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'The Ultimate' [Nutella Mousse Cake]

Located in Manila, Philippines From the blog: "We had the incredible pleasure of taking photos for Blue Toque in our office this afternoon! For those of you unfamiliar, Blue Toque is the super fantastic brainchild of Mary Anne Ramos that brings you “a variety of desserts with a professional touch.” That very delectable photo above is so aptly named The Ultimate — it’s responsible for bagging a number of awards for Blue Toque, namely 5th place in the Ultimate Taste Test 8.0, and Experts’ Favorite & Overall Winner at Foodgasm 2012, and rightly so! Anne let us have the whole cake to share among ourselves, and we were in awe of just how good it was! The contrasting textures of the Belgian chocolate and mousse with the crunchy bottom layers was one of our favorite things about the cake. Yum!"
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Cheesecake Cupcakes
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