Hits the Spot: This Deceptively Simple Chocolate Cake Delivers Superb, Well-Rounded Flavor

What this dessert lacks in frills, it makes up for in topnotch quality.

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PHOTO BY Patricia Baes ILLUSTRATION Warren Espejo

(SPOT.ph) For the most part, we humans eat with our eyes first; we're visual creatures, after all, and presentation plays a great role in enjoyment. And with desserts—cakes, in particular—going all-out in the visual department generally translates to great flavor, for which reason people tend to judge quality by appearance. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but relying too much on looks could lead to overlooking other options that might not look as striking but are every bit as drool-worthy in taste. Case in point: we recently got to try an excellent chocolate cake that looks relatively minimalist or plain—yet delivers topnotch flavor you're bound to find yourself hankering for time and time again. Check out the great-tasting chocolate cake from Moonchild.

Also read: The Best Chocolate Cakes You Can Get on GrabFood and Foodpanda

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You don't have to rely on frills to stand out, as this sublime dessert proves.
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We can't get enough of this simple but stellar chocolate cake and here's why:

Moonchild's Chocolate Cake (P345/small, P695/large, P1,450/party) is as simple as it gets. It arrives in an elegant box yet is essentially a cake in a foil tray, with little adornment apart from a layer of ganache on top. But get a slice (or better yet, just dig in with your spoon—as we did) and you're rewarded with a truly excellent dessert that delivers the distinct taste and refinement of great-quality chocolate.

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Moonchild's Chocolate Cake arrives in a box that's elegant in its very simplicity.
PHOTO BY Patricia Baes
moonchild cookie chocolate cake
It might look rather plain at first glance, but don't be fooled...
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The cake element is a cocoa-y number with a moist yet fluffy open crumb—the kind that submits as you sink your spoon or fork in, with a just a touch of airiness to keeps it from being dense like a brownie, yet ample moisture to make for a rich, resounding sensation as it dissolves in the mouth. And then there's the ganache (a.k.a. the stuff that makes up chocolate truffles and ROYCE's Nama chocolate confections!)—a superb choice of frosting as it's smooth like velvet and not too sweet, with genuine chocolate flavor that's just dark enough to be dusky yet overall well-rounded. With its real-deal chocolate note and the way it melts like butter on the tongue, you can tell they use the premium stuff in there (we suspect they specifically use chocolate of the Belgian sort given its full-bodied yet sleek character)—and it fuses beautifully with the cake, so much so that you get a real congruent and singular union.

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...Because flavor-wise this is excellent stuff.
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It's well worth trying Moonchild's chocolate cake at different temperatures. Straight from the fridge you get more textural contrast between the firmer (but nevertheless melt-in-the-mouth) ganache and fluffy cake; at room temperature the ganache takes on a more lush and billowy mouthfeel that we're especially huge fans of. If you dare, you can go the even more hedonistic direction by heating or popping the cake in the microwave—which renders the cake part warm and sultry, and the ganache melty and drippy. Schmexy stuff, folks.

Consider this your sign to sate that chocolate-cake hankering stat and head to Moonchild's website to place your order. They don't deliver directly, but you can book a third-party courier from there to get it sent to your doorstep.

For orders, visit Moonchild's website. You can also check out their Facebook page.

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