Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sweet Cynicism: Amici Gelato Cakes

Despite having a cold, a road trip to Tomas Morato necessitated a gelato break at Amici. I've decided to forego my favorite Banana Blast in pursuit of something festive and new, and these are what I ended up with.

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Rouge (P128/slice) Three layers of gelato (blueberry, strawberry and vanilla) lined up this ice cream cake on a graham cracker crust. The flaming red facade roused me into blindly ordering this fruity fiasco. The layers of chiffon cake were doused with extreme sweetness while thin layers of cream were spread everywhere. Neither a fan or chiffon nor cream, this cake doesn't make it to my list - and it won't in grandma's either. Give it to the berry lover or the ultimate sweet tooth because it's berry loaded with sweetness that even makes this cat blush. 

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Peach Walnut Passion (P120/slice) Simply put, it's peach gelato, walnut, chiffon and thinly spread cream on all possible angles. The sweetness can be overbearing, as well as the lack of assortment of layers. Peach lovers would go for this treat, but you ought to love chiffon too as it takes secondary lead in the overall portion.

Di Lusso (P125/slice, sorry no photo) Layers of pistachio, chocolate and strawberry gelato make up the core over graham crackers, but what makes this most delightful is the chocolate ganache that envelopes the entire cake. Unlike the Rouge which was covered in this hideously red cake and artificial strawberry syrup, Di Lusso's chocolate ganache inspires sweet revelry in every bite. Beware the floral topping though because it's more butter than chocolate. Among the three, the Di Lusso seems to save the day and never made it in any photo. 

Nothing beats Banana Blast though, when talking about Amici's Gelato Cakes. It's just plain gelato and chocolate flavored crust - no overly sweetened chiffon or annoying cream that sprout out of nowhere and ruin every bite - and that's how an ice cream cake ought to be!



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