What Is Dish?: A Filipino Cake on Cake Day

November 26, 2019

Today is Cake Day. Well, in the US it is—but that’s not stopping us from celebrating the classic dessert on our own. Cake is a non-negotiable component of any event, especially in the Philippines. Birthday party? Cake. Great grades? Cake. Your lola won in the bingo? Cake. It helps that it’s so easy to get a whole cake around here. There’s bound to be at least one person bringing it to the potluck.

And don’t get us started on cake’s infinite possibilities. Forget about flavors; we all know you can mix and match as you please. But over the years, we’ve seen different trends that have challenged the traditional definition of cake. Cookie cakes, no-bake cakes, burnt cakes—they’re all still cakes, and we love them just as much as the next one.

Mmm, yema.

Locally, Filipinos also have their own cake innovations. And we’ve decided to honor one of them (and challenge Kimmie’s knowledge on Filipino cakes) on the latest episode of What is Dish?. Watch the video, and tell us if you think Kimmie got it right—because (spoiler alert!) she thinks she did, but we’re not really sure.

P.S. Kids, don’t try baking cake without a recipe.

Remilly’s Yema CakeS

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Jica Simpas Jica Simpas

Jica hopes that by writing about food she'll actually learn how to cook. But for now, she'll happily just eat everything—especially cookies.

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