Sunday, September 22, 2013

Three Red Velvet Cupcakes to Love

Marta's Cakes' Red Velvet Cupcake
This candy heart-topped red velvet cupcake is by Marta's Cakes. It's a no-frills red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting. No spins on the original formula, no over-imaginative frosting, no cheeky cupcake names. Just pure unadulterated red velvet cupcake. Sometimes, you just want simple, you know?

The red velvet cupcake base does not look much, a bit deflated even, but one bite and it kind of explains itself. It is a very moist red velvet cupcake, like a cross between a pudding and a sponge cake. In fact, if you take a good look at it, you will see the red cake glisten underneath that beehive of a frosting.

Speaking of frosting-- that swirl is wicked delicious. It's creamy and not cloyingly sweet. Unlike most cream cheese frosting, which tend to either be too sweet or too tangy (worse, both), I could eat this one with a spoon. And lots of it. So it's a wonderful thing that Marta's Cakes decided to level up this red velvet cupcake with a good measure of its cream cheese frosting.

Interestingly, the frosting did not use to be this high. Before this incarnation, it was just a single layer of cream cheese frosting. I love this fluffier almost mousse-like frosting though. Never mind it probably added ten bucks more to the original price. Not cheap at Php80, but the heart wants what the heart wants.

This one came from Marta's Cakes' branch in Alabang Town Center. Unlike the bigger store it has in Serendra, the one in ATC is just a stall offering carry-home cakes and other baked sweets. 

Marta's Cakes-Alabang is located at Ground Floor Activity Center, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City. Visit the website at

Red Velvet Cupcake by Slice
The Red Velvet Cupcake by Slice is another one of my favorites. Much raved about for quite some time now since Slice opened its doors in 2012, I have not tasted this Red Velvet Cupcake until yesterday, actually, when I was in SM Aura. Slice opened up a microcosm of their famous Bonifacio High Street cafe in the food court area of the swanky new mall, serving up pastries and paper-cup versions of their coffee concoctions.

Slice's Red Velvet Cupcake has a moist cake but it is denser than that of Marta's Cakes. It is fairly evident from the showing of a nice, intensely red, puffed-up dome of cake underneath that cream cheese frosting. The beautiful rosette of frosting is also something I really liked. It had just the right balance of sweetness and tang, and that airy-light yet creamy texture that I appreciate in a cream cheese frosting.

Slice-SM Aura is located at Food on Four, 4th Level, SM Aura Premier, McKinley Parkway, McKinley Hill, Taguig City.

Red Velvet Cupcake by The Dessert Factory
Last, is the Red Velvet Cupcake by The Dessert Factory Restaurant & Bakery in Cebu City. This cupcake has a shabby chic charm that I found impossible to resist from the minute I stepped inside the restaurant. If the first thing that you noticed from this picture is the gorgeous frosting on this cupcake, then you will have an idea why I felt that way.

The detail on that frosting is impressive. It looks like a replica of the Philippine Rosal flower on top of a red velveteen throw pillow. Beautiful as it was, I just knew I had to bite into it even if it meant messing up a work of art. I loved how this frosting melted like whipped butter in my mouth. Like the two before this, it is not a super sweet frosting that inspires cloy. It has just right amount of sugar and cream cheese to enhance the flavor of the red velvet cupcake base.

It is the biggest cupcake of the three, and ironically, the cheapest at only Php55. As if a contradiction to its the delicate-looking frosting, the big, rustic cupcake underneath has a robust texture to it. See how it rises high and mighty over its paper cup? It is almost like a muffin, but still surprisingly soft and moist. Girls, I think The Dessert Factory's Red Velvet Cupcake is the answer to your man's question, "What is so great about the Red Velvet Cupcake?"

The Dessert Factory-Ayala Mall Cebu is located at The Terraces, 3rd Level, Ayala Center Cebu,  Cebu Business Park, Cebu City.

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