(SPOT.ph) Anything with chocolate is almost always a guarantee of something good -which is why we have this list, this list, and this list. But, like men, there’s more to life than the bittersweet promises of cacao.
Because chocolate is so malleable, so flexible, so beautiful, so reliable, it’s used way too often-to the point of, and we hate to admit it, being overrated. Other flavors try to catch up, and while it’s not an easy task, there are some creations that are delicious and confident enough to make us suddenly change heart: chocolate who?
Here are 10 cakes that are successful in that attempt.
This list is not ranked.
1. Saboten's Matcha Lychee Cake (P210)
It's a modest brick made up of layers of matcha cake and lychee-flavored cream. Silky, simple, and sans chocolate. Splints of almond flakes in between give it a pleasantly grainy texture, then there's that lychee crown that confirms the one thing we already know: This cake deserves the royal treatment-to be eaten with gusto!
Saboten is at Serendra, Bonifacio Global City.
2. Green Cheese's Happiest Cheesecake (P350)
Remember when you were a kid and you tried to imagine what it would feel like to bite into a cloud? This is the closest experience you’re going to get because it tastes like heaven. Green Cheese’s Japanese cheesecake is the creamiest, richest, downiest, most satisfying cloud of a cake. And the magic is that, despite all these superlatives, the faintly cheesy, smiling delight is as light as air. They call it the "happiest cheesecake in the world," and we're only too grateful that they shared that happiness with us. Actually, forget about eating clouds. Green Cheese makes us feel like we're floating among them.
Green Cheese is at Hole in the Wall Food Hall, 4/F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue corner Salamanca Street, Makati City.
3. Merry Berry Cake (P3,500) from Cakes by Miriam
This cake is an entire fruit harvest on its own. Mildly sweet cream is swiped over soft, mellow sponge cake that serves as a platform for the bounty of gorgeous fresh fruit. If you’re going for visual impact, then this stunner is your best bet. Merry Berry flaunts only the fruit’s natural sweetness; it’s subtle in a way chocolate can only dream of.
For orders, contact Cakes by Miriam at 0917-873-7378 or 330-5950.
4. Karisia’s Fraisier (P1,450/six inches)
The sight of this strawberry-filled edifice will get chocolate off your mind...at least for the time that you’re eating it. Karisia Bitong knows how to tempt your appetite with a carefully constructed French strawberry shortcake that’s as delicious as it looks. Plush genoise is drenched in syrup then flourished with fresh vanilla bean cream and slices of strawberries on the sides. Then, a marzipan blanket and more strawberries for good measure.
For orders, contact Karisia's Patisserie at 0977-214-8471. Orders must be placed two days in advance; pick-up in Makati City.
5. The Pearl (P295) from Sweet Bella
Pastry Chef Cristina Santiago Rivera couldn’t help herself. Her cake is pretty in pink and embellished with Belgian chocolate butterflies and tuilles. Take them off because as good as they are, they’re no match for the flavors of this refreshing twist of a confection. Each fluffy forkful boasts of an unusual sweetness that’s familiar but indistinct-though that’s not to take anything away from this outstanding creation. Chef Cristina uses guava as her base, and composes something innovative yet nostalgic.
Sweet Bella has branches at Molito Lifestyle Mall, Alabang, Muntinlupa City; and Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City. The Pearl is also available at Carmelo’s Wagyu Steaks, Greenbelt 5, Makati City.
6. Hawhaw Cake (P600/mini; P1,050/standard) from The Baker’s Table
Speaking of nostalgia, what other pastry tugs at the heartstrings better than Chef Jonnathan Em’s candy-inspired masterpieces? If you’re over his now cultish Butterball Cake, then move on to this worthy and equally chocolate-free contender: the Hawhaw Cake. Don’t mistake this creamy sweet for the orange wafers that you used to play "Communion" with. Those are called Haw Flakes. No, these are milk-based hard candies that melt in your mouth. Think solidified powdered milk, and when converted to a cake, it’s a childhood dream come true.
The Baker’s Table is at 88-B Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City.
7. Anghelica’s Ube Leche Flan Cake (P500/eight inches)
At this point, you’re probably familiar with M Cafe’s utterly delectable Impossible Cake. It’s a dual-layer of heavy chocolate cake and creamy leche flan. Now, replace that soft, spongy, dark, bittersweet layer with a deeply flavorful, purple yam cake. Trust us, the result is no less sinful, and Anghelica proves that ube can keep up with chocolate any day.
For orders, contact Anghelica’s at 0917-725-6038.
8. Orange Crunch Cake (P1,950/10 inches) from Pria’s Kitchen
If you like your chiffon cake plain, then we feel obligated to tell you that a little bit of orange takes it from rustic to remarkable. Case in point: Pria’s Kitchen. A sprinkle-no, a shower of walnut toffee gives all that softness some texture, and we can’t forget the gloss of orange-infused buttercream in between the layers. This cake is all about maximizing the effect from the simplest ideas.
For orders, contract Pria’s Kitchen at 889-9265, 817-9271, 0936-921-9758, or e-mail email@example.com.
9. Blueberries ’n Cream Crunch Pie (P130/slice, P960/whole) from Banapple
It’s not technically cake, but this pie stands confidently above some of the other entries on this list: nearly four inches tall, big, compact, and gorgeous. Stick candles in it and none would be the wiser. We’ve been cheating on the Banoffee with this relatively new bestseller-and we guess we’re not the only ones smitten. Luscious cream cheese and sweet-tangy blueberry is a marriage that just naturally works together. Add in that crumbly crust and you have those little breaks that make love extra exciting.
Banapple is at 225 and 206 Katipunan Avenue, Blue Ridge, Quezon City; Northeast Square, 47 Connecticut Street, Northeast Greenhills, San Juan; Ayala Fairview Terraces, Quezon City; Ayala Triangle Gardens, Ayala Avenue, Ayala Triangle, Makati City; and 2/L Il Terrazzo, 35 Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City. A Robinsons Galleria branch is also set to open on October 18.
10. Sugarbee’s Beer Bundt Cake (P140/each)
Forget about rum. Cake’s found a better relationship in beer-thanks to an introduction by Sugarbee pastry chef Jenny Silayan. This dessert is comfort anyway you look at it. Local craft beer is used to infuse a malted profile into sponge cake of the fluffiest variety, and it was an experiment that worked amazingly.
For orders, contact Sugarbee at 852-0557, 502-1150, 0905-378-4774. Orders must be placed two days in advance; pick-up in Magallanes Village, Makati City or Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Delivery fees apply for orders below P2,000.
Who are we kidding? Chocolate will always be a divine gift.
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