Baking is so dear to my heart because my Lovey likes to bake. Unfortunately for her, her mommah doesn’t know the first thing about baking. And our kitchen is not fully equipped for her to whip up even the simplest of recipes. So it has always been a frustration for her, and ultimately, for me because I can’t nurture her creative side.
My poor baby has to do the preps on a chair! :'(
When the Bossman invited us to visit the newly opened Lifestyle Baking School which caters to home bakers & hobbyist, I was excited to see it up close & personal so that my baby girl can develop her passion for baking.
NIKKO’s BAKING STUDIO & CAFE is owned & operated by pretty chef, NIKKO BUENDIA, who has been baking since 2001. It caters to newbies, as well as passionate home bakers who want to improve their skills and learn tried & tested recipes which they can in turn, serve to their family & friends.,
Although a highly qualified Chef, Nikko prefers to be called a Home Baker because of the simplicity of the title & how close to the heart it strikes: She bakes for the love of it. The moment you step inside, you’ll definitely know that love abounds in every corner. Blood, sweat & tears have been poured in her school & bake shop as evidenced by the warmth of the colors as well as textures from the wall to the floor to the baking stations & furniture. You’ll definitely see “Nikko” in every Nook & cranny. Homey is what comes to your mind & heart -no pretentions, just pure warmth & comfort.
Classes are designed to have a relaxed, fun, interactive & friendly atmosphere conducive to learning. None of that stiff & stressful set up you see in Hell’s Kitchen & Top Chef. At Nikko’s Baking Studio, Nikko wants you to feel like you’re just at a friend’s kitchen, sharing recipes, learning from one another, and simply baking together in harmony.
Nikko features only one dessert per class. Her studio has five individual baking stations, each one equipped with the usual kitchen appliances and none of the industrial versions so that the experience can also be replicated at home. Nikko’s Baking Studio offers a full range of classes, from basic baking to savory dishes.
Nikko’s Baking Studio is not only a school, but also a Cafe. We were delighted to have been able to sample most of her wonderful creations as she prepared a fest for us one Friday afternoon.
All photos here belong to my generous handler, SPANKY ENRIQUEZ. I took a bunch of photos but my memory stick got corrupted. So thank you boss for coming to my rescue, as always! :-*
Nikko’s Baking Studio & Cafe
59-A Paseo de Roxas, Urdaneta Village, Makati
(across Mandarin Oriental, near cor. Buendia)
Nikko’s Baking Studio & Cafe is as cozy as it is homey because it’s actually a house converted into a bakeshop & cafe. So it’s just like visiting a friend for a slice of cake & cup of coffee when you visit Nikko at her studio.
Mimosas & Pandan juice awaited us as we arrived. And you know mimosa adds to the buzz, so it was really a FUN afternoon & eating, drinking, & chatting up a storm with my foodie fambam. <3
To say that Nikko baked up a STORM is an understatement! My eyes (and heart) practically fell off its socket as I gazed longingly & lovingly at all the sweet & yummy treats laid out in front of me! Oh happy day! <3
And just look at Nikko’s BACON & EGG MOZO SHOES! A girl after my own heart. Right there & then, I knew we would get along just fine. Quirky & fun, my favorite qualities. PLUS, she BAKES!!! ;)
Chorizo Empanada. Kap doesn’t have a sweet tooth so he was happy to see some savories on the table. He was quite attached to this yummy & crunchy empadana & even had some packed to go haha! Talk about being KAP-al! ;P
Nikko’s famous WALNUT BAKLAVA. Whole 2,680 php. Half 1,380 php. So worth it. PROMISE! <3
SMORES!!! The kids would have gone crazy over these wild babies! <3 Smores Wild Pie available. 9″ at 1,680 php. Great addition to any party!
If I fell in love that day, I would say I fell head over heels in love with THIS cheesecake. OH MY! Cheesy goodness in every bite! If you like cookies & cheesecakes, then this is the perfect combo for you. Unfortunately for me, this will forever haunt me in my dreams. For my birthday, I am DEFINITELY getting 1 whole cheesecake all to myself as a reward! <3 Whole COOKIE DOUGH CHEESECAKE 3,780 php.
What I love about Nikko’s Cookie Dough Cheesecake is that it’s not sweet. It’s more savory than sweet because of the cheese. So it is perfect for my new palate. :)
I’m a chocolate person so this was a close second! <3 I had a teeny tiny bite of each so I can determine which ones to recommend to you. It was an epic fail though because I recommend ALL! DECADENT CHOCOLATE CAKE 8″ at 960 php, 10″ at 1,860 php.
Can you SEE how moist it is? Can you SMELL the caramel & chocolate? DEATH!!! :'( This will be the death of me!
Kap’s one choice of sweets, BANANA CREAM PIE, just because it has his favorite fruit! ;) 9″ at 960 php.
Just staring at this whipped cream spread added 20 lbs. to my already bulging tummy! Why must everything soooo good be sooooooo bad???
Pineapple Streusel Pie. Looking for something different & out of the ordinary? Then this is the one for you. Not many bakers venture into unchartered territory, and pineapple is definitely not one you wanna mess with unless you are confident of your skills. To which Nikko definitely is! Just have a slice & you’ll know.
Perfect mix of sweet & sour. \m/
Kahlua Mocha Cake 8″ at 860 php, and 10″ at 1,460 php.
Because I only had a teensy weensy bite of everything, Nikko felt sorry for me & boxed up an assortment for me to take home. HOORAY KIDS! If we weren’t already besties then, we are DEFINITELY besties now! The way to to Jane’s heart is through the tummy & Nikko certainly found her way through! <3 I LOVE YOU NIKKO!!! :-*
Some of my foodie friends over at Nikko’s Baking Studio & Cafe. <3
Thank you so much boss for the invite. This one was definitely something I wouldn’t want to have missed out on! And thank you so much NIKKO for having us over. And can I just say? I LOVE YOUR MOM!!!
And I love you! Can’t wait for my blood sugar to stabilize so I can start enjoying your many beautiful & yummy creations. And can’t wait for classes to start, I know a perfect not-so-little teen eager & raring to go! :-*