As I was covering the post oathtaking of President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III at Malacanang Palace, I entered a room leading to the venue of our media briefing when something caught my eye. There before me was a beautiful, fondant cake shaped like Malacanang Palace itself.
It turns out the cake was the masterpiece of Penk Ching and Shen Ratilla of Pastry Bin. I was lucky to bump into Penk, the master cakemaker herself, to get some initial cake details.
She was busy overseeing the moving of the cake so I got more details on the cake itself the following day. Here are some interesting trivia on the cake from Penk herself (as well as some other info I gathered from press articles):
* Dimensions of cake – 80 inches long x 40 inches wide x 30 inches high. The presidential seal is made of gumpaste.
* Flavor – Banana walnut (apparently, this was the flavor of the cake served at the victory party of then President-elect Noynoy and everyone loved it so Penk decided to do this cake in the same flavor)
* This is the first inaugural cake in the history of the Philippines
* While Penk has already done all kinds of cakes including wedding cakes and special occasion cakes, this is the first time she has done an inaugural cake.
* According to Penk, Pres. Aquino’s sister, Pinky Abelleda, confirmed and approved the cake design. Penk researched the cake’s look from the internet and from Nick Joaquin’s book “Malacanang” provided by Pinky.
* Penk had 8 assistants for this project and it took them 4 days to do all the gumpaste work (drying of the sugar stuff)
Kudos to Penk, Shen and Pastry Bin for a first in Philippine cake history. Maybe in future presidential inaugurations, we will see more inaugural cakes.