A piece of cake! You can make your own cakes at I Did It Myself DIY Bakery

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MANILA, Philippines – If you’ve always dreamed of hosting your own confectionary parlour, now you can live out your home baker fantasies at SM Megamall’s I Did It Myself (IDIM) DIY Bakery, where baking your own beau cake has never been so sweet. , easy, fun and fulfilling!

We paid a visit to the cute confectionery studio, which is hard to miss on the 4th floor of SM Megamall’s Mega Atrium. As you walk up to its entrance, you’ll immediately see people mixing their cake batters through the large picture windows. From the outside, you can already see the spacious studio filled with sprinkles, frostings, sugar and everything nice!

First established in Taiwan, the international bakery studio not only sells cakes, but allows its customers to bake and decorate the treats themselves! The concept welcomes everyone, regardless of your level and your baking skills. Whether you’re a professional baker or a novice baker, you’ll find something to love about this place. It’s all about having fun here.

ENTRANCE. Photo by Sydney Cañamo/Rappler
take in space

The interior of the studio is open-plan, allowing you to see every area of ​​the white, wood-themed space. The Instagrammable corners look like something out of a Food Network baking show, with good bright lighting and neon signs.

WHITE AND WOODEN INTERIORS. Photo by Sydney Cañamo/Rappler
OPEN SPACE. Photo by Sydney Cañamo/Rappler

Once inside, you will be greeted by the reception counter where you will already choose the cake you want to make. The confections start at P500 up to P1,699, depending on the complexity and ingredients of the cake. You can choose from a wide selection of classic cakes, chocolate cakes, cheesecakes, fruitcakes, matcha cakes, cookies and other pastries. They also have seasonal and limited edition cakes which are more expensive.

WAITING ROOM. Photo by Sydney Cañamo/Rappler

For our visit, we chose the Dreamy Wonderland Decorated Cake (P1,299), because how can we say no to dreamy unicorn vibes? The price of the cake includes the rest of the baking experience, which includes all ingredients, baking equipment, decorations, and staff assistance. Each cake can be made by two in less than two hours in the studio.

We were also given keys to a locker where we could store our belongings before cooking.

On your marks, get set, cook!

First of all, you must wash your hands and choose an IDIM apron to keep your OOTD clean! Once seated in your comfortable space with massive work tables, the staff will hand you an electronic tablet containing the step-by-step recipe for the cake. You are ready !

DECORATION AREA. Photo by Sydney Cañamo/Rappler

Don’t worry if you’re a beginner baker like me, because the guide’s instructions are very easy to follow. They detail the exact measurements, and there are even videos that accompany each step. If you’re not sure what to do, there are plenty of friendly pastry trainers in the studio to lend a hand.

Gathering your ingredients is a walk in the park with IDIM’s stocked pantry and top-notch sanitized equipment. Everything you need is at your fingertips as if you were in the It’s a piece of cake ? Where Nailed it! kitchen. You’d want to make sure you get the measurements on point though, to avoid any epic baking failures!

HIGH QUALITY INGREDIENTS. Photo by Sydney Cañamo/Rappler

After preparing your dry ingredients, you must walk through the studio to get to the mixing area where you will learn how to use the electric mixer for your dough. Then you can head to the iconic oven wall to bake the cakes. Easy, right?

WORKTABLES. Photo by Sydney Cañamo/Rappler
THE CAKE DOUGH. Photo by Sydney Cañamo/Rappler
MIXING ZONE. Photo by Sydney Cañamo/Rappler
OVEN WALL. Photo by Sydney Cañamo/Rappler
Milk tea and chill

Letting the oven do its baking magic and waiting for the cakes to cool can take around 20-30 minutes, depending on your bakery of choice. It’s the perfect time to sit down, relax and make your own milk tea!

BEVERAGE AREA. Photo by Sydney Cañamo/Rappler

In the drinks area, bakers can also be baristas for a day and make their own free drinks. For your milk tea base, you can choose between brown sugar, taro, strawberry, matcha or chocolate syrup and shake it with ice using the cocktail shaker. Then you can add your sinkers – either mochi, brown sugar jelly or boba.

FOAM PRINTER. Photo by Sydney Cañamo/Rappler

The most exciting part of it all is adding a layer of custom cheese foam on top of your drink! You can print any photo you want on top using their foam printing machine. All you have to do is scan the QR code and upload a photo from your phone, and it will be printed right into your cup of milk tea. For my brown sugar milk tea, I printed a picture of my favorite character, Usagi from Sailormoon.

CHEESE MOUSSE ART. Photo by Sydney Cañamo/Rappler

While waiting for my finished product, my friends and I simply soaked in the comfort of the space while listening to pop music, walking around, and admiring each other’s artwork. You don’t have to worry about cleaning either, as the staff can help you put away unnecessary things in an instant. If you’re up for it, there’s also a claw machine where you can win cute stuffed animals.

CLAW MACHINE. Photo by Sydney Cañamo/Rappler

For Instagrammers, YouTubers and TikTokers, IDIM gotchu – before we started, the staff even lent us a pink phone tripod for hassle-free documentation. Big plus that they even have outlets and USB ports at the tables, just in case you need to charge your devices.

Let’s be creative!

Once the cakes have cooled, we move on to the next part – assembling and decorating! You will need to move to the decorating area where the toppings and cake stands are.

COOLING GRILL. Photo by Sydney Cañamo/Rappler

That’s the fun part – flexing your creative and artistic muscles. There’s no need to be specific here, because it’s okay if you don’t completely follow the tablet to know what your cake will look like.

CAKE DECORATION. Photo by Sydney Cañamo/Rappler

Instead of having two colors for the frosting, we opted for three different pastel colors to capture the palette of a sunset sky. Personally, I wanted my cake to still be inspired by the dreamy concept of the style we chose. You can also customize your flavors according to your tastes and preferences. Our chocolate cake was originally supposed to have a blueberry filling, but we replaced it with caramel syrup.

When we were putting the layers together, we made a rookie mistake by putting caramel syrup directly into the sponge cake which soaked it all up. Luckily our friendly pastry coach caught us in the act and stepped in to teach us how to do it right!

FREE SUPPORT. Photo by Sydney Cañamo/Rappler

Another pastry assistant taught us how to properly put icing on the cake. She found butterfly and star decorations that would go well with our cake and even suggested adding gold leaf for a touch of sophistication. To top it off, we’ve added a ballerina topper as the finishing touch (additional toppers are added to your total bill).

PIPING 101. Photo by Sydney Cañamo/Rappler

As we held our masterpiece, we couldn’t believe it was something we made in a few hours with no prior baking experience. As we were already happy with our three layer cake, the staff wrapped our sunset cake in a clear box and a ribbon of our choice.

FINAL PRODUCT. Photo by Sydney Cañamo/Rappler

On your way out, you can also display your decorated cakes on the pink wall and take more photos at the entrance.

Everybody can cook

The cake we baked seemed impossible to slice, but it was soft and fluffy when we cut it. The sponge cake was slightly airy, but also moist. The frosting also does not taste very sweet, but rather creamy.

MASTERPIECE. Photo by Sydney Cañamo/Rappler

One thing I would do differently next time is put more frosting between the layers; but the best thing about baking in IDIM is that there is always room for mistakes. Your cake’s imperfections are what make it special, and you’ll learn next time.

All in all, I highly recommend the baking experience to anyone looking for a fun, bonding, interactive activity. It is best enjoyed when working with others. It’s perfect for the parent-child bond, barkades, besties, or a fun date with your partner! Learning a new skill and trying something new is always a great way to spend your time.

Our only advice is to make sure you wear comfortable clothes and shoes, as you might be on your feet most of the time. Also, be mindful of your time, but remember to have fun!

IDIM encourages creativity and your ability to follow instructions. Although I am personally drawn to artistic pursuits, I can guarantee that you don’t need any pro-level decorating skills or experience. In fact, IDIM could be your starting point and you might even surprise yourself. At the end, you’ll show off your masterpiece and proudly say, “I made it myself!”

For reservations, IDIM accepts walk-ins or reservations made through its website. – Rappler.com

Sydney Cañamo is a Rappler trainee.

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