(SPOT.ph) The Philippines is best known for its warm hospitality and for having the sweetest mangoes so it comes as no surprise that Manila’s top bakers and bakeshops typically offer their own take on the country’s national fruit. From cheesecakes to sansrival and some new and interesting finds, here’s a quick roundup of the city’s best mango cakes.
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10. Mangolicious, P115 for a mini cake, P735 for a whole cake, Fleur de Lys Patisserie.
This cake is definitely for mango lovers! Chef Jackie Ang Po, the celebrity chef behind the patisserie, shares that it’s made up of mango-flavored chiffon with mango bits and mango mousse made with mango puree, covered with another layer of mango puree and topped with fresh mangoes resting on an almond nougat crust. The last is a surprising and nice touch, adding a different texture to this mango-loaded creation.
Fleur de Lys is at 305 Tomas Morato Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City. (Tel. No. 372-0631).
9. Mango Sans Rival, P980 for a whole cake, Kitchen's Best
From the multi-awarded Kitchen's Best comes one of Manila's best frozen mango dessert-Mango Sans Rival. Crunchy cashew nut meringues are iced with a generous layer of sinfully rich mango buttercream, paying tribute to a classic Filipino-Spanish dessert the best mangoes available.
Kitchen's Best is at McKinley Park Residences, 3rd Avenue and 31st Street, Bonifacio Global City; tel. no. 478-4870 and 843-3847; and at Ground Floor, Karrivin Plaza, Pasong Tamo Extension, Magallanes, Makati City.
8. Mango Cheesecake, P1,600, Karen's Kitchen
Karen’s Kitchen is top of mind when it comes to cakes: this confection does not scrimp on ingredients and this cheesecake is generously topped with freshly sliced mangoes. The freshness and tartness of the mangoes cut into the richness of the cheesecake and impart a sweet taste in the mouth.
Karen's Kitchen is at No. 210 Zodiac Street, Palm Village, Makati City and at the G/F, Petron Dasma Bldg in EDSA; tel. nos. 898-2280, 555-0555, 555-0111; karenskitchen.com.ph
7. Mango Bene, P198/slice, P1380* for a whole cake, Mary Grace Café
This Mango Bene cake from Mary Grace delivers a comforting kind of goodness that reminds us of homebaked desserts! Not too sweet with an interesting play on crunchy and creamy textures for some desired contrast.
For a list of Café Mary Grace's branches, visit http://marygracecafe.com/shops/.
6. Mango Pavlova, P800, Delize/Jill Sandique
What do you expect from one of the country's top pastry chef-consultant/baking instructor? Only the best, of course! Jill is famous for many kinds of cakes, including this Mango Pavlova. A really pretty sight to behold, it’s difficult to be the first person to cut into the cake and break it apart. Layers of lightly whipped cream and meringue alternate to end in a crown of fresh mangoes, strawberries, and kiwis. The tart of fresh fruits titillate the tastebuds for that sweet and creamy ending. It definitely hits two birds with one stone as a dessert and a centerpiece.
Delize by Jill Sandique; pickup at 33 Sunrise Drive, Cubao, Quezon City (look for Lea); tel. no. 721-7022 or 0922-826-2673
5. Mango Chiboust, P195 personal size, P810 midi size and P1,515 for a grande, Bizu
Bizu’s too-pretty-to-eat Mango Chiboust (chiboust means light cream, by the way) is a rich and creamy cheesecake-like creation that will leave you wanting more. With different sizes available when you visit any of their stores, getting one for yourself or a whole cake for family and friends won't be a problem.
Bizu has branches at Greenbelt 2, Makati; Greenhills Promenade; Alabang Town Center; St. Luke's Bonifacio Global City; and One Rockwell.
4. Mango Bravo, P665 for a mini, P1,195 for a regular size, Conti's
Already a staple dessert in many family celebrations, this frozen delight is an interesting play of textures-crunchy wafer layers, fluffy chocolate mousse, and refreshing bits of frozen mango, all covered up in whipped cream and drizzled with more chocolate.
Conti's Bakeshop has branches at Trinoma; Katipunan; Connecticut St., Greenhills; Serendra; Greenbelt 2, Makati; Alabang Town Center; Westgate Center, Alabang; Nuvali, Sta. Rosa; Robinsons Magnolia and BF Homes Commercial Center in Paranaque.
3. Mango Shortcake, P1,200, Qitchen Queens
A variant of their best-selling dessert, the Famous Strawberry Shortcake, is this three-layered wonder of fluffy chiffon cakes with alternating layers of freshly whipped mango cream. This confection is a light and refreshing way to end your meal. Baked only upon order, clients are requested to call at least 48 hours before pickup to ensure you get it fresh from the oven!
Qitchen Queens, tel. no. 0917-532-3682, e-mail email@example.com; pickup at New Manila Q.C.
2. Green Tea Mango Walnut Torte, P1,500, Homemade by Roshan
Green Tea with Mango? The combination seems odd at first, but trust Roshan Samtani to always deliver an exceptional dessert that would surprise your taste buds. Best eaten straight from the freezer, the cake is made up of generously loaded roasted walnut meringue layers, frozen mangoes and lightly flavored green tea cream.
Homemade by Roshan, 631-7786 or 0917-833-6286, www.homemadebyroshan.com; pickup at Ortigas Area
1. Mango Crème Brulee Cake, P950, The Pastry Cart by Camille Ocampo
This cake wins the spot for the most interesting mango cake in Manila. While most cakes are iced generously with whipped cream or icing all around, this Mango Crème Brulee Cake from The Pastry Cart arrived barely iced on the sides. However, the lack of icing was greatly compensated by the perfectly done creamy and crunchy yema-like caramel brulee topping which at first bite, immediately gives you a nice crunch. You take a second bite, then a third, then reach for another slice, and then suddenly you realize that in this case or cake for that matter, not having too much icing is actually for the best.
The Pastry Cart by Camille Ocampo, tel. no. 0916-745-7729, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; pickup at Ortigas area
*as of March 2017
Update: The previous version of the article stated outdated price points on some items. The prices of Mary Grace Café's Mango Bene have been changed as requested by a brand representative. The story has been updated to reflect this.