There are times you want a massive slice of cake when you're craving something sweet, and there are times when you'd really prefer something smaller and more understated. Canelés are perfect for this. Like a small gift, they are wrapped in a tough, waxy crust that is a deep mahogany brown. Inside you'll find a dense cake that has a moist, almost custardy texture and the strong flavor of vanilla beans. Just a few bites and it's gone — the cake equivalent to a small cup of espresso — becoming a memory seconds after you've broken one open.