Julia Child once said: “A party without cake is just a meeting.” After all, cakes bring out the fun and joy. It is a form of comfort food for those with a sweet tooth, and for many, the cake is a symbol of happiness and merriment because everything is better with cake.
That’s the reason why the demand for cakes has always been on the high side. Customers are on a constant search for unique and artisanal cakes that are unlike any other especially for a momentous celebration like weddings or birthdays. And with that comes a slew of home bakers who focuses on making out-of-the-box cakes that you cannot but off the counter. These are customised cakes that are made-to-order according to a certain theme, concept and colour scheme. Some are absolutely bizarre; bearing the resemblance of a bowl of curry laksa and a plate of spaghetti meatballs.
With the final season of Game of Thrones approaching, why not design one in the form of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons just for the viewing party? Here are six talented Malaysian home bakers to get your artisanal cakes customised just in time for your next celebration.
There’s a cake for everyone at Bakes & Inks. These customised cakes are not only aesthetically pleasing but they taste delicious as well. The stacked cakes are covered with smooth Swiss-made buttercream frosting before being decorated with edible paints, macarons, fresh fruits, flowers and chocolate shards. Try its signature Pink Grey Rock cake that comes with splashes of grey paint on a light pink ombre exterior or the Full Wreath Flower cakes that are decorated with beautifully piped blossoms in vibrant colour combinations.
Founder Jessica Ting is a graduate from the renowned Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Sydney. She established Miss Shortcakes in 2008 back when she was pursuing a career in pastry in Australia. Ting moved back to KL in 2011 and brought Miss Shortcakes with her; starting a strong business in customised cakes for a list of clienteles including royals, celebrities and prominent figures in the industry. Her creations are absolutely magical and sculpted with fine skills and finesse. While she is best known for her sugar flowers, Ting can also whip up an over-the-top rendition including a ‘curry laksa’ cake.
Tall cakes are all the rage right now and Syainim Ghazali is keeping this trend going with his creations, comprising five stacks of moist cakes coupled with five layers of decadent fillings. Brown&Sugar can also create an edible canvas of sketches or drawings that you want to replicate on the cake. Trust us when we say that the cakes here are exquisitely elaborate – they are all made for the gram. Besides tall cakes, Brown&Sugar allows you to customise pralines, cupcakes as well as elaborate macaron towers.
Founders Satira and Farah both used to own their own cake shops before partnering to open KEK & Co. There is a wide range of cakes to choose from in its repertoire but they are mostly tiered ones. If you want something crazy to surprise a loved one on his or her birthday, ask them to design something out of the box like its signature Kekhetti – a cake design that resembles spaghetti bolognese to the T.
Shaun Teo has a huge following on social media thanks to his beautifully conceptualised artisanal cakes. He has made his name known around the region with various workshops and classes conducted across Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia and the USA. Back in KL, he continues to provide custom design cakes for a long list of clientele who loves his elegant yet quirky reinterpretations. Teo plays very well with colours and cute cartoon characters – you want to have him design a cake for your kids’ birthday party.
For those who are seeking something less elaborate or gimmicky, Bitter/Sweet has the right cake for you. Founder U-Mae is known for her minimalistic creations that blend artistic brush strokes and pristine decorations that fit occasions like anniversaries, weddings and even Mothers’ day. She is also known for creating beautiful textures of marble, stones and even multi-tiered cakes covered in gold leaves.