As she celebrates her fourth wedding anniversary this week with singer Richard Poon, Maricar Reyes also happily announced the arrival of her second liquor cake product, the Mocha Bourbon. After launching Chocoliquor cakes in 2015, the pretty actress said the new flavor was a product of half a year’s worth of research. “Mocha sponge cake siya na medyo fluffy and then in between the two layers is a cream filling. The top has buttercream with an extra kick. Matagal nagawa ito kasi we’d cook one and then masyadong matamis so adjust ulit. Then you’d cook again then kulang and then you spend a month finding out what that missing thing is. Hindi mo alam eh. Na-solve naman eh (laughs),” she shared during her intimate press lunch held last June 7 in Quezon City.
Maricar credited her husband Richard for helping her come up with a one-of-a-kind product. “Joint partnership talaga ito. I’m the research nerd so I do the YouTube studying. Si Richard because he worked with his dad for so long doon sa restaurant nila so talagang may reputation siya sa Chinese community. So he worked with his dad for quite some time. He cooked in the kitchen. Yung dila nila very particular. So when I bake a cake and he’d go, ‘Ay ganito, kulang sa ganito. I think bagay if we put more ganito.’ May ganun so the uniqueness of the flavor is really his doing. So it’s a partnership. Siya rin ang number one critic,” she admitted.
Having a sweet tooth herself, Maricar said she was really happy she can finally share her love for sweets with more people. “May ngiti daw akong iba pag chocolate na. Parang na-point out niya na ‘oo nga ‘no iba yung mukha mo pag we’re talking about sweets na chocolates. Pag may nilatag na chocolates sa harap mo parang nakaka-happy siya eh.’ Hindi ko mapigilan eh. Generally, the Philippines is a chocolate country pero there are some people na mas mocha talaga siya. Each cake comes with a bag of crushed homemade biscotti. We make everything in the house. The catch is the cream filling is spiked with just a little Jack Daniels. It’s very, very light so the principle is like a fruitcake. Because fruitcake has a little bit of liquor but it’s not enough to get anyone drunk. So alcohol in just little amounts can enhance the flavor of desserts and food and that’s what we try to apply sa cakes namin,” she explained.
Currently selling the liquor cakes from two outlets in Metro Manila (Mr. Poon in Malate and Atlantic Kitchen on E. Rodriguez St.), Maricar shared why they are in no hurry to expand the business just yet. “The reality of business is yung overhead eh, the rent, you have to consider that. So we have a really nice model that we’re following which is Richard’s cousin who has a bakery. They are our example. They did the long and slow growth so we kind of like that. That seems to work with us. Kasi kami din eh. Nursing graduate ako, what do I know about business di ba? So it really works for us na slowly lang kami mag-grow. It took us many months to come up with the next flavor. Like for a year and a half chocolate lang binibenta namin, one product lang,” she said.
In July, Maricar said she will be starting a new adventure in the form of cooking and baking classes. “Actually I will start maybe next month. Start with the basic kasi I’m not formally schooled eh in cooking. Meron kaming kakilala na may baking school so cake decorating ng konti and then let’s see where we go from there. Baby steps,” she added.