C'Qua - Cakes Made With Love To Celebrate Happy Memories
Many of our milestones and happy occasions are celebrated with cake. When there's cake, there's almost always something to be happy about, be it a birthday, a baby's first month, a wedding and... you get the idea. With gifts and sweet treats, it's always sweeter and more heartfelt to receive something handmade and I guess cakes are no exception. Hence, Yvonne, the founder of C'Qua actually started out crafting cakes made with love to celebrate happy memories for her friends and families. Whilst being able to show her appreciation and love for her loved ones through her wonderful creations, she also derived a strong sense of joy out of doing this.
Despite having more than a decade's worth of experience in the corporate world, Yvonne took the plunge into the world of baking to pursue her passion, learning from world renowned Pâtisserie chefs from France, Korea, Singapore etc. In C'Qua, they have a special motto whereby "they don't just create cakes, they're all about creating moments of happiness", and their phrase certainly rings true because their cakes are not only perfect accompaniments for happy moments, they also make me extremely happy when I see them.
Currently, C'Qua is confined to the digital walls of the internet and you can order their handcrafted cakes at their website here.
The website is extremely easy to navigate, and the design is elegant, simple and tasteful, just like the cakes you can order from C'Qua.
There are currently three flavours available on her website - Lychee Litchi, Choco Royaltine and finally her signature, Watermelon Rose. When in doubt, go for the signature, am I right? The name of the cake was already extremely intriguing and I could not wait to try it. Opening the box, the sweet aroma of watermelon and rose greeted me. At first glance, the cake simply looks amazing. On the very top, strawberries, pistachios and edible rose petals beautifully garnish the cake. Taking it out of the box, what greeted me was a pleasant surprise, because there was a whole watermelon layer in the middle of the cake!
Usually, when people include fruit in their cakes, you'd expect to find it on the top, as bits in the cream or even have the flavouring mixed in the sponge or the cream and that's about it but C'Qua went ahead and included a whole watermelon layer! I feared that cutting the cake open would collapse the cake but the process went smoothly and it was really easy to cut myself a slice.
Personally, I wasn't really a cake person. On occasions, I'd get the smallest slice and eat it out of respect for the celebration so I didn't really expect much from this but I went in with an open mind and absolutely fell in love. Let me tell you why I'm not a cake person. I think cakes are gimmicky. They look pretty and they're lathered with cream but it always leaves you feeling really surfeit. The cream to sponge ratio is never right for me and sometimes, the cream isn't as flavourful as I want it to be. However, this Watermelon Rose cake from C'Qua ticked all my boxes and more. What amazed me was that I didn't really like watermelon or rose-flavoured food to begin with but this combination from C'Qua... just wow.
It's light, slightly sweet and extremely fragrant. As you bite down on the watermelon, its juices mix with the aroma of the rose cream while you get the fluffiness of the sponge. If you got some strawberries in that bite, you'd get little snippets of tart and sweetness as well. My advice is, get everything in a single bite. Drive your fork right down the slice and grab everything. Then, savour that bite. It will definitely leave you wanting more. I would know, because I've had 3 huge slices. I definitely would've been able to finish the cake, had I not been sharing it. This is the cake that I want for my birthday every year. It's that good! As a person who feels "meh" about cakes, trust me when I say this cake is very much worth the try. This cake truly was made with love to celebrate happy memories.
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