Vanilla Cupcake Bakery and Cafe Review

Our helper takes the weekend off every other week. When she’s not around, we’d rather dine out. It’s just too taxing to do everything from preparing everything to washing the dishes by myself! When she’s there at least she can wash up afterwards. Anyhow on one such weekend the kids and I went to check out Vanilla Cupcake Bakery and Cafe near ABS-CBN. Did you know that this restaurant is actually from the same company behind the clothing brand Kamiseta?

Vanilla CafeMy hubby had stuff to take care of so it was just us three. We were amused by the charmingly colorful and eclectic interiors of Vanilla Cupcake Bakery.

Vanilla CafeWe started off with Garlic Spinach Dip (P148). The cheesy, garlicky, and creamy dip was pretty good! It was served with thinly sliced toasted bread which was kind of brittle (makunat) though. This would’ve worked better with more crisp pieces of toast. We ate it all just the same lol.

Vanilla CafeWe also ordered Calamari (P188). Big battered squid rings are served with a lemon slice and some mayo-based dip on the side. It wasn’t bad but it would be better if the breading was more crunchy. It’s kind of soft so you get the feeling that it’s soggy even when it’s fresh off the kitchen.

Vanilla CafeMy daughter had Pasta Alla Puttanesca (P218). I could see tomato pieces in the sauce, which is a good thing. She finished her order and said it was quite good.

Vanilla CafeShe also ordered a Frozen Hot Chocolate (P168 for Grande). This drink is available in 2 sizes, Tall and Grande. We forgot to specify which one we wanted and the order-taker didn’t bother to ask so I’m assuming we got Grande. I told my daughter not to expect Serendipity Las Vegas levels of Frozen Hot Chocolate because hey, this costs less than half the price of that drink. True enough, this one tastes like Magnolia Chocolait or Nestle Chuckie poured into a huge goblet and then topped with a lot of whipped cream and chocolate shavings. The chocolate syrup on the sides of the glass is purely decorative.

I could probably make this drink at home and it wouldn’t cost me P228. Yep, despite the largest (Grande) size being pegged as P168 on the menu, this actually came down to P228 on the bill. I saw it when I got home so I wasn’t able to ask them about it. Too sweet, we weren’t even cooperatively able to consume half the goblet.

Vanilla CafeMy son opted for Granny’s Crock Pot Roast Beef (P298) based on the lovely description on the menu. He said it was just okay.

Vanilla CafeHe did however like his Frozen Coffee Jelly Frappe (P168).

Vanilla CafeI had the Special Bagnet (P348). I liked how crunchy the pork rind was on the bagnet. The bagnet went very well with rice, green mango salsa, and the dip (I forgot if it was soy sauce or vinegar based or both but it went nicely with the pork).

Vanilla CafeFor dessert both kids had a Chubby Bunny (P128) cupcake. It’s a 2-in-1 cupcake that’s half carrot cake and half banana cake. It’s topped with a nice cream cheese frosting and walnut bits. I’ve had this before and I can say it’s pretty good.

Vanilla CafeI had an order of Mango Panna Cotta (P128). The milky creamy panna cotta topped with sweet cubed mangoes was a nice way to cap off my meal.

I give Vanilla Cupcake Bakery and Cafe plus points for the cool interiors and cozy ambiance. Food is average at best, I think they’re better at pastries. Prices are quite reasonable, with most dishes being in the P200+ to P300+ range. Service is friendly and efficient. I think it’s a lovely place to catch up with friends for some chika and enjoy tea time.

Vanilla Cupcake Bakery and Cafe
Mother Ignacia Ave. (near ABS-CBN and Tomas Morato)
South Triangle, Quezon City

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  • Reply sarmgel May 22, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Vanilla Cupcake Bakery and Cafe is new to me Ms. Rowena but I’m sure my kids will love the Frozen Hot Chocolate so it will be on our list for weekend bonding. I will try also the bagnet it really looked yummy. Thanks for sharing po.

  • Reply Cel Candelaria May 23, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Thank you for this review, have been curious about this place. I am a long time fan of your blog. 🙂 As for the yaya-less weekends, you may want to delegate washing the dishes to your kids. My three kids have been doing it for more than five years now, every weekend and when our yaya goes on vacation. When we started my youngest was six years old. It was not easy, we had broken plates (some from me), still dirty plates (to be used by the last child who washed them) and debates on whose turn it is to wash (now we have a log sheet). We all hate doing it but I am exempted since I prepare and cook the food. I also carry the plates to the kitchen and scrape leftovers into the trash or into storage containers as needed before the kid starts washing. The wash times vary from 20 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on volume and work ethic of child in charge (it used to be three hours, and that was with all of them helping each other!).

    • Reply animetric June 5, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂

      I really should let the kids start doing more chores. 😀

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