Every once in a while, something comes up (not necessarily new) in the Manila food scene that gets the masses up and crazy. Remember when froyos, scramble, milk tea, etc became a trend? Well, that is what I think is happening now with cupcakes.
Although everyone knows what a cupcake is and has even baked a batch or two of these, it’s only recently that standalone cupcake bakeries and cafes have popped up in Manila. One of the newest players in the cupcake game is Vanilla Cupcake Bakery.
A friend and I were on our way home from Circuit Fest when we passed by their store in Glorietta. The display was facing the door, which was pretty ingenious. Everybody who walked by had no choice but to look to his/her left and be eye-f*cked to submission. Yes, we fell victim to this visual torture. :p Drawn by the impressive and colorful array of cupcakes, we instinctively decided to try one cupcake and enjoy their deliciously feminine ambiance.
First thing we did was explore their pretty and homey space. I liked how they styled their space! It was girly alright, but the medley of colors afforded their bakery more personality. It was–cue cliche now–sugar and spice! 😀
Even the counter was conceptualized really well. How often do you see a cashier’s legs? Or a cashier standing on an elevated platform? Haha!
So what did we order? I went with a Vanilla Caramel Cupcake while Kat chose a Red Velvet Cupcake.
My cupcake looked more gigantic than Kat’s red velvet because of the ginormous scoop of icing on top. My cupcake really lived up to the flavor that I wanted. It was caramel-y to the core, silencing my caramel-loving self. I also had a tiny bite of the red velvet cupcake and thought it was pretty good.
Although I loved how the flavor, I thought the cupcakes were let down by the fact that they were dry and crumbly. In fact, halfway through my cupcake, our plate looked like a kid had just eaten from it because of the crumbs.
My sister bakes cupcakes and other goodies on the side so I can say that landing a perfectly moist cupcake is not that easy. I’ll forgive Vanilla Cupcake Bakery for this and will give them another go. With 15+ flavors served everyday, how can I not come back and try another flavor?
Vanilla Cupcake Bakery
2/F Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City