Beyond Sylvannas: The Pane e Dolci Story

The humble beginnings of a popular Sylvannas brand in Cagayan de Oro City.

What started as a home-based business idea of colleagues Mark and Ruben is now a popular dessert shop serving the local and visiting patrons. Opened October last year, Pane e Dolci houses Cagayan de Oro’s pride Sylvannas.

Mark and Ruben, both Dietitian and Nutritionist and were working for the same company, came up with the idea mid of 2013. At first it was just a home-based business having their kitchen as the start-up workplace. 

Who would have thought that baking and selling cakes to friends paved way for bigger opportunities; more people started ordering that even in the wee hours of the night somebody would knock at their apartment door to order or fetch their goods.

Though a new venture for both them, according to Mark, baking was no stranger for their educational backgrounds provided them the basic skills they needed to begin the business.

Mark said that their most popular product -the Sylvannas- was a later idea and the commercial production was an upshot of a cancelled order.  “Someone ordered for Sylvannas however, we failed to deliver it to him because we were so busy at work, so we decided to sell it to our officemates and they liked it.  Since then, the demand for Sylvannas keep coming and the rest were history” he shared in vernacular.

With orders flooding at their apartment door, they then decided to set-up a shop to better serve their costumers. “When we were still starting, it was Ruben who worked more on the kitchen: doing the baking and perfecting the recipes and, I’m more on facilitating the administrative tasks.” Mark added. “But currently he’s studying abroad, so I’m in-charge of almost everything" he continued.

Pane e Dolci formally opened their shop October last year and is also co-owned by Ruben’s mom.

Surprisingly ‘non-commercialized’ quality

Though getting more popular, Pane e Dolci still religiously follows the recipes that their costumers first tasted and loved, the recipes that keep them coming back for more. Thus, maintaining the high homemade quality of their goods. “We did not change or replace any single ingredient nor modify its quantity in our products.” Mark said. 

Asked to compare their products to commercial brands, he said: “What people do not realize is that even our products are a bit pricey compared to those commercial and more popular brands, the qualities of our goods are better compared to theirs”.

True, Pane e Dolci’s cakes are of high quality; from the cake itself to the decorations, everything is perfected.

See four of their cakes below. 

Blueberry Cheesecake

Beautifully decorated Carrot Cake

Aerial view, Carrot Cake

Aerial view, Chocolate Mud Cake 

The luscious Chocolate Mud Cake 

Aerial view, Dark Red Velvet Cake

The surprising Dark Red Velvet Cake

Pane e Dolci’s cakes and their other offerings are made only with the best locally available and imported ingredients, “We have supplier that allows us to acquire the best imported ingredients to be used on our cakes. The chocolates that we are using for instance are imported.” Mark said.

As seen on their Faceboook page, Pane e Dolci’s products doesn't only satisfy Kagay-anons, it also pleases the cravings of the people in Butuan, Iligan and even in Marawi. 

Their products are reaching these places through inked distribution agreements and social media testimonials.

And just recently, according to a post in their Facebook page, they are finding ways to expand in Davao! Truly, Pane e Dolci is making marks to be Cagayan de Oro's pride.

So do not let yourself be left behind, try Pane e Dolci now! 

Pane e Dolci is located at the 12th-21st Streets in Nazareth, Cagayan de Oro City. Follow them at their Facebook page or call them at the following numbers: 09177086272 or 09177086271

Have you tried any of Pane e Dolci's offerings? Share your story in the comments section below!


  1. Gusto ko yung aerial view ng Carrot Cake!

    1. thanks glentot! sana matikman mo, mas masarap pa sa itsura ung lasa hehehe

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  3. Kakaines. Nakakatemp namana! Ilang araw na ako nag crave sa cake tas ganto pa naabutan ko :(