It Was Inevitable…

Friday, November 2, 2007 9 No tags Permalink 0


…that Shann and I found ourselves at the entrance of Pinisi Bakery once again, lured in the by the muffins and danishes daring us through the front window, and the smiling faces of the owner/baker, Andy and his sweet wife. This time around, we planned to play it reasonable, and split a slice of Red Velvet. Two whole uncut Red Velvet cakes sat behind the glass counter, would we be the lucky ones to get the first slice?

The answer is ‘no’. But that’s only because we found something even more enticing. A Red Velvet cake with a cloud light layer of raspberry mousse sandwiched in-between! And instead of the usual cream cheese frosting (of which he does an excellent version), we encountered a layer of shaved milk chocolate dancing on the top surface of pale pink mousse and white chocolate shavings on the side – surely they must be angel wings! Cakes, and moments like this, are the little things that make my life so happy!

We were about to applaud ourselves for intense self-control, cause we SHARED a slice…when Andy called out names, “Kathy, Shannon, I want you to try this!” And the lo and behold, a slice of pumpkin cheesecake made its’ way into our joyous hands, and soon afterwards straight to our mouths. It’s fall, and that means I’m going to do nothing but eat pumpkin, butternut squash and ginger desserts till I can do no more. This cheesecake is the perfect kick-off to the season, an absurdly light cheesecake, richly spiced and never too sweet. But Andy gives it extra ooomph with a layer of pumpkin mousse (though it tastes more like a pudding to me!) and then a final layer of chocolate mousse! It’s decadent, but the wonderful (or is it scary?) part is that I never seem to leave Pinisi with a horrible sugar high, or feeling like I’m super stuffed. Why is that? This man knows what he’s making. And what he makes is classic American desserts, but with a hand so light as to never leave you overwhelmed nor with bricks of butter and pounds of sugar in the pit of your stomach. But he never skimps on flavour or quality, oh no. And service. This is hands down the friendliest bakery on the planet. And that’s why I keep coming back :)

Pinisi: 1st Visit
Pinisi: 2nd Visit

Pinisi Cafe & Bakery
128 East 4th St
NY, NY 10003
(212) 614-9079

9 Comments
  • K & S
    November 2, 2007

    omg! that cake looks delish! I have to write this place down on my places to visit in NYC :) have a good weekend!

  • SicklyBug & Cassaendra
    November 2, 2007

    Hi Kathy, Amazing place! Same here – I’ll definitely have to stop by when I make a trip there!! I’ll likely miss the scrumptious looking pumpkin cheesecake though…but having the red velvet cake with raspberry mousse will be heaven. I wonder if anyone in Cleveland makes something even close to that (velvet/mousse)…must investigate.Btw, nice pictures! My smashed 1/2 Dunkin donut with apple filling for dessert at lunch just looks so trashy now. :)- Cassaendra

  • Yukari
    November 3, 2007

    Aww, damn! You have my mouth watering for that pumpkin cheesecake…I love eating light cheesecakes (My favorite is from Panya. ^.~)And the red velvet cake looks soo moist and delicious too. *___* If I ever visit NY, I would love to go to this Pinsi bakery. Sounds like such an awesome place.

  • J. Lo
    November 3, 2007

    again with the red velvet cakes you won’t let me eat.

  • anonymous
    November 3, 2007

    red velvet cake looks scrumptious. A happy aloha friday to you, Kathy.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    November 3, 2007

    Hey Kat!We must meet up if you every come to nyc!! :) Hope you’re having an awesome weekend! :)Hey Cassaendra!Actually…that dunkin donut does sound pretty good right now, hehe! I liked how you added on the fact that it was smashed, lol! =) good luck with red velvet investigation in Cleveland! :)Hey Yukari!Oh man, I LOVE the Panya cheesecake! It so light and tender that I don’t feel like I’ve eaten anything afterwards…which is both good and bad, hehe! :)Justin!Am sooooorrrry! ;) Next time you come, I promise! :)Hey Ron!Thanks! I haven’t heard the phrase ‘Aloha Friday’ in way too long! :)

  • Chubbypanda
    November 3, 2007

    Maybe we should get a restraining order taken out on you for the bakery. You know, for your own good. =)

  • Charmaine
    November 5, 2007

    I just went to Pinisi for the first time. My friend and I went in for a slice of cake each and I came out w/ three more slices of cake for my family!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    November 5, 2007

    Hey Chubbypanda!I wish you took out that restraining order earlier…cause I was just back there on Saturday!! teehee ;)Hey Charmaine!Oh my goodness! hehe, I’m so glad you enjoyed the cakes! I swear, that bakery just brings out the best in people, lol. It makes me so happy to see a small family business do well! :) *happy feelings*

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