Dessert Comes First

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Dessert Comes First: The Cupcake

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With this cupcake, dessert truly comes first.

Sonja Ocampo is recognized as the visionary who opened Manila’s first cupcake store, Cupcakes by Sonja (CBS). Before its September 2006 debut date years ago, she asked me if I could help spread the word about her little cakes. “Cupcakes aren’t so popular yet,” she wrote,” and you really seem to like dessert.”

At that time, Dessert Comes First (DCF) was just over a year old and in the years that followed, Sonja and I developed a firm friendship. Both of our babies – my blog, her store – were close in age, and we had long conversations about how to make the concepts of cupcakes and blogging more familiar to people. (Remember that this was in 2006 when both were relatively uncommon).

Fast forward to 2013, when after almost seven years of a single store in Serendra, Sonja opened her second, this time in Glorietta. Cupcake-crazed fans everywhere celebrated her delicious victory. I, for one, got so excited that I showcased Sonja’s new store and design in a podcast.

Sonja is one of my most ardent supporters and I cherish her. When she found out that my book was to be released on September 5, just a few days shy of her stores’ seventh anniversary on September 8, she decided to dedicate a cupcake to me. She asked, “Lori, what are your favorite flavors?”, and proceeded to read several DCF posts, simultaneously searching and savoring, the tastes that I love.

So today, I beam with pride and am infinitely honored to present the:

Dessert Comes First Cupcake

This is Sonja’s gift to me in celebration of my book, and to my readers who love dessert.

This cupcake references peanut butter, my forever-favorite, with my current love for cookie butter. A lush, yellow cake is the canvas in which these two butters – peanut and cookie – combine, a marbling that merges in the mouth and melds into the mind. A bite into buttery bliss surrenders a center of speculoos ganache, a nugget of nirvana. This is my cupcake fantasy fulfilled, frosted as it is with speculoos and capped with a cookie.

I’m told that this is Sonja’s most premium cupcake to date (SRP) P135, and I’m inviting you to enjoy this with me.

Upon purchasing a copy of Dessert Comes First: The Book, present the official receipt (OR) at any Cupcakes by Sonja store (Serendra and Glorietta) and get a 15% discount on a box of 6 Dessert Comes First Cupcakes.

*(Discount only applies to half a dozen of this particular cupcake and not to individual cupcakes).

What a terrific way to kickstart the weekend! Celebrate the release of my book and the 7th anniversary of Cupcakes by Sonja on Sunday, September 8, by trying the Dessert Comes First Cupcake. See you at the stores!


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9 Responses to “Dessert Comes First: The Cupcake”

  • So happy that my sister got me my copy of your book already. Being based in New York now, I told her to get me one as soon as it hits the shelves as I was afraid they would run out when I come home for the holidays. I hope this cupcake will still be available then.


    Lori Reply:

    Hi Minnie Puno,
    Didn’t you used to have a baking business here in Manila? Your name sounds familiar. I think I may even have featured you on DCF years ago. Glad you were able to get a copy although I can’t say for sure if the cupcake will still be available by December.


    Minnie Puno Reply:

    Hi Lori,
    Yes, you featured Minnie Mousse under your blog 10 Great Restaurants and Desserts for Mother’s Day in May 11, 2007. I had a limited line of petite desserts then branched out into wraps and my private dining. I closed these temporarily when I moved to New York last year. Can’t wait to see my copy!


  • Woke up early on a Sunday, was all dressed up and ready to go to Glorietta to try THE Dessert Comes First Cupcake, but when I got there, poof! Nothing left.

    Anyway, I would like to congratulate you Ms. Lori Baltazar for your first book (I know this will be the first of many!) You have always been an inspiration. You are just awesome. I love you. :)
    I’ll move mountains to reschedule my important event on the 21st (argh) so I’ll be able to meet you on your book signing.

    Again, congratulations! More delicious and successful years to come! :)


    Lori Reply:

    Hi Abby-
    I talked to the Cupcakes by Sonja people and it seems that the DCF cupcake was delivered late last Sunday. Our apologies. I hope you can still try it some other day. Also, your name is very familiar to me because I see it often here in the Comments section. Thank you for buying my book. I’m touched by your words and the support you’ve shown me and DCF all these years. I hope to see you on the 21st.


    Abby Lotho Reply:

    Thanks for your response. It’s alright, I will surely try it one of these days. (I must!) :D

    DCF is sort of my daily news paper, you know. You’ve been a great influence, really. I am learning to appreciate good food (and actually distinguishing the good from bad).

    Yes, I’m in the process of negotiating (haha) so I could attend on the 21st! Thanks Ms. Lori! Extremely happy for you! All the best. :)


    Lori Reply:

    Always so nice to hear back from you. I hope to see you on the 21st.

  • hi, lori

    i envy the the people and baking enthusiasts in manila as they have the privilege to buy your book first hand. i’m currently here in perth australia. your famous cheesecake recipe which i have been baking for years now is a big hit here. my uncle who’s diabetic and on dialysis couldn’t resist every time i bake it for him. he said what he likes about it, it’s not too sweet unlike the cheesecakes here in perth, fancy it maybe on the eyes but too sweet for him. he now likes my baking more than her pastry chef friend who happens to be on dialysis as well.

    i look forward to have a copy of your book by next year. though im hoping for someone with a generous heart to buy and send it to me here in perth.


    Lori Reply:

    Hi Myla and Ria K –
    My publisher and I are currently addressing overseas orders. I’ll email you the details once we have them. Thanks for your interest and your patience.


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