“That Chocolate Barrel Cake looks like it’s spent a few days on the display chiller.”, I pointed out to The PussyKat while we took forever to pick our sweet fix. The KitKat fencing sported a zebra-stripe bloom and the chocolate candy topping bleached and bleeding. The overly enthusiastic attendant chimed in, “Bag-o na namo, ser!* I must look really stupid or good help is just hard to come by nowadays.
We wanted only to somehow counter the MSG from our dimsum dinner and picked two cupcakes from a selection to wash down with an Americano. A stone’s throw from JY Square Discovery Mall, Country Basket first caught my attention earlier this year in my hunt for Azabu — a failed mission finding both joints still closed at 10AM.
The tight, long, two-story space seemed inspired by container van construction and had me reconsidering my future, progressive eco-home dreams. Decked in pastels and some craft movement quirk, it remained the inviting space it was on my bum visit.
Ever the chocoholic, I attacked the Chocolate Brownie Cupcake first only to be dismayed that I had to put some elbow into cutting through it with a fork. The dehydrated frosting promptly came off in one piece, revealing a condensation where it uncoupled, suggesting close relations to that Chocolate Barrel Cake. The equally dehydrated base strangely remained quite tasty. I bet a fresh one would be a killer. That I’ll have to come back for.
Gingerly poking the Very Blueberry Cupcake with a fork, the frosting yielded instantly to my relief. A dollop of blueberry jam on the frosting lightly laced with the same flavor began the very of the moist, blueberry-infused base. A saving grace to its brown brother, it defined fresh in comparison.
The bitters balancing out the above sugars, the medium roast Arabica brew was light on the tongue, had a soft mouthfeel with a distinct acidity and aftertaste familiar to men who really know their women.
I was tempted to try out another item when my waistband reminded me what the operative word of skinny jeans is. A Crème Brulee Cupcake winked at me on our way out, knowing I’ll be back.
Country Basket is located at JY Prestigio, Lahug, Cebu City.
*”That’s our new item, Sir”