Back when I was a kid (let’s not compute how long ago that was 🙈), store-bought cakes were the staples in kiddie parties. We see those sugar flowers and a cake with our name on it and we’re happy! These days though, customized cakes are the thing. You have the option to choose your own flavor, theme, color, size, shape etc. Of course, these come at a price – the more customized it is, the more expensive it will be.
Thankfully, there are now a lot of cakes you can buy from stores and decorate yourself. The mommas in our DIY Party Community in Facebook shared some of their favorite store-bought cakes, so we’ve rounded up a list of awesome stores with readily available cakes you can DIY. Perfect for emergencies (“Oh no, I forgot to order a cake!“), instant parties (“Mommy I got an A in school today!”), and for the wais-tipid moms out there (“I’d rather spend on food!“) Really, the best part here is that they’re almost half the price of designer cakes! Win!
3. Goldilocks. I also couldn’t believe it when I learned this rainbow cake was P650…and it already comes with 12 cupcakes! Being one of the pioneer bakeshops in Manila, it’s no surprise they also have lots of other cakes to choose from. Don’t you love how that DIY Harry Potter-themed cake turned out?
5. Chocolate Kiss. They say you need to place a cake order one day in advance. But I’d bet you can still score pretty cakes without notice. Pictured here are the Devil’s Food Cake and Dayap Chiffon Cake. (Photos courtesy of Chocolate Kiss Website)
6. Red Ribbon. You can’t go wrong with these classic cakes. Top them with your child’s favorite toys or some printables and you’re good to go!
7. Banapple. This has become one of my favorites in the recent years. From a small store in Katipunan, it is now has close to 20 branches in and outside Metro Manila. Pictured here is the Blueberry Cheesecake Crunch. Check out their other cakes here.
8. Mary Grace Cafe. This quaint cafe popularly known for their ensaymadas would definitely also have “quaint” cakes we can dress up for parties. Here is their Caramel Vanilla Bean Cake, decorated with sprinkles, candles and the birthday girl’s toy!
9. Epicurious. Their Clown Cake will definitely be the life of the party! This one needs to be pre-ordered a few days ahead, but it’s such a popular cake, I’m sure they have some extras readily available! (Photos courtesy of flavorsoflife.com.ph)
10. The Baker’s Table. Quite popular for their specialty cakes inspired by our favorite candies and snacks from the ’90s (think Butterball, Hawhaw, Choco Mallows and Potchi), this cake shop along Maginhawa offers a variety of cakes you can choose to decorate. This was how one momma decorated her cake – adding the red polka dots and toppers to keep it in theme.
11. Cake Shots. Just add some sprinkles and this cake is every little girl’s dream! What toppers would you put on it?
12. Rustan’s Supermarket. I just chanced upon this cake while doing groceries. There was also an equally pretty cake in pink for your little girls. And they are just priced at P500+ a piece. Woot!
13. Tous Le Jours. The wonder little toys can put on a child’s eyes! The toys on this cake doubled as the birthday boy’s gifts.
15. Ceilin’s Cakehouse. This unassuming cake shop in BF Parañaque has one of the best chocolate cakes in town! This cake originally had chocolate icing but she requested to change it to white to match her theme. Sprinkles were bought from a bakeshop and the name was DIY too! And guys, look at that cute pineapple cake too! 🍍
16. Max’s Restaurant. They’re not just about chicken, you know! Their Corner Bakery has cakes too (and the famous caramel bars of course!) Love how this mom turned this basic cake into train-themed one!
17. Conti’s Bakeshop and Restaurant. Your best bet if you want to decorate your own cake is to with a classic chocolate cake. Thankfully, there’s a lot of Conti’s bakeshops now, there’s bound to be one near you!
18. Lander’s Superstore. Well this was a surprise! This round sprinkled cake is just Php 299! And look, they have a pirate-themed one too that comes with 8 cupcakes. We’re ready for that instant pirate party! Yaaaar!
There you go! There’s a lot more shops for sure, but we’ll save it for another post. Most of these cakes can be bought on-the-spot, some may need to be reserved a day or two in advance. Some may even be customer-friendly enough to make a few changes for you – color of icing, etc. Always best to call the shops for arrangements.
Shout out to these mommas and titas in our DIY Party community who shared their photos, cake finds and DIYs: Natasha, Olivia, Eila, Shaney, Lace, Myrichess, Wendy, Aina, Riana, Apphol, MJ, Gela, Veron, Jewel, Jeanette, Stephie, Shei, Carmella, Lea, and…me! 😛
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