Pasig-based bakeshop recreates Duterte’s ‘rice cake’

Published March 31, 2021, 8:42 AM

by Gabriela Baron

A bakeshop based in Pasig is offering a cake that looks like a mound of rice, resembling the cake President Duterte had during his 76th birthday on Sunday, March 28.

(Photo from Nicelybaked)

“[We] humbly present our own version of rice cake — legit na cake hindi legit na rice (legit cake, not rice),” the Facebook post read. 

Nice Carlene Junsay, owner of Nicelybaked, shared that she wanted to challenge herself by creating a version of the viral “rice cake.”

simpleng cake para sa mga simpleng handaan 🍚we humbly present our own version of rice cake — legit na cake hindi legit…

Posted by Nicelybaked on Tuesday, March 30, 2021

“I actually had the idea just this morning when I saw the viral photo of the [cake]. I posted it as a challenge for myself to recreate the cake. I thought how amazing and fulfilling it would be if I can create a cake that actually looks like a cup of rice,” Junsay told the Manila Bulletin.

The cake, which measures 4×2 inches, is available in chocolate and red velvet flavors.

After her post went viral, Junsay bared that she is now flooded with orders and even had to “extend working hours” just to answer all the inquiries. 

“[My] inbox is so full at the moment. I am a one-woman team since I only run a small business. I had to call for back up to be able to respond to all queries,” she added.

Asked if the cake also includes lechon, Junsay said, “I really wish I can include a lechon with every order! But who knows maybe one of these days I can make a cake that looks like a lechon.”

Meanwhile, renowned novelist Lualhati Bautista on Monday, March 29, jested on Facebook how she was the one who first thought of substituting something else as a birthday cake in response to the viral “rice cake” of Duterte.

Sharing her photo blowing a candlestick on top of an ensaymada 20 years ago, Bautista wrote, “Siya, kanin; ako, ensaymanda. At least, mas marami ang pansit ko (He had a mound of rice, I had ensaymada. At least I had more pancit).”

Siya, kanin; ako, ensaymada. At least, mas marami ang pansit ko.

Posted by Lualhati Bautista on Sunday, March 28, 2021

“[Una] ako kay Digong 20 years pagdating sa mga kalokohan (I was ahead of Digong 20 years when it comes to these mischiefs),” the “Dekada ’70” author added.