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20 yummiest (commercially baked) cakes

By Vangie Baga-Reyes
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 20:49:00 07/30/2008

Filed Under: Food, Lifestyle & Leisure

MANILA, Philippines?As we promised, after giving you the city?s yummiest privately baked cakes, here?s another lip-smacking list of the best-tasting commercial cakes available around town.

These are cakes you can buy in retail outlets.

The list is based on recommendations of some of Manila?s noted food experts, food writers, foodies and cake enthusiasts.

While there are a lot more cakes that could be included on the list, Inquirer Lifestyle had to trim it down to the more popular and accessible.

So, take your pick and get a delicious visual kick from these calorie-laden cakes.

1. Tarta de Santa Teresa

What: A tempting dessert of sponge cake with light yema filling topped with yema balls and shaved almonds. Sweet but unbelievably light.

Price: P695/whole; P120/slice. One day advance order.

Where: Alba?s Restaurant, 38 Polaris St., Bel Air, Makati, tel. 8966950; One Luna Lifestyle Center, Eastwood, Libis, QC, tel. 6312216; and Tomas Morato corner Scout Lozano, QC, tel. 9251912.

2. NY Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

What: Baked cheesecake made with premium cream cheese and covered with chocolate chip cookies. Here?s the real treat: the crust is also made of choco chip cookies.

Price: P308 for a slice. Whole cake available by special order for P1,400. Order at least a day in advance. For pick-up only.

Where: Chelsea Market and Caf, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, tel. 9097011. Open: 12 nn-11 pm

3. King Oscar Cake

What: A luscious cross between sans rival and brazo de mercedes, cloaked with crunchy almond flakes and decked with sweet strawberries.

Price: P846/whole. Order a day in advance. The cake can also be customized according to your desired size, including for weddings.

Where: The Peninsula Boutique, Manila Peninsula Hotel, Makati, tel. 8875747 and 8872888 loc. 6771/6769

4. Mango Torte

What: Inlaid with generous fresh mango balls laced with light syrup, this perfectly sweet and chilled dessert is a heavenly experience. It has thick layers of sweetened whipped cream on a chewy-crunchy walnut crust.

Price: P900/large (14-inch round); P760/small (11-inch round). Available daily.

Where: Paz Reyes-Cuerva Bakeshop, 2/F Petron, Dasmarias Village Edsa corner Arnaiz Avenue, Makati, tels. 8440966 and 8448278; 26 Hidalgo St., San Lorenzo Village, Makati, tels. 8170200 and 8176286. Orders may also be picked up at Ayala Alabang Village with tel. 8509182 and 8425532.

5. Baked Cheesecake

What: Classic New York-style baked cheesecake that tastes delightfully rich and creamy, but light in consistency. It?s dusted with a thick layer of Bianca powdered sugar.

Price: P750/whole; P75/slice.

Where: Ilustrado Restaurant, 744 Calle Real del Palacio, Intramuros, tel. 5272345; Cluster Bldg A-1 Central Precinct Westgate, Alabang, Muntinlupa, tel. 7711276; MetCafe by Ilustrado, 1/F Metropolitan Museum, Roxas Blvd., Manila, tel. 5361566; Caf Ilustrado 4/F SM Makati, tel. 8186760; and Pasteleria Ilustrado Bakeshop at Alabang Town Center, Festival Mall, Gateway Araneta Center, SM Mall of Asia, and California Garden Square in Mandaluyong.

6. Tiramisu

What: Layers of sponge cake drenched with Kahlua liqueur, filled with mascarpone cream and dusted with cocoa powder.

Price: P1,200/large; P850/mini; P145/slice

Where: Goodies N? Sweets, 108 Carpark Bldg., Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan, tel. 7228740; 4/F Shangri-La Plaza, Edsa, Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong, tel. 6830411; and 4/L Rustans Makati, Ayala Avenue., Makati, tel. 8133739 loc. 250.

7. Rustic Apple Pie with Butterscotch Sauce

What: Baked fresh every day, this rich and full-flavored apple pie has a nice pecan crust that compliments the sweet filling. The sugary crust comes with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg and is studded with pecan nuts, then drizzled with butterscotch sauce.

Price: P1,250/whole; P158/slice. Whole cake should be ordered a day in advance. Open 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Where: Angels? Kitchen, 57 Connecticut St., North East Greenhills, San Juan, tel. 7218822 or 7441018

8. Torta de los Reyes

What: Awaken your desire for chocolate with this choco-sans rival cake. It has six layers of wafers sealed with chocolate ganache and buttercream.

Price: P690/big (8x6); P460/small (8x4); P160/petite (4x4); P85/slice. Available every day.

Where: Aristocrat Bakeshop, 432 San Andres, Malate, Manila, tel 5247671; 146 Jupiter corner Saturn Sts., Bel-Air Village, Makati, tel. 8995035; No. 70 Pinoy Shopper Mall Scout Gadica corner Tomas Morato and Scout De Guia Sts., QC, tel. 3711040; Level 4 Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, tel. 5233923; 2/F SM City, San Lazaro F. Huerta corner A.H. Lacson Sts., Sta. Cruz, Manila, tel. 7862664.

9. Flourless Chocolate Cake

What: Melt-in-your-mouth Belgian choco cake that?s rich and dense and glazed with premium Valhrona chocolate, an ideal way to cap a hearty meal.

Price: P1,600/large; P905/medium; and P265/small. Order two days in advance

Where: Sinfully Circles, Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Makati, tel. 8138888 ext. 7566

10. Cashew Dome Cake

What: A dome like no other! Cashew nuts and chocolate chips in Amaretto cream encased in a cashew nut cake covered with white chocolate ganache.

Price: P895/whole; P150/slice

Where: Cheesecake Etc. G1B Citywalk Eastwood Cyberpark, Libis, QC, tel. 9139194; The Podium, tel. 6873646; SM Megamall, tel. 6830704; Tomas Morato, QC, tel. 9290725; Banawe, QC, tel. 7408588; Mall of Asia, tel. 5560766; Bluewave, Macapagal Ave., Pasay, tel. 8331916; Glorietta 4, tel. 7528211; and Robinson?s Place, Ermita, tel. 4042229.

11. Sansrival

What: Sink your teeth into this delectable dessert made of crunchy layers of not-too-sweet meringue with rich butter cream filling, studded with just the right amount of cashew nuts.

Price: P475/whole

Where: The Purple Oven, 63 Saint Peter St., Oranbo, Pasig, tel. 6314221, 9101363 and 9101364

12. Cashew Toffee

What: Chocolate chiffon cake filled with creamy chocolate mousse, iced with buttercream and adorned with cashew toffee bits and chopped cashew nuts.

Price: P675 for a nine-inch cake. Petite at P250

Where: Sugarhouse Bakeshop, 2nd Level Veranda, Bldg. A, SM Megamall, tel. 634-0610; Perea, G/F Mayfair Mansion, 116 Perea St. Legaspi Village, Makati, tel. 818-8996; Level P-1 Powerplant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati, tel. 898-1321; and 2nd floor Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati, tel. 840-1074.

13. Banoffee Pie

What: Surprise your palate with this sweet banana slices and chocolate ganache under a mound of whipped cream on a crust made of Graham crackers. It?s worth every calorie.

Price: P500/whole

Where: The Purple Oven, 63 Saint Peter St., Oranbo, Pasig, tel. 6314221, 9101363 and 9101364

14. Polly?s Chocolate Cake

What: Rich, intense chocolate resonates in every bite of this delightful creation. An old-fashioned confection?moist chocolate cake with sticky chocolate fudge icing that?s smooth and not cloyingly sweet.

Price: P500 for 8x12 cake; P560 with caramel filling

Where: Polly?s Specialty Cakes and Desserts, Shell Select Magallanes, tel. 8527903; and Pick-up point for Makati is at 8826 Sampaloc Avenue, San Antonio Village, Makati, tel. 8247612 and 4014588

15. Calamansi Torte

What: Layers of crisp nut meringue discs with tart calamansi curd, finished with crme chantilly icing.

Price: P1,000/whole; P120/slice. Whole cake should be ordered two days in advance.

Where: Bagoong Club Restaurant, 122 Scout Dr. Lazcano, Sacred Heart, QC, 9290544 and 9295450

16. Mucha Leche

What: Meaning ?lots of milk,? this sponge cake tastes like pastillas de leche, but made special with white chocolate and buttercream.

Price: P475

Where: Aristocrat Bakeshop, 432 San Andres, Malate, Manila, tel 5247671; 146 Jupiter corner Saturn Sts., Bel-Air Village, Makati, tel. 8995035; No. 70 Pinoy Shopper Mall Scout Gadica corner Tomas Morato and Scout De Guia Sts., QC, tel. 3711040; Level 4 Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, tel. 5233923; 2/F SM City, San Lazaro F. Huerta corner A.H. Lacson Sts., Sta. Cruz, Manila, tel. 7862664.

17. Strawberry Cheesecake

What: Made with premium cream cheese that promises not to leave you too full, this smooth and dense cheesecake gives you a choice of strawberry, blueberry or mango toppings.

Price: P2,010/whole; P168/slice

Where: Jack?s Loft F1 Bldg. Eastwood City, Citywalk, Libis, QC, tel. 4212048; 204 Wilson St., Greenhills, San Juan, tel. 7263582; East Wing, Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas, tel. 6372825; Level 3 The Block, SM North Edsa, 4420134; Level 2 Robinson?s Place, Midtown Malate Manila, tel. 5672023; and Trinoma Mall, Edsa, QC, tel. 9166300.

18. Chocolate Moist Cake

What: A super-moist dark, smooth chocolate sponge cake covered with rich chocolate ganache. It?s enough to give you a sugar rush!

Price: P360 for 6-inch round cake; P550 for 8-inch round cake; P70/slice

Where: Lobby Caf, The Richmonde Hotel, 21 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig, tel. 6387777

19. Chocolate Cheesecake

What: A rather heavy sweet ending to a meal, this creamy cheesecake is crowned with a dark, solid chocolate layer dusted with cocoa powder and decorated with chocolate curls, edible gold leaf and apricot.

Price: P1,015/whole; P135/slice.

Where: Dusit Gourmet, Dusit Thani Manila, Ayala Center, Makati, tel. 8673333

20. Chocolate Sansrival Cake

What: Layers of crisp cashew meringue wafers alternately filled with rich mousseline butter cream and chocolate ganache filling. This delightful version of the traditional favorite is covered with the same velvety chocolate ganache generously covered with toasted cashew nuts.

Price: P440

Where: Goldilocks Bakeshops nationwide



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