Larcy’s Cupcakerycafe is another one of those places we went to because of cravings we wanted to satiate with something new. After dinner, my sister, brother-in-law and I decided to look for a new coffee and dessert place, and my sister told us about Larcy’s.
Stepping into Larcy’s, I was in awe, but not necessarily because I liked what I saw. With all the pink, the decorative hearts, and the fancy-schmancy high-backed chairs, Barbie would feel right at home. Well, more like Hipster Barbie with the hanging light fixtures and book collection in a pseudo-vintage shelf thrown into the mix. No worries; maybe I’m just not the target of their interior. And besides, I was there for some sugary treats.
By the time we got to the shop, the shelves were almost empty, but what was there looked pretty damn good. There were regular-sized cupcakes, bigger ones which they call jumbo or monster cupcakes, and brownies. Aside from these sweet treats and the different kinds of coffee that go with them, Larcy’s also offers rice meals, pasta, and sandwiches if you plan on chowing down an entire meal there.
Being a chocolate lover who always has the hankering for the stuff, I ordered the Valrhona Choconutella because, well, Nutella. First off, they’re very generous with the frosting. The stuff dangerously treads the line between just sweet enough and diabetes alert, so it’s a good thing the chocolate cake it tops is just a touch bitter so the flavor combo’s just right. Now if they can just work on making the cake a bit more moist so it doesn’t crumble so easily as soon as your fork sinks into it.
My sister ordered Larcy’s Vanilla Pink because it was pink, she said, and the icing reminded her of our grandmother’s baking (she made this sweet butter icing that’s not really perfect but kind of nostalgic). Unfortunately, its only similarity with grandma’s creamy concoction was its appearance. It wasn’t that bad (turns out it’s cream cheese), but when eaten with the cake itself, the whole thing was overwhelmingly sweet. It tasted as pink as it looked, if that makes sense, and I’m not a fan of the color so I didn’t like it.
The big winner of the night was my brother-in-law, who ordered the oatmeal fudge bar. The thing was a thick, saccharine square of ooey, gooey, chewy madness. And the slightly crunchy, cracking top layer was the non-icing icing on the non-cake cake. I’m not really one to have her baked goods warm and fresh from the oven, but I’d totally take this home and pop it in the oven to keep the chocolate ooze going.
Can’t say much about the latte except it’s good and goes well with the pastries.
So… Larcy’s extremely girly decor wasn’t for me, but the flavors of their desserts are enough of a draw to come back. Prices, like most cupcake specialty shops, are a tad much; be ready to spend around Php 80.00 for a treat. But hey, there’s nothing wrong with splurging a little on something that’s worth it, right?
Overall rating: ★★★✭☆
178 Aguirre Street, BF Homes, Parañaque
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