Monday, January 6, 2014

First slice at The Cake Club

We were at BGC one afternoon and were looking for a good place to have some dessert.  We chanced upon The Cake Club, touted as one of 2013's best restaurants, and decided to try their treats.

We ordered a Mini Cakes Set, a Baked Cheesecake, and an Ube Ensaymada. 

The Mini Cakes Set (Php 590) included a plate of samples of 3 cakes and 2 cups of your coffee of choice.  The cakes were Cecilia, The Super Moist Chocolate Cake, and the Delice Chocolat.  For our coffee, we had a cup of Decaf Noir and a cup of Kageboshi.

The Cecilia is The Cake Club's take on the buko pie.  The crust was subtle taste wise; it wasn't too sweet nor too buttery.  The buko compote's sweetness was also just right, and the buko meat was crisp and fresh.  What made Cecilia different were the raisin bits, adding a hint of tart.  The only thing we didn't like was the cream; there was too much of it.

The Super Moist Chocolate Cake was indeed moist, but it tasted a little stale.  Its chocolate taste wasn't extraordinary, a little forgettable.

The Delice Chocolat is The Cake Club's delicious chocolate mousse.  Different layers and flavors of velvety chocolate, with a crunchy praline bottom.  It had a good mixture of bittersweet and semisweet chocolate tastes.  It's THE dessert for chocolate lovers.

The coffee variants we ordered were disappointing.  The Decaf Noir, supposedly sourced from Africa, was too acidic.  They said it had hints of nutty flavor but we didn't sense any.  The Kageboshi, a mild blend of coffee beans and coffee fruits, tasted more like tea than coffee.  Weird.

The Baked Cheesecake (Php 250) was delicious.  First off, we liked the look, very pretty and appetizing.  The dessert had good integrity, not too soft but not too hard and crumbly.  The cheese flavor was really pronounced.  We loved the crisp almond slivers.  We however wanted a thicker crust, to temper the richness of the cake itself.  

The Ube Ensaymada (Php 150), the pride of The Cake Club, features a soft bread topped with a cream butter frosting and grated cheese, with ube filling.  Sure, it was delicious, but it wasn't mind blowing.

We found the place clean and classy.  The pastry display was orderly and tempting.

The staff?  One of the nicest we've encountered.

The Cake Club is at Bonifacio High Street, inside BGC.

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