Our brains seem hardwired to go gaga over all things cute, which might explain why we tap that heart on Instagram photos of dogs or watch those cat videos on loop. Cute things add a little brightness to the doldrums of our days.
There’s a restaurant in Quezon City that serves up your daily dose of cute and brightens up your palate, too! The Bunny Baker Café & Cake Studio serves up some good food, decadent desserts, and impressive cups of coffee.
A passion for cakes that turned into a full blown Bunny Baker business
Aila Yonzon, aka the Bunny Baker, has always had a penchant for baking cakes. An interest sparked by baking classes from high school led the self-taught baker to create cakes and desserts with a little help from what she calls the “University of YouTube, Forums, and Blogs.”
Her husband Zach got in on the action after egging her on to dabble in fondant. An artist eager to see what sculptures he could create out of the clay-like material, he and Aila started making whimsical cakes with sculpted toppers. That was the beginning of this power couple’s epic cake business!
They started their online cake shop back in 2010, using Facebook to reach out to customers. Changes to the social media platform eventually limited their reach, necessitating a move to a brick and mortar storefront.
In December 2014, they finally opened up their own store in Hemady Square, calling it The Bunny Baker Café & Cake Studio. And they pulled out all the stops when it came to designing its interior, combining their talents in the arts to create a one-of-a-kind, way-too-cute hideout for their customers.
The walls are colored in delicate pastel hues, the chairs have bunny ears protruding from them, and the ceiling is speckled with stars. Let’s just say Martha Stewart would be very proud!
On their menu, you’ll find all the food you could ever crave for in a day. They have all-day breakfast, pasta, burgers, hot and cold drinks, cupcakes and other desserts, as well as bunnylato, their take on gelato which they churn fresh daily in small batches right at the store.
At the end of the day, however, their custom-designed cakes are still their crowning glory. Inside the cafe, they have a cake sculpting area where customers can gawk at the cake designers at work. (Fun fact: the team once made a life-size cake replica of Manny Pacquiao!)
The Bunny Baker’s bestsellers: deep-fried spam sticks, gooey brownie skillets, and bunny latte art
If you’re not sure how to start your meal off at The Bunny Baker, get yourself the Starter Sampler. An order of this gives you portions of three of their most popular appetizers! You get to chow down on some Spam Fries (sticks of spam covered in panko and then deep fried), some Cinco Dinamita (peppers stuffed with cheese and meat and then encased in a crunchy wrap), and a bit of Champoy Chicken Skin (crispy chicken skin flavored in Mrs. Chen’s secret spices).
As for mains, there’s a great variety of choices that every member of the family or barkada is sure to find something they like. To help guide you in the right direction, you can start out with the Chicken Cordon Bleu ala Kiev, a filling meal of chicken breast roulade stuffed with ham, cream cheese, and herb butter and then baked to perfection. This entree comes with garlic rice, corn, and carrots on the side.
Or you could go for the Blackened Cajun Chicken & Bacon, fusilli pasta topped off with grilled, Cajun-seasoned chicken, bacon, spinach, and tomatoes.
Of course, you can’t leave The Bunny Baker without trying out their most raved-about desserts, such as the best-selling Ooey-Gooey, a half-baked brownie in a skillet with a dollop of artisanal salted caramel gelato on top. This one stays true to its name of being sticky, chocolatey, and absolutely to die for.
Another must-try from the dessert section is Gojira’s Delight, a favorite among matcha lovers. This one gives you two fluffy matcha pancakes sandwiching a scoop of store-churned matcha gelato, mochi balls, red bean adzuki, whipped cream, and drizzled with matcha syrup.
The Bunny Baker also has the Cheesecakedilla ala Mode, a unique dessert creation made with whole wheat tortilla that’s been filled with cream cheese and butter, covered in cinnamon sugar, and then finished off with a helping of homemade vanilla gelato!
These sweet treats are best enjoyed with a cup of Bunny Latte in hand. Unlike most coffee shops that flavor their drinks with syrup pumped from a bottle, the Bunny Baker Café prides itself in using authentic ingredients for their flavored drinks, such as real cookie butter for their Speculoos Latte, real store-cooked salted caramel for their Salted Caramel Latte, and they even make their Red Velvet Hot Cocoa in much the same way they make their red velvet cake batter!
Shown in the picture, clockwise from top are the BB Premium Hot Cocoa, the Red Velvet Hot Cocoa, the Cafe Latte, the Ube Latte, and the Espresso Matcha Latte. Instead of the overused leaf or heart design, expect your Bunny Latte to be embellished with their signature bunny face! (Because of Zach’s mad latte art skills, you can actually have whatever you want drawn on your coffee, whether it be your dog, your boyfriend, or your own face!)
Finding a parking slot won’t be a struggle and you also get to enjoy free Wi-Fi
For all the concerned foodies out there, yes, The Bunny Baker has free Wi-Fi and there’s basement parking in the building, too! The café is thoughtfully laid out with plenty of power outlets, making it a perfect spot to study, hold meetings, or just hang out in. Plus, they close pretty late (12AM on Fridays and Saturdays) so you can take your own sweet time savoring every bite of your dessert and every sip of your coffee!
The Bunny Baker can be found on the 3/F of Hemady Square, 86 Doña Hemady St. cor. E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave., New Manila, Quezon City, Metro Manila. You can call for reservations or inquiries through +63 2 650 4153.