Disclaimer: This is the full feature from The Royal Chef column on Edge Davao.
Photos by Earl John Africa
Indeed, cakes are for life and not just for birthdays. Cakes and pastries, like everything else, is for keeps — even the calories from it. Nonetheless, indulging a sweet craving has, is and will always be a delectable-celebration-even-without-a-celebration moment.
With the boom of online marketing, SME’s saw this as a great opportunity to capitalise on. However, for many, it was not an easy post-and-click succession. It took more than just patience and perseverance; it was a constant everyday struggle to make it in the real world — to really make it in the real world.
For Chieb Elizalde, Pastry connoisseur and Real Confections owner, it was not an easy walk in the park. As they say, the struggle is real. It was not all glitz and glamour — he too had to endure challenges and find ways to get his delicious products out in the public. From meet-ups inside the mall with inquisitive security personnel to abandoned boxes of brownies by buyers on the last minute, he had walked the path as others have. Yet, he did not give up. Instead, he persevered until he saw the light at the end of the tunnel. And he did.
Real Confections is primarily an online pastry and cake shop. It offers an array of delectably baked sweet treats that’ll make you crave for more. I know, I always want more when I’m eating a piece (or two haha). Just imagine a box full of sweet treats baked to perfection — not too sweet, not dense and most of all, moist to the core — now, that’s something you’d want to munch on all day long.
Known as the pastry shop with the indefinite BUY 1 TAKE 1 offer — many patrons began as curious online viewers that slowly turned into regular customers. Baking since 2012, nowadays, Chieb has ventured into bigger options. He now designs and bakes cakes for special occasions — birthdays, gatherings, anniversaries and of course, weddings. And that includes layers and layers of cake on top of one another. Majestic, divine and double tap worthy — that’s how his creations are.
At first, Chieb was a walker-seller. He peddled into locations to meet his customers and deliver them their boxed goodies. Now, Real Confections is conveniently located at Kitchen Pantry, a baking supplies centre right in the heart of downtown Davao. Owner Jenny Grace Abasquez (of Kitchen Pantry) urged Chieb to occupy a small section on their store — for display and act as a pick-up station for his buyers. It was that invitation that fuelled Chieb to go on further and continue baking.
With Real Confections, you’d always end up expecting the unexpected. Chieb entertains customised designs — truly, he is a real-life dream maker. The balance of sweetness is also what sets it apart from the rest. His cakes, brownies and other sweet treats verily completes any celebration. Not to mention, they are affordably priced hence every reason to order boxes after another without breaking your budget.
Best seller? Everything! Try the Nutty Brownies, Dulce de Leche Brownies, Salted Caramel Bars, Choco Fudge Brownies, Rocky Road Brownies, Strawberry Bars, Oatmeal Bars, and Red Velvet Bars. Personally, I love the cheesecake cups —- ooohhh soooo yummy! I’m actually looking forward for a bite of their Banana Cake. Can’t wait.
Chieb’s story is one for the books. It’s one thing to be successful — but when you’ve gone the road to success, success becomes more of a life lesson than just a plaque on the wall. To Chieb and Real Confections, thank you for feeding us with your many sweet treats. Please don’t stop.
Real Confections (pick-up point) is at KITCHEN PANTRY Acacia near STI college, corner Villa Abrille (fronting LYR), Davao City.
Operating Hours: 8:00am to 8:00pm
For orders and inquiries, you may call them at 0917 726 3849
*Clients will be informed of the details on WHERE they can pick-up their orders.
Happiest Birthday to my first and only superhero,Daddy dearest! Thank you for the gift of life and for allowing me to believe in forever. Loveyou mucho mucho Daddy and Mama!
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