10 Sweet Treats Your Taste Buds Will Go Crazy Over
Cookies, cupcakes, cakes, and more!
(SPOT.ph) There's no reason to be bitter when there are too many sweet things to brighten up your day. When the world seems to be treating you a little too harshly, there's always a good chocolate chip cookie to combat the anxiety. When traffic's just too crazy, stop by for a quick comforting solution of chocolate cake. Here are some leads on how to sate your sweet tooth.
Vanilla Cupcake Bakery's Red Velvet Cupcake (P85)
Vanilla Cupcake Bakery is one of the prettier cupcake shops in town, and for P85, its red velvet confection is also one of the priciest. The dark red cake has a faint cocoa flavor, and is not as moist as other cupcakes. It's topped with a generous amount of frosting, which is thick and sweet, with a slight tartness from the cream cheese.
Click here for a list of Vanilla Cupcake Bakery branches. This red velvet cupcake is ranked No. 8 on SPOT.ph's Top 10 Red Velvet Cupcakes (2013 Edition).
The Cake Club’s Baked Cheesecake (P250)
The Cake Club’s Baked Cheesecake ranks first for its quality: topnotch and unparalleled, the type of cheesecake created for foodies with discerning taste buds. The cake is quite possibly the richest of its kind in the Metro, and made even more special with a light crust, some berry and chocolate toppings, and slices of almonds to complement the already sumptuous cream cheese cake base. This cheesecake is also made in ice cream form, which we highly recommend as well.
The Cake Club has branches at Diamond Hotel, Manila; and Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City. This Baked Cheesecake is ranked No. 1 on SPOT.ph's Top 10 Cheesecakes (2013 Edition).
Mango Crème Brulee Cake (P800) from The Pastry Cart by Camille Ocampo
This cake wins the spot for the most interesting mango cake in Manila. While most cakes are iced generously with whipped cream or icing all around, this Mango Crème Brulee Cake from The Pastry Cart arrived barely iced on the sides. However, the lack of icing was greatly compensated by the perfectly done creamy and crunchy yema-like caramel brulee topping which at first bite, immediately gives you a nice crunch. You take a second bite, then a third, then reach for another slice, and then suddenly you realize that in this case or cake for that matter, not having too much icing is actually for the best.
For orders, contact The Pastry Cart by Camille Ocampo at 0916-745-7729; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Mango Crème Brulee Cake is ranked No. 1 on SPOT.ph's Top 10 Mango Cakes.
Eric Kayser's Almond Croissant (P100)
Size definitely matters sometimes. Twice the size of your dainty Parisian street café offering, Eric Kayser's is definitely the big man of the list. You don’t see a glazed coating; instead, your teeth sink into a deliciously thick golden-brown blanket of almond cream with slices of almonds baked into it (great to chew!). So why go for this croissant? Whether you have them freshly baked or you wait until later to enjoy it, it finds its way right up there with the best of them due to its rather memorable taste. Eric Kayser will always make you want to come back.
Eric Kayser has branches at Promenade Mall, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City; Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City; Rustan's, Ayala Center, Makati City; Market Place, SSI Northwest Building, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. This almond croissant is ranked No. 3 on SPOT.ph's Top 10 Almond Croissants.
Frank and Carol's Milk Chocolate Cake (P150 to P175/mini, P600 to P700/six-inch cake, P1,000 to P1,200/eight-inch)
Frank and Carol's chocolate cakes have become so in-demand, they now ship them out to provinces outside Manila by plane. Theirs is a spellbinding example of chocolate seduction...by way of the creamiest Belgian chocolate ganache. We love its rich, bordering-on-fudgy texture tempered by the smooth and milky icing, just the type milk chocolate fans fall for.
If you have yet to introduce yourself to Frank and Carol's homemade repertoire, we strongly suggest discovering what you've been missing. Tip: The commisary prices are cheaper!
Frank and Carol is available at Parvati, Trinoma Mall, Quezon City, or their commissary at 21 E. Aguinaldo Avenue, Western Bicutan, Taguig City. Frank and Carol's Milk Chocolate Cake is ranked No. 9 on SPOT.ph's Top 10 Chocolate Cakes (2014 Edition).
Soft, but not too soft, crunchy but not brittle, this French import has captured exactly what a macaron’s texture should be. This comes as no surprise, as Laduree pioneered the macaron as we know it today. Just like all the other branches in the world, Laduree Manila imports their cookies from France. Be sure to check out the Marie-Antoinette (in honor of the 2006 movie, not the queen), a teal concoction flavored with black tea combined with rose petals, citrus and honey. Just be prepared to shell out a rather eye-popping amount.
Laduree is at 8 Rockwell Building, Hidalgo Drive, Rockwell, Makati City. Laduree is ranked No. 2 on SPOT.ph's Top 10 Macarons (2015 Edition).
Cafe Mary Grace’s Tiramisu (P110)
The tiramisu here has layers of sponge cake that are thicker than the creamy cheese. That said, the coffee flavor is pronounced within the cake. Pair this with a sweeter coffee like cafe latte to build up that profile better. Factor in the reasonable price and the homey ambiance of their cafes, and Cafe Mary Grace's tiramisu is a clear choice for your sweet fix.
Catherine's Yummy Apple Pie (P695/nine-inch)
This apple pie can win a beauty contest with its marvelous height and perfectly shaped edges that hint at an extra stable crust. Cutting into it is easy and results in perfect triangles, all revealing a filling of 12 thin but firm layers of apples, slightly spiced and sweetened. The crust is simple in terms of flavor, which may have been a conscious decision to put all emphasis on the filling and topping. The walnut streusel crumble topping adds a nice play of crunchy texture to the pie. The box comes with reheating instructions and the folks behind Catherine's suggest having it warm. But that's only for those who are fussy. It's still great straight from the chiller.
Catherine's Cakes & Pies is at Hillsborough Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City. Catherine's Yummy Apple Pie is ranked No. 2 on SPOT.ph's Top 10 Apple Pies (2014 Edition).
Mrs. Field’s Chocolate Chip Cookies (P145/three pieces)
What’s special about Mrs. Fields’ chocolate chip cookies is not that cracking exterior, nor is it that chewy, almost tacky core, nor still the healthy amount of dark chocolate chips. It’s that every bite comes with a dose of nostalgia. We’re always taken back to Saturday afternoons baking with mom.
Click here for a list of Mrs. Field's branches. Mrs. Field's Chocolate Chip Cookies are ranked No. 2 on SPOT.ph's Top 10 Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies in Manila (2013 Edition).
Parvati's Carrot Cake (P110)
A dessert café that celebrates the best homemade goodies at a conveniently located shop in one of Manila's bigger malls, this carrot cake surprisingly had a near-perfect balance of a super moist, nearly melt-in-your mouth cake, and a sweet, tangy, smooth cream cheese frosting that's not too thin yet not too thick, a reminder that this is a "guilt-free" carrot cake. Moderately thin icing aside, the cake has a wonderful lightly spiced and tender crumb that, if savored, gives telltale hints of the grated carrot and the texture of the crushed pineapple. All that and a free cup of coffee to go with it when you dine in makes this the perfect place to have your cake and eat it, too.
Parvati is at G/F Mindanao Wing, Trinoma Mall, Quezon City. This carrot cake is ranked No. 1 on SPOT.ph Top 10 Carrot Cakes.