I’m not sure why but I feel less guilty when I eat cupcakes than when I eat cake. When you really think about it, cupcakes are probably unhealthier. For one, most cupcakes are piled high with frosting, usually at 2:1 icing to cake ratio. I love frosting more than your average sweet tooth but that’s just way too much. For another, the more flavors there are available to you, the more you want to try them all (it can’t be just me, or is it?). But despite all the cons, I do adore cupcakes.
A cupcake is a nice little treat anyone can have after a particularly trying day, or as a sweet ending to a hearty dinner. Thankfully, they’re easy to come by these days. The designer cupcakes trend started with the delicious cupcakes from Cupcakes by Sonja in BHS. There was a time when people waited long lines just to get themselves a pretty little cupcake that comes in a dainty looking individual box.
Now we have more stores to choose from. One of the newer ones is called Vanilla Cupcake Bakery in Glorietta, Makati. That spot where a very cute and girly clothing store (Kamiseta) used to be now houses a very cute and girly cupcake bakery.
From outside, the store looks like a mecca of sweet joy. The bright, happy lights naturally draw you in to take a closer look. A glass shelf of prettily decorated cupcakes in various happy pastels welcome you, again, inviting you to come inside and try one. The interior is just as alluring. The cushy mismatched couches in varying floral and striped patterns together with the contrasting chairs, the ornate drawers that adorn the floor area, and the loudly colored baking appliances scattered around the are give the place a surreal feel. I swear, it felt like there was some magic going on.
The Red Velvet came in style, the cupcake was sitting prettily on a cute doily perched atop a stand. Although it’s not as red as your typical commercial red velvet cupcake (less food coloring, yay), it did not disappoint. It was dense, moist, and sweet with a hint of cocoa in it- just like a good red velvet cake should be. The cream cheese frosting was a little too sweet than I’d have liked, but it’s not bad.
The Salted Caramel Walnut was decorated generously with mocha buttercream and then drizzled with caramel. The cake base was a tad too sweet for my liking, and the frosting that it came with it is a disappointment. If you’re a fan of buttercream, you may like it. To me, it was too soft, too greasy, and too overpoweringly buttery that you cannot taste the mocha or the caramel.
Vanilla Cupcake Bakery’s cupcakes are a little pricier than expected, but the ambiance more than makes up for it. Have a cupcake, a cup of coffee, chitchat without needing to raise your voice, all while drinking in the cuteness of the place.
Vanilla Cupcake Bakery is located at 2/F Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati.
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