The Rabbit Hole Cafe is serving up dream-inducing cakes you’re not likely to find anywhere else in Halifax.
Located at 1452 Dresden Row, the cafe offers coffee, tea, and other beverages alongside decadent cakes and other sweet treats. Founders Jonathon Lu and Chloe Qu are this week’s midweek mugging recipients.
The cakes are made in an Asian style, Lu said, rather than the traditional North American cakes most Halifax locals are used to.
“Classic North American cakes generally are very heavy on butter, they’re usually on the sweeter side and also they’re more thick or rich,” he said. “With Asian, especially Korean or Japanese cakes, they are more light...we try to minimize the sugar, the butter, even the flour, so that it’s not so heavy and filling.”
Rabbit Hole makes three main types of cake: mille crepe, chiffon-based, or cheesecake, “and then there’s different flavours like chocolate or fruit, or even matcha or soybean,” Lu said.
During the week, the cafe typically offers five different flavours, with up to nine on the weekends. All cakes are made fresh daily. Lu said the most popular flavour is the milk tea cake.
Along with the cafe, Rabbit Hole also offers custom cake orders for parties or weddings.
“We can make the design into anything that you like,” Lu said. “We do a lot of figurine style, so we’ve done Spiderman or Iron Man...Cinderella, Peter Pan, all those things.”
Those looking to order a cake can do so by calling the store. Rush orders are available with one day’s notice, although a more custom job requires a week.
Qu, the baker behind the masterpiece cakes, always had an interest in cake design and is largely self-taught. She first began baking cakes for friends from her apartment in Cape Breton, before moving to Halifax.
“She has a lot of ideas in terms of not only cakes, but also desserts,” Lu said.
During the busy school year, Lu said the cafe has more on offer including cookies, macaroons, or eclairs.
Lu said more than half of their customers are students, followed by young families with children.
“We love having kids in here, and we’ll always try to cater to get kids something they’ll enjoy,” he said.