Cupcakes and tarts are a dime a dozen these days that it takes something with the X-factor to truly pique our interest. Fortuitously, Grin Affair came to the rescue with home-made mousse cakes served in über-cute mini jars.
Here’s a hip new place to be seen in the middle of nowhere, so brace yourself for some tedious explorations and adventure. If anything, the hand-made signboards should let the cat out of the bag.
So say hello to Grin Affair: An artful creation that may cause the fairer sex to stop and stare for a long while. As a matter of fact, when it comes to D.I.Y, we got nothing on the young owner, Jody. In this tiny little space whereby two’s a crowd & three’s a party, the cafe is bedecked in down-to-the-earth decorations made by hand. Seriously, we could feel the sincerity bouncing off the walls already.
And lucky for wallet & artery-watchers, these mini-jars of sweet-treat ain’t too dear, nor are they toothache-inducing. Neat!
Expect a dollop of light honey lavender mousse ensconced upon a moist vanilla cake and topped with morsels of fresh blueberries to add depth and garnish. Whilst the smooth texture of the mousse had left behind a trail of lavender lingering upon our taste buds, the traces of honey (if any) left no deep impression. On the other hand, it was not hard to adore that delicate, cottony soft vanilla cake.
We say, perhaps, introducing another layer of honey to the party would add extra oomph to it.
There is a reason why the Banoffee is in the Dean’s list—– It has both brains & beauty.
With a jar that yields a decidedly caffeine kick, the Banoffee could easily satisfy your daily coffee fix. We appreciate the slices of bananas and baked pecan chunks that went swimming with the accompanying vanilla mousse, and the layer of delce de leche to match was not half bad either. Of course, this crowd-pleaser rounded it off with a gratifying base of baked crust as the finishing act, granting us a multi-textured confection of crunchiness, creaminess & decadence. Concisely, it was an ultimate comfort within a jar.
For a fruity alternative, our mango mousse cake did not disappoint. We did not mind finding the same moist vanilla cake in our jar because the tropical-flavoured layers of mousse and coulis complemented it very well. Not only was the bright spectrum of yellow appealing, we hardly registered anything artificial between bites. The fragrant almond chunks laden on top were delightful enough, though we thought it was pretty predictable. Guess our only groan was the mystery case of the missing mango fruit.
So when you are feeling slightly under the weather, perhaps Grin Affair‘s creation may just be your remedy. And its creativity extends beyond the desserts: there is actually a shelf full of hand-made knick-knacks put up for retail-therapy as well. Although they do not serve the finest desserts around, we can safely say that its unpretentiousness has certainly placed a grin on our faces.