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10 Throwback Classic Desserts That Will Make Mom Smile

Sometimes it’s the simplest comforts that are the most appreciated and remembered. So for Mother’s Day, why not forego the sophisticated and trendy, and instead gift your mom with those sweet treats that will have her reminiscing for the homebaked cakes and cookies of her younger years. Make sure to order them today before the Mother’s Day mad rush begins!


Caramel Cake by Estrel’s

54 Scout Tobias corner Scout Limbaga Streets, Quezon City, (02) 372-2965 ;

This famous cake still uses the original recipe from 1946, frosted with the same caramel icing, and decorated with the familiar delicate piping and flowers. Make sure to order ahead of time as they bake only a limited number of cakes every day. Prices range from ?750 to ?7,300 depending on the size and shape of the cake.


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Mango Torte by Dulcelin

Dulcelin made a name for itself thanks to its signature Mango Torte, and it continues to be a winner with its chewy nougatine base that manages to remain crispy, topped with sweet mangoes and cream. Order the 9-inch for ?800 or the 12-inch for ?1,200.




Strawberry Shortcake by Café Ysabel

175 M. Paterno, San Juan City, (02) 726-9326

Thankfully, the landmark Café Ysabel has just recently reopened in a new location after closing last year. So there’s even more reason to revisit their popular Strawberry Shortcake, made with the lightest chiffon, covered with a generous amount of whipped cream, and finished with fresh strawberries on top. The standard 7-inch cake is priced at ?1,450, but if you’re feeling adventurous, you can order the Strawberry Shortcake Overload for ?2,450.




Chocolate Cake by Dimpy Camara

1243 Acacia Street, Dasmariñas Village, Makati City, (02) 843-8086, (02) 843-9021

It’s an old-fashioned chocolate cake like your mom may have baked—moist and fluffy with caramel filling and lush chocolate frosting. It’ll be a sure hit, not only for mom, but for all the family. Available in two sizes, 9x9 for ?550 and 13x9 for ?800.


Brazo de Remedios by La Brazorria dela Sevil

G/F Ayala Malls The 30th, 30 Meralco Avenue, Pasig City, (0917) 395-3529

For those hankering for brazo de Mercedes, you’ll want to order this Brazo de Remedios, made from the heirloom recipe invented 50 years ago by the owner’s family matriarch. But if you’re feeling adventurous, go ahead and try the other less traditional brazo flavors like Salted Egg, Ube con Pastillas, Quezo de Bola, and Sugar-Free Original. What’s best is you can order by the slice for ?150, the half roll for ?450, or whole roll for ?750.




Nelusco Mocha Praline Cake by Pasteleria Costa Brava

12 Polaris Street, Bel-Air, Makati City, (02) 896-6872, (02) 896-1267

You probably won’t find anyone else baking this lovely old-fashioned cake these days. It’s essentially a mocha chiffon cake with coffee buttercream frosting, and studded with sugary praline shards. There’s something about the melding of soft chiffon, hint of coffee, and sweet crunch. It’s available in different sizes, just call for prices.



Mamon by Segovia’s Cakes & Recipes

7 M.A. Reyes Street, Little Baguio, San Juan City, (02) 725-2849, (02) 727-4616

We sometimes take mamon for granted, but not this one from a somewhat hidden neighborhood spot in San Juan. It’s simply the best mamon in town with its fluffy yet dense cake, extra buttery flavor, and luscious toppings—and at such affordable prices to boot at ?45 each for original and ?50 for mocha.

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Alfajores Cookies by Sugarbee

Bonifacio Stopover, 31st Street, Bonifacio Global City, (02) 852-0557, (02) 502-1150, (0905) 378-4774
G/F Paseo Center, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
Rockwell Bakers Dozen, Basement Level, Power Plant Mall, Makati City


Popular in South America, this traditional cookie is a homegrown favorite as well, with its sweet and gooey dulce de leche filling sandwiched between two buttery shortbread cookies, then dusted in fine confectioners’ sugar. Not many bakers make them so we’re extra lucky that Sugarbee offers them at 10 pieces for ?200, 20 pieces for ?380, and 50 pieces for ?680.


Classic 1930s Ensaimada by Homemade Treasures

184 Manibaug, Libutad Porac, Pampanga, (0928) 507-0928, (045) 323-4149

This traditional Kapampangan-style ensaimada is as rich and buttery as they come, made using an heirloom recipe from the 1930s. It’s certainly irresistible with its liberal sprinkling of sugar and grated queso de bola. Order 4 pieces for ?425, a half-dozen for ?600, and 12 pieces for ?1,200. While based in Pampanga, Homemade Treasures can arrange pick-ups in Metro Manila.

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Butter Cake by Vargas Kitchen

Marketplace by Rustan’s, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City, (02) 810-7529
Rustan’s Makati, Glorietta Complex, Makati City, (02) 817-8483
South Supermarket, Filinvest Corporate City, Blk 27 Filinvest Avenue, Alabang, (0906) 382-2328

This rich, buttery loaf is an easy “win” for moms. Moist and fluffy, this cake still retains its homebaked quality. Available in two sizes, 8x10 for ?720 and 10x14 for ?1,400.