The Metro’s Gr8est Desserts
that Will Make Christmas
By Shen Mascariñas
What’s a feast without a mouthwatering dessert? And with the Christmas season upon us, that sweet, magical ending to meal is all the more important (if not imperative). Now’s the perfect time to take things up a notch, make your loved ones drool, and induce them into a merry food coma.
Complete your holiday feasts with the best of the best desserts, conveniently available for ordering! Check out these 8.
The Rabbit Hole: Ube De Mercedes
20 Malugay Street, San Antonio, Makati City
0917 550 9898, 0917 412 0897 | Facebook
Open Monday to Friday from 11am to 10pm
P750 per whole cake
Brazo de Mercedes is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, but the holidays are all about spicing up the norm and bringing out the best version of things. The Rabbit Hole’s Ube De Mercedes achieves just that with its perfectly Pinoy twist.
Hiraya Bakery: Spiced Apple Cake
San Rafael, San Pablo City | Facebook
P1800 per whole cake
This cake smells and screams Christmas! Imagine moist cake deliciously dressed with cream cheese frosting and decadently topped with spiced apples and panocha caramel. Move over, apple pie; Hiraya’s creation is well deserving of the Noche Buena spotlight.
Little Flour Café: Cassava Cake with Coco Jam
GF World Plaza Building, 4th Ave., cor. 31st Street, BGC, Taguig
(02) 777 7383 | Facebook
Open daily from 6am to 10pm
P1760 per whole cake
Coming from the same makers of Wildflour, you can expect excellent desserts from Little Flour Café. One of the most talked about from their menu is the seemingly-simple, yet beautifully-rich Cassava Cake. Its texture is closer to cheesecake than rice cake and it comes with sweet-salty coconut jam. Yum!
Jeterra Bakery & Café: Banana Caramel Crunch Cake
20 Palmetto Street, Phase 1C Greenwoods, Executive Village, Cainta
(02) 640 3116, (02) 212 2460 | Facebook
Open daily from 11am to 10pm
P900 per 8-inch whole cake
We bet our Noche Buena dessert allocation you’ve never had banana cake like this. Jeterra Bakery’s version ticks all the right boxes for a well-made banana cake, but it goes beyond that. Their Banana Caramel Crunch Cake is layered with caramel frosting and coated with crunchy cornflakes for a beautiful contrast of flavors and textures.
Pilyo: Cheesecake Souffle
0917 639 6229 | Facebook
P750 to P850 per box of 9
Here’s another sweet innovation that will get everyone drooling. Pilyo, a bakery born in Sydney, merges cheesecake and soufflé for a fantastic dessert. It comes in three flavors—Mango with guava glaze and grated queso de bola, Puto Ube with coconut-dusted yema de avila and Bibingka with crumbled salted egg yolks and Kesong puti.
Happy Pill Desserts: Hefty Hunks Cookie Cake
New Manila, Quezon City | Facebook
P880 per whole cake
Wow the cookie monsters in your family with this outrageous cookie cake. Look forward to giant s’mores and chocolate chip cookies crowned with more chocolate in ganache form and in a myriad of candy favorites.
Café Astoria: Bibingka de Leche
GF Astoria Plaza, 15 Escriva Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
(02) 687 1111 | Website
Open daily from 6:30am to 11pm
P125 per piece
Dubbed as thee best bibingka by many, Café Astoria’s version is pretty much bibingka on steroids. Bless your Christmas feast with huge, pillowy bibingka with loads of premium toppings. There are three variants to choose from—original, ube and dulce de leche.
The latter takes it to a whole different level with leche flan chunks in the rice cake and a generous slather of caramel on top. It’s finished off with cheese, coconut and muscovado sugar.
Flour Jar: The Bruce Bogtrotter
Unit C Pilar Development Corporation, Rose Ave., Pilar Village, Las Piñas
0917 507 5124 | Facebook
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 1pm to 9pm
P1500 per 10-inch whole cake
Chocoholics, search no further. Flour Jar’s The Bruce Bogtrotter is sure to hit all the right spots. Delve into moist chocolate cake coated with Belgian chocolate truffle ganache and salted caramel. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and salty with a truly fudgy, chocolaty character.
What are you ordering for the Christmas season? All 8? Sound off below!