Dessert Comes First

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Magnum White King

Where Bakers Shop

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This is where I buy all of my baking supplies and ingredients.

Cory Untalan is my friend and the proprietor of CRU Kitchen. I knew her in her past life as a restaurateur, something she excelled at before she plunged headlong into baking. As a home baker, she’s navigated CRU Kitchen to great heights – her Queso De Bola Cheesecake is multi-awarded and the standard I compare other QdB cheesecakes to. Two years ago, her Chocolate Spoons were my objects of desire on Valentine’s Day.

Because I write about so many home bakers, I wonder where they get their ingredients. I, for one, am an ingredient snob – whatever goes into the desserts I bake is of the absolute best quality I can afford. No amount of hoo-hah or hocus-pocus can hide shoddy ingredients.

So when Cory tells me about her new business endeavor, a baking supply store aptly called Sweet Escape, I visit immediately and feel that I’ve found my heaven. I formerly stocked up on supplies at only three places: SweetCraft, Säntis, and Bacchus; but it’s bye for now to those, as I immerse myself in a Sweet Escape. Really, a store of this level for bakers could have only been conceived by a baker. This is truly my one-stop, one and only baking shop.

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Space is designed intelligently to maximize stacking potential. All kinds of flour mingle with all kinds of chocolate – my mind swirls with pleasurable possibilities.

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For the bread bakers. And on the right, sugar in all its forms.

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Nuts, dried fruit, edible confetti, and garnishes: a baker’s bling.

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Leaveners for rise and spices to kick things up a bit. Packaging too, to present pastries prettily.

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“I wanted to make quality products available to home bakers who needed them, and in the amounts they were looking for,” Cory tells me. Thanks to her, I don’t have to break the bank with 5-kilo slabs of Valrhona; now I can have a little of a lot of various brands (Callebaut, Belcolade, Bensdorp, etc.) and in various forms (nibs, callets, cocoa powders, and in batons for making pain au chocolat).

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Yes it’s true: cupcakes are forever, and you can never have enough paper liners. The store also has a treasure trove of nifty cupcake gadgets like cupcake towers and cupcake batter separators.

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A baker’s rainbow of delights. Pitter patter goes my heart.

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Sugar dust, nonpareils, gumpaste, dragées: fanciful terms for cake and cupcake toppers.

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Sweet Escape has the largest selection of flavorings available locally, and LorAnn Flavorings is a reputable brand. There’s no excuse now for artificial extracts.

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Two items that I I’m thrilled to find here are the brown parchment papers that I use for lining my baking sheets, and below, piping bags that are sturdy enough to resist tearing.

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Sweet Escape Baking & Confectionery Store
250 Pablo Ocampo Avenue, Vito Cruz Extension/Kamagong Area, Makati.
From Jupiter Street, go down Metropolitan Avenue past ShopWise. Store will be on your left.
02 546 6892 / 624 3579 / 949 3656
Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm
On Instagram: sweetescapemanila
Retail and bulk amounts available.

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