I’m just as surprised as you. Ube and leche flan are two classics found at the dessert table of every Filipino gathering, yet no one ever thought of fusing the two.
Well, Cafe 86 in Chino Hills, California did just that.
The cafe specializes in Filipino-fused drinks and desserts. Some of their menu items use classic Filipino ingredients and utilize them to fit in the realms of trendy, modern food. Items I’ve seen on their menu include a calamansi hibiscus tea, calamansi bars and ube cinnamon rolls.
What caught my eye, however, was their ube cupcake.
After a visit with a few friends, I finally got to witness it firsthand.
If you need a formal description, Cafe 86’s ube cupcake is topped with leche flan.
Granted, the idea is not that mind blowing. But, one has to admit, why hasn’t anyone ever thought of doing it? I have to hand it to the owners for making the product a reality.
Despite the cupcake being too beautiful to eat, the actual product wasn’t that great. The cake, although moist, missed the flavor mark; it tasted more like chocolate than ube.
The leche flan on top was fairly average for the most part. It was nothing special. It was on the firmer side, which I liked. Other than that, it was meh.
I know, it breaks my heart to have to not enjoy this cupcake. But it’s pretty to look at.