About
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Meet Ms Chay

The owner, designer and the sugar cake artist behind Sweet Chay's Pastries.

Charina Cruz or Ms. Chay as her clients and friends call her. She began her love with art at the age of 10. She even remembered asking her father to enroll her in an Art class inside their village and would sometimes walk to attend her favorite art class over the weekends. At that age, she would always dream of adding a little bit of glitter & sequin to her work to make it sparkle.

 

When she started working as a Junior Interior Designer at the age of 17, She wanted to do more & continue her creativity. After a couple of years, she transferred with the airline industry and continued to work in this industry for about 3 years with Philippine Airlines and 6 years with Emirates as an International Flight Attendant. She also lived in Dubai, UAE during those years. She has traveled to more than 25 countries and traveled to many different cities in Asia, Europe, US, and Africa. She was introduced to the world of high-end international design from Architecture to fashion and desserts. 

 

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In 2009 she moved to Japan while helping to run a friend's cafe. It was then her passion for art & music continued to grow. Living in Japan for three years, she became obsessed with their amazing art and craftsmanship. She fell in love with their different kinds of cake, desserts, and their gourmet bread & how they were served, prepared and packed.

 

Unfortunately, Ms. Chay had to return to the Philippines after the devastating Tsunami incident in Japan. Being an interior designer, she knew that she was still in love with designing but wanted to find something more. She wanted to combine her love for art, cake, and music. Since she couldn't eat most of the cakes in Manila because it's overly sweet and she always ends up having a sour throat even after a few bites. She decided to create & introduce her line of not-too-sweet cakes & desserts and work with designs that she saw in most of her travels, magazines, books & on the internet. She knew that she needed to learn the baking basics so she enrolled herself in one of the famous local culinary schools for short lifestyle courses and also did her research so she can start teaching herself the techniques that she needed. Her background in interior design gave her an edge in capturing the cake design that she wanted to create just all in her imagination. After a few years of practice, her skills improved and she became a skilled sugar cake artist and she also got to inspire other local and international cake designers with her work.

Now Ms. Chay lives in Manila, where she has an online boutique cake shop, that she opened in 2016. She specializes in pre-ordered artisan custom cakes and desserts for people and companies. She offers a lot of options for customization so that the cake can match the occasion and their personality.

Please take a look through her work and see what she can create for you! She would love to make you that perfect cake for your special occasion, wedding, birthday, or any other occasion you can think of! ​

LET'S WORK TOGETHER ON YOUR UPCOMING EVENT

Sincerely wishing you the best on your celebration day. I'm delighted you are considering Sweet Chay's Pastries as your partner in handmade artisan cakes. Browse the gallery now and contact me so we can start creating your dream custom cakes. 

Business Hours

Monday: closed (closed for both design consultation and pick-ups)

Tuesday to Saturday: open (10am - 6pm)

(Available pick-up slots: 10am, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm)

 

Sunday: open half day (10am - 12noon)

(pickups only. closed for design consultation) 

(available pick-up slot: 10am)

* If your event falls on a Monday and you'd like to order a custom cake, kindly let us know in advance so we can help you arrange a day before pick-up.

* Design consultation operating hours: 

Tuesday to Saturday 11am - 7pm

* We're only accepting pick-ups at open pick-up slots.

Business Hours

Monday: closed (closed for both design consultation and pick-ups)

Tuesday to Saturday: open (10am - 6pm)

(Available pick-up slots: 10am, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm)

 

Sunday: open half day (10am - 12noon)

(Pickups only. closed for design consultation / Available pick-up slot: 10am)

* If your event falls on a Monday and you'd like to order a custom cake, kindly let us know in advance so we can help you arrange a day before pick-up.

* Design consultation operating hours: 

Tuesday to Saturday 11am - 7pm

* We're only accepting pick-ups at open pick-up slots.