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Have a special occasion coming up? Treat yourself to the best cake the next time you feel you deserve it—be that on your birthday, an anniversary, or (to be honest) any day you just want something sweet to snack on.

Cakes are our Achilles' heel. If there's anything we love more than a big slice of cake, then we've yet to discover it. Here, we round up some of the best cakes you can get around the metro—perfect for all the special occasions of your life, or for any day you may be craving for a slice of cake. 

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Strawberry Shortcake

Sainte Anne Cakes serves up a temptingly delicious strawberry shortcake. Light cream mixed with fresh strawberries are sandwiched between fluffy vanilla chiffon to create an absolute masterpiece. If you're looking for something more unique, try their combination cake, which mixes the classic strawberry flavours with touches of fresh mango for a truly refreshing dessert. 

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Chocolate Cake

Nothing is quite as classic as chocolate cake. Dimpy's Kitchen introduces us to an indulgent recipe that includes generous swathes of chocolate frosting atop a bed of rich chocolate cake. It also comes with a gooey, irresistible caramel sauce. A no-fail dessert you can bring with you to any celebration or reunion!

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Basque Burnt Cheesecake

This lockdown trend is here to stay! Top chef Chele Gonzalez and wife Teri Gonzalez have perfected this traditional recipe originating from the Basque region—and they're here to share it with those of us who are craving for a bite. It's rich, creamy, and absolutely cheesy (in the best way possible, of course). Try Chef Chele's Kitchen's classic original flavour or keep an eye out for new ones such as their milk chocolate version. 

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Lemon Olive Oil Cake

If you're missing the summery flavours of Italy, then we suggest you try Crafted by CG's lemon olive oil cake. Inspired by the rich flavours of the Amalfi Coast, this delicate dessert by Chermaine Cuasay- De Guzman is made with only the finest and freshest of ingredients, guaranteeing a wonderful moist texture that's not too heavy on the stomach. Topped with pistachios and served a side of olive oil for drizzling, enjoy a slice with a cup of earl grey tea on the side. 

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Customisable Cake

Impress your guests with a beautiful cake from The Flour Girl. A master at design, this bakery specialises in beautifully crafted creations we love to see as much as eat! Take inspiration from her many variations that include floral cakes, number cakes, and even smash cakes!

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Minimalist Cake

Minimalist cakes have taken over the Internet! If you have an Instagram account, you've probably seen Aegyo Cakes, a Korean-inspired bakeshop that creates wonderful cakes. They're fully customisable and can be as minimalist or as maximalist as you want. Designs range from simple lettering to full-on character portraits or paintings. Order yours now for a memorable (and Instagram-able) celebration!

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Rainbow Cake

Cupcakes by Sonja is a classic! Though we'd grown up indulging in their rich cupcakes, we'd be lying if we said we didn't want any more. For your next celebration, however, choose their rainbow cake. Smothered in sprinkles and coloured just as happily, their rainbow cake is an optimistic dessert that will leave both kids and kids-at-heart wanting another slice. 

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Red Velvet Cake

Some people say that red velvet isn't worth the hype, but that's only because they haven't tried a slice from Manila House. Made with two layers and a sumptuous cream cheese middle, this slice of red velvet is likely to be the best you've ever tasted. Not worth the hype? We beg to disagree. 

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Cheesecake

Nothing says indulgence quite like a rich, creamy cheesecake with a perfect shortbread crust. Bizu elevates the experience even further with their blueberry chiboust, enveloping the top of their smooth luxurious cheesecake with their beautiful blueberry filling. With three sizes to choose from - the grande with a 9" diameter, the midi with a 6" diameter, and the personal with a 3.5" diameter - the chiboust will make the perfect addition to any special occasion, no matter the party size.

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Honey Crunch Cake

Add a little oomph to your dessert with Nono's honey crunch cake. Made with three layers of fluffy vanilla chiffon, the honey crunch cake brings fresh whipped cream and sweet crunch pieces all together onto one plate. Best paired with coffee or tea, this is the perfect cake for those looking for an uncomplicated dessert that's far from boring. 

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Apple Pie

Le Reve's French apple crumble is a sweet little pleasure that's also the patisserie's signature menu item. Its soft crumble topping perfectly complements the sweet cinnamon and apple filling that's neither too sugary nor overwhelming. It's an elegant flavour that's sure to be enjoyed by all but is probably best served during the most special of occasions. 

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Key Lime Pie

Looking for something tangy? Then Lorenzo's Key Lime Pie may be for you. It's quite obvious that they don't scrimp on ingredients, and with layers as luscious as that. It's hard to say no to a slice of this cake. This is a dessert that's meant to be shared and indulged in with your favourite people! 

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Carrot Cake

What's the best way to stay (kind of) healthy while enjoying dessert? We'd have to say: carrot cake! Bake House's take on the classic recipe comes with a generous coating of walnuts and frosting. But don't be fooled, the real star here is the four layers of rich carrot cake that marries all these flavours together so well. 

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Tiramisu

Traditional tiramisu can make a hearty dessert, and The Little Butter knows exactly how to serve that up. Made with Italian mascarpone and coffee-soaked savoiardi, this indulgent dessert will bring the best of Italy onto your plate. Its delightful texture may be a little sinful, but you know that it's going to be worth every calorie.

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple upside-down cake can be a pretty old-school recipe, but Wildflour knows how to bring it back with flair. This topsy turvy cake is infused with all the tropical goodness of candied pineapples, which goes beautifully with a dense cake that's able to absorb all the sweetness, while also balancing every flavour.

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Butter Cake

Though it may sound simple, The Butter Cake Lady (Ginger Paras) knows how to create her signature dessert in a way that makes it unforgettable. Try her rich take on the classic butter cake today and see for yourself. It is so worth it!

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Mango Torte

One of the best cakes you can get in the Philippines is a cake that incorporates our national fruit. Made with balled mangoes, Cuerva Bakeshop's mango torte is a delicious indulgence that's been enjoyed for generations, ever since its creation in the 1960's. It's remained as popular as ever today, and remains close to the hearts of all those who've enjoyed it. Discover the secret of its longevity and taste the recipe developed by the Paz Reyes-Cuerva herself. 

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Naked Cake

A staple among celebrity gatherings, the Naked Patisserie serves up eponymous naked cakes like no other. Though this was a trend a few years back, naked cakes are as fun to indulge in as ever, and the Naked Patisserie has yet to slow down in creating these works of art. Often topped with beautiful floral arrangements, these have become a top choice for brides—though it's no crime to have it at any other day when you're just craving for a pretty cake. 

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Tres Leches Cake

A luxurious take on tres leches cake comes your way with The Cloudé Concept cakes. Customers can choose from three flavours: the classic, the signature strawberry (that also comes with flakes of edible gold), and the torrija (similar to bread pudding) de tres leches. Whatever you pick will bring you joy; these variants aren't likely to disappoint! 

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Floral Cake

Is this a bouquet or a cake? Honestly, it's hard to tell. This beautiful creation by Doughmestic features life-like floral decorations that would make anyone smile. A work of art in its own right, each of these cakes are hand-crafted and styled to suit each customer; meaning, no two cakes are exactly alike. Order one for the next celebration you'll be having, although do be warned: you may feel bad having to cut into something quite so darling. 

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Crepe Cake

Paper Moon's hallmark product is its mille crepe cake. Delicate as it is delicious, Paper Moon's crepe cakes are finely made and carefully flavoured. Its multiple layers add texture to every bite and maximise flavour along with it. Choose from a fun array of flavours that include original, blueberry cheesecake, cheese, chocolate, mango, strawberry, tiramisu, and even the Filipino favourite, ube!

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