When a reader emailed asking me if I would like to try yema cake, I readily agreed despite not really having an idea what a yema cake was. I know about yema and yema balls, those sweet things made from eggs, sugar and condensed milk. A couple of days later, a half yema cake was delivered to my doorstep courtesy of Geicks! They also sell caramel cake from, both of which come from Rodillas in Tayabas, Quezon.
Opening the box, I could not help but cringe at what looked like yellow saccharine overload. I would be quite wrong in the end, sometimes it does pay to not judge a book by its cover.
Upon further examination, I spotted some shavings on top that turned out to be cheese when I got a taste. I was now puzzled why a yema cake would have cheese shavings on top.
So I got out the knife and sliced a piece for myself. The chiffon cake inside looked light.
Sandwiched between two layers of chiffon cake was a layer of yema, announcing itself thru its bright orange color.
Now for the important part, the tasting. I slowly got a fork and got a small piece of cake, a glass of water on the side to keep the anticipated rush of sweetness at bay. The rush did not come, it tasted tame, with just a hint of sweetness only. The cheese shavings somehow work to balance out the sweetness by inserting its sharp and salty taste to the cake, kinda like how salted caramel works. The chiffon was not as airy as it looks which suited me just fine, I’m not really a fan of chiffon cakes.
Want to check out the Rodillas Yema Cake? Order one from Geicks! Check their site out for delivery locations and order cut offs.
* Looks the Geicks! page has not been updated for quite some time. I’ve found another seller – The Original Rodillas Yema Cake
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