New Delhi, India
November 21, 2013
Whipped sits on the main road, leading from PVR Savitri cinema, into Greater Kailash – II. It’s a small place, with ‘whipped’ written in hot pink and white against a background of dark wood. A small flight of stairs leads up into a tiny verandah with a couple of tables. Beyond this, behind glass doors, are the display counters of Whipped.
Whipped is a café and offers a selection of savoury dishes—quiches, pasta, jalapeno poppers, cheese sticks and so on—as well as beverages like smoothies (a green matcha tea smoothie particularly sounded interesting). We, however, had already dined and were eager to just get some desserts packed to take home.
Desserts are—and even a brief look at the display counter revealed this—Whipped’s forte. Unlike the mundane and done-to-death ‘black forest cake’ (always teetotal and heavy on the cream), the pineapple pastries, apple pie and tiramisu that’s served up by so many of Delhi’s other dessert places, Whipped has a whole range of other interesting things. There is tiramisu and apple pie, but there’s also mouthwateringly attractive-looking stuff like cheesecakes (in an array of flavours—chocolate, strawberry, blueberry, mango, mixed berry, plain), Kahlua cocoa mousse, fresh fruit gateau, chocolate and orange cake, brownies, cupcakes, cute coloured marzipan ‘toys’, and more.
After much dithering—and going over our self-imposed limit of just trying four types of desserts, we ordered a wedge each of five of their offerings. The total bill was Rs 708, and the person at the counter packed our order in two of the bright lime green cardboard boxes Whipped uses for takeaways. (As it turned out, he didn’t use much sense when doing the packing: four wedges of frosted cakes or glazed pie were jam-packed into one box, so close that they rubbed off on each other; the other box held one lone wedge of cake).
So, what were the desserts like? Here goes:
1. Strawberry cheesecake: A good, mellow plain cheesecake, with a crumby buttery base and a generous topping of strawberry sauce. I’d have preferred it if the strawberry sauce (which had halved berries in it) had contained chopped berries instead—the way it was, the sauce was a teensy bit too thin, and with too-large bits of fruit in it. Despite that, a good dessert.
2. Chocolate-orange cake: We’d fallen in love with this one as soon as we saw it, and it tasted as great as it looked. A very soft, moist chocolate cake, sandwiched with light, very mildly sweetened whipped cream, an orange sauce (or was it jelly? We couldn’t tell) and shaved chocolate), this was covered with a thin layer of chocolate ganache, topped off with thin peeled and glazed slices of orange. A fabulous combination of chocolate and orange, and surprisingly light and airy despite the richness of the chocolate.
3. Apple pie: Apple pie is one of my favourites, so whenever I come across one that looks even faintly interesting, I leap at it. Whipped’s apple pie had a heavy glaze (apricot jam? I’m not sure) on top, and a fairly light pastry, but the filling just didn’t float my boat. The spice—mostly cinnamon—was strong (which I don’t mind), but the apple, in contrast, wasn’t flavourful enough. Basically, if I hadn’t known this was an apple pie, I may not have guessed—it didn’t taste of apple. Besides, the filling was too solid and stodgy, a trifle too dense for my liking.
4. Blueberry cheesecake: Similar to the strawberry one, this was a plain cheesecake with a generous topping of blueberry sauce. Much better than the strawberry cheesecake, actually, since the sauce was a lovely consistency and there were lots of blueberries in it.
5. Kahlua cocoa mousse: I actually had a forkful of this one, then put the rest of it aside to have later, because I like to leave the best for the last! The Kahlua cocoa mousse sat on a thin layer of dark chocolate cake, and had that gloriously boozy coffee flavour of Kahlua combined with a hint of chocolate on the outside. Topped with shaved white chocolate and a sprinkling of dark chocolate crumbs, this was sheer heaven. Full marks, and more.
Except for the apple pie (which wasn’t bad, just not as good as the rest), we thought everything we got from Whipped was certainly well worth the money we paid (which, going by Delhi standards, was really not much). I’m going to be patronizing this place more often.
From journal Sugar Rush in Delhi: Western Sweets