(SPOT.ph) What is it about strawberry shortcake that makes it a dessert worth seeking out, time and time again? When done right, it's the kind of sweet treat that isn't too heavy nor too light—the union of strawberries (in their tangy-juicy glory!), cake or biscuits, and billowy cream make for a balanced and creamy-fruity whole that's way more than the sum of its parts. There are a number of places in Manila famed for their takes on the dessert, but we recently got to try one stellar version that totally deserves more love. Meet Malia Home Bakery and their A+ Strawberry Shortcake.
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Here's why this under-the-radar strawberry shortcake deserves your attention:
Appearance-wise, the Malia Home Bakery's Strawberry Shortcake bears a light-pink exterior of berry-tinged whipped cream with old-fashioned ruffles around the edges, plus fresh strawberry halves on top. It's stunning in its very simplicity, and we say it's definitely IG-worthy. But flavor is where is at and this cake definitely delivers.
There's the whipped cream, for starters, which is right smack dab being creamy and tangy with just a touch of sweetness without taking over. It's rightfully billowy and airy, so much so that it dissolves like a cloud on the tongue. This airiness is also mirrored in the cake part of the equation: A light and just-rich-enough sponge or chiffon that jiggles as you slice, and matches the delicate character of the cream just about perfectly.
Completing the trio are slices of fresh strawberries (along with more of that berry-tinged cream) in between the cake layers, adding pops of tartness and juiciness that keeps each slice vibrant and refreshing. Every element is executed beautifully, and they come together like pieces of a puzzle, with each part expressing its own distinct characteristic while bringing out the best of its accompaniments.
Needless to say we're hooked; you get genuine strawberry flavor here, brought to dessert-worthy heights without the fruit losing its identity in the process. The thing about strawberry shortcake is that, given its relatively minimal formula, it relies on great-quality ingredients and proper execution to shine—and Malia rightfully delivers. Consider it the kind of cake you'll be hankering for, whatever the occasion—be it as grand as a birthday or graduation, or as casual as when you're looking to treat yo' self after a long and agonizing week (we feel ya). You can get a six-inch cake for P850, or an eight-inch cake for P1,100.
How to order
You can easily get your fix by reaching out to Malia Home Baker's contact number or messaging them on social media. The purveyor is located in Greenmeadows Avenue, Quezon City; just book your own courier for delivery. Other swoon-worthy treats on their roster are the Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake (P650/six inches, P850/eight inches) with a coffee-custard filling, the pillowy Taisan Loaf (P180), the nutty Carrot Walnut Loaf (P350) with a cream-cheese frosting, and more. You can also go for the Malia Sampler Box (P750) for a little of everything.
For orders, contact 0917-722-1153 or send a message to Malia Home Bakery on Facebook or Instagram.
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