14 Feb2014


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.


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.


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.


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.



  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”:

    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.

    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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