Sweet season

Gingerbread House at Radisson Blue
Gingerbread House at Radisson Blue

IT’S the time of year when food, lots of food, come knocking on your door, find their way on the table, and ask you to indulge. In short, going on a diet in the Christmas season is futile.

To add to your growing list of treats to munch on this season, here’s a look at some of the Christmas goodies and pastries now available in the city. Perfect for party giveaways and gifts, and most of all, perfect as a new item in your menu come Noche Buena.

Sugar cookies by Cupkeyk N Art

Cupkeyk N Art’s sugar cookies come in either boxes of 12 or 24. (Sun.Star Foto/Amper Campaña)
Cupkeyk N Art’s sugar cookies come in either boxes of 12 or 24. (Sun.Star Foto/Amper Campaña)

Cupkeyk N Art is an online cake and pastry shop that specializes in creating customized fondant-topped goodies.

It is run by Jhea Baron, a former banker and now a full-time mom and cake artist, who displays her creativity and craftsmanship in the designs of her food products.

Inside the Gingerbread House
Inside the Gingerbread House

Jhea said she has always been artistically inclined since she was a child, also having taken up painting classes from renowned artist Celso Pepito.

So what better way to practice her skills than through something she also loves best — food?

This Christmas, she is offering sugar cookies cut and shaped to look like yuletide ornaments such as candy canes, snowman, Christmas balls, gingerbread man, poinsettia and the like. The cookies come in assorted boxes; a box of 12 pieces cost P150 while a box of 23 pieces cost P300.

Aside from the sugar cookies, which are a special offering this season, Jhea does customized fondant cakes, cupcakes and dessert buffets. (facebook.com/cupkeyknart)

Gingerbread House at the Blu

The Radisson Blu Hotel is inviting everyone to step inside the Gingerbread House stationed in the hotel lobby. Inside the edible home are delectable Christmas goodies such as native delicacies like puto bumbong and bibingka, class Christmas breads, and specialty items like turkey, Wellington and honey hams. The Gingerbread House will be on display until Dec. 30. It is open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.

Soft Icing in a jar by The Cupcake Theory
Soft Icing in a jar by The Cupcake Theory

Soft icing in a jar by The Cupcake Theory

The Cupcake Theory’s special item for this season is the Soft Icing in a jar. It’s a spreadable, marshmallow-like cream that can be used as filling for sandwiches, or as frosting for homemade cakes.

It comes in four flavors: regular, choco and cream, cookies and cream, and salted caramel. The regular flavor is at P59 for a 100 ml jar, and P79 for a 200 ml jar. The other three special flavors are at P79 and P99, respectively.

Apart from the soft icing, The Cupcake Theory is also offering its signature cupcakes with customized fondant Christmas-themed toppers.

The Cupcake Theory is run by Arvy Enjambre-Lopez, a journalist turned cake artist. Like “The Cupcake Theory Gourmet Cupcakes and Hand-Carved Cakes” on Facebook for more information.

Cookie sandwiches by Phoebe’s Cupcakery

Phoebe Ouano is whipping up an enticing selection of sugary goodness at her eponymous cupcakery this season.

Customized Christmas cupcakes
Customized Christmas cupcakes
Chocolate chip cookies with Nutella filling, Scarlette (red velvet) crinkle sandwich with cream cheese filling, and double chocolate peppermint cookies.
Chocolate chip cookies with Nutella filling, Scarlette (red velvet) crinkle sandwich with cream cheese filling, and double chocolate peppermint cookies.

Her special products are chocolate chip cookie sandwich with Nutella filling, scarlette (red velvet) crinkle sandwich with cream cheese filling, and double chocolate peppermint cookies. She will also offer Scarlette (red velvet) in a special Christmas-themed jar.

Phoebe’s Cupcakery’s special Christmas boxes for the goodies
Phoebe’s Cupcakery’s special Christmas boxes for the goodies
Perfect as giveaways and gifts is the “Scarlette” in a jar
Perfect as giveaways and gifts is the “Scarlette” in a jar

Phoebe’s Cupcakery is known for pastries with rich, generous fillings. This season it can be expected that its cookie sandwiches and cupcakes will have the same deliciousness as well that will definitely add sweetness and cheer to the holidays! (facebook.com/cupcakesbyphoebe)

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