An Upscale Cake Truck is Heading to Houston for a Brief Visit
New York-based cake shop Lady M is not a stranger to Houston, as the company visited for a pop-up last year. This time, though, it’s returning with the #LadyMxBaccarat truck, a “luxury cake pop-up boutique” and it will only be in town for three days. The dates and hours are from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 18, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20.
Lady M, aka Emy Wada, lays claim to the invention of the Mille Crepe, a cake made with a minimum of 20 thin and delicate crepes separated by a carefully applied swath of lightened pastry cream. In the United States, there are only Lady M shops in New York, California, Massachusetts and Illinois. Those who don’t live in one of those can pay to have two shipped for $25 (a current shipping special) — or save that shipping cost and go visit the truck when it comes to town.
There’s a reason Baccarat is part of the truck name. It is adorned with the famous crystal company’s chandeliers, which start at around $18,000 and go on up from there. (As the saying goes, if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford one.) In fact, the truck is parking at the Baccarat store at 4444 Westheimer in River Oaks District. Also on display is art by Kurt Wenner, a painter who creates freakishly believable 3D art.
After Houston, the truck is heading west for a tour of California. (While there are Lady M boutiques in Los Angeles, most West Coast cities don’t have one.)
The Pop-Up menu includes 6-inch and 9-inch cakes in the following flavors: the signature offering with vanilla pastry cream, green tea and a new-to-Houston offering called Marron Mille, which is made with roasted chestnuts. The same flavors, plus Framboise au Chocolat (raspberry and chocolate), are available by the slice for walk-in orders. Customers who want whole cakes are strongly encouraged to order in advance online. Otherwise, everything is available strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information visit the Houston pop-up boutique page on the Lady M website.
Phaedra Cook has written about Houston’s restaurant and bar scene since 2010. She was a regular contributor to My Table magazine (now closed) and was the lead restaurant critic for the Houston Press for two years, eventually being promoted to food editor. Cook founded Houston Food Finder in November 2016 and has been its editor and publisher ever since.