10 Great Cakes That Will Never Go Out of Style

These are the tried-and-tested cakes you can always count on.

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PHOTO BY Butternut Bakery, Wildflour ILLUSTRATION Warren Espejo

(SPOT.ph) No occasion is too big or small for cake. Whether it’s to celebrate someone’s birthday, graduation, or golden anniversary—or, heck, you’re just in the mood for something sweet—cake instantly makes the event all the more festive and memorable! There are a few popular cakes here in Manila, each with its own distinctive taste and character—and we’ve rounded up our favorite of every kind in this list.

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These are the best cakes in Manila in every category for 2021:

Decadent Chocolate Cake from Big Al's Cookie Jar

Decadent Chocolate Cake from Big Al's Cookie Jar
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Sometimes the best things are also the simplest—and Big Al’s Decadent Chocolate Cake (starts at P350/loaf) exemplifies that. It’s a no-frills, down-home chocolate cake that’s served in a tray, but it always satisfies with its moist chocolate-cake base and deep chocolate flavor (for which it got the top spot in our 2019 Top 10 Chocolate Cakes in Manila list!). You can easily place an order through Big Al’s Cookie Jar’s website and book a courier to pick it up from a store nearest you. Alternatively, you can order it via GrabFood.

For orders, visit Big Al’s Cookie Jar’s website.

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Mango Shortcake by Sainte Anne Cakes Manila

Mango Shortcake by Sainte Anne Cakes Manila
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Sainte Anne Cakes Manila proves you don’t need a lot when you’ve got good ingredients—in this case, a lush chantilly cream, sweet and juicy fresh mangoes, and a light-as-air chiffon cake join forces to make one of the dreamiest mango cakes in town. You can go for the Special (P1,850), or the Extra Special (P2,350) version which includes even more fruit. Just send them a message through social media to get your fix.

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For orders, send a message to Sainte Anne Cakes Manila on Facebook or Instagram.

O.G. Tres Leches by Milkrun

O.G. Tres Leches by Milkrun
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When you can’t choose between creamy or cakey, you can always turn to good ol’ tres leches cake. Milkrun makes some of the best versions in Manila: always moist, milky, and not too sweet. They make the cakes in a couple of flavors, including Espresso and even Ube—but you can never go wrong with their basic (but by no means boring) O.G. Tres Leches (P420/regular, P1,250/party size), which highlights the pure and unadulterated flavor of milk. You can fill out their order form to try it for yourself.

For orders, fill out this order form. You can also check out Milkrun’s Instagram page.

Strawberry Shortcake by Baby Yulo

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A long-time favorite among the well-heeled, Baby Yulo’s Strawberry Shortcake (starts at P1,600/small) takes the classic strawberry-shortcake combo of berries, cake, and cream to the next level. Best served semi-frozen, it’s got a generous amount of berry-tinged cream that’s as rich as it is tangy (and almost like ice cream when frozen!) and a soft, pillowy cake base that perfectly balances out the cream’s velvety character. And yup, it got the top spot in our 2015 Top 10 Strawberry Cakes in Manila list! You can give them a call to order, then pick it up from their Forbes Park outpost or book your own courier for delivery.

For orders, contact 8810-8078.

Caramel Cake from Pasteleria Costa Brava

Caramel Cake from Pasteleria Costa Brava
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When you think caramel cake, what comes to mind might be a tooth-achingly saccharine and heavy dessert—but this famous version by Pasteleria Costa Brava is a happy antithesis to that. It’s light and not too sweet, with a soft and jiggly cake base and smooth caramel frosting that glides on the tongue like silk. With its perfect ratio of cake to frosting, it was also the number one cake in our 2019 Top 10 Caramel Cakes in Manila list! You can give them a call to order, and book your own courier for delivery.

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For orders, contact 8896-1267, 8896-6272, 8403-6627, 8984-3949, or 0917-701-1370. You can also check out Costa Brava’s Instagram page.

Ube Chiffon with Ube Halaya Filling by Butternut Bakery

Ube Chiffon with Ube Halaya Filling by Butternut Bakery
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Ube is a distinctly Filipino dessert flavor that also makes for nutty-tasting, indulgent-as-can-be cakes. If you’re looking for one that delivers purple-yam flavor through and through, check out Butternut Bakery’s Ube Chiffon with Ube Halaya Filling (P1,300). With ube chiffon-cake layers, a rich and thick ube halaya filling, and French-buttercream blooms piped atop every cake, it’s as much a treat for the eyes as it is for the taste buds. You can get your fix by ordering through their website, and booking a courier to get it delivered to your doorstep.

For orders, visit Butternut Bakery’s website.

Carrot Cake by Wildflour

Carrot Cake by Wildflour
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Ah, carrot cake—it’s one of those homey, old-fashioned desserts that you probably have memories of your grandma making. Wildflour’s version (starts at P1,200/mini-cake)—one of our favorites in Manila—doesn’t veer too far from tradition, but does it really, really well. It’s got a moist and lightly spiced cake base full of carrots, walnuts, and plump and juicy raisins, and a cream-cheese frosting that’s not too sweet. It always, always satisfies—so go ahead and place your orders through Wildflour’s delivery website, Wildflour To-Go.

For orders, visit Wildflour To-Go.

Tiramisu by Little Butter

Tiramisu by Little Butter
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Tiramisu means “pick me up” in Italian, and Little Butter’s version (P1,300/small, P2,200/large) lives up to that translation with its rich combination of thick mascarpone cream, coffee-soaked savoiardi (lady fingers) that deliver robust coffee flavor, and dusting of cocoa powder for a mild but present bittersweet touch. Sure, you could serve squares of it on a plate, but there’s absolutely no shame in just eating it right from the square tub. You can send them a message on Facebook or Instagram to place your order, and book a courier for delivery.

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For orders, send a message to Little Butter on Facebook or Instagram.

Pistachio Sans Rival from Delize by Jill Sandique

Pistachio Sans Rival from Delize by Jill Sandique
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Our number one sans rival in Manila (P1,500) switches up the more common cashews for earthy pistachios, which adorn the exterior of the cake and give it a naturally green hue. Its meringue is rightfully airy and crunchy, and is the perfect foil to the smooth and creamy butter frosting you’ll find around the torte and in between the layers. You can order via online seller Coffeeglider by sending them a message on Facebook, and having a courier pick it up from their Pasig outpost.

For orders, send Coffeeglider a message on Facebook.

Blueberry Cheesecake from The Chocolate Kiss Cake Shop

Blueberry Cheesecake from The Chocolate Kiss Cake Shop
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The Chocolate Kiss may have closed as a restaurant, but they remain open as a cake shop for delivery orders—which means that yes, their famous Blueberry Cheesecake (starts at P350/four-inch round). It’s second in our 2020 Top 10 Blueberry Cheesecakes in Manila list, what with its smooth and creamy filling and tart blueberry topping. You can place your orders at least two days in advance through their website.

For orders, visit The Chocolate Kiss Cake Shop’s website.

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