Cake/Pastry Making: Generations – at Cakes by Yda
Who’s ready to read about Cakes by Yda? (“,)
I hope you are, my dear readers, since I’ve more than alluded to this new-ish food depot with a double mention: at the Find Good Baguio Food‘s FB Page and in one blog post about new additions to our Baguio restaurant list.
The first time I heard about these baked treats was at our first dining experience at Cafe de Angelo. Whilst taking photos of the place, New York cheesecake was sitting come hither like in the display case. Cakes by Yda the tag said and as soon as Race and I got home, I ran a search for the establishment.
After a lot of enviable check-ins from my new Baguio food quest companion (introductions below), we (X+1 Race) finally got to try something of Yda’s.
Hanging out at this cafe (behind a residence … more on that in another post *hihi), we chatted with the owner as we enjoyed our perfect apple pie (slivers of delicious cinnamon dusted apples, nicely layered one on top of the other; the perfect pie crust – moist and flaky) and get your heart pumping (or at least MY heart =b), super charged coffee. Race and I found out that this, the establishment name, is a generations kind of thing. Mainly, the cakes (that sell like … um, hotcakes) are made by Maam (naks ate *giggles) Terry, mother to the little Yda.
While the apple pie was the only dessert that we came upon on that visit, there are additional munchables on the Cakes by Yda menu besides cakes. As Race and I already ate someplace else, expecting there would only be treats and desserts at this cafe, we decided to come back another time. Maam Terry informed us when her dessert display case would be fully stocked. =)
I returned to the cake shop a few days after the blustery day there would have been lots of desserts to choose from. With Jo in tow, the both of us came with tummies that needed to be filled with lunch.
Having gotten dibs on the last two slices of dessert, the blueberry cheesecake, (what did I say, selling like hotcakes *singsong voice) we picked our orders. Our refreshing iced tea slushes came first, a nice big mug of a beverage. It was just the right choice for the sunny day. The white stuff you see on top, isn’t cream. That’s blended ice dusted with a little cinnamon. See? Refreshing.
Longganisa sisig, we were told, is the cake shop’s best selling appetizer. Jo and I enjoyed this so much, we thought about getting some rice to eat with this zingy sizzling plate of meat bits. It was only after Cholo (welcome, my new friend to eatsplore Baguio with, yey!) arrived, that we learned Yda’s also served fried rice. Next time, longganisa sisig, you’ll be meeting your marker with rice for company. =))
With our palate’s prepared for our ‘American’ lunch (as Jo called it), we bit into our sandwiches, the grilled ABC and pulled pork, respectively. How interesting it was that apple was sandwiched in between the loaves of bread with the bacon and cheese. It offered a chalky but yummy crunch to the mix. As for our pulled pork sandwich, that was one savory and filling thing. It turns out we didn’t need the extra barbecue sauce dressing we were given.
If you’re looking for a change in texture with these orders, just crunch on a few of the chips (Mr. Chips) served with the sandwiches. (You can also stop chewing for a minute and enjoy the conversation and a ton of chuckles with whoever you’re dining with, like the three of us did. Weee!)
Now for dessert, the piece de resistance of the meal. Oh my word! Cheesy creamy cheesecake, crunchy little bits of a graham cracker crust and juicy-licious topping made with real blueberries. It satisfied Jo’s craving and it made me so excited for the time I get to taste Cakes by Yda’s New York cheesecake, too. (UPDATE 01/13/2014: How about going green with green tea cheesecake and matcha latte and ice blended green tea?) It’s dubbed the best by Ms. Gracie, she’s one reliable source of information on good eats in and around Baguio City, you know.
In one of our topics of conversation at this Cake’s by Yda experience, Cholo (who seems to be the cake store’s number one customer =D … among other rad sources for delish things) told us to try the apple pie (tried and tested) once it was available. It’s Maam Terry’s mom’s creation he said. Impressive, two generations of cakes and pastry making! \m/
X marks Cakes by Yda for good food (yes, that includes their appetizers, sandwiches and drinks) in Baguio. If lil Yda will take this wonderful tradition up, one can only hope. ^^,
UPDATE 02/19/2015: CbY renovated!
Cakes by Yda
Declerq Street, Bakakeng New Site
Baguio City, Philippines
0932 885 2950
**Cakes by Yda logo from the Cakes by Yda Facebook page.
**Blog post title based on Star Trek movie, Star Trek: Generations. You could say I’m a bit of a trekkie … but not (and never) as much as The Big Bang Theory guys. *hee
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