For Paul it would definitely be a bar of chocolate. For my Dad it would have to be a bowl of his favorite Ice Cream while for Mommy it would be a refreshing platter of fruits.
I, on the other hand, prefers to have baked goodies and cakes for dessert. Examples would be a ramekin of Creme Brulee, a slice of that perfect Red Velvet Cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory or (once again) my friend Irene's to-die-for Queso de Bola Cheesecake! Having an amazing dessert is like getting a great massage. It brings you so much happiness and bliss that makes you go oohhhhh and ahhhhh while taking in bites after bites of that delicious piece of cake. It's a great way to indulge and to treat yourself especially after a stressful day at work.
However, I tend to be a very picky cake eater as I have very low tolerance for overly sweet products thus I tend to stick to the fruity or slightly salty ones. I always have to scrape off the icing on any cake as my stomach can't take any of those. Often times, I also have to stay away from those with extra creamy filling to. *sigh* The story of my life.
With that, only a few cakes have made it to the cut. Those that I can enjoy one entire slice of without hurting my poor tummy.
One afternoon, fellow food blogger Richard and I were invited to visit Lia's Cakes in Season in Kapitolyo. We went there after enjoying a very filling lunch at Mad Mark's located next door yet we tried very hard to save a little tiny space for dessert.
I've heard about Lia's Cakes in Season for almost three years already from colleagues who have brought slices of their delicious Avocado Cake to the office. Every time, I always make a mental note to pay them a visit but the only branch that I know of before was in Tomas Morato, not very near from my place. I'm so happy that their Kapitolyo branch is so close to my office making it very accessible should a craving for a slice of cake comes up.
Our dessert feast started with a slice of their signature Avocado Cake (Php. 670 whole/Php 85 slice). I love how fluffy the chiffon is and the tiny bits of Pistachio on top. While I had to remove some icing off, I'm happy that the cake in general wasn't very creamy.
We were also able to try the Calamansi Tea Cake (Php. 340 whole/Php 45 slice). If you love anything sour or tangy then this cake is for you! We enjoyed the thin sugar crust on top of the cake similar to those found in our favorite sugar-glazed donuts. The cake, as always, was moist and spongy. This would go very well with a cup of coffee or tea for merienda.
Joan and I loved the Mango Cheesecake (Php. 1,230 whole/ Php. 155 slice). I love cheesecakes as you can see from the ones that I've just mentioned above. We were initially wondering what were the black seeds on top of the cake and were told that those were passion-fruit seeds and not what our imaginations were making us think they were. It has a slight crunch and the cake actually has bits of sweet mangoes in every slice. This was actually my favorite that afternoon.
Lastly, we were able to try their Ube Cheesecake (Php. 620 whole/Php. 75 slice). Trust Lia's to come up with such an innovative flavor making use of our local ube (purple jam) and incorporating this into their signature cheesecake mixture. I also noticed that the crust was made of polvoron. Yum!
Lia's Cakes in Season is a great place to go for delicious cakes and desserts. They also have savory pasta dishes available such as the Fish Curry Pasta, Aligue Pasta and the Homestyle Spaghetti to name a few. I have yet to try them though.
They can also create made-to-order cakes for your special occasions such as the Durian Cake (yay!) and the two Sugarfree versions of the Avocado Cake and Ube Cheesecake.
Click here to view their wide-array of specialty cakes.
*photo credit: Paul Ang
Visit Lia's Cakes in Season at 25 A&B East Capitol Drive, Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Beside Thai Dara and Mad Mark's, in front of Cab Cafe. Call them at 377-4808.