Most families would know that ordering the cake for a special occasion can be just as stressful as trying to bake one – deciding on which flavor or bakeshop to order from can set off World War 3 between members. Thankfully, Pampanga bakery Armenia’s Bakeshop understands – why settle for one flavor when you can get 10?
Introducing Armenia’s Cake Galore – an aesthetically-pleasing hodgepodge of 10 homemade cake slices of different flavors, merged to form one cake.
“The idea for the Cake Galore started because we wanted our customers to have the opportunity to taste all the flavors that we can offer in a single cake and entertain their own preferences,” Armenia’s Bakeshop told Rappler.
Almost every palate can be catered to with this cake – you have slices of Armenia’s signature Red Velvet, Sinful, Sans Rival, Chocolate Yema, Dark Chocolate, Ferrero, Oreo Cheesecake, Blueberry Cheesecake, Green Tea Cheesecake, and Red Velvet Cheesecake, perfect for taste-testing and sharing among friends and family (safely, of course).
The taste of each cake varies, but the quality of each slice is just as premium and indulgent as the rest. The cakes are moist yet firm, and the cheesecakes are creamy and soft. The Chocolate Yema flavor is just the right amount of sweet, while the Ferrero packs a punch – it has chocolate cake, meringue, Nutella, whipped chocolate ganache, and hazelnut frosting topped with Ferrero Rocher. You can also opt to substitute certain flavors; just ask Armenia’s what’s available.
Matcha fans will like the light Green Tea Cheesecake, made with pure Japanese matcha, while cheesecake fans will appreciate the Red Velvet version of the cake, as well as the Oreo and Blueberry flavors.
Armenia’s Sansrival is so buttery, it’s criminal; and chocoholics may enjoy the Sinful flavor, a double chocolate cake with a hint of rum.
Creating this type of cake is no easy feat – Armenia’s Bakeshop bakes all 10 different kinds of cakes individually each day just to make the Cake Galore.
“That is the usual process. Then we will cut a single slice on each cake, one by one, and have it put together,” they said.
Armenia’s Cake Galore costs P1,000. You can also get whole cakes of its various flavors, with prices ranging from P650 to P900.
Armenia’s menu is extensive (they also sell cookies, two-tier cakes, crinkles, special ensaymada, cupcakes, and more), inspired by a woman’s passion for baking, which led to family and friends pressuring her to sell her treats to the public.
“I took up culinary courses in 2011 to enhance my skills in baking. At first it was only my hobby, baking cookies, cupcakes, and cakes, until in 2012, I started to sell my baked goodies to friends and relatives,” she said.
She and her husband, both Armenia’s Bakeshop’s owners, also tried to sell it through social media. “In God’s perfect way, our products gathered positive feedback from our customers. That is when we took the courage to open up our very first physical bakeshop at Guagua, Pampanga,” she added.
Armenia’s first and main branch is at Plaza Burgos, Guagua, Pampanga (09431348293) and is open from 9 am to 7 pm daily.
Their word-of-mouth success helped to build their second branch in Kingsborough Building (09431348294) in San Fernardo, Pampanga, and a third in Lachica Building (09688549295) at Balibago, Angeles City. The former is open from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm daily, while the latter is open from 9 am to 7 pm.
For customers outside Pampanga, Armenia’s Bakeshop can still cater to your delivery orders – just make sure to book your own courier. You can place your orders via Instagram or Facebook. – Rappler.com