Patisserie Karan is a cake shop loved by those in the know
Patisserie Karan is a cake shop in the Nishigamo area of Kyoto selling cakes, cookies, French madeleines, and other baked goods. They are most famous for their “Nishigamo Cheese,” a soft cotton cheesecake. The shop is in a residential area a bit far from Kyoto Station, a 50-minute bus ride to be exact, but still many people go to this shop every day to buy their cheesecakes.
Inside the cozy shop, you can, of course, see cheesecakes, but also cookies, rolled cakes, pies, and all kinds of baked goods, so just being here is enough to make one’s sweet tooth ache. Behind the showcase, you can see the kitchen where the magic happens and most of the things sold in this cake shop are made. It is my heartfelt wish that you too will find the warmth and love of this cake shop when in Kyoto.
If you go to Patisserie Karan you have to have this cheesecake, Nishigamo Cheese. This chiffon type soft cheesecake just melts in your mouth. This soft cotton texture is the reason for this cakes popularity, and it is made possible by combining two kinds of cheeses and by the way all of the cakes are carefully baked. These cakes need to be eaten soon, and they need to be refrigerated, so they don’t make good souvenirs, but make for exceptionally nice snacks.
Besides the basic Nishigamo Cheese, they also have four additional flavors. One of them is this Chocolate Souffle, which has a strong, rich taste of ganache, but is still very airy. Besides this, they also sell a matcha cheesecake which tastes surprisingly good, and a pound cake which combines chocolate with oranges.
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French Madeleine Mountain
Among their many baked goods this madeleine is one of the most popular. The cake is made to look like the mountain Funayama which is in Nishigamo, and this is why the cake is called “French Madeleine Mountain.” This cake is popular because of its softness and its buttery sweetness.
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You can see all kinds of colorful cakes in the showcase. The cakes change seasonally, like in summer they have peach cakes and in autumn they have Mont Blanc cakes.