What is the best pineapple cake you have ever tried?
I have now tried the best pineapple cake ever.
We live in Bacolod City, Philippines. In our family, we almost always have pineapple cake at home and these are usually from China. But I don’t remember saying “best pineapple cake.” These cakes are always brought home as pasalubong to my parents in law by friends and family. Then in turn they would share some for us to try.
So far, among the pineapple cakes from China that I’ve tried, these are all so-so. I mean, they’re okay, to say the least. Nothing extraordinary, in fact. If I get to eat them, fine. If I don’t, I’m still swell. Or maybe we haven’t tried the premium ones? I dunno, my knowledge is limited.
Chia Te Pineapple Cake
But when friends of ours, Boyet and Ricco of Bacolod Cupcake Cake went to Taiwan, they brought home some Chia Te Pineapple Cake. And the best thing is, they shared a box to us.
When we tried it, we right there and then declared that Chia Te Pineapple Cake is the best pineapple cake ever. That is, from among those that we have eaten. And mind you, we cannot count anymore how many brands we have tried in the past. We eat this either as snack or dessert.
Even the kids Love it
So, okay, our kids have also tried different kinds of pineapple cake like us. But they never really raved about them. In fact, most the time, our little Siobe couldn’t even finish one piece.
But with the Chia Te Pineapple Cake, we were surprised that when I opened the box again, there were only a few pieces left. I wanted to let my parents and parents-in-law try them, but I couldn’t because there was nothing left to share anymore. haha The kids ate most of them. They must love it that much!
Pasalubong From Taiwan
So I researched about Chia Te on the internet. From the Trip Advisor, as well as other sites, I have read that people are raving about Chia Te Pineapple Cake. Apparently, this is a very famous Taiwanese bakery. The queues are very long at their stores and for good reason.
Chia Te Bakery has tarts and cakes but the most famous product perhaps in their pineapple cake. And I read that somebody commented that he now appreciates the fact that the pineapple cake has a longer shelf life. I also like it that the packaging is so nice and presentable–a perfect gift from Taiwan.
Why is it the best pineapple cake?
The goodness of Chia Te Pineapple Cake starts from the crust. This yellow cube is dense with goodness. The crust is crumbly and buttery–you can smell the butter from whence you open the pack. Yeah, each cake is individually wrapped in foil and sealed. It has just enough sweetness, too. The crust would remind you of yummy shortbread.
Inside is pineapple candy or jam, made just right. It is not too wet not to cake-y. It does not crumble or splat when you bite it. It has just the right consistency and sweetness.
All of us in the family love it. But I think that the kids appreciated it more. They are not very much into eating pastries, but I think Chia Te Pineapple Cake is just perfect for their taste. That is why I can say, this is the best pineapple cake ever. For the win!
So when you visit Taiwan, don’t forget stopping by Chia Te Bakery to sample their pineapple cakes and other baked delicacies. And bring home some, too. Best Taiwan pasalubong for me.
Bacolod is the land of the sweetest smiles and the sweetest desserts. Here I present to you the best Bacolod desserts that I have ever tried…so far.
What are your favorite Bacolod desserts?
Bacolod City is the capital of Negros Occidental, the sugar capital of the Philippines. We love our sugar and all things sweet, as we even add sugar into our viands.
And as for our Bacolod desserts, we have the sweetest and some of the most creative kinds that will make your mouth water. We all crave for our postre after our meal, as no meal is complete without a sweet ending. So you can take away our plates but leave our forks behind, as a pastry or cake is the finale of sumptuous lunch or dinner. And oh, we also eat desserts as snacks.
Here are my top favorite Bacolod desserts in no particular order, some found in Bacolod cafes while others are made by home businesses. All of them are exceptionally made and oozing with flavor. Please share if you agree with mine and if you have your own choices, too. Let me read your thoughts by commenting below. 😀
Tiffany’s Confections has a cafe at The Boxes by the Marketplace, near the NGC, Bacolod City. But they make small batches of unique artisanal cakes and Bacolod desserts. One that really stood out for me is their Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake. It’s so unique in terms of flavor and texture. Every chocolate lover should try this. They are open daily, from 2pm to 10pm. They are located at Deck #3, The Boxes.
Bacolod Cupcake Cafe
Bacolod Cupcake Cafe, from its name, specializes in designer cupcakes. And they have a lot of kinds. But what stands out for me, which has been my favorite for many years now, is the Dulce de Leche cupcake. It’s moist chiffon cake with dulce de leche inside topped with sweetened whipped cream. They are located at Hilado Street, Shopping, Bacolod City. Open daily from 10am to 7pm.
Felicia’s is a haven of best Bacolod desserts plus it is also a good place to dine with your family and friends. You can read more about their food here: FELICIA’S 15th LACSON: GREAT MEALS, COFFEE, DESSERTS. But as for desserts, my favorite there are their Salted Caramel Sans Rival, which is truly without rival, and their salted caramel and lemon French macarons. They have three branches, 15th-Lacson Streets, SM City Bacolod, and 6th-Lacson Streets.
21 Restaurant is known for its good food here in Bacolod so a lot of people go there for lunch and dinner or during snacks for their batchoy. Their outstanding dessert there is their moist chocolate cake. Located at 21st-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City. They are open everyday and this chocolate cake is also available with their buffet menu.
Nonna’s Kitchen is another great Bacolod restaurant, cafe, and pastry shop rolled into one. Their menu of Bacolod desserts is glorious! And their standout is their special Pizookie, a giant cookie served ala mode on a hot pan. This is good for sharing. Plus, try their other cakes, too. I have rave about their desserts in my other blog because they are just worth it. Read more: Desserts and Coffees to Enjoy at NONNA’S KITCHEN Bacolod
Ann Puen Cakes
Ann Puen Cakes are homemade and her ube cake is just one of the finest. With pure ube halaya (candied purple yam) as frosting, this is just what ube lovers crave. It is just full of the flavor of ube, so it is just pure love. You may order Ann Puen Cakes at (034) 435-6900 and (0922) 8500746 and then you can just meet up. Follow their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/ANNPUENCakes/
C’s Cafe by L’Fisher
C’s Cafe by L’fisher Hotel has a lot of sweet confections, another haven of Bacolod desserts. Two of the stand outs for me are their Creme Brulee Cheesecake (which I don’t have a decent picture of) and their Vanilla ice cream sandwich because of the chocolate chip cookies. But I also like their churros con chocolate. Okay, you may argue that it’s not really dessert, but I do eat that after a meal with coffee. haha C’s Cafe is located at the front of L’Fisher Hotel, 15th-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City.
Quan Delicacies specializes in native foods. They have snacks and meals as well. What I really like is their suman latik and whenever I get a hankering for this native dessert/snack, I just go to them. They have so many branches around the city, like at MC Metroplex, La Salle Avenue, San Juan Street, and Circumferential Road.
Bagels by ELG Foods
ELG Foods has some of the most luxurious Bacolod desserts. But I think that their stand out and just simply one of their best creations is the avocado mousse. It’s so creamy, fine, and simply that — luxurious. It’s available at Bagels by ELG Foods, O Residences, Lacson Street, Mandalagan, Bacolod City.
Tita Beth’s Pancit Malabon Haus
Tita Beth’s has been made famous because of their delicious pancit malabon in a bilao. They also have great meals there. But what a lot of people don’t know is that they have native delicacies, too, like the cassava cake, sapin-sapin, and the maja blanca. These are some of the richest native foods I have tried. Try them, too. They are located at 27th-Lacson Street, Mandalagan, Bacolod City. Read more: TITA BETH’S PANCIT MALABON Serves Filipino Favorites
Cake Castle is located along Lopez-Jaena Street, Bacolod City. They have other cakes and desserts and they also accept customized event cakes, but what I really like is their Brazo de Mercedes. Reasonably priced, yummy, and the yellow center is really creamy and custardy. Just try it. haha
JJC Nutritreats is a home-based business that specializes in Bacolod desserts, healthy eats, pure juices, and snacks for breastfeeding mothers. I really love their Carrot Cake. It’s super moist and sweet, and with buttercream frosting. Sigh… One time, it was my husband’s birthday cake. Read here: All About His Favorites. They also have mini cheesecake samplers that you might want to order as gifts for Christmas. Read more: Mini Cheesecake Sampler by JJC Nutritreats. You may order their yummy products from their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/JJCNutriTreats/. Only available for sure buyers and meet ups.
Juliana’s Resto serves some fine meals for the whole family. I have only tried one dessert so I don’t know if there’s more. It’s just Frozen Mango Float actually but before you tell me that it’s so common, you just gotta try it. It’s not like anything I have tried before and not even like the one I make. Juliana’s Resto is located at 7th-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City and they are open from Tuesday to Sunday, for lunch and dinner.
Ms. Ching’s Kitchen
Ms. Ching’s Kitchen makes some of the finest homemade Bacolod desserts and goodies from recipes handed down from her elders. Among the stand outs are the Ube Halaya and Brazo de Mercedes. Her products are available at the 3rd Floor of Robinsons Place Bacolod. She also joins pop up bazaars around the city from time to time. Read more: Ms. Ching’s Kitchen Bacolod Tickles Taste Buds with Homemade Treats
I super love the baba cake at Bascon Cafe that I even have a separate blog post about it. haha I am not a chocolate cake lover but this one really hits the spot. And it would be the only thing that I would order whenever I get to dine at Bascon Cafe. They have many Bacolod desserts, but this is the best for me. Read more: The Glorious Baba Cake of Bascon Cafe
Jarvis Gourmet Foods
Jarvis Gourmet Foods has an assortment of food products, ranging from baked goodies, bottled delicacies, and Bacolod pasalubong items. But what I really like among their Bacolod desserts is the Cassavingka, which is cassava cooked bibingka-style. Jarvis Gourmet Foods is located at AC Building Molave Street, Capitol Shopping, Bacolod City. But you may message them at the FB page: https://www.facebook.com/jarvisgourmetfoods/
Bob’s Pastry Shop
One of my favorites at Bob’s Pastry Shop is their red velvet cake. So beautiful as a celebration cake and it is just highly satisfying as a snack and dessert. Look at the picture below–it does not have a lot of air bubbles so that means one slice is heavy on the cake and not just air. Bob’s Pastry Shop is located at B.S. Aquino Drive, across Riverside Hospital, Bacolod City.
Kuppa is a great coffee shop serving good food, different kinds of Bacolod desserts, gourmet coffee, cakes, and even fresh breads. But among their desserts, may favorite is the Fruit Tart. Now, tell me if it is not winking at you. Located at Hilado Street, Shopping, Bacolod City. Open daily from breakfast to about 10pm.
Ann Co Cakes
Ann Co makes some of the most unique cakes and I love two of them — the Toblerone cheesecake and the Mango Chocnut Cheesecake. These are two of the best Bacolod desserts I have ever tried. They have branches at the Paseo Verde Bldg., Lacson Street, Mandalagan, Bacolod City and in Rizal Street, Silay City. Read: Artful Ann Co Cakes Cafe
One of the richest chocolate cakes that I have ever tried is from Sofia’s Cakes, located at Narra Street, Shopping, Bacolod City. It’s like oozing with chocolate. They have other great cake creations as well as good quality breads, too.
What Christmas gifts are you giving away this year? Here’s a suggestion — mini cheesecake samplers by JJC Nutritreats.
Christmas is fast approaching and we are already on the lookout for new and exciting gift items that we can give to our families, relatives, and family friends. And here in Bacolod, we are not in lack of good choices for affordable gift items.
Give ‘Em Early
If we are giving gifts to a family, we often choose food items that may be shared by the members of the household, as these are most often appreciated. I suggest though that if you are giving food items, give them at last a week or 10 days before Christmas Day. Oftentimes, we wait until the last minute, like Christmas eve or on December 25 to deliver our gifts. We often find ourselves in the midst of the holiday chaos — rain, traffic, and the maddening rush of people who are trying to finish all their errands before the long holidays.
And if you are giving food, give them earlier, too. Most of us prepare something for our Noche Buena or have parties to attend to that if we give fresh food gifts all at the same time during these peak days, chances are, they would end up on the refrigerator and not get appreciated immediately while they are still fresh. Or worse is, if they just spoil because they are not eaten immediately or because there is just no more space in the refrigerator.
These are just practical tips that you may want to heed so that your food gifts will be greatly appreciated by the receiver.
Mini Cheesecake Sampler by JJC Nutritreats
So anyway, I found a new product made by JJC Nutritreats here in Bacolod. Here in our city, we are known to have the best cheesecakes, but this one is unique because it has all our favorite cheesecake flavors in one–blueberry, strawberry, chocolate, and caramel. It is sized conveniently at 6″ in diameter and is packed in a round plastic container that, with a ribbon, makes it a presentable and delectable gift. And best of all, it’s only P380, so it can fit most budgets.
I bought one of these cheesecake samplers last week and it yielded 8 servings for us. While it really depends on how much you eat, for us, making 8 slices out of this small sampler is enough for us for dessert.
JJC Nutritreats has many food products, like their carrot cupcakes or slices, malunggay chocolate cake, specialty bread loaves like banana choco chips and streusel, and many more. You might want to consider them all, too. And oh, they also make birthday cakes.