I read somewhere that at the end of a long and tiring day, all you need to do is sit down, kick back, and sink your teeth into a good cupcake.
Well, you don’t need to find yourself at the end of a long and tiring day to enjoy Manskee’s damn good cupcakes. Whatever time of day, once a booze-based Manskee Cupcake is placed in front of you, you’re in the zone.
I had three of his cupcakes in a single day last weekend at La Union. Starting off my cupcake frenzy was Manskee’s Cerveza Negra Salted Caramel Cupcake, with an intense chocolate truffle at the heart of a rich chocolate cupcake.
Beer and chocolate is a hard combination to pull off, but once you get it right, it’s gold. Manskee’s Cerveza Negra cupcakes are executed flawlessly. The dark lager’s slightly bitter and roasted notes are uncompromised despite the generous amount of chocolate; the salted caramel acts as a catalyst that brings out the best of both worlds.
But my favorite—because I am biased about berries—is his Raspberry Vodka Truffle Cupcake made with Stolichnaya Russian Vodka. Writing about it alone is making my mouth water, and I am a few seconds away from ordering a dozen from Manskee. Not kidding. This deceivingly all-chocolate cupcake is incredibly moist with a center made of raspberry preserves, melded together with a deep, dark chocolate truffle. I had two of these and licked the cupcake liner again and again until there was nothing left to lick off.
Aside from having a good frosting-to-cake ratio, Manskee’s cupcakes are not at all cloying. They also aren’t as sweet as their façade suggests. Though they can sound intimidating with bold, brave variants (mostly hinting on liquor and may not be suitable for minors), Manskee holds a firm grip on retaining the robust flavors of the base products without risking a bitter aftertaste due to the alcohol. You can always ask for non-alcohol based ones, but I’m telling you now, the Raspberry Vodka one is a keeper that will haunt your dreams and taste buds for a long, long time.