CHEF Sonja Ocampo has always been known as the Cupcake Queen because her business, Cupcakes by Sonja, makes the most scrumptious cupcakes in the metro. It was Cupcakes by Sonja’s flagship store at Serendra that introduced Filipino dessert lovers to Red Velvet Cupcake, which has now been replicated by various bakeshops through the years. Her cupcakes are exquisite because they make use of the best ingredients—no compromises—and are always freshly baked. Chef Sonja’s cupcakes revolutionized people’s concept of cupcakes in the country because she also made cakes, pies and, yes, even savory treats in cupcake form. She drew inspiration from her baking stint abroad, specifically at Magnolia Bakery.
Now, Cupcakes by Sonja is not just about cupcakes anymore. It’s more than just cupcakes as it is now introducing an exciting new product—doughnuts!
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Cupcakes by Sonja launches its light, pillowy doughnuts. Having perfected the art of making cupcakes, Chef Sonja began to look for the best doughnut around the world even as she continued to seek the other best desserts. She traveled to different places to taste desserts that they had to offer, with doughnuts getting special attention from her. She tried the best doughnuts in San Francisco all the way to New York, and her search led her to the kitchens of local Italian pastry chefs in Milan, Florence and Tuscan towns to learn how to make bombolini, the Italian doughnut, and finally her quest brought her to the kitchen of Justin Gellatly, the pastry chef and owner of Bread Ahead Bakery in London, where Chef Sonja found the lightest, fluffiest and most scrumptious doughnuts she had ever tasted. After all, Gellatly’s doughnuts have consistently been voted as the best in London. So she trained directly with him and, under his tutelage, patiently mastered the art of making real good doughnuts.
Armed with such knowledge, Chef Sonja came home to Manila to start serving up batches upon batches of her new sweet treat—the doughnut—in twelve delicious flavors. These are Vanilla Bean, Crème Caramel, Chai, Café au Lait, Truffle, Olive Oil and Basil, Strawberry Cheesecake, Chocolate, Mixed Berries and Cream, Toasted Rice, Gianduja, and Cacio e Pepe. The first four flavors are priced at Php60 per piece, while the rest are premium flavors that go for Php75 per piece. Each order is served in a rectangular-shaped paper cup.
Chef Sonja Ocampo’s light, fluffy and oh-so-delicious doughnuts are available at Cupcakes by Sonja Serendra tomorrow, October 14, up to October 16, 2016. So, hurry and be one of the first to taste this delicious new treat from the Cupcake Queen.