Friday, November 13, 2009

This is Moscow

Whenever we marvel at the unfathomable prices of some things here in Moscow, a friend likes to quote his Russian driver's response to such observations, "This is Moscow!" followed always by a what-can-you-do shrug.



But surely this takes the cake. A Singaporean friend's 3-year old celebrated his birthday early this month and the cost of this 2kg chocolate cake (which isn't even a 3-D cake),...a whopping S$400. This is Moscow indeed!

11 comments:

Puzzled by Puzzles! said...

$400??!! *faint*
I think I would make a own or make do with muffins. :P

Lilian said...

Me too! I couldn't get over the price, like eating alice of golden cake or what.

Was talking to Brian's guitar teacher last night and he said the cost of constructing roads in Moscow is 10 times that in London (cos of kickbacks), it's as if roads are truly paved with gold here.

Hsien Lei said...

Nuts. There'd be no bday cake at our house if it cost $400. I can think of a lot of other things to do with that money.

Lilian said...

I remember you said the same thing when I told you a glass of 7up at the hotel was more than S$10, "I'm not drinking no $10 7up!"

Hsien said...

Damn right. Tatp water for you!

Lilian said...

Drinking tap water here may cost me more at the hospital, I think I'd rather fork out the $10!

monlim said...

So how did the cake taste? Actually hah, wouldn't it be very profitable for you to sell your wonderful cupcakes in Moscow then? Charge $10 each! Shiok only...

Lilian said...

The cake was probably good by Russian or even European standards, ie not so dry or dense or super sweet, but it's something you can probably find in Temptations, a bit like Chocolate Etoile, just sweeter.

I retire from cupcakes already haha, can't find ingredients here.

Anonymous said...

I think it is still worthwhile to get the ingredients ship in to you at this kind of rate you can charge! LOL

I had done a major survey on cakes when I was organising birthday parties for my child and the highest one I ever paid and could feed about 40 people was $350-380 with delivery charges included. It also looked special. Even then I told a friend that cake baking was good business in Singapore after my research. Not only expensive, some home bakers are so overbooked that they demand a year's booking in advance. :)

qx

Lilian said...

Would be nice to have a home-baking business but I always wonder how these people do it...surely they must have very big ovens in their homes to cope with the orders.

Anonymous said...

S$400 for that cake! It sure looks good but $400 is too much leh...

Chris