A flurry of cakes this side of the planet...
The first time I tried one of John Sta. Cruz' cakes was at Lori Baltazar's DCF Christmas Gift List held a couple of years ago at Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street. I remember that my favorite was the Santa Cruz Cake, though I'm not certain if it was so named because of its creator. It had these layers of chocolate mousse with an interlude of velvety lemon cream dotted with chocolate piping on top, and a reciprocity of sweetness and tartness kept any cloying taste at bay.
Sadly, when I went there the other day to get me a slice or two, it was nowhere to be found in their glass display. Neither was it hidden in one of their refrigerators/freezers. In its stead, I ordered for a slice of their Chocolate Macadamia Sansrival and Turtle Pie.
I usually steer clear of Turtle Pies because I fear them to be too chocolatey, and you know how I hate anything chocolate in pure form. Admittedly, this is just the second time I've tried one. The first one I've tried was really small, and now I realized that it wasn't really a good representation of what the original cake was. Hence, the forever evasion from it. Now, why the sudden change of heart? Because this Turtle Pie is supposedly the culprit for making The Cake Planet famous, and I can't help but be curious. Besides, in my mind, if ever I don't really like it, my husband can be the sweeper that cleans my unfinished dessert plate.
Poised above my slice, I slowly lowered my fork and surprisingly, it hit a chocolate mousse-y center just below the chocolate veneer decorated with a caramel chain-link fence. I bring it right away to my mouth just to revel in that mousse imbued with a whisper of bitterness, before bringing it down again to impale that bottom layer of thick caramel atop the chocolate shortcrust. I was blown away! Another try earns me a fork ridden with bits of walnut (?). If this was how turtle pies tasted like, I should have indulged in them a lot more frequently. My baby loved the mousse-y texture as well, and well, so much for having my husband clean the plate. I'd say we did a pretty good job on our own.
Sans Rival is one of my favorite cakes, if I ever do have one, really. The respite that the macadamia's nuttiness brings, or any nuts present in other variations, allows me to enjoy the saccharinity of the cake without it being overbearing. A sheen of chocolate is only interrupted by bits of macadamia on top. The interlayers of buttery chocolate cream and crisp meringue are impregnated with macadamias as well. I'd prefer it a bit more chewy, but this is quite good just the same.
My husband loved this, and he's not one to favor cakes. "It's not too sweet," he gushes. "How come you only left half a slice for me?!" Be thankful I even left some for you, though I did manage to hold my tongue. He made me promise to get him a whole one the next time I find myself in Bicutan.
Here are some of their other cakes...
This, together with the Chocolate Macadamia Sansrival, actually made it to Spot.ph's Top 10 Sansrival list.
I still am hoping that the next time I find myself in Better Living, a Santa Cruz slice will be waiting for me.
The Cake Planet
Spot: 91-C Dona Soledad Ave. Better Living Subd. Paranaque City
Contact Nos.: 0917.585.4432 or 621.2857
To celebrate FRM's 2nd Anniversary, The Cake Planet and Café has generously sponsored a giveaway for FRM's readers and followers!
- TWO (2) winners of a Junior-sized Chocolate Macadamia Sansrival worth Php 900 from The Cake Planet and Café valid until October 18, 2013
- Anyone who lives in the Philippines is eligible to join; however, the prizes are only redeemable at The Cake Planet and Café's Bicutan, Parañaque branch.
- Contest runs from August 15, 2013 until September 14, 2013.
- You must have a valid and active Facebook and Twitter accounts to join.
- Please follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below.
- There are 6 very simple mandatory tasks you have to complete in order to qualify for the draw, but there are also optional tasks that you can do in order to increase your chances of winning.
- Please follow instructions (put the correct message, tag the sponsors in the message, submit direct links, tag your friends,etc) for your entry to count.
- Make sure that your Facebook shared posts are set to "Public" (the posting option is beside the time/date of your post, just set it to the globe icon), and your Twitter account is not protected/locked, otherwise I might not be able to view them, and your entry will not be counted.
- The winners will be announced on this website on September 18, 2013.
- Winners will also be notified via email and must be willing to pick up the prize at The Cake Planet and Café's branch in Better Living, Bicutan, Parañaque. Please present a valid ID when claiming your prize.
- The prizes are redeemable until October 18, 2013.
And the winners are...
Antonella Nicole de Dios
Congratulations to the two lucky winners! I'll be in touch with you soon for details on how to claim your prizes.
Again, thank you very much to The Cake Planet and Café for being a part of FRM's anniversary celebration! :)