For celebrations, we always go to every Filipino’s top of the mind cake shops: Red Ribbon and Goldilocks. But for those who love to get something different and more special, we’ve compiled the top 12 cakes we believe you have got to try in the Philippines.
12. CARAMEL CAKE
When talking about caramel cakes, it has always been only the best: ESTREL’S and COSTA BRAVA. You can never go wrong with these two. What’s nice about them is they are not too sweet. Also, they don’t use preservatives so these are best consumed within the day to fully enjoy it.
Estrel’s Caramel Cakes specializes in made-to-order chiffon cake covered with caramel icing, and desserts such as Food for the Gods, Baked Leche Flan, Apple Squares, and Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies.
Address: Estrel’s Caramel Cakes is located at 54 Scout Tobias, Quezon City, just two blocks from Timog Avenue and Tomas Morato.
Phone numbers. 372 2965, 371 7938, 376 7317
Cost: Php 650 & up
NOTE: Order at least 1 day in advance to secure a cake.
Pasteleria Costa Brava is the healthier version of Estrel’s. They use coco sugar and has the softest, melt-in-your-mouth chiffon cake and caramel icing.
Address: 12 Polaris St., Brgy. Bel-Air, Makati City
Phone Numbers: 896-1267, 896-6872
Cost: Php 380 & up
NOTE: They are usually present at weekend fairs like Rockwell Power Plant Mall or SM Aura.
*** Another caramel cake favorite is from Becky’s Kitchen. Some are even claiming that this is better than Estrel’s or Costa Brava’s.
Branch 1 Address: 1601 P. Ocampo St., San Andres, Manila
Branch 1 Phone Numbers: 525-1648, 523-4245
Branch 2 Address: Suha Street Valle Verde 1, Pasig
Branch 2 Phone Numbers: 671- 7606
Cost: Php 500 & up
11. YEMA CAKE
This is the Filipino’s version of caramel cakes. The icing is thicker, sweeter and milkier.
Rodilla’s Yema Cake is the pride of Tayabas, Quezon. Rodilla’s is the original and is known as the best yema cake in town.
Resellers are all over the internet, but I buy mine from the sweet treats fair at Trinoma mall every weekend.
Cost: Php 200 & up
Panaderia Pantoja’s Yema Cake is one of the best creations of this humble bakery that originated from Tanauan, Batangas. Regular customers and new customers keep coming back not just for their breads but also for their yema cake.
Address: They have several branches located in the south and in Metro Manila. You may check them at https://www.panaderiapantoja.com/branches/metro-manila/
Cost: Php 120
*** Remilly’s Yema Cake is another favorite. It is a great alternative to Rodilla’s, only a bit sweeter and has more cheese gratings on top.
You may buy from different resellers. I saw one stand-alone branch in Mayon corner P. Florentino St., QC.
Phone Numbers: 351-7036, 0932-615-6276, 0922-820-2328
10. UBE (PURPLE YAM) CAKE
A classic Pinoy favorite, usually flavored with pandan or macapuno (sweetened coconut)
Ube Leche Flan Cake: Leche Flan + Ube in one cake?! Oh Yes! Oh yes!
Anghelicas Desserts offers the moistest ube cake you could ever have.
Phone Number: 0917-725-6038 or through Citi-delivery 87878
Cost: Php 500
NOTE: Order at least one day in advance.
Kitchen’s Best Home Patisserie (Purple Yam Cake)
Address: G/F McKinley Park Residences Condominium, 3rd Ave cor 31st St., Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Phone Number: 478-4870
Cost: Php 1,100
UNI-CHEFS’ Ube-Pandan Cake is the most requested dessert in every customer’s catering menu. That’s how good this is.
Address: No. 19 Doña Teresa Avenue, Villa Teresa Extension, Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines
Phone Numbers: (045) 888-2006, (045) 887-2627, (045) 322-6533, (045) 459-0241
Mobile Phone Numbers: 0920-924-8819, 0917-546-9653, 0928-505-0475
Halo-Halo Cake by UCC is the one and only halo-halo cake in the Philippines. It’s an ube cake filled with sweet halo-halo treats like macapuno, red beans and sweetened banana, perfect with that cup of Joe.
Address: All UCC Cafe branches
Cost: Php 250/slice; Php 1,650/whole
*** Another must try ube cake is the Purple High Cake by Dorothy Ferreria. However, they do not make much of the purple high cake these days due to the seasonal availability of the purple yam, which they use to make their own jam for the cake. An alternative: their chocolate raspberry cake!
Address: Panay Avenue, Quezon City
Phone Numbers: 961-8682, 0918-626-0632
Cost: Php 700
NOTE: Order at least 3 days in advance.
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