Loaf Lounge, a brand new cafe, debuted final weekend in Avondale. Whereas the house owners ready to open, co-owner and ace baker Sarah Mispagel (Sepia, Proxi) served as a guide for The Bear, the FX TV present primarily based on a fictional Chicago Italian beef stand. Mispagel created the sweets depicted on display screen and allowed actor Lionel Boyce, who performs Marcus, to use a last contact. Mispagel’s work included a scrumptious chocolate cake that made viewers take observe. A hulking slice of that cake is now obtainable at Loaf Lounge for $7.50. How does the cake style? Learn on to seek out out.
Under is a barely edited transcript of a Slack dialog between Eater Chicago Editor Ashok Selvam and Reporter Naomi Waxman about mentioned cake.
The Bear Chocolate Cake
$7.50 per slice
Made with Valrhona cocoa powder within the cake and icing and Valrhona 64 p.c Tainori within the ganache.
Ashok: Instagram has ruined meals photos for lots of us, how can the precise merchandise match the over-stylized picture that’s been posted? However you recognize what? The Bear chocolate cake matches the hype. That richness you noticed by the display screen? It’s in that first chew!
Naomi: Some folks take huge pleasure in consuming cake for breakfast, which appears cheap to me however isn’t a behavior I usually partake in. However I’m additionally no person’s idiot, and within the case of this explicit cake, there’s a very good cause for patrons to indulge within the morning. At its coronary heart, Loaf Lounge is a bakery, which suggests Mispagel and her employees clock in round 4 a.m. Exhibiting up early provides patrons an opportunity to style the cake in its freshest, richest kind.
Ashok: To begin with, we should always normalize “cake for breakfast.” Second, I had the cake contemporary on the cafe and I took a slice dwelling. Each instances have been fabulous, however consuming it on the counter on the lounge was simply higher. The crumbs have been extra …moist (sorry), the frosting — the ganache had a greater richness, which can sound apparent. Mispagel tells me that that is one among her outdated recipes she perfected at Proxy/Sepia, a go-to for personal occasions when prospects needed chocolate cake. It’s a fairly dependable taste bomb. Effectively balanced and never too candy or bitter. That being mentioned, do you suppose you possibly can eat a couple of slice?
Naomi: “Dependable” is an efficient phrase for it — it’s not fussy or overly embellished (actually, a welcome change from the elaborate buttercream mountains which have taken over #cakestagram), the cake is tender but holds its kind. It will be a success at any birthday celebration, whether or not the visitor of honor is eight or 80. However that brings me again to your level about amount: I couldn’t put away a couple of slice, particularly earlier than midday.
Ashok: I might if I have been on a cake bender, however I don’t need to discuss these darkish, darkish days. Chicago is dwelling to some high quality bakers. I’ll name out Jennifer Jones at Logan Sq.’s Dos Urban Cantina. That chocolate cake is a champion! Loaf Lounge’s entry is true up there. It’s not flashy, however there’s a whole lot of depth. Mispagel says it was Chris Storer, The Bear’s co-creator and Park Ridge native, who got here up with the thought to serve the cake on the cafe. It’s a clever alternative. It’s nice bait to get of us by the door to style the contemporary bread, sandwiches, and different wizardry inside that small kitchen. Did I point out the bread?
Naomi: And, in a complete shock, arguably the very best English muffin I’ve encountered in a very long time! One other perk to a counter spot is the chance to peek by the expo window to see Lustbader working the present. The over-easy egg in my sausage-egg-and-cheese breakfast sandwich burst in that completely delicate, satisfying means, which to me revealed a whole lot of egg expertise in that kitchen. Though the cafe is model new, it’s already a web site for glorious people-watching. I bought to take pleasure in a efficiency from three tiny boys in matching “finest buddies” t-shirts holding palms and leaping up and down in anticipation of their treats. I do know the sensation, guys.
Ashok: Mispagel’s husband, Ben Lustbader, says they’re not anxious if the cake overshadows the remainder of the menu. Mispagel says they might ultimately serve up Marcus’ “perfect doughnut” from the TV present. I do have one gripe: How can Marcus be this good this quick? He is likely to be a pure expertise, however annoying Star Wars fans whine about Rey “not having sufficient Jedi coaching” and having the ability to wield a lightsaber with ease immediately. After consuming the cake, how can Marcus be such a grasp of texture and taste with out formal coaching? The prepared suspension of disbelief wouldn’t be an issue if I hadn’t tasted the cake (pushes glasses again up).
Naomi: That’s not the one suspension of disbelief The Bear asks viewers to entertain — I’ve discovered myself coming again to the issue of the (spoiler alert) can storyline a number of instances since I completed the primary season. However there’s nonetheless room to understand slightly small-screen magic, particularly when Marcus’ world is so intently intertwined with an actual small enterprise.
Ashok: Wrapping it up, I used to be more than happy that this “Bear” present — that has nothing to do with a horrible soccer crew — pushed me to attempt some very high-quality chocolate cake, and hope different TV exhibits will take the initiative to rent Chicago kitchen employees so I can eat and write about their meals featured on TV. Also, Jeremy Allen White hasn’t had the cake but and it’s humorous we’ve tried the cake and Carmy has been denied. JAW informed me he needs to attempt the cake! General, let’s hope The Bear brings Mispagel again for Season 2 to convey to life no matter Marcus imagines. Do you’ve any closing ideas, Naomi?
Naomi: I’m additionally wanting to see the place The Bear takes Carmy, Sydney, and the crew, although I feel it’s secure to say we are able to anticipate some dirty kitchen conduct and — hopefully — extra delectable delicacies from Marcus by way of Mispagel. As we anticipate a brand new installment, I’ll be distracting myself over at Loaf Lounge.