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LOOK: Brownie meets burnt basque cheesecake in this new dessert

Steph Arnaldo
LOOK: Brownie meets burnt basque cheesecake in this new dessert
This local bakery combines a fudgey brownie crust with a light and airy burnt basque cheesecake on top

When it comes to sustaining food trends, innovation is key, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that new takes on the popular burnt basque cheesecake are now popping up within the home baking lockdown scene.

Then there’s this fudgy brownie burnt basque cheesecake by local home bakery Sunrise Oven – a hybrid of two well-loved pastries in one freshly-baked 6″ cake. Don’t be fooled by its concept, though, because this cake is surprisingly not overly sweet (and that’s a good thing)!

On top you have a soft and fluffy burnt basque cheesecake – airy and light, both in texture and in flavor. Sunrise Oven’s cheesecake isn’t the tangy, sweet, nor dense kind, which works – emphasizing the well-baked brownie crust it boasts at the bottom.

The brownie is the real star of the show. It’s more on the rich, dark chocolate side, with that slight burnt taste that comes with the crunchy outer edges of a baked brownie. It may not be as moist as a fudgey chocolate cake, since it is still a crust after all – one that isn’t awfully dry.

In one balanced bite, you get the cottony, light charm of the burnt basque cheesecake, followed by the dense, fudgey texture of the sweeter brownie crust. It’s indulgent, yes, but just right.

Sunrise Oven’s brownie burnt basque cheesecake costs P950 for a 6″ whole cake – good enough to share between 4-5 people.

Sunrise Oven, which was just founded in August 2020, is located in Sampaloc, Manila. For orders, you can check out their Instagram account or Facebook page. –

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Steph Arnaldo

If she’s not writing about food, she’s probably thinking about it. From advertising copywriter to freelance feature writer, Steph Arnaldo finally turned her part-time passion into a full-time career. She’s written about food, lifestyle, and wellness for Rappler since 2018.