(SPOT.ph) We all have our favorite cakes, and it’s always a treat when you’ve got a grand, shareable dessert as the centerpiece of your lunch or dinner spread. But the pressure of having to finish a full-sized cake before it expires can admittedly be a hassle—especially if you live alone or with a small family. At times you’ll find cakes sold by the slice from some shops, but this doesn’t always apply; plus, there’s still something truly distinct about the experience of getting a whole cake and appreciating its form, flavor, and appearance from all angles. Thankfully, there are a number of restos, shops, and purveyors that make smaller cakes—be it personal-sized or good for just enough servings—which let you have your fix of a whole cake without it being too huge a commitment. They make great treat-yo’-self dessert ideas, as well as great gifts for occasions like Valentine’s Day!
Hit up these shops and purveyors for small cakes in Manila:
Who can resist a fancy French-style sweet treat? Bizu makes personal (roughly 2.5 to 3.5-inch)-sized versions of their famous French cakes, including the fruity-creamy Mango Soleil (P395); the cheesecake-esque Blueberry Chiboust (P395); the caramel-chocolate-pistachio confection known as Nirvana (P365); and the uber-chocolatey Samba (P395). You can pick up their Cake Surprise Boxes, which contain either four (P1,580) or nine (P3,484) of their minis.
Tilde Bakery & Kitchen
A fan favorite for their cakes that feature classic and modern flavors, Tilde also makes petite, three-to-four inch versions of some of their signatures. The Limoncello (P225/three inches) delivers both zestiness and creaminess with its lemon curd filling and white-chocolate cream cheese icing, while the Pink Lemonade (P250/three inches) adds strawberry to the mix for twice the fruity fun. Like it chocolatey? Go for their simple-but-stellar Chocolate Truffle (P225/three inches).
Cakes by Ila
Cakes are most often found in round form, but there’s something totally satisfying about the subcategory popular in Korea known as cube cakes. These involve the usual cake elements of cake, icing, and other toppings—but served in clear cube containers that let you peep the layers from the side, and make for especially easy-to-store desserts! Cakes by Ila makes versions of the treat that are as appealing in the visual department as they are in taste; choose from flavors like the Strawberry (P320), Banana Milk Tres Leches (P320), or even Chocolate Wine (P400).
Wildflour is known to craft up towering cakes that don’t scrimp on portions, but they also make mini versions of selected cakes in case you’re looking for a smaller-sized treat. Their Salted Chocolate Cake (P1,200/five inches) needs no introduction—it only happens to be one of our all-time favorite chocolate cakes in Manila—while the Caramel Cake (P650/five inches) features the lush, buttery profile of caramel. For a more vibrant bite try the Lemon Almond Cake (P1,200/five inches), or channel Swedish vibes with their take on a Mini Princess Cake (P950).
When you hear the word lunchbox what comes to mind is likely savory meals—but over in Korea, they’re also used to as vessels for small minimalist cakes known as lunchbox cakes! Get your fix from Aegyo Cakes (starts at P450); they make four-inch versions that comes in Dark Choco Bonbon or Rainbow Velvet flavors with designs you can personalize. (As of writing their slots are booked for the month.) Alternatively, you can go for their flagship dessert of Korean minimalist cakes that are six inches in diameter; they’ve got a couple of premade designs, or you can opt to design your own.
Having been around for around 40 years, Sugarhouse is pretty much a household name now—and a number of their famous cakes come in three-to-four inch baby and four-to-five inch petite versions! These include the Concorde (P180/baby, P450/petite) that combines vanilla chiffon, chocolate mousse, and chocolate meringue sticks; the Canoningo (P185/baby) that pairs meringue and caramel; and their bestselling Chocolate Truffle (P160/baby, P395/petite).
A go-to for stunning cakes with floral motifs, Auntie Claire's makes what they call Smol Kiks (starts at P250/base price)—four-inch cakes in lunchboxes similar to the kind popular in Korea. You can choose from cake flavors like chocolate and vanilla, and fillings of chocolate and caramel; note that the final price will depend on the design you're going for. Alternatively, they've also got the six-inch Cake in Tin Can (starts at P500/base price) and Minimalist Cake (starts at P850/base price).
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