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Latifa Hawkins, the baker behind Dessert Heaven, has been whipping up sweet treats since she could barely see the top of the stove. Her grandmother schooled her in the ways of the kitchen, demonstrating how to keep a cake from falling and how to pipe icing into flowers and curlicues. Today, Latifa channels that prowess into the cakes, pies, brownies, and cookies she churns out for her eager public. Pineapple upside-down cake comes dolloped with cherries and warm brown sugar, and sugar cookies come in tons of festive shapes, from Valentine's Day hearts to Halloween pumpkins.