Hot Home Bakers this Holiday Season (

(This excerpt was taken from my article, “Hot Home Bakers this Holiday Season,” which was published in last November 17, 2010)

Forget your diet this December, as this is the time to indulge and be merry. As Christmas draws near, expect more Christmas party invites and sweet treats to come your way. Cookies, cupcakes, chocolates, candies, and other sugary stuff are common gifts during the holiday season. If you plan to give some away to your family, friends or officemates, consider ordering some from home bakers instead of getting it in commercial establishments.

Home bakers tend to put more love into what they make, as their passion oozes off into their creations. Here are just some up-and-coming home bakers that create mouth-watering treats, which are perfect for the holiday season.

Twinkle Legaspi of Dessert Barn

Twinkle got into baking three years ago when her best friend gave her a red velvet cake that she fell absolutely in love with. Since then, she has created her own version in cupcake form and called it “iloveu” (P576, 1 dozen cupcakes). Her classic red velvet cupcake that is smothered with cream cheese frosting and topped with a single red rose bud is one of her signature items.

Having the experience of supplying to an international coffee chain, Twinkle is always inspired and challenged to come up with new creations. After several tries, she has finally perfected the recipe for her chocolate cake called“amnesia” (P958, 8-inch; P480, 6-inch), which is actually four layers of moist chocolate cake, alternate with three layers of chocolate filling, topped with dark chocolate fudge, and finally covered in an Oreo crust. It is a must-try for chocolate lovers.

Her cranberry-walnut bananalicious cake (P580, 9-inch; P380, 6-inch) is another delightful dessert. It is a moist banana cake that is decorated with an elegant snow glaze and sprinkled with bits of cranberries and walnuts. It is a very festive-looking cake that is perfect for gift giving.

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