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Cupcakes by Sonja

Last January, I was finally able to visit the mother of all cupcakes, Cupcakes by Sonja. Ironic how this is the first cupcake shop before all the craze began, and yet this is the last great cupcake shop I've visited. There was so much hype around their cupcakes but it was only after 6 months that I was able to join the bandwagon. This is the brainchild of Sonja Ocampo, who had worked in the famous Magnolia Bakery in New York (yes, that famous shop featured in Sex and the City, SNL and The Devil Wears Prada). Most people would say that cupcakes are overrated, I would kind of agree with that but it's overrated for a reason, right? And I find cupcakes comforting so, slowly, it has become quite an obsession.

Since we went there around 8:00 PM, I wasn't able to photograph the lovely exterior of their little shop in Serendra. It was quite late but their store were still filled with people waiting to get their hands on the delicious looking cupcakes by Sonja Ocampo.

When I got inside, everything was prettier and daintier, just like most cupcake shops now around the metro. I felt like a little girl inside a candy store, my eyes were darting everywhere, my short attention span was entertained by the endless little trinkets inside the cute shop! I was really excited!

There's actually more cupcakes on display but I wasn't able to get more photos because I was standing in line. There was a lot to see inside that shop, it sucks that I wasn't able to give the place justice by showing just these photos. But anyway, there's always a next time.

Of course, I did not eat everything in the box, only half of it. Hahaha. And my picks are:
  • Vanilla Sunshine (PhP 65). I love that they had this color and how the frosting was piped. My officemate ate this one. He told me he found it good. The base was soft and the frosting was smooth. Overall, it was a bit sweet for him but then there's nothing that a gulp of water can't wash away. According to him, there was a bit of tang to the cupcake that's why he found it really nice. 
  • Red Velvet Vixen (PhP 78). If Cupcake Lab's Red Velvet is my choice for moistest cupcake ever, Sonja's is the yummiest. And by that I mean that I'd still eut the cupcake even without the frosting. The cake can standalone on itself and would still be a hit. The cake was moist and flavorful. The frosting indeed tasted like cream cheese with the right balance of sweetness to it. Now, I know what the craze was about!
  • Peanut Butter Nutella (PhP 95). This is my favorite out the bunch. I'm quite biased because it had Nutella in it. I love chocolate and some chocolate-flavored things. And I am very happy that I actually tasted the Nutella on the frosting unlike some other desserts I've tried. I love how generous the frosting was and it was so creamy. The peanut butter cake base and Nutella cream on top blended well together. Sinfully delicious. (Top right in the photo)
  • Elvis (PhP 115). When I opened the box when I got home, I was disappointed that the whipped cream on top melted. But of course, I ate it anyway. The crust is made of ground Oreo cookies, filled with peanut butter, topped with whipped cream with bits of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and drizzled with chocolate syrup and caramel. Whew. That was a mouthful! I loved the different textures of this goodie. I just wish they could do something about the frosting! (Bottom right in the photo)
  • PB & J (PhP 78). No review for this one since I gave it to another officemate. For a little description: the base cake is chocolate-flavored topped with peanut butter frosting and Concorde grape jelly. 

The cupcakes are on the pricey side but it's nice to experience a quality treat once in a while. I don't mind getting my hands on a Peanut Butter Nutella cupcake again! If you're not sold on the mentioned flavors, they have 26 other flavors to choose from! 

Cupcakes by Sonja is located at 1C03 Serendra Piazza, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Contact number: +63 917 845 3800
Official Website: www.cupcakesbysonja.com