(SPOT.ph) Let everyone else bring pancit and barbecue to the potluck—we believe no party is complete without something sweet. Lucky for you, there are a lot of bakeries in the Metro who sell ready-made desserts you can buy in a pinch. So if you're in the mood for fudgy brownies, tart lemon bars, or fluffy cheese rolls, we found the best places in Manila for your party's sweet-pastry fix.
Conti's Brownies, Purple Oven's Lemon Bars, and other ready-made desserts in Metro Manila:
When it comes to ready-made, tasty pastries, Purple Oven is one of the names that immediately come to mind. Many swear by their Lemon Bars (P380/half, P700/whole) which are perfectly moist and tart, but they’ve got a wide line of desserts that can solve any hankering you have. On your next party, their fudgy Double Chocolate Brownies (P380/half, P700/whole) are sure to be the talk of the town for days to come.
See a list of Purple Oven branches.
While we don’t think anyone would ever get tired of M Bakery’s signature buttercream-frosted cupcakes, the rest of their delectable pastries are also worth checking out. The Magic Cookie Bar (P185/piece), with layers of crushed graham, chocolate, walnuts, and coconut shaving, taste just as they're named—we can imagine having this with a cup of coffee. For something more classic, go for Double Fudge Brownie (P185) or Chocolate Chunk Blondie (P185).
M Bakery is at G/F One Bonifacio High Street Mall, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
You’ve most likely been given brownies from Becky’s Kitchen before—or maybe you even gave them out yourself. Their Walnut Fudge Brownies (P205/half, P385/whole), which are sticky, rich and sinfully decadent even with the nuts, are a runaway crowd favorite, but you also can’t go wrong with their Lemon Squares (P205/half, P385/whole). They also have other kinds of pastries like buttery Ensaymada (P440/box), with a Queso de Bola (P500/box) variant.
Becky's Kitchen is at Suha Street, Valle Verde 1, Pasig City.
The Blue Kitchen
The Blue Kitchen is a one-stop shop for all kinds of ready-made food and that includes sweets. They’ve got a line of pastries that are unlike the usuals, like the Mango Bars (P555/12 pieces), with chewy mango strips in a gooey, butterscotch base. Another tropical-fruit-inspired offering is the Coconut Cheese Macaroons (P330/12 pieces), with the cheese making this a sweet-salty treat you won’t be able to get enough of.
See a list of The Blue Kitchen branches.
Japanese pastries have a reputation for being cuter and fluffier than their Western counterparts, and the treats at Kumori are no exception. The Japanese bakery is best known for their Signature Hanjuku Cheese (P49/piece)—their version of Japanese cheesecake is half-baked so you get the most out of the melt-in-your-mouth texture and flavor of cream cheese. Other treats for your sweet tooth include the Matcha Yakigashi (P295/box of nine) or chewy green-tea bars made with matcha straight from Japan, and the cloud-like Fuwari Cheese Cups (P60/cup, P355/box of six), with a creamy cheese topping, a sponge-cake middle, and a base of sugary crumble.
See a list of Kumori branches.
Buttery & Co.
Just as their name promises, Buttery & Co’s pastries are rich and buttery. Started as pop-ups at bazaars all over the Metro, the pastry shop now has permanent outposts at SM Megamall and SM North EDSA—though you might want to call in advance, as they run out of their pastries quickly. Their bestsellers are their Mamon (P65/piece, P360/box of six, P700/box of 12)—almost sinfully moist—and the sweet-salty, pillow-soft Cheese Rolls (P65/piece, P360/box of six, P700/box of 12). You’ll want a cup of coffee with these buttery treats!
Buttery & Co. is at 2/F Bridgeway, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City; and UG/F Main Building, SM City North EDSA, Quezon City.
Café Mary Grace
If the first thing that pops in your mind when we say “Café Mary Grace” is their Cheese Rolls (P60/piece, P360/six pieces, P675/12 pieces), we don’t blame you. Once you’ve had the pillow-soft, buttery, and sweet-salty pastry, they’re hard to keep out of your thoughts. Another bestseller is, of course, their Ensaymada (P95/piece, P570/six pieces, P680/eight pieces, P995/12 pieces), which taste like they have swirls of butter swimming in the midst of all the pillow-soft bread plus generous shavings of salty cheese—perfect when paired with their hot chocolate. Aside from these buttery pastries, Café Mary Grace also offers bars you can’t go wrong with: On your next visit, be sure to have their chewy Lemon Bars (P49/piece, P187/four pieces, P358/eight pieces), with a crisp, sugary crust that complements the bite of the lemon top.
See a list of Café Mary Grace branches.
Custaroons (P63 to P880), which are cup-like treats with a milky flan base and a macaroon top, are the brainchild of Gigi Gaerlan. The bite-sized desserts are sinful yet dangerously addictive—you might end up polishing off a whole box if you’re not careful. The Custaroons come in Original or Cheese (P68 to P970), which are wonderfully sweet-salty. If you’re more of a chocoholic, try their Custaroon Poppers (P200/box of nine, P385/box of 25), bite-sized Custaroon balls covered in cocoa powder.
See a list of Gigi’s Custaroons branches.
Sugarhouse has been around for more than 25 years, so we aren’t surprised if you’ve had their pastries in the past. Not that anyone will ever get tired of their Cream Puffs (P40/piece, P160/pack of four), smothered in a hard caramel crust, and their buttery-nutty Sylvannas (P30/piece, P140/box of six, P280/box of 12, P580/box of 30). For a quick snack, keep a jar of Lenguas de Gato (P195/petite, P280/regular) or Coffee Kisses (P120/jar) on hand.
See a list of Sugarhouse branches.
Conti’s may be best known for their Mango Bravo, but they’ve also got a line of excellent bars you can take home. The Butterscotch Bars (P140/15 pieces, P255/30 pieces) are sticky-sweet, gooey, and sure to be devoured until the last crumb. You can also opt for the Food for the Gods (P180/15 pieces, P325/30 pieces), which are generously studded with fruit chunks.
See a list of Conti’s branches.