Ever Had Your Favorite Childhood Candy in Cake Form?October 11, 2019
My favorite part about being an adult? It’s exercising the freedom to have breakfast food for dinner, or to have dessert right before a meal—or to have dessert as a meal, period. The best desserts are a symphony of sugars and textures; others are classics that indulge our fondness for nostalgic flavors. The Baker’s Table, one of the latest additions to Maginhawa Street, serves cakes that taste like candies that are reminiscent of our childhood, such as Peter’s Butter Ball, Milo (which is a drink, but I’m sure you ate the powder like candy), Choco Mallows, and Viva.
There is a delicious yet delicate danger to flavoring cakes as candies. The result can either be the fulfillment of childhood fantasies, or a saccharine taste that warns you of diabetes. Some of these cakes achieved the former, while others missed the mark and resulted in the latter. The Butter Ball cake stood out among the rest, with the cake layers tasting exactly like the caramel candy we sucked on till our tongues were dry. But this time around, the Butter Ball cake lets you enjoy the caramel goodness in soft bites. The Choco Mallow cake was the simplest but richest of them all: imagine a chunkier choco mallow that’s 6 or 9 inches thick all to yourself. The mallow was a bit too sticky to hack off with a fork, but one bite into the soft sweetness made all that trouble worth it.
The Hany Cake sets up a lot of expectations: everyone’s favorite ChocNut-like flavor usually succeeds when incorporated into a dessert. The Hany Cake had its intended candy flavor, but the cream-cheese filling in between tended to overpower. The Milo Mousse was the complete opposite: the milo component tasted “milked down” and the dark chocolate mousse wasn’t very bittersweet on the palate. The Viva Caramel Cake was the biggest disappointment. Although it did taste like the candy, it had an odd aftertaste that could’ve been masked by the cream on top and the chocolate layers in between.
Desserts are a tricky business to venture into, but The Baker’s Table sets itself apart by introducing familiar flavors in a tried and tested form. There are other nostalgic desserts for customers to try, such as the Haw Haw Cake and the Zesty Tang Cake. The specific yet various candy flavors allow customers to narrow down their preference or revisit every aspect of their childhood by trying all the cake types. But expect the glutton in you to be slightly disappointed, as nostalgia tends to amplify the sweetness we taste from memory.