It is a different kind of Silicon Valley engineering feat.
Slathering delicate crepes with a luscious cream filling, then placing them perfectly level, perfectly straight, one on top of the other until the stack rises a majestic 20 layers or higher in complete precision.
Anthony Tam not only possesses the skills to do this, but the business acumen to have turned this into a delectable phenomenon.
The former supply chain manager at a Fremont tech firm started his Anton SV Patisserie just over two years ago out of a Milpitas commercial kitchen.
Now, his handmade $88 crepe cakes have become a sensation, gracing special events at some of Silicon Valley’s biggest tech companies. He now even offers delivery of whole cakes to select Bay Area cities. The crepe cakes also can be enjoyed for about $10 a slice at six cafes in the South Bay and San Francisco.
Tam invited me to a tasting recently at Cafe LaTTea in Cupertino, where I had the pleasure of trying all five flavors he currently offers: Vanilla, Tiramisu, Matcha, Hokkaido Milk (made with the famed cream from that island in Japan), and Black Sesame.
“I just went with my gut feeling to do this full-time,” he says. “I like being able to choose what I want in life when I want it.”
And of course, in the process, make a lot of people crepe cake fans for life.
The first thing you notice is the sheer beauty of the cakes with their perfect layers. They are all surprisingly light in texture, much more so than any standard American layer cake. The flavors are intense, especially the Black Sesame, which tastes incredibly nutty.
Treat yourself to something special with a slice. Or two.
To learn more about Anthony Tam’s journey in creating Anton SV Patisserie, be sure to read my story in the June issue of Silicon Valley Magazine.