(This feature was published in GMA News Online last December 19, 2017)
Christmas is always a good time to indulge and be merry. But while you’re spoiling yourself, why not share the calories with others? Sink your sweet tooth into these decadent desserts. After all, calories don’t count during the holidays!
1. Yema Queso de Bola Cake from Claudine’s Homemade Classics
This home-based kitchen in Parañaque has been baking up a storm since 2015. It became known for its Belgian chocolate chip cookies, but has expanded its offerings since then. From cakes to ensaymada, and even pasta, all are baked fresh to order, which requires one to two days lead time.
A must-try is the Yema Queso de Bola Cake with its two layers of light, fluffy chiffon filled with sweet custard buttercream. It gets another layer of flavor with its rich yema frosting and a generous sprinkling of shredded Marca Piña Dutch Edam Queso de Bola. (P900 plain 8-inch; P1,800 9×12; P2,700 10×12; P3,600 12×16). Pick-up available in Scout Ojeda, Quezon City every Mondays and Thursdays only; deliveries to Makati and BGC can be arranged for a minimal fee.
33 Hamburg St. Merville Park, Parañaque City. +63917 5322300
2. Vegan fudgy brownies from Earth Desserts
Vegetarians and vegans, rejoice! You can now eat guilt-free with the all-vegan pastries from Earth Desserts. These are made from plant-based ingredients and are organic and locally sourced. And instead of using the conventional baking ingredients, Earth Desserts use healthier alternatives, making it lower in fat, calories and sugar — and high in fiber.
Apart from the vegan fudgy brownies (P200/box of 6; also comes in gluten-free), Earth Desserts’ vegan peppermint brookies (P180/dozen), vegan dark choco sea salt granola (P165/150g) and choco chia bark (P165/150g) are a must-try.
+63917 8552748. Website. Facebook. Instagram. [email protected]
3. Brownies and cupcakes from Kayce’s Confectionery
Kayce’s Confectionery is another home-based baking business that has developed its own special recipes like Brownies with Chocolate Frosting (P150/3 pieces; P300/6 pieces) and Chocolate Cupcakes with Boiled Icing (P180/6 pieces; P330/1 dozen). Owned by a young entrepreneur who personally does all the baking and quality control, she makes sure to use only premium ingredients and adds her personal touch to all her pastry products that are big enough to satisfy a man’s appetite. Usual lead time is two days, but a week is required for bulk orders. Delivery can be arranged, as well as pick-up or meet-up.
+63977 823 5511. Facebook. Pick up points: 2/F 1052 EDSA, Magallanes Village Makati City. 314 San Juanico St. Ayala Alabang Village Muntinlupa City. Meet-up point: Alabang Town Center, Starbucks in Metro Food Court, 11:00am-6pm, Saturday & Sunday
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