To accompany the release of the “Over the Moon” movie on Netflix since October 23, 2020, Cédric Grolet has created a short-lived pastry, Le Gâteau de Lune (or Moon Cake), a cake inspired by the animated movie. This exclusive sweet creation is available from November 28 (reopening date of the Galeries) to December 8, 2020 at Galeries Lafayette only. The pastries were available already from October 26 to 29, before France's latest nationwide lockdown.
A few weeks prior to Christmas, Galeries Lafayette, Cédric Grolet and Netflix take us to the magic of the Holidays with an extraordinary travel around the “Over the Moon” movie.
Directed by Glen Keane, “Over the Moon” is a musical family animated movie about Fei Fei, a young girl determined to go to the Moon who built a rocket to make it.
The magical universe of the movie is given pride of place to Galeries Lafayette, on the windows, on the panoramic rooftop, as well as at the pop-up Mogador (at the Mogador entrance, 8 rue Mogador).
In this pop-up store, you can discover Le Gâteau de Lune created by Cédric Grolet, named world’s best pastry chef in 2018. The pastry chef has created not one but three recipes of Le Gâteau de Lune with different flavors: chocolate-orange; coconut-lemon-forest pepper; and peanut-black sesame.
The temporary store housing Cédric Grolet's creations is a wooden stand - with a plant-based decoration including colorful paper lanters and screens showing the cake's preparation secrets - shaped like a pagoda. Because the Moon Cake (English for Gâteau de Lune) originally is a Chinese pastry shaped like a moon usually eaten for the Moon Festival, celebrated Mid-Autumn.
After teaching a certain number of masterclasses in China, Cédric Grolet had the opportunity to discover the Moon Cake, a pastry he wanted to make his own for a while.
Then, when he was contacted by Netflix and Galeries Lafayette for this collaboration, he was up for it. Often requested, the pastry chef does not do a lot of collaborations. Recently, he created the Noisette Citron with Pierre Hermé.
According to Cédric Grolet, a collaboration has to "make sens with [his] experience, [his] career, the way [he sees] things". And this has been the case with Gâteau de Lune.
He wanted to reinterpret this traditional cake but his way. First, he visited Chinese places in Paris to taste many Moon Cakes. He noticed this pastry is rather thick and dry, which is something he wanted to avoid.
This explains why he worked a lot on flavors and trompe l'oeil, his specialty.
As a matter of fact even though Cédric Grolet's Gâteau de Lune (the 3 recipes) looks like a baked cookie, it is far from being so! Even though he kept the outside look of the Moon Cake, the texture and flavors have been changed. Under this cookie "crust" - inspired by the rabbit from the movie - hides some crunchy coconut praline, covering some forest pepper-infused lemon jelly, runny coconut core, roasted coconut-infused mascarpone mousse, for the coconut / lemon / Forest pepper Moon Cake.
A genuine mouthwatering journey, very soft, a bit sour (lemon) to keep things interesting. And it is very morish, so we gladly take another bite.
And Cédric Grolet’s Le Gâteau de Lune is a charity cake since all profits of the sales of Le Gâteau de Lune cakes will be donated to the CéKeDuBonheur charity working to improve hospitalized children’s daily lives.
“Over The Moon” universe is to be discover from November 18 at the Galeries new children area with a pop-up store and merchandising from a capsule collection, and on the department store’s panoramic terrace including an immersive and sensory experience.
Among the products to find, a baking kit to try and remake Cédric Grolet's Gâteau de Lune at home. Good luck, the bar is high! But it takes more than you think to be the World's Best Pastry Chef!
Dates and Opening Time
From 28 November 2020 to 8 December 2020
Les Galeries Lafayette
40, boulevard Haussmann
75009 Paris 9
Gâteau de Lune pour 2 personnes: €17