Great food from the Philippines: Pinoy Chocolate Cake!

by Dave from The Longest Way Home ~ July 28th, 2009. Updated on September 3rd, 2012. Published in: Travel blog » Food around the world » Filipino food.
Delicious chocolate cake from the Philippines

Delicious chocolate cake from the Philippines

Is the best chocolate cake in the world from the Philippines?

I’ve eaten chocolate cake from Germany, the UK, the USA and various other places around the world that say they make the best. I’ve picked coco pods in Africa and roasted the beans over a hot stove before grounding them into a natural powder. In other words: I like chocolate. 

I’m not a huge fan of cake, nor sweet breads. However I must say that the Philippines produced the best chocolate cake I’ve tasted anywhere, period.

That, from me, is saying a lot. The only downside is that I don’t want to know the ingredients. Filipinos’ are not to fussy about additives and preservatives nor colorings.

Having said that, I have no idea how a black forest gateaux in Germany is made either. What I do know is that Chocolate cake in the Philippines is incredibly moist and is monumentally chocolaty in taste.

A chocolate cake from the Philippines

A chocolate cake from the Philippines

Buying Chocolate cake in The Philippines

If you’ve ever bought a chocolate cake and tucked into it only to find it’s only got a hint of chocolate to it, then head to the Philippines. Go into a bakery and pick up a cake for around 300 pesos, or 400+ in higher class places. I really have to give a shout out to Red Ribbon here.

I’ve mentioned how great chocolate cake tastes to many Filipinos but they all seemed unimpressed with my ravings. I don’t think chocolate is a huge thing to most. It’s a little pricey for locals for starters. And confectionery chocolate bars are of poor quality. Limited only to some American brands that really aren’t worth mentioning.  So it’s not such a huge thing.

However I have met some other travelers who’ve agreed to this incredible Asian secret: The best chocolate cake in the world can be found in the Philippines!

This post is one of a series featuring Great Food from The Philippines.

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17 Great responses to Great food from the Philippines: Pinoy Chocolate Cake!

  1. Nora says:

    Well, if I wasn’t going to there before, I am now! Culture AND chocolate? Sign me up! (smiles)

    • @Nora – Yep hard to get that combination anywhere else! :)

      @Bee – Red Ribbon do a really nice Chocolate Gateau, and Black Forest. Not a big fan of Goldilocks. Some local places do nice cake too! But they melt fast so you gotta get them into a refridgerator fast!!

  2. bee says:

    wow! Great tasting chocolate cakes are the last thing I expected to read about my country. I’m just curious, which bakery did you get it from? Maybe it’s something I eat all the time and just take for granted, but I want to know which one beat all other chocolate cakes from around the world…

  3. bee says:

    yea, I prefer Red Ribbon over Goldilocks too. Gotta go back to where I left off last night. I just discovered your blog so I’m doing a lot of backreading. now where was I? I think it was the Sagada trip….

  4. Kaye says:

    You have no idea how excited I was when I read that you are in the Philippines right now! OMG. I must say, I’ve never been to Palawan and I’d love to hear more of your exploits there. :-)

  5. w34ltz says:

    perhaps it’s the humidity that keeps it moist! ok, I’m joking. But I have to agree with you, if only I could make it too. I think it’s a trade secret though. Have you tried Hizon’s? That’d be my favorite.

  6. surimi says:

    thanks for admiring our chocolate cake. i bake if i have time. i think the best cake result is when you bake it from the heart =)

  7. yen says:

    gosh! i can’t believe this… when i go home next time i shall try different chocolate cakes and see for myself. i thought the cake that i tasted in germany was the best! i’m so glad that someone like you who has been around the globe find the philippine choco cake the best. thank you!!!

  8. Rowena Entwistle says:

    I have always believe this deep inside me, that the Philippines cakes are one, if not, the best I’ve ever tasted. One would think that being in a first world country (Australia) that they would have ‘nice’ cakes here, been to US too, but the cakes we buy and bake back home are really really nice! Thank you for declaring once and for all what I’ve always suspected. I’m still looking around on the internet for a choc cake recipe from the Philippines that I could bake for my son’s birthday soon. Hope I find one…. Rowena from Australia

    • Glad it’s not just me then! I think the key ingredients to chocolate cake here is actually just bucket loads of cocoa powder, and high fat margarine. Or, the butter tasting blocks they have over here. More likely the latter due to the low cost. I wouldn’t want to eat a whole cake, or even a slice too often. But that said, it tastes pretty amazing alright!

  9. wilhelmina ponon says:

    yummy..i love cake….

  10. Lorie says:

    Hi, I’m from Phlippines too. I also love chocolate, cakes, and chocolate ckaes. This is the reason why I read blogs about cake, recipe, and baking. Nice to read such a good comment. The main secret to have a very chocolatey chocolate cake is to use cocoa powder and not food color and flavoring in the cake.