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All sweet and crusty here...

Whether it's a cake for two or ten, Sweet `N Crusty cake shop has got you covered, all in luscious butter cream along with intoxicating scents of baking pastries and melted chocolate. SUMITRA SENAPATY takes a bite at Intercontinental Park Royal... .


WHEN A good friend called me up to ask if I had tried the Brownie Cake and Mango Cheesecake at Sweet `N Crusty, the cake shop at New Delhi's Intercontinental Park Royal, I confessed I hadn't. Truth be known, I really haven't been seeking pastry adventures, specially now that I've returned to exercising at the gym. However, the insistence that I taste these confections, plus the fact that Sweet `N' Crusty is a just opened food outlet, helped me to overcome my dietary hesitations.

Sweet `N Crusty is located on the ground level of the hotel, close to Float's entrance. A spacious cake shop -- tables and stools back up to one another -- where the attentive staff hovers around to satiate customers. Once you do make a space for yourself, breathe deeply and freely order the goodies from the bakery case.

The refrigerated racks contain a selection of pies, cakes and pastries, ready for purchase. The counter display case usually has a variety of breads, cookies, doughnuts and croissants. Take your pick from Black Olive Bread, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Muffins, Sugar Doughnut and Almond Croissant.

The Mango Cheesecake is fluffy, with a light texture and pleasing taste...not too sweet. It is a delicately textured cake, like a fine sponge, moist yet airy. I had enough to share with several people, just to get some feedback. Everyone thought it was an exceptionally good cake, not too sweet, nor too rich. It is certainly worth taking to a party or to any special occasion.

For the city that loves to party, Sweet `N Crusty has a wide range, so choose from Black Forest Cake, Coconut Cake, Florida Cake, Pineapple Cake and more. The price range is from Rs. 300 to 450. The cake shop also offers the egg less cake. So if you need a special candle glowing cake, for your birthday, anniversary, engagement or housewarming, then all you have to do is get anyone of the above mentioned cakes.

Here you can't go wrong with the Lemon Tarts and Chocolate- coated Doughnuts or the Almond Cookies. Whatever your sweet tooth craves for will be available at Sweet `N Crusty. Sinful pleasures are here in all shapes and sizes, from monster to miniature, rolled, dropped, piped, filled with fruit, nuts and candy, iced, spiced, topped with fresh cream and rich imported chocolate, brownies, sandwiches and rolls.

So you know what to buy when the time comes for you to blow the candles.

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