Monday, August 1, 2011

Sonja Does It Best

Cupcakes can be an obsession. Just like ice cream and candy bars, if they are not taken lightly, they can be addictive. But, you shouldn't try to resist them. They are in fact, for some people, comfort food. Usual cupcakes would consist of frosting and cake decorations, such as fondant, syrup, or candy sprinkles. Regardless of what they place on top, cupcakes can be a delight to eat, especially when they're perfectly baked. There are a lot of notable cupcake shops around the Metro. But, if you haven’t tried Sonja’s cupcakes, then you've been missing out.

Cupcakes by Sonja has been occupying that quaint spot in Serendra ever since the mall-residence hybrid opened, and it has gained popularity proportional to what Serendra is now. From being a mere hobby of a lady living in Serendra, the store has become the go-to cupcake place for celebrations and special occasions, or even when you just feel like rewarding yourself with royal cupcake goodness. There’s no surprise to this though; one bite in their cupcakes and you’ll understand the craze.

For this visit, we tried the Red Velvet Vixen and the Blondie Bar with valrhona chocolate bits, coconut and pecan.

Red Velvet Vixen, 70 php

Glutton Guy: We have this neighbor who makes super delicious Red Velvet cupcakes. She makes very moist cupcakes with a sweet and delicious frosting. Sonja's Red Velvet is comparable to that one. I enjoyed this cupcake. It's not dry on the inside and the icing on top is absolutely delicious. I didn't even know that the icing was made of cream cheese! It didn't taste anything like cream cheese, but I didn't mind because it was good anyway. There is nothing to dislike in Sonja's Red Velvet. I could eat a whole box of this lovely cupcake. : )

Glutton Girl: I’m a fan of Sonja’s cupcakes and I must say this is my second favorite flavor, the first being Pistachio Berries and Cream (super duper good, you should try it!!!). The cake is moist, thick and full of flavor, unlike usual butter cupcakes which are heavy but tasteless. I like it also because the cake is bearable on its own. You know how we love just eating the muffin top because the body is blah? Well this Red Velvet Vixen (and the Pistachio Berries and Cream as well) is yummy to the core. Arguably the best red velvet cupcake in town.

Blondie Bar with Valrhona Chocolate Bits, Coconut and Pecan, 85 php

Glutton Guy: This was an okay bar for me. My problem with it was that it was hard. Plus, it crumbles when you use a fork to eat it. Taste-wise, however, it was really good. You could really taste the coconut in the bar. I liked the chocolate chunks on top. The choco chunks make the bar look like a cookie that's square-shaped. I wasn't actually tasting the pecan in there. I was getting some crunchy texture; that was probably it. I would still prefer Sonja's cupcakes over their other goodies. : )

Glutton Girl: I ordered this blondie bar just so I can try other fares offered by Cupcakes by Sonja. They’re known for their cupcakes, but I’d like to know if the same goodness holds true for the cookies and bars. Unfortunately, this Blondie bar was not up to par. It was very dry, crumbly at times, and very difficult to cut/bite into. I was expecting it to be a little bit moist and gooey, given that it had chocolate bits, but it wasn't. The chocolate chunks didn't fail me though; they were heavenly (and big too!). The slice was big for 85 pesos, but in the taste department, it did not deliver. I say stick to cupcakes; that’s what they do best.

We feautured just two for the visit, but we’ve eaten tons more from our previous stopovers in Serendra. We recommend you to try the following flavors as well: Pistachio Berries and Cream, Malt-in-your-mouth Flourless Chocolate Cupcake, Peppermint Patty, and Cookie Monster. So what are you waiting for? Go grab your purse and drive to Serendra now for your cupcake fix. We know you want too.

Here's how we rated Cupcakes by Sonja:



(Cupcakes by Sonja is located at 1 C03 Ground Floor, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. It's just in front of Sentro and Murray & D'Vine and across Fully Booked.)

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