I visited Michele Coulon Dessertier the other day and I’m completely in love with the desserts. This is my new favorite gourmet bakery in San Diego.
Michele Coulon specializes in wedding cakes, but you can drop by for mini desserts, cake slices and order regular cakes as well. I had briefly considered the store as an option when I was looking for my wedding cake, but the prices were simply out of our cake budget.
The store is quite small and not really meant for dining in. It’s more of a place to pick up treats for later.
Upon entering, I was a little intimidated. No one greeted us. There was a group doing a wedding cake tasting and there were people behind the counter and working on desserts. Had I not researched the place beforehand, I would have thought I walked into the wrong store and that perhaps this place only did custom orders. But I knew that they offered individual desserts for sale and I had read some reviews about the lack of initial customer service, so I made my way inside and walked up to the counter and finally got the attention of someone.
Once I did, the person who helped me was sweet as can be. She helpfully told us the flavors of the mini desserts, packed up our order and even discounted me on the cake because she thought the slice she cut was a little too small. I don’t quite understand why they don’t have someone who greets customers who walk in.
Despite the lack of welcome, this place was worth the visit. There were an array of mini desserts (priced at $1.75 each), cake slices ($10 a slice, reminding me of Extraordinary Dessert prices), macarons, cookies, cupcakes.
After much contemplating, we settled on a strawberry tart, a slice of angel cake with matcha frosting and several mini desserts.
Vanilla Bean Angel Cake with Matcha Frosting
At $10 a slice, I was skeptical. Could the cake possibly taste that good? Well it did. Okay I still think $10 is steep, but this was one of the best slices of cake I’ve eaten. I’m not usually a fan of angel cakes, but the angel cake was so soft, light and moist. The whipped cream filling was also light and not overly sugary like most often are. The only thing I didn’t completely love was the matcha frosting. Normally I love anything matcha but the frosting was a little too bitter. I had a hard time not devouring the entire cake. I gave Mr. K two bites before eating it all.
Next time I want to try the Gateau Aileen (pictured below) which got rave reviews on yelp and is made of hot milk sponge cake. I love hot milk sponge cake.
Chocolate Hazelnut, Lemon Tart, Raspberry Cake, Almond Tart
These little mini desserts reminded me of the ones I get from Opera Patisserie except so much more delicious. I loved every bite of every single one. I wasn’t too much of a fan of the glitter though.
This was the only dessert I wasn’t completely fanatic about. It was still good, but not necessarily the best strawberry tart I’ve eaten.
Overall, we loved the desserts here. The cakes are a little pricey but you can taste the quality and the mini desserts are pretty affordable. We’ll definitely be stopping by more often to sample all the other sweets they offer.
Michele Coulon (inside Sycamore Court)
7556 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037