A cupcake that resides in such an adorable home.
How lovely, how quaint, how cute, how really, really pretty!
Just looking at Sophie's Mom's stall, one can't help but be captivated by its feminine and dainty decors. My eyes keep traveling back and forth from one little pastel figurine to another.
Fragile tea pots and little tea cups adorn the shelves, joined by colorful ceramic cupcakes. Vases and flower pots sit alternately with the figurines, occasionally dotted with boxes of artfully designed cupcake liners.
Cute lanterns bejeweled with flat fabric flowers hang from the shop's awning. Their boxes are even printed with an artistic hand-painted photo of their flagship store.
Different pastries such as cupcakes, cookies and a variety of breads make up the product list. I scan it quickly right before my eyes gravitate towards a transparent jar that imprisons several cake lollipops. And right next to it perch several... Spanish Bread!!
I haven't eaten Spanish Bread in years, maybe a decade even. It's been so hard trying to find an accessible store or bakeshop (read: in a mall) that sells these things. We live nowhere near a local bakery so you can just imagine how much I've hankered for this sweet baked dough. Of course I couldn't just get a piece or two, I had to buy a whole pack to satiate my yearning for at least a couple of days. One bite from it immediately transported me back to my childhood days when we owned a small bakery. The fragrant scent brought back memories of me running through the kitchen trying to dodge the big hot ovens, and our panadero would scold me and ask my yaya to bring me back to the shop's front. I would laugh continuously in spite of the dark looks he gave me, albeit I'd go out of the kitchen obediently. I would then proceed to have my daily intake of spanish bread or pan de coco or whatever bread that held my fancy at the moment. But my favorite would always be the former. I would always find myself munching on the former more than anything else. So I was delighted that Sophie's Mom's Spanish Bread made me relive that part of my childhood while satisfying my long-running craving for this elongated bread covered in crumbs that hid sweet notes of butter.
I've always had a propensity for mochi, and sticking the words Nutella and Truffle to this pastry only resolved my decision to purchase a pack. These soft gooey globes of sinful indulgence flood the mouth in a single instant. Just like gnawing your way through a pillow, a bit of resistance immediately gives way to an outpouring of the treasure that lies inside; in this case, a burst of rich, chocolatey Nutella. Admittedly, a couple of pieces of these Nutella Truffle Mochi were more than enough to help me reach my daily sweetness dosage.
I'm not really a cupcake girl, it's seldom that I find one that I really love. I've tried different Red Velvet versions before and I usually find them so dense that I'd rather not eat them at all. Sophie's Mom's Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting (P50) was a little too rich and dense for me as well, as I like my cakes airy and light and not too cloying. My favorite Red Velvet would have to be that of Kulinarya Kitchen's which is unfortunately elusive save for special occasions and on their catering gigs. That's not to say that this one is not good. The flavors were nice and I'm sure a lot of people who dig richly packed cakes would love this. It just isn't for me.
Now this Flourless Chocolate with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream (P50) I adored. The sponge was soft and much lighter than the former and the salty sweet property of the salted caramel really lent a certain depth to the flavor profile of the cupcake. The little flakes atop the frosting contributed a little texture albeit not relevantly so. Still, I loved the overall melding of flavors. Next time, I'll try their other variants though I'd still get this particular one as well.
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