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Paying a visit to one of the country’s food hubs is quite a gastronomic adventure. From a heavy two-rice meal of chicken inasal (grilled chicken) to the lightest dessert called Napoleones, there is no doubt that the food in Bacolod would make you say “Namit gid!” ("Very delicious!”).
But what about the people left back home? Well, you won’t have to worry about them since you can let them taste what thousands of tourists crave for: a slice of delicious Bacolod cake
. If you don’t know it yet, the city is home to various cake shops
that have established reputations for their cakes and pastries. To help you, here are the top five most delicious Bacolod cakes
that you should absolutely bring as pasalubong
(take home gift) from the City of Smiles!
1. Potato Cake from Mila’s
Address: Triangle Island Plaza, BS Aquino Drive, Lopez Jaena St, Bacolod
Operating hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM; Saturday, 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM; Closed on Sundays
Prices: Prices: PhP39 for a slice; PhP75 for squares (6pcs)
Bite-sized potato squares for those who are conscious of their sweet intake.
Image: Irene Jane L Buenamente
Mila’s is a popular bakery that is known for its trademark delicacy: Potato Cake. It is an original product of Hinigaran, a neighboring town of Bacolod City. Luckily, tourists can conveniently try and take home this sweet snack at Mila’s Bacolod branch. This dessert made of potato flour, layered with buttercream icing, and topped with crunchy caramel will make your palates dance. The cake also comes in bite-sized potato squares that everyone can share.
How to go to Mila’s: From South Ceres Terminal, cross the street and take a Shopping La Salle - Libertad jeepney going to the University of St. La Salle. Get off at Robinson Triangle located at Lopez Jaena St. and walk to the back entrance of the supermarket. Pass by the right side of the building and turn to your left. You will see Mila’s right after the pet store.
2. Half Moon Cake from Pendy’s
Address: 25th Corner Lacson Street, Rolling Hills Compound, Bacolod City
Operating hours: Monday to Sunday, 7:30 AM to 8:30 PM
Price: PhP50 per piece
Tell your loved ones to save room for this creamy dessert.
Image: Eya Macavinta
This luxuriously smooth half-moon-shaped sponge cake covered with egg custard is Pendy’s popular choice for dessert hunters. Bearing a hint of citrus, the creamy chiffon cake will take your tongue to a flavorful adventure. The Half Moon Cake is one of Bacolod’s trademarks that you shouldn’t miss out on. One last tip: You might want to take home more than one box since Pendy’s Half Moon Cake has a reputation for being addicting!
How to go to Pendy’s: If you are along Capitol Lagoon, take a Bata-Libertad bound north. Ask the driver to drop you off at Pendy’s beside the memorial chapel. You will see the entrance on the right side of the memorial grounds.
Address: 27th Corner Lacson Street, Bacolod City
Operating hours: Monday to Sunday, 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Prices: PhP195 for the 3” cake; PhP695 for the 8” cake
Secure this cake with care during your trip back home—this is a treasure that needs to be handled well.
Image: Bascon Cafe Facebook Page
Dubbed as the best chocolate cake in town by locals and tourists, Baba Cake from Bascon Cafe out-tastes the others of the same kind. This tall cake coated in cocoa icing and cookies is definitely worth the calories. One serving is enough for two people, but if you are in for the whole treat, go for it! Bascon Café also reigns as one of Bacolod’s oldest gems in the food industry, so when you take home a Baba Cake, you’re also letting your loved ones take a bite of the city’s sweet history.
How to go to Bascon Cafe: From Bacolod Public Market, find a Northbound Terminal PUV going north. Ask the driver to drop you off in front of Rolling Hills Memorial Chapel then cross the street going to the entrance of Bascon Café.
4. Ube Cake from Ann Puen Cakes
Address: Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City
Operating hours: None. Ann Puen Cakes doesn’t have a physical store
Prices: PhP1,000 for a 13x9.5-inch cake; PhP900 for a 10x3 round cake
Allow yourself to indulge in an ube rush and unravel this sweet creation!
Image: ANN PUEN Cakes Facebook Page
Ann Puen’s Ube Cake meets the sweet satisfaction of ube (purple yam) lovers. Made with boiled and mashed purple yam, the homemade cake features icing made from real ube which perfectly complements the moist chiffon with custard filling, giving you contentment in every bite. You can also make a special request to have your cake decorated with greetings or designs.
How to get there: Ann Puen Cakes doesn’t have a physical store. You can order by calling their cellphone number 0922 850 0746 two days prior to your departure or occasion. Locations for the meet-ups are discussed after the production of the cakes.
5. Blueberry Cheesecake from Calea
Address: Balay Quince, Lacson St (15th Street), Bacolod City
Operating hours: Monday to Sunday, 10:00AM to 11:00 PM
PhP98 per slice
PhP900 whole cake
The luscious blueberry topping partnered with the cake’s granola base will increase your appetite even more.
Image: Jerie Sanchez
Calea is everyone’s go-to recommendation when it comes to cakes since they offer a wide array of choices on their menu. Not only that, but they also have some of the most affordable yummy cakes in town! What stands out is the crowd’s favorite: Blueberry Cheesecake. This creamy cake with whipped cream on the edge and blueberries on top takes your taste buds to a sweet heaven. Let’s not forget about the granola which makes a crumbly base for the cake and gives a delicious twist to it.
How to go to Calea: If you are located along Bacolod Public Market, take a Homesite-Central Market PUV headed downtown. Get off at the Mercury Drugstore located at the corner of Lacson Street and Burgos Street, then ride a Bata-Libertad jeepney going north. Tell the driver to drop you off in front of the L’Fisher Hotel, which is across the entrance of Calea.
Should you be going home without bringing any of the finest cakes in Sugarlandia? It’s clear that the answer is no, so stack those cake boxes on your way back!
For more pasalubong recommendations or guides on the best restaurants to visit in Bacolod, head on over to Yoorekka
This article was originally published in Yoorekka on November 12, 2019.
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