This Limited-Edition Sans Rival Cake From Mary Grace Is Here to Stay

( There’s something especially timeless about sans rival, the Filipino-favorite pastry with European roots. With layers of dacquoise, buttercream, and nuts, it entices with its rich flavor and contrast of crisp, creamy, and crunchy textures. While most versions employ cashews, this new version by Mary Grace Cafe—dubbed the Toasted Almond Sansrival (P595/mini, P1,595/whole)—highlights crunchy, buttery almonds. It was introduced in May as a limited-edition Mother’s Day special, but it's back and has now been made a mainstay according to their Facebook page.


Mary Grace's regular cashew sans rival is part of our 2019 Top 10 Sans Rival in Manila list, so you can bet that they've got a good hand on the said dessert. You can get it at Mary Grace cafes and kiosks around the Metro for pickup.

Mary Grace is a homegrown cafe that opened their first store in 2002 and their first cafe in 2006. Named after founder Mary Grace Dimacali, they’re especially heralded for their ensaymada—our absolute favorite version of the pastry in Manila—plus other confections that have won over our stomachs, like their cheese rolls and chocolate cake.

See a list of open Mary Grace branches. For more information, check out Mary Grace Cafe’s Facebook page.

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