Forget Your 2016 Resolutions: Order Joconde’s CakesJanuary 13, 2016
- Pamela CortezWords
Home bakers are aplenty in Manila—in fact, some of the best desserts in the city belong to these enterprising cooks. Hardly new to the scene are Dennis and Yvette Hipolito, the brother and sister team behind Joconde Cakes and Pastries, who have won accolades over the years for their various creations. While businesses are often known for that one specialty which is inducted into their hall of fame as a singular bestseller, it seems as if Joconde’s menu is littered with famous bakes that have made it onto at least one Best-of list in the metro.
There is of course, their Super Moist Carrot Cake, which has made it onto Inquirer’s Best Desserts book—known as a bible of sorts—and rightly so. The ratio of sweetness between the creamy icing and slightly spiced cake studded heavily with carrots and nuts makes for an addictive slice. Their Chocolate Decadence is easily one of the most well-rounded cakes amongst its contemporaries, covered in silken ganache with a layer of caramel that never crosses into disgustingly indulgent territory. A little newer to the fold is their Salted Egg Yema Cake, which crosses trends with tradition in a beautifully moist sponge, that is both airy and compact, topped off by a slightly salty and rich frosting that is a bit of art in itself.
With Dennis Hipolito’s background in food, it’s no wonder that there is exacting precision in what could merely be just another home-baked good. Their whole range is more than that. Forget whatever promises you’ve made to yourself this new year; even a slice is worth the calorie count relapse.
Joconde Cakes and Pastries