Tucked away in a secluded location here in Cebu City is a cozy little haven where you’ll find baked goods that are deliciously tempting and freshly made. Corner Bakery might sound like a very unassuming name for this place, but it’s also apt because the place really is situated along an intersection of two streets, in the residential neighborhood called Villa Aurora.
This bakery was founded in 2007. At first, owners Jason and Michelle Ng operated their business as a home-based one that provided yummy baked goods for their family and friends, who passed the word around. Good word of mouth was apparently enough to keep bringing the customers to them even though they did not advertise extensively. Michelle Ng told the Freeman that wants the quality of Corner Bakery’s products to speak for itself and that quality is at the top of her agenda when she creates the dishes served in their cozy little space. This commitment to quality also ties in with the fact that Corner Bakery’s products are made with no preservatives.
By the way, don’t confuse this Corner Bakery with another Corner Bakery that happens to be the bakery brand of Max’s Restaurant. Corner Bakery Company’s signage has a style similar to that of the Corner Bakery Café franchise brand in the United States.
Regardless of its name, Corner Bakery also serves food aside from baked goods. Pasta dishes like lasagna, spaghetti Bolognese, and penne ai funghi (short thick diagonally cut tubular pasta, with mushrooms and cream sauce) are on the menu, for those who would like carbs other than bread or pastries. The couple who own and manage Corner Bakery travel occasionally and pick up culinary trends that they can incorporate into their menu.
People who use the Web site foursquare.com have good things to say about the hot chili wings (served with bleu cheese dip) and the potato salad. Even a bakery staple like pan de sal comes highly recommended when it’s from Corner Bakery, and if you’re the kind of person who likes to snack on sandwiches, then you might want to give the tuna bun a try. As for Corner Bakery’s dessert items, the s’mores (treats with the flavor of toasted marshmallow and chocolate sandwiched between graham crackers), mochi, mango cream pie (made with Guadalupe mangoes), and red velvet cake are the most popular among the Foursquare users.
The Web site foodspotting.com has some customer photos of Corner Bakery’s blueberry cheesecake, choco swirl cheesecake, and red velvet cheesecake, for the cheesecake fanatics out there. People on Foodspotting also recommended Corner Bakery’s homemade chocolate, choco-nutty banana cupcake, carrot cupcake, spaghetti Bolognese, and crostini (slices of toasted bread served with a spread). Even on Instagram, people have been known to rave about the yummy spaghetti Bolognese or the carbonara, the bread, and the artisan dark chocolate bars from Corner Bakery Company.
Along with such a treat as cinnamon bread or possibly hotdog bread topped with mozzarella, you would probably enjoy a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Cold drinks like Iced Café Latte, Mocharamel Frost, and Coffee Jelly Frost are also available for you to pair with your food order.
If you have special occasions coming up, Corner Bakery takes orders for customized cakes and cupcakes. It has made cakes with themes like Ninjago, Power Rangers, Transformers, Bob the Builder, Geronimo Stilton, Dora the Explorer, and Tangled that were commissioned for some lucky kids’ birthdays. Since Christmas is fast approaching, you might be interested to know that in 2011, Corner Bakery had quite a large selection of Christmas goodies as gift ideas. These included its Christmas collection of Angry Birds cupcakes, Santa Claus and poinsettia cupcakes, “food for the gods” cupcakes, limited-edition vanilla almond brownies, boxes of ensaymaditas (cheese and Belgian choco flavors), fruit jelly, chocolate chip Kahlua bars, and bucketfuls of chocolate treats. Its Christmas cakes with holiday designs were the following: red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, old-fashioned chocolate fudge cake, chocolate torte, and orange champagne torte.
On Monday through Saturday, you may visit the bakery from 9 a.m to 9 p.m., and on Sunday, its hours are 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Corner Bakery is at 44 President Roxas Street, Villa Aurora, Cebu City. If you’re coming from the Ayala Center Cebu area, just turn left after Castle Peak Hotel onto President Roxas Street. Corner Bakery Company is at the left corner just after Abaseria Deli and Café. You can call the bakery at telephone number (032)238-3508 for orders. You could send [email protected] an e-mail message if that’s what you would prefer. Its Web site is http://cornerbakery.multiply.com/ but with a more updated page on Facebook as well, at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Corner-Bakery/203542826344058