Many folks used to tell us that these really moist and delicious chocolate cakes could be purchased at the gas station (Shell?) at Magallanes. A slightly unorthodox retail location, but never mind, the cakes were good and the prices very reasonable. So over the years, we enjoyed several chocolate cakes from “the gas station” but frankly, I never went there myself nor even knew what it was called. Turns out, those cakes are baked by what is branded as Ms. Polly’s Specialty Cakes. They are currently participating in the Baker’s Dozen promotion at Rockwell Mall, weekends this October 2007. We purchased this 8×8 inch classic chocolate cake last Sunday for PHP335 (a tad higher than gas station prices) and it easily served 12 for just PHP28 per slice, less than half the cost of fancier chocolate cupcakes.
This is not a fancy chocolate cake. I suspect it uses cocoa, and not any outrageously priced dark chocolates. But it is dark, sweet and moist. The icing is a throwback to the 1960’s or 70’s and it is terrific value for money. I don’t know what their “trick” is for moistness – mayonnaise? vinegar? fat and more fat? – but it works nicely. The cake can be a bit much if eaten in large portions, and I suspect that is due to the high amounts of fat (vegetable oil, shortening and/or butter) in the recipe. I have always had problems with my own chocolate cakes, so I am happy to buy them instead. Along with this cake, we used to buy the Yulo chocolate cakes from Forbes which were delicious as well. At any rate, Ms. Polly’s has a fairly extensive list of baked goods on offer including pies, fruitcakes, cupcakes, crema di fruta, sans rival, etc. and they can be reached at 401-4588 (fax 821-6898) for inquiries. Mrs. MM and The Kid have tried the Apple Crisp and thought that was yummy as well. Have Ms. Polly’s fax you a copy of their product list. Gosh, isn’t it amazing how the use of sugar has evolved???