These mouthwatering ube desserts are exactly what we need for merienda this week

Ube has got to be one of the most easily recognised Filipino favourites in the world. People love it because of its versatility and distinctive flavour. Today, we're celebrating this unique local ingredient by exploring all the ways people have gotten creative with it. 

Ube Pandesal

We know you've probably tried ube and cheese pandesal before but have you tried ube and cream cheese? Salta! serves up an interesting combination of ube and cream cheese in this delicious "panroll". Made with premium whole grain and avocado oil, this "panroll" is just filled to brim with rich ube halaya and cream cheese—a fusion medley that's definitely worth a try. 

Ube Frozen Brazo

Good Bakes MNL is a family-run business started by two passionate sisters who love to bake. While everything on their menu is as delicious as it looks, their frozen brazo series has quickly become a favourite among their customers! They offer different exciting flavours, from strawberry to matcha, and of course ube cheese! Beautifully layered and sweet without being overwhelming, their ube cheese frozen brazo is a must-try this month. 

Order online from their Instagram page

Ube Pancakes

Peach Boy Restaurant is best known as the viral eatery behind ube lava pancakes. Made with fresh ube halaya (that they make themselves!), their pancakes are a fluffy breakfast treat that's sure to get you going in the morning. Check out their latest ube offering—ube cheese balls—too! It won't disappoint. 

Peach Boy Restaurant is open dine-in, take-out, delivery, and pick-up orders. 

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Ube Bibingka

We're only two months away from the official start of the "-ber" months! If you miss Christmas as much as we do, check out Bibingka MNL's traditional ube bibingka. It's a cosy reminder of better, brighter, and cooler days ahead. Crowned with melted cheese atop a royal purple ube cake, this bibingka is sure to be a hit for everyone in the family. 

Order online from their Instagram page

Ube Champorado

Flossom Kitchen is San Juan City's friendly neighbourhood cafe. Featuring a bright array of fresh flowers daily, Flossom Kitchen marries their feminine aesthetic to flavourful food. If you're looking for something unique, try their ube champorado. Topped with dilis and a splash of milk, this creative Filipino dish is one that turns new customers into loyal diners. 

Flossom Kitchen is open for dine-in and take-out. 

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Ube Cheese Milk Bread

If you love Japanese food as much as our other kababayans do, then you probably know what a shokupan is! Soft and fluffy, it's Japanese milk bread that's as filling as it is delicious. Swirlybuns PH, a startup bakery that's tapped into the online bread market, has just recently released their ube cheese shokupan loaf. Made with ube halaya, this new fusion loaf is our next breakfast staple!

Order online from their Instagram page. 

Ube Cheese Bread

Do you miss your neighbourhood panaderia? If so, check out Masa Bakery. They offer your favourite childhood snacks with everything from milk cheese logs to Spanish coco rolls. We're particularly excited about their ube cheese bread with sweet milk. Made with generous portions of ube and grated cheese, these have become a great staple to go with our afternoon coffee. 

Order online through their Instagram page

Ube Cheesecake

Cheesecakes take centre stage at Indulgence by Irene. While they have plenty of delicious flavours, the one we have an eye on is the one with both queso de bola and ube. Made with two creamy layers of complementary flavours, this cheesecake has become a fan favourite not just at Christmas, but all year round! 

Order online through their Facebook page


Ube Custard Cake

Wildflour marries two local favourites with their ube custard cake. Atop a bed of fluffy ube chiffon is a layer of sweet leche flan that oozes caramel syrup. Moist without being soggy, this cake is a delicious compromise between two Filipino flavours that everyone loves. 

Wildflour is open for dine-in, take-out, and delivery. For more, check out their Wildflour To Go option. 

Ube Cookie Cake

Cookie cakes are an absolute dream—you get the best of both worlds with the chewiness of a cookie on the size of a cake. This weekend, try Overdough's indulgent ube white choco chunk cake! A generous drizzle of white chocolate is paired with the rich flavours of ube halaya to make a delightfully sinful dessert that's sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Order online through their Facebook page

Ube Gelato

These days, it's vital for us to support local and this ube gelato from Karabella Dairy is just that! It's made from locally sourced carabao's milk, which gives it a rich, creamy taste and texture. Made in partnership with the philanthropic organisation, Gawad Kalinga, Karabella offers its customers flavours that are proudly Filipino.

Order online through their website

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Ube Crepe Cake

Paper Moon's delicate mille crepe cakes are the perfect complement to the subtly sweet flavour of ube. While the pastel coloured layers make for delicious eye candy, it's really the gentle flavours that take our breath away. Topped with ube cake crumbs, this dessert is sweet, subtle, and a sure crowd-pleaser. 

Order online through their website

Ube Egg Sponge Cake

Ah Mah PH serves amazing egg sponge cakes. Their flavours are rich but not too sweet—perfect for adults looking to give their sweet tooths a break. Their fluffy cakes always come out the perfect texture too: fluffy but also a little dense, so it fills you right up. This weekend, try their ube cheese flavour: it's an ube cake base with a surprise layer of melted cheese at the bottom. A topping of generously sprinkled grated cheese finishes off this fine concoction that's perfect or ube lovers here and abroad! 

Order through their online form

Ube Cheese Bread Pudding

Custard, cheese, and ube halaya: what's not to love? Bayani Gourmet serves creative comfort food that's both inventive and delightful. Just take a look at this ube bread pudding; it's an intriguing melange of ube pandesal and custard flavours. Definitely a must-try! 

Order online through their form.

Ube Donut

Bungalow Cafe serves up a variety of interesting doughnut flavours. If you're lucky, you could get ahold of one of their ube macapuno flavoured doughnuts, which is worth every bite! Try to pre-order their ube leche flan pandesal with crispy cheese too if you get the chance—it's sure to be a hit at home. 

Bungalow Cafe is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm. 

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Ube Burnt Basque Cheesecake

Revisit the burnt Basque cheesecake trend with this new takeaway: it comes in ube flavour! La Crema Manila, which serves up some of the city's most indulgent cheesecakes, has taken this Spanish dessert and put a Filipino twist unto it. Check out the richness of the filling and the perfectly burnt top. If that doesn't have you drooling, then we don't know what will. 

Order online through their Instagram page.

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Ube Ensaymada

This list wouldn't be complete without ube ensaymada! Baloy's Bakeshop offers their delicious take on this classic Filipino breakfast that's worth taking note of. Oozing with melted cheese and rich ube, Baloy's hand-kneaded ensaymadas are as delightful as it looks. 

For how to order, check out their Instagram page

Ube Crinkles

Good Karma has been serving up good food since 2014, making their ube crinkles are a cosmopolitan classic. Made with Philippine ube and Australian cream cheese, this online bakery serves up chewy, gooey, goodness that will keep you on your toes. 

Order online through their website

Ube Soufflé

More fusion food for the ube lover coming your way! Casa Buenas at Resorts World Manila offers ube cheese soufflé. Delicate and fluffy, this soufflé is a French-Filipino favourite that's sure to win the hearts of both locals and expats. 

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