The best advice I’ve ever taken to heart is- Life is short, eat dessert first.
That said, I’ll keep the intro short too. hehe.
In no particular order, here are my favorites:
1- Opera Cake by L’ami Frenchy; When done right, this is my ultimate guilty pleasure. This French creation is made up of layers of sponge cake, ganache and everything else that dreams are made of.
2- Citron Tart by L’ami Frenchy- Yes, I admit, I have a bias toward French pastries. Deal with it. LOL. This is probably how heaven tastes like.
3- Green Tea Cupcake by Glyco – The amazing kick of green tea flavor makes this a cupcake that’s not nakakasuya. Very zen, this cupcake is.
4- Strawberry Shortcake by Vizco’s- Fresh strawberries on a light sponge cake smothered with a heavenly vanilla frosting. The slight sour taste of fresh strawberries combined with everything else in this cake makes this dessert a Baguio icon.
5- Carlo’s Delight by Tea House– delicious yema-like filling mixed in bits and piece of light sponge cake- and who doesn’t like yema?
6- Tiramisu Cake by Don Henrico’s – hindi tipid mag-serve! That coffee kick in a cake always gets my attention. A really great way to temper the sweetness of everything else.
7- This Roti dessert by Chef’s Home– Finally, an Asian on my list! 🙂 I love the crunch of the Roti and that mild sesame flavor – and peaches and ICE CREAM! What’s not to like?
8- Ivan Pavolva by Cafe by the Ruins. Ok. Ok. I kid. I kid. It’s just Pavlova. This is something you DON’T always find in the dessert menu in restaurants- so this one’s really worth a try. It’s light, it’s meringue based- and it’s fruity. All that chocolate richness in lots of desserts ain’t for everyone. Sometimes you just want something sweet and light.
9- Deep Dark Chocolate Cake by Hill Station. This always, ALWAYS takes care of my chocolate cravings. It’s rich, it’s moist, it’s dark, it’s got that bitter undertone. Overall, it’s a very VERY sexy chocolate cake.
10- That hot brownie topped with ice cream by Volante – To be fair, any brownie with Vanilla ice cream on top of it will almost always win my heart. This makes the list because I don’t know any other place in Baguio that serves this.
11- Carrot cupcake by Divine Sweet Delights (by order only) – the cream cheese frosting is tart and sweet, the cake is moist and nutty and slightly sweet with a hint of saltiness. I fell in love with this at first bite.
The next couple of desserts are the picks of my friend, Aguinaya, my always-present taste buddy. She will be (or try her best) to – write for Eats in Baguio – as I have been eating in another city, in another country since October. Eats in Chennai, anyone? Hehe
12- Sans Rival by Sizzling Plate– Another Baguio guilty pleasure. We Baguio folks eat this like popcorn- just one mouthful after another. There’s nothing spectacular about it, really, but it is a staple in Baguio parties. Oh, and this cake is the eaaaaaaaaaaaasiest to transport. You can even tuck it in under your arm like a folder or something. 🙂
13- Rum Cake by Waistline Luxuries (available in Cafe d’ Angelo) – dense, just the right sweetness, filling and the rum-flavor is not overpowering. Try doing it ala mode (vanilla ice cream) and it will bowl you over.
14- Peach Mango Tart by Waistline Luxuries will make you forget that the Jollibee peach mango pie ever existed. It’s a tart but is made like a peach-mango open pie. The pie crust is buttery and flaky and once you get to the fruity filling, you’ll not only forget Jollibee’s peach mango pie- but also your name. So make sure to eat this with a name tag on.
15- Dark Beer Cheescake by Ozark – rich, creamy, tasty and sinful . They’ve got the most unique line up of cheesecakes in Baguio City
16- Kiwi Cake by Kiwi’s Bread and Pastry Shop – . I particularly like the light, refreshing combination of flavors of kiwi fruit and strawberry. Nothing too sweet or overpowering. The combination of textures and fruity flavors is a winner!
17- Prestige Cake by L’ami Frenchy – yep 3rd time in the list. They are , after all- a pastry shop run by a French chef. The mousse at the bottom was light and airy, blended with the custardy- caramel on top and the chocolate in the middle plus the slab of chocolate- on the side. WOW!
18- Green Tea Ice Cream with Azuki Beans by Chaya – Ice cream pleasure minus the guilt. Very zen, this ice cream is . 🙂
19- Special Cassava Cake by Everything Nice- it’s amazingly soft, creamy, coconutty- and best of all, very Pinoy!
20- Ube Crepe- What’s a Baguio visit without something ube, right? Sadly, last time I checked, PNKY near Teacher’s Camp is closed. Not sure where they are now.
And there you have it, folks- a few of my favorite things 🙂