Michelle’s Cake House is an Asian bakery, and makes fabulous cakes and pastries.
They are probably most known for their cakes, especially their mango slice cake. It's a sponge cake layered with mangoes and fresh whipped cream and encased with fresh mango slices. I recently had it again at a bbq and while good, the cake was a tad dry and was really more eye candy than for consumption, not that it was bad by any means - it just looks really good. Their buns are pretty standard, no better than the ones you could get closer to home, and is not worth the commute over, in my opinion.
It's situated away from the hub of Kerrisdale, but their digs are clean and serves up the locals angling for light eats.
I am glad there's one decent bakery in Vancouver West. The price is inexpensive for Kerrisdale location so it's crowded most of the time. I kind of like those Asian style bread and buns because they come in different flavors already and you don't need any bread spread or filling for the bread. It's good for snacking.
However, if I lived in Richmond, Michelle's Cake Shop would probably not be my choice. There's so many bakeries in Richmond with many varieties of product and reasonable pricing. And for most of them you don't really have to beat the crowd like you are in Michell's. Anyway, Michelle's doesn't exactly stand out among them.
The service is so so. Some staff are grouchy some are ok, it really depends on your luck.
Ambiance? Well, you just buy and go. There's not much room to stand there. At least it's clean enough.
I never bought a birthday cake there. I don't know if it's good for the price you pay. I usually get bread, buns and egg tarts.
Food: I LOVE their weiner+cheese buns. They are absolutely delicious. The egg tarts are also really yummy.
Service: This place can get really crowded sometimes ( you have to get one of the number slips ). The servers are really friendly though.
Value: Decent value.
Ambiance: Clean place. This is more of a takeout place though, so I wouldn't recommend eating in. (There's only one table, and a few chairs, which is mainly for decoration).
I've been coming here for years. They have the best portugese egg tarts. All the other pastries, like the cake slices are very good as well. It's a small place and when you come in you take a number, it can get quite busy at times. It is a bit expensive but you can tell they use quality ingredients.
I ordered a b'day cake for my bf's dad last week because I've ordered here last year and it was definitely one of the best chinese cakes I've tried in town but I was totally dissappointed when I ate the cake last week. I ordered a 6" chestnut cake the day b4 the intended pick up date so they hv plenty of time to make a fresh one for me. When I had the cake around 2 hours after the intended pick up time, I was very dissappointed, the cake was not as moist and fluffy as I expected it to be and the chestnut was much less than before. I will never come back again for a birthday cake.
I have previously visited this bakery many times and really enjoyed their sliced black forest cake, so I decided to order one for my dad's birthday. I ordered an 8 inch black forest cake, expecting it to be of great quality, but received a cake that had a funny smell (like skunk) and had cherries that were brown, old and disgusting to the palate.
I obviously wanted another cake, so called the bakery and the manager told me to bring the cake back. When I brought the cake back, she took it, and showed it to the baker. Her and the baker then used their fingers and took some pinches out of the cake, tasting it. They were mumbling to each other the whole time and the manager then turned around and said "It's supposed to be like that!" and when I told her that when I buy the sliced ones, they actually taste normal and not like garbage and she's tells me "Our black forest cake is like that, it's like that, that's how it's supposed to be you know?"
Obviously she was trying to tell me that I was supposed pay 40 bucks for a cake that was obviously cheapened out and had a foul taste and was suggesting that I shouldn't complain because that is how their product is supposed to be like. Come here if you want poor service where "customer's are not right" and old products with a no exchange policy.
OK..I agree on the fact that the portuguese egg tarts are the best in Vancouver, but the other baked goods are totally not worth it. I mean, one tiny slice of blueberry "cheesecake" is like $3.00, and it does not have any hint of cheesecake flavour at all. It just tastes like sweetened creamy bluish jello...."yum?". The chocolate mousse cake tastes like chocolate jello, and the chocolate flakes on the cake tastes like cheap waxy chocolate. Also, the service is ok, since this place is pretty busy, the servers can get a bit irritated and rude as well. I rather go for a walk up to Sweet E's, in which their baked goods are absolutely decadent and a place that uses quality ingredients, with chocolate that tastes like REAL chocolate,satisfying both the eyes and the mouth.
Makes delicious cakes and pastries. I always come here to get birthday cakes. One of my favorites is their fresh mango cake. The entire cake is covered with fresh mango slices, sliced thinly and evenly. This cake is delicious, nice and light, has light sponge cake layered with with fresh mango and fresh whipped cream.
I also like their single sliced cakes. I like their tiramisu, and a variety of their cheese cakes. I like their mini fruit tarts very much. Their breads are very good as well. Everything is so delicious.