(SPOT.ph) Blueberry cheesecakes are a staple in the dessert world and can be made in a variety of ways. Unbaked or baked, with a graham cracker crust or a sponge bottom, with a tangy cheese filling or a creamy, almost ice cream-like base, and with a frozen or saucy top. With so many ways to execute this popular fave, it can be challenging to figure out what makes a good cheesecake.
While we can’t judge on the freshness of a blueberry topping since we’re relegated to canned blueberries this side of the globe, we can consider a cheesecake’s texture, filling flavor, and crust consistency and thickness. Producing a solid blueberry cheesecake has as much to do with marrying the right ratio of its component parts, as it does with the right blend of tartness, tang, and sweetness.
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Searching for the best blueberry cheesecake in Manila? These places have what you’ve been looking for:
10. Blueberry Cheesecake from Becky’s Kitchen (P98/slice, P945/whole)
Becky’s Kitchen is famous for its comforting, made-from-home desserts and pastries. Its blueberry cheesecake is no exception and will taste wonderfully familiar to anyone who’s ever attempted to make a freezer-style cheesecake at home. Served straight from the cooler, this cheesecake is frozen but not icy. What you get is a smooth, almost ice cream-like texture in the filling, that is matched by a very thick layer of blueberry topping. Portioned just right, you won’t feel like you’re breaking the (calorie) bank by getting a slice of this hearty treat.
Becky’s Kitchen is at Community Center, Suha Street, Valle Verde 1, Pasig City.
9. Mini Blueberry Cheesecake from Mom & Tina’s Bakery Café (P185/slice)
The cream cheese taste in Mom & Tina’s mini blueberry cheesecake is quite distinct—you know they’re not scrimping on their ingredients and that you’re getting your money’s worth. If you like your cheesecakes creamy and cool, you’ll appreciate this dessert. Packaged as a small, single-serve cake, this cheesecake gives you a lot more crust than you would normally get from a run of the mill slice. More than the topping, the piped whipped cream on top makes this dessert feel extra special.
Mom & Tina’s Bakery Café is at FRDC Building, 106 E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Pasig City and Tropical Palms Condominium, 103 De La Rosa Street corner Perea Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City. See a list of Mom & Tina’s Bakery Café branches.
8. Blueberry Cheesecake from NIC’s (P145)
Your blueberry cheesecake experience is elevated at NIC’s, which pretties up every cake with beautiful plating. Its blueberry topping has a jelly-like texture that presents itself as more tangy than sweet—a great compliment to the cool, cheese filling. If you’re not a fan of cheesecake crusts, you’ll appreciate the thinness of this cheesecake bottom—it’ll make you feel like you’re getting more of the good stuff. Served with some whipped cream on the side, NIC’s gives you the option of making your cheesecake as creamy as you want it to be.
NIC’s is at G/F Park Terraces, West Street, San Lorenzo Village, Makati City.
7. Blueberry Cheesecake from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (P155)
Fans of grainy cheesecakes will enjoy the slightly coarse texture of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf's blueberry topping. Slightly sweeter than toppings of most cheesecakes around the city, it makes for a good complement to whichever hot beverage you’re ordering. The filling of this blueberry cheesecake is smooth, providing a good contrast with its grittier topping. Its crust is thin and non-descript—great if you just want the cheese and the blueberry when you’re ordering a cheesecake.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has branches at Level 1, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City and 191 Tomas Morato Ave, Diliman, Quezon City. See a list of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf branches.
6. Blueberry Cheesecake from Nono’s (P175/slice, P1,250/whole)
Nono’s cheesecake is dense and also sizable—only a true cheesecake fan will be able to finish this hefty slice in one sitting. What makes this blueberry cheesecake remarkable, aside from its rich cheese filling, is its crust. Thick and curved nicely so the edge gives you even more flavor, it makes you feel like you’re getting your money back in every chunky, solid bite. The crust is also balanced out nicely by the topping, which is thick and tart. Chocolate lovers will also enjoy the dusting of cocoa powder at the bottom of the plate.
Nono’s has branches at Level 1, Phase 1B, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City and G/F, 26th Street, High Street South Tower 1, Bonifacio Global City. See a list of Nono’s branches.
5. Blueberry-licious Cheesecake from Starbucks (P150/slice)
Starbucks’ cheesecake slice is small but packs a punch, giving you an extra rich and decadent experience you’ll want to sink your teeth into. You don’t need a whole lot of cheesecake to satisfy a craving, as long as you’re getting substance. Starbucks delivers on every front—its topping is thick, its filling full-flavored, and its crust adds a subtle texture to the bottom.
Starbucks has branches at UP Ayala Land Technohub, UP North Retail Science Tech Center, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City and Robinsons Magnolia, Level 1, Aurora Blvd corner Hemady Street, Quezon City. See a list of Starbucks branches.
4. Blueberry Cheesecake from Purple Oven (P1,160/whole)
If you want to get a blueberry cheesecake from Purple Oven, you’ll want to call ahead of time or reserve one because these fly off the shelves. This blueberry cheesecake is only available as a whole cake, making it a great pick to bring to your next potluck. Purple Oven’s blueberry cheesecake marries creaminess and tartness expertly. Its crust slopes nicely so that you get a little bit of solid flavor to go with its velvety smooth filling. This cheesecake proves that you don’t need a whole lot of topping to make a difference—Purple Oven keeps their blueberry layer thin and light on the palate.
Purple Oven has branches at 63 St. Peter Street, Oranbo, Pasig City and YMCA Building, Sacred Heart Street, San Antonio, Makati City.
3. Blueberry Cheesecake from Melliza Cakes and Pastries (P100/slice, P950/whole)
Formerly known as Melliza Cheesecake, this offering is familiar to many Makati folks who either drive by this small San Antonio outlet or remember Melliza’s kiosk in Glorietta. What makes this offering unique and different from all the other cheesecakes in the Metro is its absolute lightness. This version of blueberry cheesecake is so delicate and airy, it almost tastes like a Japanese cheesecake. Topped very lightly with blueberry and whipped cream, Melliza’s blueberry cheesecake is uplifting and easy on the belly, without losing its solid, distinctly cheesy taste.
Melliza Cakes and Pastries is at 9696 Kamagong, San Antonio Village, Makati City.
2. Blueberry Cheesecake from The Chocolate Kiss Cafe (P170/slice, P1,550/nine inches, P790/six inches, P350/four inches)
If you frequent the University of the Philippines - Diliman campus, you should absolutely take advantage of the fact that one of the city’s best blueberry cheesecakes is right in your backyard. ChoKiss, as it’s fondly called, takes all the basics of a good blueberry cheesecake—a tart topping, a creamy consistency in its filling, and a solid base—and takes it all up several notches. This blueberry cheesecake manages to toe the line between having a thick (but not overwhelmingly dense) center, and having a thick topping that magically doesn’t overpower the entire dessert with sourness. Think of Chocolate Kiss’ cheesecake as the sweet spot among all cheesecakes—it gets everything exactly right.
The Chocolate Kiss Cafe is at 2/F Ang Bahay ng Alumni, R. Magsaysay Street, UP Diliman, Quezon City.
1. Blueberry Cheesecake from Dulcinea (P225/slice)
Skip the churros con chocolate the next time you head to Dulcinea and head straight for their blueberry cheesecake. Dulcinea bakes its cheesecake sans topping and it comes solid and dense—something you’ll really have to dig your fork into. The cheesecake base is simple but packed to the brim with cream cheese flavor. If you like your desserts more tart than sweet, then this is perfect for you. The fact that they ladle the blueberry topping on your slice right before it’s served makes this treat feel extra special—you don’t get an icy blueberry topping, but instead get dollops of blueberry syrup dripping down the sides of your cheesecake. Dulcinea’s offering also gets extra points for choosing a topping with extra-large blueberries.
See a list of Dulcinea branches.
Photos by Toto Labrador