Is it strawberry season in the Philippines already?
Way, waaaay back into my youth, I only got to taste this luscious red fruit when a family member brought home a precious basket as a pasalubong from a Baguio trip.
Due to its scarcity, eating the fruit fresh was considered sosyal… or shala, as the kids say it nowadays.
Thanks to developments in agriculture and transportation, strawberries are more widely available, making it easier for bakers and dessert makers to incorporate this delectable fruit in their creations.
Such is the case with Inang Charing Cakes and Pastries (read my previous post on this enterprising homebaker here), recently launching its newest offering: the Strawberry Shortcake.
Mhai Capili, the baker behind Inang Charing’s Cakes and Pastries, decided to add this dessert to the menu, taking advantage of the fresh Baguio strawberries being sold in the metro. She decided to test out the recipe forming in her head to see if it will work.
The result is a delightful eight-inch diameter confection made with a light spongy cake layered with thick whipped cream and fresh strawberries.
It is a delight to the senses: The spots of bright red made by the fruit against the light-colored cream and sponge cake draw the eyes. The smell of the fresh strawberries whet the appetite. The contrasts in textures in these elements make for an exciting mouthfeel. And, of course, the bursts of fruity sweetness against the sugary cream filling and cake sates any sweet tooth’s craving.
The best part is that this absolute showstopper of a dessert can be yours for just Php985!
Thank goodness there’s no need for me to break the bank, nor travel far, for that shala (or sosyal) feeling you get from eating a decadent slice of Strawberry Shortcake.
Disclosure: I got my cake for just Php785 as I chanced upon Inang Charing’s post regarding the sale price for one of its first-ever batch of Strawberry Shortcakes while I was browsing for dessert ideas for my daughter #ExhibitA’s birthday. You could probably say that I just couldn’t resist. Oh, #ExhibitA (and the whole fam) loved it too. 😋
Check out my blog posts on other small enterprises and startups in the food business:
- Casa Bakes by Kayla
- MDJ Cookies
- Graffiti Desserts
- Pampanga’s Cheesebread
- What’s Your Flan?
- Sugar Salt Cakes & Pastries
- Platterea Luna
- Sammy’s Cookin’
- Chi’s Cake
- The Happy Kitchen
- Inang Charing Cakes and Pastries
- Rolls.PH Cinnamon Rolls
- Spookie Edible Cookie Dough
- First Harvest Nut Spreads
- Good Shepherd Ube Jam
- Migu Migu Finishing Butter