Top 10 Chocolate Cakes in Manila (2019 Edition)

Money can't buy you happiness, so let's make do with chocolate cake.

( They say forever doesn't exist, but there are some things we can always depend on when the going gets tough: friends, family, and good ol' chocolate cake. There's something about this classic dessert that just hits the spot every time. Whether you're into decadent cakes with layers upon layers of sweet chocolatey goodness or you're more for home-style ones built upon the soothing flavor of pure cocoa richness, there is a chocolate cake out there for you. For this list, we ranked them based on texture, flavor, overall chocolate factor, and value for money.

All Top 10 lists are researched, paid for, tested, and selected by the writers and editors. They are discreetly conducted without any notice made to the restaurants or their owners.

Here are the best chocolate cakes in Metro Manila:

10. Chocolate Fudge Cake from Becky's Kitchen (P330/half or P600/whole)

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They say simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, and this cake proves just that. The sponge layer is dense without being too heavy, while a thick blanket of fudge makes for a perfectly sweet and cocoa-filled bite that would please any cake lover. If you're looking for a simple cake that's sure to please, then you're safe with this one.

Becky’s Kitchen has branches at 1061 Pablo Ocampo Street corner Bautista Street, Malate, Manila and Community Center, Suha Street, Valle Verde 1, Ugong, Pasig City.

9. Blackout Chocolate Cake from Poco Deli (P240/slice)

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Don't be fooled by the word "deli." While this restaurant may be known for its meaty meals and great wines, their dessert holds its own. Their Blackout Chocolate Cake is perfect for those who crave deeper flavors. Each slice has a generous covering of chocolate bits and an intense but smooth cocoa taste, complemented by a slightly sweet caramel filling that has just a hint of coffee. 

See a list of Poco Deli branches.

8. Bruce Bogtrotter from Toby's Estate (P275/slice)

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We've all seen that horror-inducing scene in Matilda where Miss Trunchbull forces Bruce Bogtrotter to eat an entire cake in front of the whole school. Well, here's your chance to relive—and move on—from that childhood trauma. Replace all the bad mojo with a hefty slice of Bruce Bogtrotter: dense chocolate cake covered in a thick—and we mean thick—layer of sweet ganache drizzled all over with caramel. It's a big and thick one, so unless you can do what Bruce Bogtrotter did, be sure to have a friend and a glass of water to help out!

See a list of Toby's Estate branches.

7. Double Choco Yema from Slice (P250/slice)

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We feel you—there are days when you can never get enough sweetness, and for those days, go with this cake from Slice. It's an absolute dream: a thick layer of creamy yema adds a sweet dimension to layers of moist chocolate cake, all blanketed in soft chocolate frosting. You could also ask them to warm up the cake just enough to get the flavors all toasty and have them start melting together.

Slice is at 105 Bonifacio High Street, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.

6. Chocolate Oblivion from Nono's (P175/slice)

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Nono's is popular for hearty, comforting food, so it's no surprise their Chocolate Oblivion found its way onto this list. A bit more complex than your staple sponge-and-icing combination, this one has layers of different textures and flavors—cake, whipped chocolate cream, walnut praline—for a different kind of chocolate-cake experience. They all come together pretty well in a lighter, creamier take on the classic chocolate flavor.

See a list of Nono's branches.

5. Classic Chocolate Cake from Chocolate Kiss (P140/slice)

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While you might be more familiar with the Devil's Food Cake from Chocolate Kiss, their Classic Chocolate Cake is also worth the try. Each slice of this moist and perfectly dense cake is coated in a delicious layer of fudgy bittersweet cocoa. A bit on the heavy side, this one will go well with piping hot coffee. Sip, take a bite, and enjoy as this cake brings back memories of old-school home cooking.

See a list of Chocolate Kiss branches.

4. Classic Chocolate Cake from Purple Oven (P170/slice)

PHOTO BY Mia Rodriguez

This home-style cake from Purple Oven is a definite must-try. Light but not crumbly, this solid cake comes covered in the gooey goodness of rich chocolate. You could easily end up eating an entire slice, or two, without noticing. Plus, it comes with a nutty caramel sauce that makes an already good thing even better.

Purple Oven has branches all over Metro Manila.

3.  Salted Chocolate Cake from Wildflour Café + Bakery (P300/slice)

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On top of its generous size, this cake from Wildflour Café + Bakery wins us over with its flavor. There's something about the fun mix of sweet and salty that really makes this one stand out. The cake layer itself is moist without being too overpowering, and goes well with the sweet chocolate icing. Add a sprinkle of salt crystals over all of it, and you're in for a real treat.

See a list of Wildflour Café + Bakery branches.

2. Classic Chocolate Cake from Ms. Polly’s Specialty Cakes and Desserts (P630/cake)

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While the drive all the way to the South just to get a cake may seem like a hassle, we assure you it's worth it. A single bite of this deceptively simple-looking cake is all it will take to convince you. Ms. Polly's cake has a dense, hefty block of chocolate sponge cake with enough flavor to kick you out of your craving. It's made even better by an unbeatable classic take on good old chocolate fudge.

Ms. Polly's is available at Select, Shell Gas Station Magallanes, Magallanes Avenue, Osmeña Highway, Makati City.

1. Decadent Chocolate Cake from Big Al's Cookie Jar (starts at P600/cake)

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Too much of a good thing is never bad, we say, especially when it comes to chocolate. Big Al's Cookie Jar makes a cake that is pure chocolate through and through. It comes frozen to preserve its super moist and truly decadent cake base, so don't be tempted to dig in right away. Once it's softened, you can enjoy a rich chocolate base blanketed in a thick layer of equally rich bittersweet fudge. It's the perfect balance of sweet and dark chocolate that'll have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and more!

For more information, visit Big Al's Cookie Jar's Instagram page.

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