I don’t know who Sophie is, but what I do know for certain is that she’s one lucky gal. Imagine growing up in a household where your mom personally makes breads, cakes and even ice cream — wouldn’t that be the closest thing to heaven? In the predominantly residential area known as San Antonio Village in Makati lies a tiny yet adorable neighborhood bakery simply called Sophie’s Mom. I’d love to wake up in the morning and buy freshly baked pan de sal or ciabatta bread from a place like this —
But Sophie’s Mom is known among the bazaar crowds for her delightfully homemade cupcakes, cookies and other confections. As a lover of all things sweet and yummy, I eagerly set out to find the bakeshop in the maze that is San Antonio Village. It must be my lucky day because I found it after asking for directions only once (Thank you, manang!). I bought a Lemon Meringue Cupcake, a Red Velvet Cupcake and a Tres Leches with Strawberry at P50 each. Quite steep for a cupcake, really, but I don’t mind. I want Sophie’s Mom to know that by turning her dream into a reality, she is also making a lot of people happy just by taking a bite of her delicious cupcakes. I definitely tasted a mother’s loving warmth in each bite. The Lemon Meringue and Tres Leches cupcakes were remarkably soft, decidedly milky, refreshingly fruity and a little sticky. Yum yum yum. Even though I’m not fond of cream cheese frosting, I still found the Red Velvet Cupcake to my liking since it has that unmistakable chocolate flavor that other versions lack.
Another certified bestseller from Sophie’s Mom is her Nutella Mochi Truffle (P30 apiece). I also bought three pieces, which I popped into my mouth one after the other. Mochi is a traditional Japanese snack made from glutinous rice paste molded into a ball. Sophie’s Mom fills these balls with Nutella and then rolls them in cocoa powder, thus making them look like chocolate truffles. Aside from these mochi truffles, she also offers Mochi Ice Cream (P40 apiece) — mochi stuffed with different flavors of her homemade ice cream. I hear the Frozen Brazo flavor is so good, I’ll have to try that next time I drop by.
Now if only I could be like Sophie’s Mom….