All you knead to sweeten your day.
By Aiden Jewelle Gonzales
It’s not just dough that’s rising in kitchens across the city – the meteoric rise of homegrown dessert brands is matched only by everyone’s sweet tooth after the bitter reality of lockdown. We’ve put together a list of brands that’ll make finding the ultimate accompaniment to any meal a piece of cake.
It’s hard to describe the first decadent bite into a New York-style cookie to the uninitiated, but with Mad Batter, you won’t need to. Started with the vision of bringing western-style desserts to the city of Bangkok, the brand offers an array of treats to those used to the indulgent portions of the West. Make sure to try their NYC MAD BAD collection of cookies, which aims to meet the “exquisite tastes and impeccable expectations” of New Yorkers – no easy feat. Eggless versions are also available so no one need miss out on the gooey goodness.
Tel: 092 257 9760
For the growing number of people looking for plant-based options in the city, Sweet Surprise lives up to its name by offering eggless desserts without compromising on taste. Focusing on incorporating ‘earthy’ ingredients such as coffee, honey, and pistachios, each flavourful dish comes in a range of sizes, from individual cups to 9-inch dishes, to cater to a variety of functions. While their brownies and nama-like chocolates are a must-try, their pièce de resistance is their take on the classic red velvet, combining cupcakes and donuts into their Red velvet donuts, perfect for any occasion – even if that occasion is a midnight snack.
BAKE YOUR DAY
Run by a mother and daughter duo, Bake Your Day claims that their secret ingredient is “a hint of love”; evident by their elegantly crafted creations. The brand specialises in customised cupcake and cake orders on request, with options to meet any and all dietary requirements. Perfect for occasions from birthdays, to gift boxes for no occasion other than to make – or bake – someone’s day, their Fudge brownies are not to be missed, quintessentially rich and decadent in the best way.
Tel: 083 831 7769
Renowned for their artisanal fusion of cakes and flowers, La Bouqake will light up both your lnstagram feed and your palate with their exquisite oeuvre of dessert art. Founded through a love of “creating unforgettable moments” for their customers, the brand offers customisable centrepieces for any function, from their eponymous bouqakes (bouquet cakes), to floral cupcake baskets, to limited edition desserts. Their best-selling Marble cake, layered with milk chocolate ganache, wafer crunch, Swiss meringue, vanilla beans, and buttercream, will have you channeling your inner Marie Antoinette in any party and declaring, “let them eat cake!”
Tel: 080 433 2335
Whisked Away combines the passions of two sisters – for baking and art, respectively – to, well, whisk you away to every corner of the globe with their concoctions from around the world. While their pastries maybe flaky, they definitely aren’t when it comes to dietary restrictions, catering to any requirement upon request. Highlights include their Masala chai scones and gluten-free Baked almond fudge, but their Vegan tiramisu is what will keep you coming back for more.
DELIGHTS BY DAISY
Born out of a mother’s passion for baking, Delights by Daisy is a home-based bakery that you won’t be able to keep mum about. Specialising in classic desserts with premium ingredients, their ornate presentations, such as their rose-adorned red velvet birthday cake, is enough to leave any celebrant in tiers – like the cake. While their Unicorn cake is eminently ‘grammable, don’t forget to check out their Pecan, oats, and dark chocolate cookies, which are guilt-free and delicious in equal measure.
Tel: 081797 9744