A few years ago, Twinkle Legaspi turned what could’ve otherwise been an unproductive night into a therapeutic and profitable venture. Unable to sleep, she found herself wandering into the kitchen for some baking therapy and emerged several hours later with trays of cupcakes. This went on for several nights until her happy—but mysteriously heavier—family insisted that she share the goods with her friends. The sweet treats became a staple at gatherings with friends (she often took them to her dance classes as a post-workout treat), until people started asking her for orders.
By then, cupcakes were becoming a major food trend. However, while Twinkle loved the pretty, delicate cakes with fondant roses and heaps of sugared frosting, she discovered that more often than not, they didn’t taste as good as they looked. Inspired by a trip to Connecticut where she spent a day baking in a kitchen barn, the Dessert Barn finally opened for business. The name had a double meaning—the homey image perfectly captured the homegrown, back-to-basics feel that Twinkle wanted for her goodies.
Instead of immediately coming up with a huge portfolio of desserts, Twinkle decided to stick to the ones she did best. Each item on her short but succinct list is a classic dessert elevated to new heights through hours of experimentation and testing by Twinkle and her willing friends. Some of Dessert Barn’s bestsellers include the Bananalicious cake (it’s available in three varieties: cranberry, walnut, and peanut butter), ‘ilovu’ red velvet cupcakes, and Amnesia, which is probably one of the best chocolate cakes to be found in Manila. Made with layers of rich chocolate cake alternated with frosting and surrounded by a crushed Oreo crust, it’s named so because it’s so good, it’ll make you forget your name.
Four layers of moist chocolate cake, three layers of chocolate filling, topped off with homemade dark chocolate fudge, then encapsulated in an oreo crust.
Looks like an oreo, except maybe even better! Fresh brownies with our special cream cheese filling that give you the same ‘oh i wanna dunk this in milk’ feeling!”
An undeniably moist banana cake. You’ll be able to tell that bananas definitely RSVP-ed in this cake!
It’s our popular bananalicious cake all dressed-up and ready to go: topped off with an elegant snow glaze, then sprinkled with cranberries and walnuts.
PeanutButter Love, Bananalicious
PB + B = LOVE. Home is where the heart is, and what else is spells home like peanutbutter!!! Our bananalicious cake slathered in a peanutbutter frosting, sprinkled with chunks of choc nut make it simply irresistible.
A classic red velvet cupcake smothered with cream cheese frosting then crowned with a single red rose bud. all you really need is one, make it “the one”…
Dance your way around this – a moist carrot cake with our favorite cream cheese frosted topped off with roasted walnuts!
I know, your mouth is probably watering at the sights and descriptions of these yummy desserts! So When In Manila, do order these home made goodies to help you get that sugar high you so unheedingly deserve.
Desertbarn: Amnesia Bananlicious Cakes Cupcakes and Desserts
Website is dessertbarn.multiply.com
Contact Number is 0927-7297303
For orders (and for when they want to claim the cakes) two days advance notice before pick-up at BF Homes Pque
Written by Bianca Consunji