10 Places to Get Picture-Perfect Crepe Cakes in Manila
This light and airy masterpiece can steal the scene at any meal.
(SPOT.ph) In a line-up of cakes, nothing is more photogenic and eye-catching than a crepe cake. Call it whatever you want—mille crepes, gateau de crepe—there's something delicately elegant about the stack of wispy layers and luscious cream. Something...effortless—though we know that's not how it is in the kitchen. Crepe cake fan? We've rounded up some of the best places to get them.
Dessert du Jour
Let's begin with the one that started it all. For most Pinoys, Mara de la Rama Poblete's Dessert du Jour is their introduction to crepe cakes. Her Gateau de Crepes are 12-inch rounds, each a gorgeous assembly of paper-thin and light layers. The crepes are so light and creamy that a bite feels more like a delicious custard. You can barely sense the layers. Flavors include Vanilla, Low-Sugar Vanilla, Nutella, Chocolate, Pistachio, and Chestnut.
Price Range: P1,300 to P1,600
For orders, contact Dessert du Jour at 405-2580, 0917-811-6272, 0917-803-6272.
Japan's Grand Dame of Specialty Desserts stacks at least 20 delightfully light crepes into this simple and elegant table centerpiece. You can get it in a nice vanilla, but try taking the flavors further with either the chocolate (filled a good dose of cocoa flavor) or fruit. Paper Moon sticks fresh mangoes or strawberries and cream between the layers to create this beautiful and soft texture.
Price Range: P225 to P2,000
Paper Moon has branches at Glorietta 3, Makati City; Trinoma, Quezon City; and SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. Read more about Paper Moon.
5 Loaves and 2 Fish
This family restaurant is great with desserts, thanks to co-owner Dinah Miro. Her crepe cake features 27 precise soft and chewy layers alternated with luscious hazelnut spread and flourished with rich, dark chocolate shavings. The bananas in between offer a bright, fresh contrast to all that richness.
Price Range: P125/slice
5 Loaves and 2 Fish is at G/F The Rock Lifestyle Hub, Holy Spirit Drive, Don Antonio Heights, Quezon City. Read more about 5 Loaves and 2 Fish.
Don't confuse this establishment with an Alabang dessert shop famous for milkshakes and waffles. This Milkbox has been around for a long time, supplying the most amazing Hokkaido tres leches-type cakes in the Metro (they're available at Kozui and Tea Tap Cafe). For Christmas, they've come up with a delicate 20-layer mille crepe with a gorgeous custard topping.
Price Range: P1,000 to P1,200
For orders, contact Milkbox at 0917-899-9622.
Crisp on 28th
Carmela Villegas Acosta is a pastry champ and she takes care of every sweet thing that comes out of Crisp on 28th's kitchens. One of her many masterpieces include the most inspiring chocolate banana mille crepe. It's lighter than air yet absolutely satisfying. Chef Carmela's flavors are incredibly refined–the flavors are reserved but relevant, a perfect balance that prevents it from being cloying. If you want something lighter, try the mango and cream flavor.
Price Range: P125 to P150/slice
Crisp on 28th is at 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City. Read more about Crisp on 28th.
Owner Anj Dayao doesn't want to call her creation a crepe cake because she says she made it using her own formula. Instead, she calls it Rainbow Bright, the most fitting label for this multi-hued, sweet entry. This solo-sized cake is covered in brightly hued frosting (usually blue or pink), which is a little hint to the surprise rainbow layers underneath. It may look small, but this one is incredibly decadent, thanks to the thick icing.
Price Range: P99
Kitchen Diaries is at 2/F 11 East Capitol Drive, Pasig City. Read more about Kitchen Diaries.
Twenty wispy layers make up La Creperie's gateau mille crepes. They're so thin that the edges are frayed, developing a rustic yet elegant display. The cake is available in four flavors: French Vanilla, Matcha Green Tea, Chocolate, and Salted Butter Caramel.
Available at La Creperie, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Nomnomnom Happy Food
Nomnomnom is famous for their cake buffets, and one of the highlights of those rare events is the crepe cake. They come in two smash flavors—Mango and Blueberry—but we were told that they're working to extend the line. Orders must be placed at least two days in advance.
For orders, contact Nomnomnom Happy Food at 0917-472-8472, 0933-194-7268.
Nutty Pear's mille crepes are exquisite nine-inch rounds of 20 meticulously stacked layers. Every cake is made fresh upon order so a three-day lead time is required. Bestsellers are Vanilla and Chocolate, but Nutty Pear also has Green Tea, with matcha-infused pastry cream and matcha milk powder; Black Sesame, with black sesame crepes and cream; Strawberry, complete with butter cookie crumbs; and Dreamsicle, a classic with a bruleed top and a citrusy cream filling.
Price Range: P1,300 to P1,800
For orders, contact Nutty Pear at 0917-978-7388; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whisk is tirelessly churning out crepe cakes for the holidays (hey, it's a break from their signature caviar cake). Their flavors come in Creme Brulee, Chocolate, Strawberries and Cream, Tiramisu, and Purple Yam, all made up of the same 20 wispy, creamy layers. Orders require at least a two-day notice, and meet-ups are at Binondo (Monday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and McKinley Hill, Taguig City (upon confirmation).
Price: P1,200/nine-inch round
For orders, contact Whisk Manila at 0917-891-9999.