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Good to go at Cake2Go

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We were lost, and Bin was getting irritable. He had already asked two I-know-nothing jeepney drivers and it was getting to him. We were also getting nowhere. Finally, on his 3rd phone call to the place, someone on the other end picked up and hallelujah! we found Cake2Go.

Now that it was in front of us, I see that it’d be hard to miss. It has a happy cherry red exterior (and interior), something very suitable for Valentine’s Day. I especially liked the ingredients for a pound cake painted on the wall complete with sketches of a mixer and a rolling pin. Sweet.

Run by friends and business partners, Marilen Yap and Luis Mesina, Cake2Go is only 2 months old. Its concept is simple and yet unique in this harried place we call Metro Manila: it’s a cake outlet and delivery service. Luis, who does all the baking, explains that Cake2Go is actually a place for cake take-away (hence, the name). Eating in, while not discouraged, (there are two chairs) is not actually the point here. Luis builds on the concept of being a service that people can turn to when they need a dessert in a hurry – they’ll come to you if you can’t go to them. Not having to worry about diners keeps his overhead low and affords him the ability to offer lower prices for his customers. Cakes are also sold by the slice to quell cravings while in transit.

Most small bakeshops like these offer “safe” products – those that Filipinos are used to and what they routinely go out and seek when having dessert. These are chocolate cake (or any variations on the now tired Chocolate Decadence), rum cake, apple pie, and cheesecake. Cake2Go, thankfully, is not like that. It’s a breath of fresh air with its unique selections, each one labeled as “cakes to comfort,” “new 2 taste cakes,” and “twists 2 perfection cakes.” Create new cravings with new cakes like Tres Leches, a Cuban-Spanish creation of chiffon cake soaked in two kinds of milk; Blum’s Coffee Torte, a cookie crust with layers of chocolate buttercream topped with amaretto cream and chocolate shavings; Choc-Nut Pie with Walnuts, their tribute to the Filipino classic; and Tiramisu Crunch, another version of this famous Italian dessert, this time with phyllo pastry.


Of course for those less adventurous (shame!), Cake2Go has a chocoholic fudge cake, French apple crumble pie, classic graham cheesecake, the Decadent, and their carrot cake which they call Bug’s. There are also a few cookies and date bars (food for the gods).

Because I get into a trance induced by the sight of such sweet gloriousness, my problem was in choosing what to bring home. Bin wisely stood back as I collected and selected my thoughts, whittled down my choices, then made my decision: one slice each of the turtle pie, French apple crumble pie, Blum’s Coffee Torte, and my now-favorite, the Paradise Key Lime Pie.

Since we had at least a 15-minute drive back home, our cakes were a bit soft when we dug into them, but divine, nevertheless. I especially loved the key lime pie, so hung up am I about big flavors; tangy lime and smooth cream resting on a shortbread-like crust. The little lime specks were particularly appealing.


I’m no fan of mousse, so I didn’t really enjoy the turtle pie and the coffee torte, but Boo lapped them up, and so did Bin. Cake2Go’s apple pie is one of the few apple pies that I’ve seen in Manila that actually has a streusel crust. Hooray for that! I enjoyed it, save for a strong margarine taste.

Next time I go to Cake2Go, I’m ordering their King Louie’s banana dream cake, the quezo de bola butter loaf, as well as the mac-ube cheesecake. And this time, I won’t get lost.

Additional information:
Cake2Go
8 Jade Garden Compound
Santolan Road, Greenhills, San Juan
414-2585
cake2goph@yahoo.com

So that you don’t get lost the way I did, here are directions:
**Coming from Greenhills and going towards Gilmore, turn left at the Santolan-Ortigas intersection. Drive a few kilometers, and Cake2Go will be on your right. It’s bright red, you can’t miss it. If you do, you need lenses.
**Luis says it’s better to visit them during off hours, because the road in front of the store gets congested during school dismissal times. (Xavier, ICA, etc.)
**Limited areas for delivery (San Juan, QC and Mandaluyong.) Call the store for details.

**A big thank you! to one of my (anonymous) readers for giving me the heads-up on Cake2Go. I owe you a cake from there, pal.

26 Responses to “Good to go at Cake2Go”

  • Lori!!!

    Wow, i love your blog’s new look! Great layout! And more piccies as well! *drools at pix*

    Naku, i have so much catching up to do (in your blog). Ever since school started, i barely have time to go online (hums my new mantra: *thesis thesis thesis*).

    And naku again, so many new places to go! I’ll try to squeeze one of your suggestions for this upcoming weekend. :)

    More power to your blog, Lori! *throws confetti all around* It just keeps on getting better and better! :D I’ll try to hop by whenever i can!

    ~ April

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  • Hi Ms. Lori!

    This is the same anonymous reader who recommended you the place. You’re welcome :)

    I like their Toblerone Mousse and Oreo Cheesecake…winners, in my opinion. Their Tiramisu (not the Tiramisu Crunch nor the Sugar-Free one) is comparable to Claudette’s. I tried the Key Lime Pie over the weekend (they have a promo that they give a slice for free when you buy a whole cake), and yes, I liked it too! A “summer dessert” that would be good along with Arce Dairy’s Calamansi-Lemon Sherbet.

    Anyway, please do take the time to visit my blog when you get a chance–http://mazingrazing.blogspot.com

    I’ll link your site — I hope you don’t mind.

    All the best! :)

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  • Jo-
    THANKS so much again for recommending that place to me. It’s now on my “favorites” list. I must say that I don’t like Claudette’s at all, though.

    I saw your blog. Thanks for linking! :)

    lori

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  • April-
    Hi! I hope the new school year is coming along well. Thanks for all the compliments. Read at your leisure. :) I don’t remove any posts.

    lori

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  • Lori,
    I just love your blogspot! I’ve only read a couple of posts and I just can’t get enough!! Your posts have varied topics from food reviews to restaurant reviews (i especially like this as we have been going back to the Philippines for vacations and i would like to consider them “food trips”…next trip is january 2006, and this early i have been searching the net for good places to go/food finds in the Philippines…your blogspot is a goldmine!!).

    I am a fan of pinoycook and stefoodie, but when i saw a link to your “dessertfirst”, the name just makes me want to check it out. I am so glad I did! Now I have a new favorite, (dont tell my friend stef I said that…i love stefoodie, too). I love it that you post everyday… (it seems)…Galing talaga! Now I gotta go check out your past posts (can you post something about pastries/stuff/island favorites and specialties that we can check out when we go home and bring back for pasalubong).

    May

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  • Hello!

    I dropped by Cake2Go last night and tried their choco fudge cake. Yum! Kulang icing tho. I wonder if they accept requests for more icing… ;p

    Er, on your directions… Coming from Greenhills going towards Gilmore (Ortigas), turn left at the Santolan-Ortigas intersection (there’s a PLDT at the corner), shouldn’t Cake2Go be on the -LEFT- instead of right?

    :)

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  • i’ve been wanting to try this one.. but its kinda far from our place..

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  • grabe i tried your cake 2 weeks ago.
    the best tlaga
    i already recommended it to my friends, co-employees and classmates in graduate schools.
    super sarap talga ng cake.
    ask ko lang if sa inyo ba yng branch sa may harap ng zirkoh?

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  • hi! fyi, we just opened our 4th branch in katipunan last month ;)
    tel no. 438-1513
    hope to see you there!
    thanks!

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  • pasend naman po sa email ng address ng different branches ng cake to go here sa manila. tnx.

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  • hi here’s our email add cake2goph@yahoo.com

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  • I tried your toblerone mousse it was great ( it was just a bday gift for me)!!!
    I would love to try those other cakes…

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  • our friend gave us your toblerone mousse as her bday gift to us. it was really great! two-thumbs up ;-) i wanna try your other cakes. where can i find the pricelist? hope you can email me the pricelist. thanks a bunch!

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  • I want to try the cakes.
    Hope you can email me the price list.
    Thanks in advance.

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  • Just want to let you know I found this entry useful! Just also want to add that they now have a new branch in Paranaque, along President’s Ave. Directions: South bound from south super high way, turn right to Sucat Rd. Then left on Mcdo. A few meters away you will see Cake2Go on your left. I love their dulce de leche too!!! Thanks.

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  • we looove deserts.
    we’ve tried CTG’s tiramisu and sans rival. both sugar free. not good at all. just an fyi.

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  • hi do you have s strawberry cake? not a strawberry cheesecake just pure strawberry cake..thanks

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  • Do you have sugarfree sansrival?

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  • i would like to know the contact details of cake2go branch in bf paranaque. do they also deliver? thanks

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  • Sana magkaroon ng branch na malapit kong puntahan like SM Megamall, SM Sta. Mesa. I love the cheesecake! Super! :D

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  • hmm.. i was searching for an official site of cake 2 go and arrived here.

    one of my favorite is the Devils Food Cheesecake, cant wait to have one again for this season and having dessert w/ my loved one. hehe!

    SO LOVELY AND YUMMY!!!
    CAKE 2 GO ;)

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  • got a slice of sugar-free apple pie from them las night. what i got was a moldy piece. inexcusable!

    pics here:

    http://junbyc.multiply.com/journal/item/76/STAY_AWAY_from_CAKE2GO_and_its_AMAG_APPLE_PIE

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  • good pm, ask ko lng po…anung branch nyo malapit sa malate?tnx,godbless n more power

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  • ask ko lang po kung saan ang main branch or office ng cake2go? thanks :)

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  • Please email me a copy of your updated price list. Thank you.

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  • kindly attached some pictures of your cakes

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