I was at the Art in the Park event at the Salcedo Market last Saturday and purchased some photographs from our favorite photo gallery, Silverlens, and the proprietor asked me if I had had any of Baba Ibazetaâ€™s baked goods which shared a table with Tommyâ€™s Coffee. I had not. I featured Tommyâ€™s Coffee and his then table partner Biscotteria Manila soon after I started this blog. And every once in a while, Tommy still comes up to me to tell me that some buyer from California or some local restaurant/cafe contacted him to buy coffee as a result of that early post! But I didnâ€™t realize that the baked goods beside his coffee are now supplied by someone else. At any rate, they had a pretty appealing looking rum cake on display so I bought a slice to try at home. I also took home some apple walnut muffins and banana raisin ones as wellâ€¦
I thought the rum cake was very good. A nice hefty slice for just PHP55, it was dense without being heavy, sweet without being overdone. Some nice chopped walnuts were sprinkled on top and the sheen of the cake was just right for me (not too dark, not too light). And thank goodness there was no drizzled confectionerâ€™s sugar glaze to put it over the top. I think I spied some lemon rind in the cake itself, though it appeared way to yellow orange to be freshâ€¦unless of course it was orange rind instead. The taste of rum was noticeable but not enough to inebriate you if you only have a slice or so. Overall, I thought it was a very satisfying slice of cake to have with a cup of coffee, or if you are like me, hot tea. I tried both of the muffins and while they were moist (perhaps too moist?) and interesting, I preferred the rum cake instead. I donâ€™t know, I think I am having strange reactions to anything in cupcake wrappers after all the brouhaha over an earlier post on Cupcakes by Sonja. I didnâ€™t try anything else from Classic Confections that day but I did notice they had some nice looking Christmas/holiday cookies that were individually wrapped, some brownie like confections and boxes of mini-cupcakes as well. Classic Confections – 746.2773.