These Gorgeous Cakes Are Baked in a Chef's Home Basement

And they've got special new cakes for Mother's Day!

Chef Kerri's Baking Room
Capitol Park Homes, Old Balara, Quezon City
Contact: 0998-539-3850
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChefKerrisbakingroom/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chefkerrisbakingroom/ 

Chef Kerri
PHOTO BY Chef Kerri's Baking Room ILLUSTRATION Warren Espejo

(SPOT.ph) For a lot of people, the home basement is just a place to chuck things that don't belong elsewhere. But for Kerri Ong-Guico, it's home to what she dubs her "baking room"—a special kitchen where she bakes some of the prettiest cakes you'll ever see! Her home-based business is dubbed Chef Kerri's Baking Room, and it's bound to be one of your go-tos for any and all special occasions—after all, there's no celebration that isn't made better with a stunning cake at the center of the table.

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These are just some of the cakes you can get from Chef Kerri's Baking Room. 
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A chef and mom, Ong-Guico's got an impressive list of culinary credentials, from earning a degree at Le Cordon Bleu in San Fransisco, to working at acclaimed restaurants and hotels (like Gary Danko in San Fransisco and Bellagio in Las Vegas), to teaching at the Philippine School of Culinary Arts in Cebu. She eventually settled down to become a housewife as she started a family, and loved baking for fun in the "baking room" they had set up in their basement. But Ong-Guico was inspired to start the business during the pandemic as she one day successfully baked a dessert she had long been wanting to master: chiffon cake.

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"For how many years, my mom would ask me to bake that, and then for some reason I just couldn’t make it right," Ong-Guico shares in an exchange with SPOT.ph. "This pandemic lang... I got it right, finally, after [around 20] years!" She made a strawberry cream cake with a chiffon-cake base and posted it on social media, saying anybody who was interested could order—but didn't anticipate that there would be such a great response. "OMG, people were ordering! It was very unexpected." With that, Chef Kerri's Baking Room was born.

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Ong-Guico describes her basement-based baking room as her "me-time room" given her love for baking. 
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Chef Kerri's Baking Room's Cake Menu 

Ong-Guico describes her philosophy as being "simple, clean, and elegant" and she emphasizes quality above all else. She also goes for classic flavors, making sure that the resulting cakes aren't too sweet (her frostings have no sugar added!). There are fruity entries like the Mangoes 'n Cream (P2,200/10 by six inches), deep and dark stunners like the Belgian Chocolate Truffle Cake (P2,800/nine by six inches), lush crepe cakes like the Fresh Strawberry Mille Crepe Cake (P2,800/10 by six inches), and creamy cheesecakes like the Mixed Berries Cheesecake (P3,800/regular, P4,500/sugar-free; both nine by five inches).

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The Mangoes 'n Cream Cake pairs the Philippines' national fruit with lush cream.
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The Belgian Chocolate Truffle Cake delivers chocolate on all fronts.
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Check out the dainty flower-like arrangement on the Fresh Strawberry Mille Crepe Cake! 
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The Mixed Berries Cheesecake is loaded with fresh berries. 
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For grander occassions, Chef Kerri's Baking Room also has a range of 24k-gold leaf coated cakes—including the 24K Glamour Cake (P6,800/nine by six inches) with a moist Belgian chocolate cake underneath, edible geode crystals, and handcrafted sugar flowers on top; and the 24K Allure Cake (P4,800/nine by six inches) topped with berries and chocolate truffles. Ong-Guico also makes the totally picturesque La Fleur Couture Cake (P6,800/approximately 10 by 10 inches), a gorgeous vanilla-chiffon cake layered with cream-cheese frosting, covered in elegant edible petals whose colors you can customize.

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True to its name, the 24K Glamour Cake is as glam as can be.
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Imagine the 24K Allure Cake at the center of your dessert table!
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The La Fleur Couture Cake is pretty much elegance, cake-ified.
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A standout section of Chef Kerri's Baking Room's lineup are her whimsical funfetti cakes, which Ong-Guico designs in collaboration with her kids! Her kids would send Ong-Guico pictures for inspiration, and they would even get a percentage of the sales. Among the cakes in this line are the Classic Funfetti Surprise Cake (P3,800/10 by six inches) with sprinkles that spill out as you slice into the cake, and the Ice Cream Sunday Funfetti Cake (P3,800/10 by six inches) that looks like a giant sundae!

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The Classic Funfetti Surprise Cake makes for the perfect party cake.
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It doesn't get any more whimsical than the Ice Cream Sunday Funfetti Cake! 
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And for Mother's Day, you'll be spoiled for choice with their range of new made-for-mom cakes: Go floral with the carnation- and rose-topped Multicolore (P6,800) or Belles Fleurs d’Amour in Rose (P6,800), or go chocolatey with the bittersweet, rose- and eucalyptus-adorned Belles Fleurs d’Amour in Rouge (P6,800). Alternatively, you can show mom just how much you value her like royalty with the crown-topped, 24K gold-leaf coated 24K Throne for the Queen of Everything (P4,800).

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The Multicolore—one of their Mother's Day specials—gets an extra-special floral touch from carnations and roses! 
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You can also go for the more chocolatey Belles Fleurs d’Amour in Rouge... 
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...Or full-on regal with the crown-topped 24K Queen of Everything.
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If you're ready to order, you can send a message to Chef Kerri's Baking Room's Facebook or Instagram page, or reach out to them via Viber. Payment options include BPI or BDO bank deposit and GCash, and you can have them deliver it via car or book your own courier to get it sent to your doorstep.

For orders, send a message to Chef Kerri's Baking Room's Facebook or Instagram pages. You can also contact 0998-539-3850 via Viber.

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