10 Great Ready-Made Cakes You Can Buy at the Last Minute

Take note, cake lovers of Cebu!

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PHOTO Courtesy of Tamp Cafe and Co.’s Yema Cake, Courtesy of Kermit’s Cafe ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) Sometimes life just happens. Things get in the way and soon we find ourselves completely unprepared for someone’s special day. To save you the trouble of racking your brain for what cake to send your friend, here’s a list to help you navigate the cakes of the Queen City of the South—all available for purchase on the day itself. From ube, honey toffee, chocolate, pistachio, yema, brazo, and even Korean-inspired fruit cream cakes, we’ve got a wide range for you to pick from.

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Check out these cakes in Cebu for your dessert needs at the last minute:

Cebu Cardinal Bakeshop’s Ube Cake

Cebu Cardinal Bakeshop Ube cake
PHOTO Courtesy of Cebu Cardinal Bakeshop
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Cebu Cardinal’s famous Ube Cake (P450) made waves after its introduction on Mother’s Day in 2020. This cake received so much love that it soon became a go-to option for celebrations. With a single slice, you get a taste of their fluffy ube chiffon with layers of ube halaya and a light cream frosting. The tiny ube bits that are heavily distributed at the top of the cake don’t just make it look extra appealing, but also give it more texture.

Cebu Cardinal Bakeshop has branches at Don Jose Avila Street corner Don Gil Garcia Street, Cebu City; Gran Tierra Suites, 207 Don Mariano Cui corner Don Jose Avila Street, Cebu City; Bascon Street, Dumlog, Talisay City; and The Space, A.S. Fortuna, P. Remedios Street, Mandaue City. For orders and deliveries, visit their Facebook page or order online through Grab Food delivery.

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Cafe Elim’s Mango Fresh Cream

Courtesy of Café Elim
PHOTO Courtesy of Café Elim
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This is your chance to try those minimalist cakes that look like the ones that your fave K-Pop idols are always posting. Cafe Elim’s Mango Fresh Cream (P1,300/eight inches, P700/six inches, P130/slice) is made with three layers of soft vanilla sheet cake with an even distribution of light cream and fresh mangoes in between. The hand-piped cream on top gives the cake a very elegant feel, while the fresh mango pieces make it refreshing and light. Plus, it comes in a super cute pastel-colored box. Just put the cake on top of it—exactly like your favorite idols—you’ve already got a IG-ready setup!

 Café Elim is at The Space, A.S. Fortuna, P. Remedios Street, Mandaue City. For orders and deliveries, visit their Facebook page or their Instagram page.

Kermit’s Cafe’s Brazo de Mercedes Classic Roll

Kermit’s Cafe brazo cake
PHOTO BY Kermit’s Cafe

Good news for lovers of Bantayan’s famous Brazo de Mercedes Classic Roll: Kermit’s Cafe has finally arrived at the shores of the mainland! The 21-year-old favorite is simply a classic. Rich, decadent custard hidden inside a fluffy meringue—this cloud-like roll is delicate, with just the right amount of sweetness. We also love it because it is huge and affordable! A full roll is 16-inches long and costs P400, but you can get half a roll for P240. 

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Kermit’s Cafe is at G&T Townhomes, Banawa, Cebu City and Binaobao, Bantayan Island. For orders and deliveries, visit their Facebook page.

Cafe Georg’s Pili Crunch Cake 

Cafe Georg’s Pili Crunch Cake
PHOTO Courtesy of Cafe Georg

Cafe Georg has a lot of well-known cakes, but allow us to introduce you to one of their newer flavors—the Pili Crunch Cake (P1,100/whole cake, P140/slice). This cake has layers of light chiffon, yema filling, and buttercream topped with chopped candied pili nuts. Each bite actually feels light and ends with a subtle kick of nuttiness from the finely chopped pili nuts. It’s the perfect cake for your tita who doesn’t want to feel guilty even after indulging in a slice or two. 

Cafe George is at MLD Building, Governor M. Cuenco Avenue, Cebu City, Cebu and Oh Georg, Ayala Center Cebu, Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu City. For more information, contact Cafe Georg at (032) 266-6134 and (032) 401-4326 or visit their Instagram Page. 

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Chef Table Cafe’s Green Tea Mango Avocado Cake 

Chef Table Cafe’s Green Tea Mango Avocado Cake
PHOTO Courtesy of Chef’s Table

Feeling adventurous? Try Chef Table’s seasonal Green Tea Mango Avocado Cake (P200/slice, P1,500/nine inches, P3,100/12 inches). This cake was originally conceived as Chef Raphael Wong’s entry for a school competition, and was later adapted to become part of his menu. It has a green tea-flavored chiffon base and cream that’s infused with fresh mango and avocado bits. It has the bitterness of green tea, the sweetness and sourness of mangoes, and the fresh taste of avocados. It perfectly balances all three flavors and tastes unlike anything we’ve had before. 

Chef’s Table Café is at A.S. Fortuna, Mandaue City. For orders and deliveries, visit their Facebook page or their Instagram page. 

Treat Street Cafe’s Honey Toffee Crunch Cake 

Treat Street Cafe’s Honey Toffee Crunch Cake
PHOTO Courtesy of Treat Street Cafe
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With the goal of creating a cake that’s neither too sweet nor heavy, Trina Kokseng came up with what is now Treat Street Cafe’s Honey Toffee Crunch (P1,050/whole cake, P105/slice). This cake is made up of three elements—the buttery cake, the light cream, and—the star of the show, the honey toffee crunch. The bitterness of the toffee perfectly balances out the sweetness of the cream, and the crunch just makes it so fun to eat. Be warned, this cake is deceptive: You might think it’s heavy but it’s actually so light that it’s easy to lose track of how many slices you’ve had. Great for someone who doesn’t want to feel like they overindulged—the operative word being “feel.” 

Treat Street Cafe has branches at Ayala Center Cebu, Archbishop Reyes Ave, Cebu City and Ayala Malls Central Bloc, Apas, Cebu City. For orders and deliveries, visit their Facebook page or their Instagram page. 

Pink Heaven Bakeshop and Bistro’s Pistachio Cheesecake

Pink Heaven Bakeshop and Bistro’s Pistachio Cheesecake
PHOTO Courtesy of Pink Heaven Bakeshop and Bistro
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For cheesecake lovers, here’s one to try—Pink Heaven’s Pistachio Cheesecake. It’s a rich and creamy no-bake cheesecake mixed with lots of crushed pistachios on a buttery biscuit base. They’re even generously distributed on top, too. This cake is sweet, creamy, tart, and nutty all in a single bite! A whole cake goes for P1,308 while a slice is P130. Best believe this sweet and salty treat will find its way to your already-long list of cravings.

Pink Heaven Bakeshop and Bistro has branches at SM City Cebu, North Reclamation Area, Cebu Port Center, Mabolo, Cebu City; SM Seaside City Cebu, South Road Properties, Cebu City; and SM Hypermarket J Centre Mall, A.S. Fortuna Street, Mandaue City.  For orders and deliveries, visit their Facebook page or their Instagram page.

Leona Cakes & Pastries’ Chocolate Surprise 

Leona Cakes & Pastries’ Chocolate Surprise
PHOTO Courtesy of Leona Cakes & Pastries

It’s not a Cebu cake list without Leona’s famous Chocolate Surprise (P620/whole cake, P55/slice). This cake is a chocolate overload—moist chocolate cake coated in silky chocolate frosting and topped with bite-sized white and milk chocolate. It’s also quite filling because it’s super dense. Think banana cake and tres leches but tres chocolate. Or even quatro chocolate if we count the milk and white chocolate toppings separately! Perfect for the chocolate lover in your life.  

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Leona Cakes & Pastries has branches at John Paul II Avenue, Mabolo, Cebu City; SM City Cebu, North Reclamation Area, Cebu Port Center, Mabolo, Cebu City and Ayala Center Cebu, Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu City; GQS Plaza, Gov. M. Cuenco Avenue, Banilad, Cebu City; SM City Consolacion, Cebu North Road, Barangay Lamac, Consolacion; and Ayala Malls Central Bloc, Apas, Cebu City. For inquiries, visit their Facebook page.

Merci’s Strawberry Shortcake 

Merci’s Strawberry Shortcake
PHOTO  Courtesy of Merci

If you’re looking for a Korean fruit-cream cake, Merci’s Strawberry Shortcake (P1,500/whole, P200/slice) is it. Pastry Chef Minji went back to her Korean roots for this one and she doesn’t scrimp on the berries. There’s not a hint of any artificial flavor on this pretty cake—only the real thing here. Visually it looks like a cushy dome and when you cut into it, the layers of soft cream in between the super milky cake just draw you in even more. You’ll be torn between immediately taking a bite and preserving the moment for the ‘Gram. 

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Merci is at Streetscape, Maria Luisa Road, Banilad, Cebu City. For orders, visit their Instagram page.

Tamp Cafe and Co.’s Yema Cake

Tamp Cafe and Co.’s Yema Cake
PHOTO Courtesy of Tamp CafE and Co.

Tamp Cafe’s Yema Cake (P900/whole cake, P105/slice) tastes familiar despite its uncommon composition. This cake has both vanilla and chocolate chiffon layers with sweet yema in between. It’s covered in light cream with lots of gorgeous yema swirls. The swirls look so good that you'll want to swipe one off and have a taste the moment you see it. Despite all that, it's surprisingly not overwhelmingly sweet. You’ll find yourself finishing every last bit of cake and yema on your plate! 

Tamp Cafe and Co has branches at Tsai Hotel and Residences, 11 Wilson Street, Lahug, Cebu City, and Banilad Town Center, Governor M. Cuenco Avenue, Banilad, Cebu City . For more information, visit their Instagram page.

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