A group photo of some of the awardees on stage.

Inquirer Lifestyle launched Best Desserts 4, the latest in Vangie Baga-Reyes’ bestselling series in SM Aura Premier last Monday, 28 May 2018. This year’s book features over 120+ desserts from award winning pastry chefs and experienced home bakers, many of them receiving multiple awards.

Best Desserts 4 launch poster May 28, 2018 at Sm Aura Premier.
Best Desserts 4 Launch at SM Aura Premier SMX on May 28, 2018.

The list of best desserts continues to grow with over 120 entries compared to last year’s 90. The event has been doubling capacity every year since its inception in 2015, now on its 4th edition it has expanded to Functions 1-3 of SMX Aura Premier. That’s over 2,000 square meters of desserts!

Booths at Inquirer Lifestyle's Best Desserts 4
Over 2,178 square meters of desserts at SMX Aura Premier.

Increased participation of home bakers and the hospitality industry pose a serious challenge for the panel in summarising the many entries without compromise to integrity. The book over the last 4 years has fuelled the creativity of many bakers throughout the Philippines to offer more than just a good chocolate dessert. We are seeing interesting desserts like that of Marriott Manila’s Guava Cake.

New World Makati presented their Exotic Fruits Cheesecake – a rich cheesecake topped with slices of strawberry, kiwi, mango, and blackberries, finished with a strands of gold-leaf.

Holiday Inn & Suite Makati went all-out with a beautiful display of colourful pralines,  crepe samurai, their new zesty Lemon Rosemary cake, and of course their their award-wining signature Ube “purple yam” cheesecake.

City Of Dreams Manila takes home 3 awards for their delicious desserts – Coconut Creme with Mango Yolk and Latik (Crystal Dragon), Miso Cappuccino (Nobu Manila), and The Egg (Red Ginger).

Katey Q’s Cake

My favourite cake at “Best Desserts 4” has to be the refreshing Candied Orange Cake from Katey Q’s Cakes. It’s a lightly flavoured orange rum cake topped with fruity sweet candied orange slices. It’s a cake that never lasts more than a day in my fridge, it’s an easy eat. Find out more about Katey Q’s on their Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/katyqscakes/

Ollie’s Kitchen

Ollie’s Kitchen is known for their mouthwatering dough-like cookies and only less than a year in operation they managed to make it to the book. Another well deserved entry. They were generous with their samples, over 500 cookies were given out during the launch.

You can contact them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ollieskitchen1/

Ollie's Cookies
Ollie’s Cookies

Flour Jar

This quaint brunch spot somewhere in Las Piñas is popular for their crave worthy overstuffed doughnuts.

Pepita’s Kitchen

Lechon Diva does it again! Breaking up the ordinary with a surprise – her famous truffle lechon alongside her Langka with Biko Tutong. People lined up and it was hard to tell which they went for, because both are equally appealing.

Pepita's Kitchen - Lechon Diva
Pepita’s Kitchen: Truffle Lechon and Langka with Biko Tutong.

The event was open to the public with an entrance fee of just 100 PHP. Proceeds from ticket sales go directly to Gota De Leche, a foundation that provides nutritional and medical needs to marginalised children and breastfeeding mothers.