolate tart and a boozy Poire William Dome. Both were amongst the simplest looking desserts in the cabinet, decorated with a single gold leaf. The chocolate tart was rich and creamy, the cocoa and almond make for a moist cake inside the crispy pastry, topped off with a thin layer of dark mousse and a ganache so shiny you could almost see your face in it.
The pear dome was a fruity mousse on a crumbly biscuit base and made a refreshing change to the luxurious tart. As is the way in Thailand, desserts came on a sharing plate so we could both have a taste, but no matter these how delicious these cakes may be, one is definitely enough! Although the menu is currently all about cake, the owners hope to introduce some lunch and light dinner options soon. The range of coffees, teas and drinks at Let Them Eat Cake suits the afternoon tea vibe of the café, with a wide range of loose-leaf TWG blends and some fruity Italian sodas. If you want to go all out Parisian-style then order the chocolat chaud: a blend of three melted hot chocolates that goes perfectly with Let Them Eat Cake's brioche French toast.
Let Them Eat Cake Shop
- Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday 10:00 – 23:00, Friday and Saturday 10:00 – 24:00
- MRT: Sukhumvit
- BTS: Asoke
- Address: Ground Floor, Mille-Malle, Sukhumvit 20, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0)2 663 4667