Original Cake: Is it really worth the queue?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Original Cake, the brand founded in Taiwan in 2010 that specialises in soft, fluffy cakes finally entered our Malaysian shores. Its opening at one of their first few stores, Sunway Velocity Mall attracted a huge crowd to queue for hours just to get a piece of their cake. One wonders why our fellow Malaysians were so madly in love with Original Cake, not like the brand name was revolutionary or fancy either.

Many Malaysians, particularly the Chinese community (or to be specific the Mandarin educated) who have been to Taiwan or are following Taiwanese urban culture, will definitely know Original Cake is a go-to bakery for its authentic traditional egg cake recipe. According to my colleague, the original store in Taiwan serves the incredibly fresh bakes non-stop & the aroma can be felt in the air when you're nearby. So, that generally explains the frenzy that happened during their grand opening.

I hate super long queues, even more so if the product sounds ordinary & doesn't warrant wasting my precious time for the long wait. I didn't join in the previous frenzy but instead opted for another outlet at Sunway Pyramid with lesser crowd. Not sure if the crowd really died down at this outlet or it wasn't as packed to begin with.

To my surprise, the egg cake came with a hefty price tag. A standard one-size cake cost RM18 for the original flavour while the cheese version is priced at RM25. You can see the baker slicing through a giant piece of spongey cake to be divided to standard portions.

WL & I orderred one flavour each to try. The standard size turned out to be almost like a loaf of bread. That's a whole lot to finish within the day if there is no sharing involved.

Indeed, the cakes release a whiff of wonderful aroma; the kind that usually comes from all baked goods with eggs, sugar & milk. And they should taste great when eaten warm.

One bite on the original flavour, the aroma from the egg & milk & the slight hint of sweetness envelopes my mouth. Texture was fluffy as expected but wait a minute. Ain't this similar to the egg cake that I used to buy from night markets or mobile bakery selling traditional pastries, at a fraction of the price & size?

I took another bite on the cheese version. Texture was similarly fluffy, the only difference is the slight saltiness from the cheese layer in the centre between the cake. Didn't fancy this one that much even though it wasn't exactly lousy. Personally felt the cheese layer was a little salty & slightly overpowering, somehow the combination didn't fall into place as hoped. But then again, it's RM25. Not exactly the price that I would pay if the cheese & egg cake didn't feel right.

Would I pay for 2nd purchase? Definitely not. While the cake ain't bad, but it wasn't special enough demand such premium price. Sorry but not sorry...just not worth my time queueing for it. Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

F1.78, 1st Floor
Sunway Pyramid Shopping Centre
3, Jalan PJS 11/15
Bandar Sunway
47500 Petaling Jaya

Opening Hours:
Monday to Sundays 10:00am - 10:00pm