Bake it Possible

Bake it Possible

About the Finalists

Aleshia Pinto

Aleshia Pinto

Food Blogger from Toronto, ON

I'm a small town Italian girl living in Toronto. I'm totally, crazy, madly in love with food - every different kind -  but specifically Italian food. Pasta sauce flows through my veins! I spend my free time eating, reading recipes, learning about food photography and techniques, and making homemade pasta.  

My recipe is a play on the classic fluffy carrot cake we all love that's studded with walnuts and topped with a thick layer of cream cheese icing. Thanks to the waffle iron, it comes together unbelievably quickly and which it perfect for hosting a fun brunch. Also, you can't say no to a recipe that gives you an excuse to eat cake for breakfast (like you really need one). I deserve to win since my recipe goes above and beyond all of the requirements: it's quick and easy - something even kids could help out with on a Sunday morning, looks and tastes delicious, and can also be used with a number of the other Betty Crocker mixes. It's totally versatile and I think it will inspire your customers to pick up and box and try it themselves!


Click here to get Aleshia's recipe for Carrot Cake Waffles with Maple Cream Cheese.

Anita Archibald

Anita Archibald

Artist from Aurora, ON

Since I was a child I have anticipated berry picking season and have fond memories of hunting out the biggest, juiciest, brightest berries with my mom in our berry patch. Most of my basket of berries never made it home, but were destined for my tummy as we walked back to the kitchen to bake some fresh fruit pies. My recipe, Almond Berried Treasure, incorporates my favourite berries and frosting, can be whipped up quickly and is easy enough that my two young children can help but is classy enough for your dinner guests!


Click here to get Anita's recipe for Almond Berried Treasure.

Elme Jordaan

Elme Jordaan

Hospitality Professional from Toronto, ON

I'm an avid home baker; my true passion is baking and I love creating new recipes.  From the Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls and Biscuits to the Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookies to Sugar Cookies, I loved playing with all the products and every experiment was a thrill! 

My Cranberry Sugar Cookie Tart is simple to throw together, incredibly customizable and super delicious! I also discovered that the Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie mix makes an amazing tart crust that's sweet, golden and crisp. With the creamy almond filling and brightness from the cranberries this becomes a very sophisticated treat, great for fancy breakfasts with mimosas or hosting a high tea with the gals.  I think my creativity in this recipe makes me an excellent contender to win. If I won, I would hope to enroll in a baking or food science program so I could become a recipe developer. I hope that you find this recipe every bit as delicious as I do!


Click here to get Elme's recipe for her Cranberry Sugar Cookie Tart. 

Helene Mallette

Helene Mallette

Housekeeper from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC

I love dessert and try to lower or replace sugar by using healthy products instead. My recipe for Chocolate & Sweet Potato Bagatelle is original and my whole family loves it! Who knew that you can hide a vegetable in a chocolate spread.


Click here to get Helene's recipe for her Chocolate and Sweet Potato Bagatelle.

Jillian Nowak

Jillian Nowak

Marketing Coordinator from Calgary, AB

My recipe for Spiced Lamb Pita is different from what you would expect to see in a baking competition. It is very flavourful and is a crowd pleaser. I deserve to win because I have been spending the last year and a half teaching myself how to cook, take photos and pursuing my dreams of a career in cooking.


Click here to get Jillian's recipe for her Spiced Lamb Pita.

Lauran Andersen

Lauran Andersen

Baker from Peterborough, ON

I'm an aspiring baker and winning Bake it Possible would be another notch on my whisk that I'd be proud to brag about! I'm always looking for new challenges and something out of the norm when baking. The prize from Bake it Possible would mean a chance to pursue my passion for baking and creating. I am not a classically trained in baking or pastry and that's been a struggle in the professional world. Proving myself as a capable baker has always taken a lot of perseverance and hard work, but it's easy to put the work in when it's something you love.

Pillsbury and Betty Crocker are truly the original brand for the home baker. These brands are part of my baking roots; they were the beginnings that taught me what I know today. It was a lot of fun to revisit some of my favourites to honour my humble beginnings! In my recipe, Cinnamon Bun & Maple Bacon Tiramisu, I wanted to showcase Pillsbury and Betty Crocker products for what they are instead of trying to hide them. I swapped the traditional mascarpone that tiramisu calls for and used Betty Crocker Cream Cheese Frosting for a perfect, creamy, sweet filling. Paired with the Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls and the coffee flavour, it truly does tastes like a coffee break in a tall beautiful glass. Be prepared for your house to be the destination for coffee time!


Click here to get Lauran's recipe for her Cinnamon Bun & Maple Bacon Tiramisu.

Molly Bonko

Molly Bonko

Dental Receptionist from Edmonton, AB

I recently became a new mom and my life has completely changed. I hung up the party dress, threw on an apron and started exercising those domestic skills! Meals are now less about takeout and more mama-style cooking. I still can't make a good pastry from scratch, but Pillsbury products help me make meals that my husband actually enjoys.

My recipe for Sweet & Savoury Babka was inspired by the delicious recipe known as Devils on Horseback. If you haven't tried these, you have not yet lived! I changed a few ingredients and wrapped it in delectable carbs. The twist is a great appetizer to impress any crowd, even your fancy wine friends when you pair it with a red. If I win, all I want is to stay home a few extra months with my daughter and take a summer vacation to Banff with my family.


Click here to get Molly's recipe for her Sweet & Savoury Babka.

Sabrina Stavenjord

Sabrina Stavenjord

Bartender from Toronto, ON

I started baking five years ago after meeting my husband, Taylor. My passion for baking stems from memories of my parents always being in the kitchen. I think food is the best way to share love with friends and family. My Apple Rose Maple Tart is made with a Pillsbury Cinnamon Roll crust and is super easy for anyone to make even though it looks complicated. It can even be prepared in advance. I guarantee it will wow whoever you serve it to. 


Click here to get Sabrina's recipe for her Apple Rose Maple Tart.

Sayaka Imamura

Sayaka Imamura

Artist from Toronto, ON

I'm originally from Japan and we have this bread called kare pan (means curry bread). My recipe, Japanese Bread Two Ways, is inspired by the kare pan and I recreated it for my husband who loves chicken. This recipe is easy to make and also very versatile. Once you know this recipe you can simply change the stuffing and make your own creation. My recipe uses Pillsbury Crescent Rolls in a very different way and it can bring many creative possibilities to people who try this recipe.


Click here to get Sayaka's recipe for her Japanese Bread Two Ways. 

Wallace Wong

Wallace Wong

Entrepreneur from Mississauga, ON

I'm a young chef as well as an amateur National and International level bodybuilder. I'm starting my own food product company with a goal to create products “Where Cuisine meets Health and Fitness” so that people can “Eat Good – Look Good – Live Great”. I received my culinary training at Conestoga College while simultaneously studying business at Wilfrid Laurier University. I represented Ontario provincially and nationally at the Skills Canada Culinary Arts competition and beat out three chefs in an episode of Chopped Canada to be crowned the winner. Another victory of mine was with childhood obesity and cancer, this year marking my 8th year in remission! It was ultimately due to the things cancer showed me that made me eventually leave the restaurant industry as a chef.

My Southern Chicken 'Criscuits' recipe was inspired by good ol' Southern comfort food and the creation of a new dish. A 'Criscuit' is what we all dream and want in a fresh baked good: the light, buttery flakiness of Crescent Rolls with the soft, tender crumble of Country Biscuits.  My 'Criscuits' show their Southern influence with a fried chicken spiced pastry filled with a mix of chicken, sweet corn and mash potatoes, kale and cheddar cheese. I deserve to win Bake it Possible because I have a creative and simple recipe that is versatile, wow-worthy and incredibly delicious! This recipe is what Bake it Possible, Pillsbury and Betty Crocker are about: making great food people love. I can guarantee you that with one bite, my Southern Chicken 'Criscuits' will have people falling head over heels. 


Click here to get Wallace's recipe for his Southern Chicken 'Criscuits'.