Lady M is a bakery chain originally from NYC that is famous for their crêpes cakes, which have more than 20 layers of handmade crêpes. They have several outlets in New York, one in Los Angeles, and a few in Asia.
I’ve seen many pictures of their desserts and so during our last LA trip, we finally got a chance to try the famous crêpes cake.
Lady M Mille Crêpes
Of course we had to have a slice of their original cake. It’s amazing how many layers of paper thin crêpe are in one cake and I imagine it’s a long process to put together. There are supposed to be at least 20 layers of handmade crêpes per cake. In between each crêpe layer is a light pastry cream.
When eaten together, this basically tasted like dozens of crêpes stacked together. I’m not sure why I expected it to taste more cake-like. However, according to my friend who was with us and has had it before, he thinks we got a bad batch because he says that usually the crêpes are more fluffy and cake-like, with the crêpes almost melting into one, rather than being able to taste all the individual layers. But on our visit, it just tasted like stacked crêpes and I felt the crêpes were a little dry.
Green Tea Mille Crêpes
I was also looking forward to trying the green tea version since I adore green tea. This pretty much tasted just like the original, except with green tea pastry green. Again, so pretty, but the taste was a little underwhelming. It tasted of slightly stale crepes and a lot of cream.
Gâteau aux Marrons
We also tried a slice of almond flour cake, piped with chestnut infused cream. This, actually, was my favorite of the three we ordered. The cake had a light, airy, and delicate feel to it. The chestnut cream was subtle and pleasant, reminding me of roasting chestnuts in the winter.
To wash off our sweets, we ordered some Stumptown Cold Brew. I love Stumptown’s bottles and our fridge is always stocked with a few of these as well as their nitro version. I’ve been obsessed with getting the perfect iced coffee pour shot. I think this one turned out pretty well.
Overall, I was slightly disappointed by the signature Mille Crêpes cake. After seeing so many beautiful photographs, I was sure I’d love it but didn’t. However, I would try them on another occasion, just to see if maybe we got unlucky on our visit. The other cakes are quite beautiful as well and I can see this being a good place to pick up a birthday or celebratory cake.
Lady M Cake Boutique
8718 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048