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Filipinos have a natural propensity for sweets. This is very evident in the variety of pastries and other sweet delicacies that they have. Since the country is predominantly a farmland, and for the longest time a significant portion of its people relied on agricultural products such as rice, corn, wheat, and sugar cane, its people has developed a culture that is closely interwoven with food showcasing these crops. Famous native kakanins (rice products) such as suman, biko, sapin-sapin, are traditionally dipped in sugar before being eaten. Other foods like puto, bibingka, and kalamay are generously bathe in butter and sugar to enhance taste. In short, Filipino pastries are generally sweet and, as can be expected, Philippine cakes [http://www.myayala.com/shop/categs.asp?k=Cakes-philippines&categ_id=216] are no different. Most Filipino-made cakes make use of one or more of the following ingredients â sugar, honey, chocolate, and/or a variety of fruits (mangoes, bananas, coconuts, and strawberries).
Filipinos are festive people. If thereâs one thing that theyâre known for aside from their hospitality, itâs their love of celebrations. Every time an occasion demands celebration, Filipinos go all out in all aspects of preparations â decors, entertainment, and food. Their festive nature is shown in their vibrant displays of colors, expressive designs, and a unique sense of creativity. Filipino chefs and cooks imbibe the same characteristics in their cake designs. Thatâs why most Philippine cakes come in a combination of colors and shapes. Others even incorporate unusual ornaments to add to the visual appeal of the pastry.
Since Philippine tradition does not regard cakes as usual meal buddies (regular dessert), Filipinos have come to associate it mainly with celebrations. And because Filipino celebrations usually involve a large gathering of relatives and friends, celebratory cakes are usually made in generous servings to accommodate a large number of guests. Rarely will you see a Filipino-made cake that is good for 2 to 4 people only.