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Costa Brava - Caramel Cake, Anyone?

Written By clapalisoc on Wednesday 23 September 2015 | 13:03

I was looking for dessert to bring to my daughter's family day in school and I found myself checking through the stalls in SM Aura's weekend gourmet market. I saw Costa Brava and it was what I went for. Been meaning to try their Caramel Cake.

Costa Brava cakes
Costa Brava in SM Aura

Costa Brava Cakes and Cupcakes
Costa Brava Offerings

Noticed that they only had one size for the cake but they offered individual serving and some cupcakes too. I got the whole rectangular Caramel Cake, 7x9 inches. Two layers of soft and fluffy sponge cake with generous caramel filling in between the layers. The sponge cake was too soft that it had the tendency to topple over. It was too airy, I guess. One thing that I liked about this cake was that it wasn't too sweet. It was also covered with a blanket of more caramel frosting.

Caramel Cake by Costa Brava
Caramel Cake for 600Php

Caramel Cake Costa Brava Manila
You can request for dedication!

Though this was good, I still prefer Estrel's. Comparing, Estrel's had a more milky and luscious caramel sauce frosting that was richer in taste with more quality sponge cake. Also, Estrel's frosting was generous while this had just enough to cover the cake.

Costa Brava Assorted Cupcakes
Dozen Assorted Mini Cupcakes for 200Php

I also got a dozen mini cupcakes with assorted flavors too. There was lemon, mocha, caramel and chocolate. I prefer my cupcakes moist and not spongy dry. These cupcakes lacked in flavor. If I were to rate these cupcakes alone, I'll give them just 3 Stars.

Mocha Cupcake Costa Brava
Look at that cupcake! Too airy and spongy for my liking.

Costa Brava Cupcakes Assorted
From the Top - Lemon, Caramel, Chocolate & Mocha

Lemon - I liked the lemon flavored filling in the middle of the cupcake. Icing was marshmallow with candy sprinkles.

Caramel - Vanilla cupcake with just a dollop of caramel frosting. Could have been better if there was more frosting.

Chocolate - This could have been knock out if the cupcake was moist and full instead of airy sponge because the chocolate frosting was really really good. Thick, rich and chocolaty!

Mocha - This was okay. Could have used more chocolate and a bit more coffee, IMO.

IMO, too expensive for the quality.

Caramel Cake can be a substitute to Estrel's only if you are really craving for some caramel cake and you can't get your hands on even a slice of Estrel'sI'm not losing hope though. Will try some of their other cake offerings next time.

NOTE: They have a store in Bel-Air (see below) but you can usually catch them in SM Aura or Power Plant during weekend food bazaar. 

3.5 out of 5 Stars for Costa Brava!

--- Pasteleria Costa Brava: 12 Polaris St., Bel-Air, Makati City

About clapalisoc

I am a workaholic mom who is also trying to be the best wife ever. I am a self proclaimed food lover, a frustrated cook and pastry master. I have a thing for books and scrap booking fills up my free time. Blogging? It's something I do once in a while when I can squeeze in some "me time" in this super busy life.


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