Camote Cheesecake

Where: Baking Bad

(Facebook / @bakingbadph)

For a more Filipino take on the crowd-favorite cheesecake, one can try Baking Bad’s version, whose cheesecake filling is mixed with sweet potato and lies on a bed of graham cashew crust. It is then glazed with white chocolate ganache and topped with dried cranberries.

Egg Tarts

Where: Crème

(Facebook / @CremeEggTarts)

These Portuguese-style egg tarts are made fresh each morning and each layer is just as scrumptious as the last one—from the crispy, flaky puff pastry to the creamy custard center.

Pistachio Cheesecake

Where: Pink Heaven

(Facebook / @PinkHeavenCebu)

With a filling that’s tangy and sweet without being cloying, plus a generous sprinkling of pistachio bits, Pink Heaven’s pistachio cheesecake will have your guests polishing off their dessert plates in no time.

Basque Burnt Cheesecake

Where: Rhapsody Desserts and Delectables PH

(Facebook / @RhapsodybyFranzIvan)

Out of all the Basque burnt cheesecakes in town, Rhapsody takes the cake as it has a molten center under that perfectly blackened top. The filling has a bit of saltiness to cut through all that cheesecake richness.

Puto Bumbong

Where: Cafe Laguna

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Native delicacies deserve a space on your spread too. Best served warm, ube-colored sticky rice is topped with desiccated coconut and comes with margarine and muscovado on the side.

Holiday Cakesicles

Where: Tazza Cafe and Patisserie

(Facebook / @tazzacafe2014)

These cakesicles are made with moist brownies dipped in decadent dark chocolate and patterned after cheery yuletide ornaments and symbols.

Avocado Cream Pie

Where: Treat Street Cafe

(Facebook / @treatstcafe)

If you’re one of those who crave something salty after devouring something sweet, this one’s for you. The filling has an unmistakeable avocado flavor and the slightly salty crust balances it off.