Calling out all the ’80s and ’90s babies out there! A pastry shop found along the blossoming streets of Maginhawa Street transforms all our favourite candies into cakes! The bakeshop was created by Chef Jonnathan and his wife in March 2014 with the theme of a cinematic “Local Village Bakeshop,” perfect for reminiscing our younger days.
Chef Jonnathan, a culinary teacher in CCA, suddenly thought of making Filipino candies into cakes when he was doing some research and sourcing around the candy aisles of a grocery store, and upon seeing a bag of Flat Tops, was struck with the idea of creating childhood candy cakes. Chef Jonnathan confessed that it usually takes about 1 initial concept and 2-3 trials, maybe even more, to perfect a single recipe.
The façade is colorful and playful. It definitely shows that the place is brimming with childhood nostalgia.
As we visited the bakeshop on a Tuesday morning, a sense of nostalgia overwhelmed us as ’90s cartoons and ’90s music played in the background. There are various featured articles and news posted on their walls as well as some awards the shop has received, and of course, the holy rack of their divine cakes.
The Baker’s Table doesn’t have a permanent menu since they keep on adding new flavors. For the pleasure of returning guests, they set specific schedules per week on what cake they should sell per day like Mallows Mondays (cake made with Choco Mallows) and Cheesecake Tuesdays (Potchi Cheesecake).
The Viva Cake (Php xx.00) is our basic caramel candy, which is surprisingly addicting with a caramel coated fudge icing and filling on a chocolate moist cake. The taste and texture will make you want to have it melt inside your mouth, the same way you used to let your childhood Viva Candy melt on your tongue.
The Hany Cake (Php 110.oo) is another moist chocolate cake whose peanut-chocolate bar icing will make your taste buds dance as it glides through your tongue. It is best eaten chilled to create the taste reminiscent to the Hany milk chocolate candy bar.
One of The Baker’s Table’s bestselling cakes, the Butterball Cake (Php 110.00) uses crushed and melted salty-sweet butterscotch-flavored candy for the cake’s frosting. We thought the cake would be too sweet only to be left star struck as the vanilla sponge cake went amazingly well with the cake’s glaze.
An enchanting cake, the Haw Haw Cake (Php 110.00) is made with vanilla sponge cake and cream cheese frosting in the same color as the iconic milk candy wrapper. This cake is our favorite, since the sweetness doesn’t overpower the milky-ness of the candy and the vanilla flavor of the sponge cake.
The store is open from 10am-10pm. Normal cakes can be ordered at just PHP110.00 per slice for regular candy cakes and PHP120.00 per slice for the cheesecakes and seasonal cakes. You can also order or customize your preferred cake flavor from Chef Jonnathan himself.
The Baker’s Table
88 B Maginhawa
Teacher’s Village, Quezon City