But the phenomenal success of the show can’t just be attributed only to the cast, the people behind it surely did a great job. From the brilliant writers who never fail to make us swoon with delight (I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one) to the directors who work hard to nail each scene every time. And I just have to mention the beautiful musical scoring the show has. The scoring behind the scene with Maya and the coffee maker is “wagas”! Kudos to all of you.
Anyway, there was a story line in the show where Maya has a mock interview in her school (and after a disastrous yet hilarious practice interview with Sir Chief) she nailed it and to celebrate, she made a Mango Ref Cake. So I thought, hmmm… why not make a version out of her version? I rarely make desserts that are not baked so I guess it is definitely high time for one now.
Come to think of it, Maya could probably come out with a cookbook of her own. Although the story is not centered in food, the sweet ones featured certainly peaked my interest – saba con hielo, suman na may latik, egg sandwich and of course, the Mango Ref Cake. Here’s my version:
Mango Ref Cake
What we need:
18 sheets Graham crackers
3 ripe mangoes (the sweetest you can find), sliced
16 oz (2 packs) cream cheese, room temperature
1 can (300 ml) condensed milk
1 and 1/3 cups whipping cream
(1) Mix cream cheese until smooth. I know I already said you should bring the cream cheese to room temperature but it is a must. We don’t want a lumpy cream, do we?
(2) Add in the condensed milk.
Mix until smooth.
(3) In a separate bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form
(4) Fold in cream into the cream cheese mixture one big spoonful at a time.
Okay, so here are the sliced mangoes. We’re ready to assemble the dessert.
I have a nice plate here, but you can make it in a deep baking dish or in a container you prefer.
(5) Spread some cream into the plate to help the crackers be in place.
(6) Add the crackers
(7) Then the cream, spread it evenly.
(8) Arrange the mangoes on top. No need to be artistic about it (yet).
(9) Repeat until it’s as high as you want.
(10) I got up as high as four layers (but you can add more, the cream is thick anyway). Then I add the mangoes – this is where you can get, artistic (arrange it diagonally, vertically, spell out a name), drizzle the cake with chocolate syrup and top with chocolate shavings.
Chill overnight (or not – totally okay, I won’t hold it against you) and enjoy! 🙂