Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Crème De Fiesta... Abundant sweetness!

As I walked into the shop the first thing that struck me were the brightly lit, colour co-ordinated, happiness radiating interiors. An array of cakes was laid out in one show-case counter, while the other counter was laden with savoury items. The shop I had walked into was the newly opened Crème De Fiesta; a cake shop.

Fiesta is the brain child of the Habibulla family (Saifuddin and his wife, Munira). Their manufacturing unit is based at Kondhwa and the company has been in the baking business for a quarter of a century. Until now they retailed their baked items through their five franchise outlets and various shops (Dorabjees, Maxx, Hypercity) in and around Pune. This new shop at Koregaon Park is their first company outlet. 

Crème De Fiesta specializes in theme cakes for any and all occasions. Photo-print cakes are also made on order. They have a wide variety of cakes. Chocolate Ganache, Chocolate Rolls, Jam Rolls, Muffins, Rich Chocolate, Chocolate-Orange, Ferrero Rocher, Fresh Fruit, Carrot Cake, Banana & Walnut Cake and Date & Walnut Cake to name a few. They also sell cute cup cakes and Chocolate Mousse cups. 

Other than cakes they bake dinner rolls, buns and breads (White, Multigrain, Marble, Garlic). They have an industrial range of cakes which are packed in a way to ensure that the cakes retain their freshness for a month. They seemed like the ideal thing to carry on long journeys and picnics. They also carry a very decent selection of savoury bakes.

From the savoury section I tried their Chicken Cream Tikka Roll, Chicken Quiche and Chicken Puff Patties all of which were delicious and very well made. The bread used for the Tikka Roll was soft and fresh and the Chicken Cream Tikka tucked within the roll brought back wonderful memories of parties at home when Chicken Cream Tikkas were always ordered as starters. The pastry crust of the Chicken Quiche was light and flaky and the filling was stuffed with a generous quantity of chicken and a creamy mix of eggs and cheese. Their Chicken Puff Patties were reminiscent of delicious patties I had regularly eaten years ago (at Crème De Fiesta’s old Sacred Heart Town-Wanowrie outlet: 2002-2006), and these were just as yummy as they were then. Sigh! 

The cakes I tried were Éclairs Crunch, the Ferrero Rocher and the Rich Chocolate cake. The choux pastry of the éclair was light and beautiful. The Ferrero Rocher was a decadent delight! The Rich Chocolate, too, was good but I would have preferred the cake sponge to be a tad softer. Having said that, it truly epitomized a ‘rich’ chocolate cake! They definitely had not been stingy with the chocolate. (Claps gleefully)

Huge paintings adorn one corner of the cake shop. These painted canvases are for sale and are beautifully done by Safuddin and Munira’s talented daughter, Huseina. This shop is a treat for your palate and for your aesthetic senses. 

Sometime soon, people around this shop are going to be treated to the aroma of freshly baked wares wafting into their homes. Saifuddin plans to install a small bakery at the back of the shop. Nothing compares to the scent of freshly baked cakes. Just the thought of muffins and fresh crusty bread, straight out of the oven, warms the cockles of my gentle Bawi heart. ;-)

Do walk into Crème de Fiesta to check out their cakes, breads, tarts and more. You will be greeted with counters full of mouth-watering goodies and warm smiles. 

Address: Survey No 14A/3A, Lane G, Opposite Shahu Modak Garden, Koregaon Park, Pune
Tel: 020 30189975

Please note: The photographs posted above in the write up are clicked by me and the ones I'm posting below this comment are photographs shared by Saifuddin Habibulla.

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