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Maiba Naman! From Sushi To Lumpia, 5 Non-Cakes For Your Next Special Occasion
PHOTO BY (LEFT TO RIGHT) Milky Way Cafe, Pepper Teehankee
  • Studies show stress leads to changes in eating behavior and food choices in general, with a popular choice being cake, in particular. And while birthday cake with buttercream frosting may be quite popular during these uncertain times, we’ve discovered that cake can come in various forms, and be just as satisfying.  For those who feel like binge eating with something different, here are some alternatives. 

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    Sushi Cakes by Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen

    Starts at Php3,500. To order, call +639999-881-4272; Bambi’s Gourmet Kitchen on Facebook 
    PHOTO BY Yvette Fernandez

    Bambi Reyes Javelosa of Bambi’s Gourmet Kitchen started making sushi cakes during quarantine. She knew her friends stuck at home were craving good sushi and she wanted to fulfill that need. All her ingredients are delivered fresh daily.

    Her salmon sushi cake is layered with salmon and spicy mayo, topped with kani and two kinds of roe. California maki is stuffed with kani and garnished with fresh slices of mango. Her sushi rolls and nigiri aburi can be stacked beautifully on a platter too: Think salmon and avocado maki crowned with a center of grilled unagi. Or you can tell Bambi what your favorite sushi ingredients are, and she'll take it from there.


    Pancit-Lumpia Cake by Milky Way Cafe

    Php1,895, serves 10 to 12. To order, call +63966-634-5792, +6328817-4042

    For his wife Maja’s birthday, Milky Way Cafe’s Chef J Gamboa took inspiration from a photo of a pancit-lumpia cake a friend posted on Facebook. As Maja’s birthday falls on June 12, Independence Day, J decided to make a Filipino birthday cake. He used Milky Way’s popular pancit sotanghon at miki and surrounded it with classic lumpiang Shanghai. It was such a hit with his family that he decided to launch it at the restaurant last week.  And from the response, it looks like this one will be a mainstay. 

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    Rigatoni Torta al Telefono by Cibo

    Php1,997. To order, call +6328891-1111; cibo.ph/delivery
    PHOTO BY Pepper Teehankee
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    Cibo celebrates its 23rd birthday this year, and chef Margarita Fores came up with a fabulous rigatoni torta al telefono kit that arrives at your home ready-to-assemble with mozzarella sauce, stewed tomato sauce, and olive oil. Top it with the included basil leave garnishings and Parmigiano, and oh, a birthday candle, of course!

    Caviar Pie by Marielle Po

    Php1,200 for 4.5-inch pie, Php2,200 for 5.5 inches, Php3,200 for 6.5 inches. To order call, +63917-804-5203.

    Marielle Santos Po’s decadent caviar pie, one of the originals in the city, has been delighting the most discriminating palates for almost two decades. It’s made with layers of herbed cheese and fresh cream, sweet onions, and hard-boiled eggs, topped with rich, salty Turkish caviar and garnished with lemon wedges. Orders must be made two days in advance.

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    OG Cake Tower by Krispy Kreme


    Php2,199 for three dozen donuts, Php2,599 for five dozen. To order, call +6328887-9000; now.krispykreme.com.ph
    PHOTO BY Krispy Kreme

    Who doesn’t love donuts? While fancy donuts have been popping up in pretty colors and flavors all over our Instagram feeds, our personal favorite is still the OG, the original glazed donut of Krispy Kreme. It brings back memories of standing in line at its first franchise in Manhattan, waiting for the Hot Now sign in red neon to light up. 

    Just a year ago, we celebrated a fun birthday with Krispy Kreme’s OG Cake Tower, which comes with a cake stand, candles, and party hats, too.

    This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph.

    *Minor edits have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.

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