Sweet Treats For a Cause

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  • Families were seen gathering around 16933 Parthenia St. Northridge to show their support for the campaign and pick up their orders.

  • Pamela Cecilio-Santos, the owner of Cream & Crunch, specializes in making artisan-style food and baked goods such as Leche Flan, Cheese Pie, and Basque Burnt Cheesecake.

  • Adette Magana, the owner of adetteskii’s, specializes in making Filipino delicacies such as Kutsinta, Pichi-Pichi, Maja Maiz, and more!

  • Jennelyn De Cuna, the owner of Jenny’s Macarons, specializes in making gourmet macarons with flavors including Raspberry Buttercream, Cookies and Cream, and Pineapple Mango.

  • Marilen Quimson, the owner of Sweettreatspastels, specializes in baking bread, cakes, and pastries while adding a Filipino twist to some of her desserts. Her popular products are the Ube Yema Cake, Ensaymada, and Ube Crinkle Cookies.

In quarantine, many people are left with free time and nothing to do. Although the pandemic limits our ways to help communities, many people find creative ways to show their support and contribute to helping people around the world. Marilen Quimson, Adette Magana, Jennelyn De Cuna, and Pamela Cecilio-Santos use their free time fulfilling their passion for baking while also shedding light on global issues to spread awareness.

The baking quartet specializes in making international desserts and pastries to sell locally; each month they host a fundraiser to give a portion of their sales to an organization of their choice.

The four teamed up to work together with big plans in mind and hopes of becoming an inspiration to others.

Quimson hopes she can, “inspire others to do something good for their community.”

Their main goal is to, “provide not only the best tasting treats but also to serve with a purpose.”

“I would also like to be able to reach many customers, continue to serve the community, and turn my passion into a full-time job,” De Cuna adds.

They began their campaign last month to support breast cancer awareness and were able to raise funds to donate to META-vivor, a non-profit organization. Their website states that they are dedicated to “increasing awareness of advanced breast cancer and equity in research and patient support.”

This month, the Philippines was affected by a typhoon with winds of 150 kilometers and intensity winds equal to a category two hurricane. Typhoon Ulysses caused more than 100,000 evacuations, power outages to millions of homes, and has destroyed many lives.

To show their support, they have been preparing and taking in dozens of orders from many people across the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valley.

Cecilio-Santos strongly believes that their campaign is a win for everyone as the community gets to enjoy delicious treats and help the less fortunate at the same time.

“Being able to combine my passion for baking and helping those in need is definitely a win-win situation,” she states.

Magana adds, “What we do is not just sell food but we are also giving back to the community.”

Managing your time and having a lot of responsibilities to fulfill is extremely stressful, tiring, and can cause a person to lose motivation. However, that is not the case for these four empowering women.

Each of them admits that there are “days that you feel stressed and want to give up,” but they keep in mind that “many people are in need and by continuing to bake, we can support them in a way.” They all strongly believe in giving back and using their skills to create change!

If you would like to help support their cause, follow @adetteskiis, @sweettreatspastels, @cream_and_crunch, and @aronmcarons on Instagram to place orders for desserts and updates on their next event!