14 Feb2014

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I vowed yesterday not to leave the house today, Valentine’s Day, to avoid the horrific traffic jams expected in the metropolis. But mid-morning, as I put finishing touches on a simple dinner menu, I realized I had no bread, and scurried over to Kayser at Rockwell to buy some loaves… Of course I ended up ensnared in the Valentine’s rush at the mall, and purchased a few cupcakes for the Teen and boxes of doughnuts for the crew and their families. I watched as starry-eyed suitors lined up impatiently to blow half a week’s salary on a paltry bouquet of blooms, or looked on amused as one lady purchased a bunch of vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, etc.) that were wrapped up in red netting and tied with a big red bow (a heart-friendly Valentine’s present perhaps or a gift for a vegetarian?) or see the staff of one chain restaurant in the basement dressed up in the most outrageous of fairytale costumes (one poor fellow, decked to the nines as a female character). But I stopped and smiled when I saw these cupcakes, and knew I had to get the Teen a few of them.

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The detail work that goes into these decorated cupcakes is impressive. While everything is edible, the Teen wrinkled her nose after biting on a bag handle. The fondant also looks better than it tastes. But the cupcake itself tasted pretty good.

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At PHP175 each, these were definitely PHP150 flash, PHP25 cake. Not your everyday splurge, but a nice Valentine’s treat. For the crew’s families, there were rather snazzy Valentine’s heart-shaped doughnuts from Dunkin Donuts that were PHP100 for 3 doughnuts nicely boxed, sweeter value perhaps.

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Not sure if this violates any Intellectual Property Rights statutes, but the fondant bags weren’t exactly the same as the real thing… but pretty darned close. I probably did the vendor a disservice by not even asking their name or brand at the “Baker’s Dozen” area sold these beauties, but I can assure you, they probably sold out by early afternoon.

 

COMMENTS:

  1. pixienixie says:

    Gorgeous cupcakes! However, I’d rather receive cupcakes with frosting, not fondant. Tastes icky to me. :)

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Feb 14, 2014 | 4:58 pm

     
  2. L.Cheng says:

    We also bought donuts for our staff today with custom toppers that say “You DONUT know how much we appreciate you :)” We found J.Co donuts with the best value for money, at approx P17 net when purchased by set of 2 dozens, discounted for senior citizens! Unfortunately, they didn’t have V-Day specific designs or flavors. But I believe the staff were delighted to see such a wide array of flavors to pick from!

    Feb 14, 2014 | 5:55 pm

     
  3. artisan chocolatier says:

    At PHP175 each…..OUCH!!!

    Feb 14, 2014 | 9:26 pm

     
  4. betty q. says:

    Yes, MM…I totally agree that fondant covered cakes are gorgeous to look at but….! Now if that was covered with chocolate plastique, I will eat it, cupcake and all!

    Feb 14, 2014 | 10:49 pm

     
  5. Mart says:

    For those who don’t already know it existed, I give you, the “Cronut”:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cronut

    When I visited family in the Philippines last October, I saw a sign at the Krispy Kreme at Edsa Shangrila was offering some “cronut-like” donuts. Unfortunately they were out of stock at the time.
    http://www.philstar.com/food-and-leisure/2013/09/03/1167611/krispy-kreme-now-serving-cronuts

    Feb 15, 2014 | 1:06 am

     
  6. Marketman says:

    Mart, lots of Cronuts in Manila and elsewhere… Artisan, a regular here, makes great ones in Cebu in all kinds of flavors and calls them Dossants… :)

    Feb 15, 2014 | 5:55 am

     
  7. Elaine says:

    Feb 15, 2014 | 12:12 pm

     
  8. Jean says:

    I’m tickled by the fact that even the stitching is simulated on the red purse. How sweet!

    Feb 16, 2014 | 5:38 am

     
  9. Jayjay vg says:

    I recognized these cupcakes right away ! She’s really very good check out OC’s kitchen on Facebook . I get my son’s cakes from her every year. Very good quality , the attention to detail is simply amazing plus the cake is delicious .

    Feb 16, 2014 | 7:35 am

     
  10. ami says:

    I’m amazed with the level of detail especially how they were able to capture the coated canvass texture of the Damier Speedy. Speaking of bags, I’m sure the designer brands made a killing this valentines. I remember standing in front of the Gucci exit of Greenbelt 4 last Christmas season and was amused with the number of people walking out with LV, Prada, etc paper bags (sometimes 1 person carrying multiple bags). Makes you think how different the 1% of this country is from the rest of the population.

    Feb 17, 2014 | 9:10 am

     
  11. chichay says:

    Awww. This is why i love you and your blog. You never forget your crew, even on this occasion. They must be loyal and very happy working for you.

    Feb 20, 2014 | 1:46 pm

     

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