The Valrhona chocolate and banana cake is the sweetest fundraiser
Every year around this time, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong has a fundraiser that brings smiles not only to the beneficiaries but to donors too.
Smile Asia is a group of charities that help treat children with facial deformities like cleft palates and lips and The Ritz-Carlton hotels Asia Pacific have been helping to raise money through the sale of scrumptious cakes (HK$385 each) for one week.
I put in my order as soon as I heard about the fundraiser and picked up the cake yesterday as my relatives and I had an early Mother's Day gathering.
When we finished dinner and I opened up the box, the strong smell of chocolate pricked up our taste buds with anticipation.
The cake is Valrhona chocolate with banana, as the hotel pastry chef explains that children like both these ingredients. It's an unusual combination, but for a cake that's fundraising for kids, why not?
When we cut into the cake, it was pretty dense, but in a good way -- rich chocolate with hints of banana -- though more banana would have been appreciated.
Nevertheless we're glad we did our part to help children better lives.