This multitiered confection is a thing of beauty. Its paper-thin layers of crepes and pastry cream make for an ethereal dessert, here with vibrant matcha.
Lady M Cake Boutique
➤ Pros Each of the 20 layers is so precise it’s hard to believe they’re all handmade, but this New York-based shop is renowned for the confection. The green tea flavor, infused in the pastry cream and dusted on top, is robust but not overpowering.
➤ Cons It’s a bit expensive. $8.50 a slice, Irvine, ladym.com
➤ Pros The crepe cake isn’t the main attraction at this tea shop, but it’s still lovingly handmade in small batches, with nearly 30 layers
➤ Cons The green tea flavor leaves a slightly chalky aftertaste, and the layers are sometimes not as silky as they should be. $4.50 a slice, Huntington Beach, teaarias.com
Winner: Lady M tastes every bit as good as it looks.