Next to fireworks and starry nights in my list of things-I-like-about-life are CUPCAKES. There’s just something about a sweet piece of cake topped with a good swirl of even more sweetness that I can hold with just my hand. Suh-weet!
I’ve tasted cupcakes from various bakeshops in Metro Manila (and was even part of a college group’s market research FGD on cupcakes) and even though I attempt to vow not to take in the extra calories, I find myself eventually succumbing to the goodness of cupcakes. I think it doesn’t help that my two favorite food-related shows are DC Cupcakes and Cupcake Wars (I love Florian Bellanger).
I’ve been seeing this stall at SM Marikina called Sweet-a-holics for a long time but haven’t tried out their cupcakes with the excuse that I already have other food purchases in mind even prior to going to the mall–no more room for an extra 60 peso spending. Yet, during this week’s holiday, I gave in to my mother’s request that I treat her to a piece, as she rarely asks me directly to buy her something.
It will be impossible to miss their stall at SM Marikina as it s full of pink goodness! To add to that, they have quite interesting flavors too :) During my visit, they were offering the following: (1) red velvet with cream cheese frosting, (2) Speculoos cookie butter, (3) Nutella, (4) triple chocolate, (5) dulce de leche, (6) cream cheese, and (7) Lacey’s macadamia. Each cupcake costs Php60–quite a steal, if you ask me, considering the prices of cupcakes these days.
Other than cupcakes, they also have small bowls of cheesecake, which I think cost Php130 each (if I remember correctly). These look really good! Note to self: try this next time.
I bought a piece of the red velvet cupcake as it is my all-time favorite–yes, even before 95% of the world knew what a red velvet cupcake was (#hipstermeki). I got my mother a piece of the cream cheese cupcake, on the other hand. The cupcakes, when bought individually, come in these adorable boxes–well, I’m not sure if they should be called boxes but yeah.
I don’t have photos of my mom’s cupcake but she did like it! She said that it tasted like the ones that were brought home by my sister some months back–and that’s saying a lot, since those were probably the best that she has tasted.
I, on the other hand, took this lovely photo of my red velvet cupcake. And, my verdict: I LOVE IT! It is moist in the right amount, and the frosting was not kinuripot with the cream cheese! The frosting makes or breaks anything red velvet for me, so it was nice that theirs had the right consistency and taste! Only things for improvement I could think of are: (1) devise some method to not let the cupcake stick to the paper too much, and (2) add more swirls to the frosting!
Oh, and yes. I finished it in maybe 4 or 5 bites and a few licks. I’m coming back for more >:)
Visit Sweet-a-holics Customized Cakes and Cupcakes at the Ground Floor of SM Marikina! Contact them via their FB page here: https://www.facebook.com/SweetaholicsCustomizedCakesAndCupcakes