March 17, 2015: SEE UPDATE HERE.
First thing you need to know: Pape’s pumpkin cheesecake on cookie crust is really good. Like ‘keep going back to the fridge for just one more bite’ good.
Second thing you need to know: Order by Monday evening for Thanksgiving deliveries.
Pape Gueye taught himself to bake starting with boxed brownie mixes. About eight years ago, he progressed to baking from scratch at home. His family and friends were the beneficiaries of his late-night experiments, ranging from French chocolate cakes to “Midnight Cake” recipes that he created from whatever he had on hand. His next step in baking was to chose recipes at random and then make them, even if he knew they were above his skill level, in order to teach and stretch himself.
In 2010, while Pape was at university, his sister suggested he start taking cake orders on the side and deliver them to customers around in Dakar. This small business started off with plain cheesecake, strawberry cheesecake, double chocolate cake and carrot cake.
Pape’s (totally legit and delicious) cheesecakes are made with real cream cheese on a cinnamon-spiced cookie crust. Cheesecakes are 20,000cfa each and delivery in Dakar is included in this price. Varieties include:
(Mango and strawberry when in season.)
Other cakes and cupcakes available as well. (Highly recommend the double-chocolate cupcake!)
77 289 8192. Order 48 hours in advance. Speaks impeccable English.
Third thing to know: In addition to baking delicious sweets, Pape is also a poet. And he’s single, ladies!