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Cake shops open and close. Some last until the next trendy sweet store gets everyone's attention in the neighborhood. Also, pastry chefs come and go. With this, seeing a thriving venue for cakes, pasta, and other confectionery stay opened where it did decades ago only evokes feelings of nostalgic patronage. Angeles City's reliable Mother's Cakehouse is like that. It's already considered a sweet institution in Pampanga by locals and those in neighboring provinces.
|An excerpt of the Metro Angeles Food Trip 2014|
A foodie and traveler like me from Metro Manila was recently invited to participate as a blogger at the Metro Angeles Food Tour 2014. Mother's Cakehouse was scheduled to be our group's stop for breakfast one pleasant morning of July. With the other dining institution operated by the same owners of the pastry shop just nearby -- Angeles Fried Chicken (AFC), the strip of Marlim Avenue in Balibago is easily a must-visit for local and foreign tourists. People residing in the neighborhood already know this to be true as they've managed to celebrate numerous special occasions with a Mother's Cakehouse confection. Even the dinner rolls that residents love to pair with their favorite AFC meal come from the cake shop.
Chef and restaurateur Pocholo Flores was able to incorporate some of his recipes into the general menu of the restaurant so that it does not only offer customized cake designs (with options for ube, vanilla, and strawberry flavors, among others). Every confection was personally developed by him and his small group of cake designers, the head of which still works for the shop when he was hired decades ago. According to Pocholo, the distinction of Mother's Cakehouse from Goldilocks is that it's a lot more affordable than the latter, but the taste is far more remarkable.
Our group was served a roster of the shop's bestsellers that include the creamy Baked Macaroni that's absolutely notches higher than Greenwich's version for its generous topping of cheese, the Pancit Palabok, and the zesty Tacos.
Soon, the kitchen staff started serving the sweet medley of the nut-loaded Nutty Rolls, the intimidating egg pie that looked like a big leche flan in one glance, the blueberry and strawberry jelly-topped Double Delight Cake, plus the soft and chewy Brownies. There was also a yummy-looking Banana Bread served which I failed to sample. The most remarkable of the sweet snacks, that was served was the Sans Rival, a famous Filipino dessert that's a product of local pastry chefs who studied French cuisine abroad in the past.
|Double Delight Cake|
|Chef and restaurateur Phocolo "Choko" Flores with his Head Cake Designer|
While dining for breakfast, I noticed a lot of customers coming in and out of the shop with cake orders in tow. Should you be making a stop in Pampanga for a culinary immersion, a visit of Mother's Cakehouse is a relevant experience to add to visit of other restaurants in the area. It's conveniently located near Angeles City's Marlim Hotel.
Address: 1984 Marlim Ave., Diamond Subd. Balibago, Angeles City, Pampanga
Phone: (045) 625-7593, 0915-553-60250, 099-9806-0250
Operating Hours: 8:30am - 8:00pm
Check out my participating posts about the Metro Angeles Food Tour 2014:
+ Abe's Farm: A Paradise of Capampangan Cuisine
+ Widus Hotel and Casino: Pampanga's One-stop Leisure Destination
+ La Rose Noire Philippines: An Elegant Attention To Fond Confection
+ Pampanga's Pride, Angeles Fried Chicken (AFC)
+ SAB Bistro: Angeles City's Edible Love
More Photos Below:
|A typical cake design at Mother's Cakehouse|
|Pocholo Flores with his sweet confections|