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Looking For Custom Cakes and Sweet Treats? The Cakery Malaysia Has Got You Covered

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Malaysian stand-up comedy producer Vinodh Menon found himself left in the lurch. There were no events to host, no shows to produce. But rather than sit around and wait for the situation to get ‘better’, Vinodh saw an opportunity for business: so he sets up an online bakery.

Since it started earlier this year, The Cakery has been gaining a steady base of followers, delivering over 200 cakes across Kuala Lumpur and Selangor in the first three months alone. Customers are spoilt for choice, as they have over 40 different types of desserts to choose from, including cakes, cupcakes, brownies and cookies.

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Founder Vinodh Menon, with a delectable spread of sweet treats from The Cakery

“The pandemic has forced us to look outside our comfort zones to create alternative sources of income. After the events industry came to a halt, I had to turn to other ventures as sources of income, and as a result, The Cakery was born. These past months have been very encouraging as we have seen our order count rise steadily, and our aim now is to keep this upward trend going,” says Vinodh.

Aside from classics like butter cakes, chocolate cakes, cheese cakes and brownies, some of The Cakery’s bestselling items include The Happy Box, which contains an assortment of delectable pastries, as well as the Pandan Gula Melaka Cake and Cupcakes, Moist Chocolate Cake, Orange Butter Cupcakes, Red Velvet Cupcakes, Belgian Mousse Cake, Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake, and more.

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The Cakery’s pool of talented and passionate bakers means that they’re able to cater to any occasion, whether it’s an intimate family tea session or a grand wedding.

Outside of its menu, The Cakery also creates custom cakes with designs that suit specific themes. Planning to surprise a family member who’s a Manchester United fan with a special cake for their birthday? The Cakery’s got you covered.

Currently, The Cakery delivers within Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. Orders must be made 12 hours in advance. Customers can opt for their cakes to be delivered right to their doorstep, or pick-up themselves from their The Cakery’s bakery at Brickfields.

Now, I’ve got a treat for my readers!

Order using the promo code TCERISGOESTO to get 10% off of all orders from now until 31st December 2020. Just use the code when ordering from any of The Cakery’s social media platforms at facebook.com/thecakerymy or instagram.com/thecakerymy, or via Whatsapp at 012 750 2810.

The promo only applies for deliveries within the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor area.

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Malaysia Presents Alice In Wonderland-Themed Treats This Festive Season

Holiday season is just around the corner, and after a year filled with challenges, I think we’re all in need of some festive cheer. To spark some holiday joy, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf ® is presenting an array of whimsical Alice in Wonderland inspired treats, which are a feast for the eyes as much as they are delicious to eat.

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Winter Wonderland

For an unforgettable Christmas party with friends and family, the Winter Wonderland (RM250 for 3kg) makes a wonderful centre piece for any gathering, with its intricate, handcrafted gingerbread detail and delicate frosting on a base of chocolate fudge. Complete the setting with Hatter’s Winter Log (RM 13.95 per slice, RM139.90 for a whole cake), a delightful dessert featuring luscious chocolate mousse and ganache; Cheshire’s Cherry Bundt (RM 8.90 per slice, RM52.00 for a loaf), stuffed with cherries, lemon and butter cream; or Stollen of Hearts (RM 6.90 per slice, RM48.00 for a loaf) with its hearty mix of Swiss dark chocolate, almonds and hazelnuts. Of course, a visit to Wonderland would not be complete without The Red Queen (RM12.95 each), a luscious pastry filled with caramel, coffee and chocolate mousse concealed under a rich red crust of almond chocolate.

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The Red Queen and Minted Ever After cupcakes (left); Hatter’s Winter Log

There’s more for the sweet-toothed dessert lover: choose from an assortment of cakes such as Minted Ever After (RM 7.90 per cupcake, RM 50 per petite cake, RM139.90 for a whole cake), a decadent concoction of dark chocolate and mint topped with cream, fresh redcurrants and rosemary, and Velveteen’s Wish (RM 12.95 per slice, RM129.30 for a whole cake), a red velvet cake topped with crunchy cookie bits and cheese mousse.

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Alice’s Tea Party

For a bit of everything, go for Alice’s Tea Party (RM109 for 20 pieces), a selection of bite-sized treats of Hatter’s Winter Log, Jolly Breadman, Tweedle Tart and Minted Ever After. Top-up as needed with Jolly Breadman (RM7.90 per piece) or Once Upon A Door butter cookies (RM9.90 per piece).

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CF & TL is known for its delectable beverages, and there’s no shortage of exclusive specials to try this season. Indulge in a Chocolate Cookie – a combination of premium espresso and decadent chocolate cookie notes – available in several varieties: the Chocolate Cookie Ice Blended® drink (small RM16.50, regular RM18), Pure Chocolate Cookie Ice Blended® drink (small RM16.50, regular RM18) or hot / iced Chocolate Cookie Latte (small RM16, regular RM17.50).

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Cherry Bundt (whole)

Making a comeback for a limited time only is the ever-popular Double Chocolate Peppermint beverages, available as Double Chocolate Peppermint Ice Blended® drink (small RM16.50, regular RM18), Pure Double Chocolate Peppermint Ice Blended® drink (small RM16.50, regular RM18), hot / iced Double Chocolate Peppermint Latte (small RM16, regular RM17.50) and Peppermint Nitro Latte (RM15.95 at selected stores). Best of all, kids get to enjoy their own coffee-free version, as a hot / iced Double Chocolate Cocoa (small RM16, regular RM17.50) and tea lovers can enjoy the hot Peppermint Tea (RM9.60/cup or RM12.50/pot). While you’re sipping on your holiday beverage, upgrade to a complete meal by trying out the brand’s new Black Pepper Chicken Sandwich (RM19.80).

Stollen of Hearts (loaf & slice)
Stollen of Hearts

Even if you’re not dining in, there are plenty of new retail items to celebrate the season on-the-go, or in the comfort of one’s own home. Take your pick from dark-roasted Holiday Blend (RM55 /12oz), Peppermint Tea in a green tea blend (RM45/tin), Limited Edition 8oz Powders in French Deluxe Vanilla Powder, Peppermint Chocolate Powder and Hazelnut  Powder (RM40/tin). Also available are new designs for the Hydro Flask Series (RM205 each) and Frost Tumbler Series (RM128-138).  They also make for great gifts.

Jolly Breadman & Once Upon A Door [cookies]

In line with the season of giving, CB&TL’s popular Gift Tags return with new designs, with proceeds going towards the Caring Cup initiative. This year, the beneficiary is the Assunta Integrated Social Services programme by ASSUNTA Hospital, to help raise funds for equipment upgrades and essential supplies for their new mobile clinic. With the added support, they will continue to provide much-needed medical and healthcare assistance to marginalised groups.

For more info, visit http://www.coffeebean.com.my.

*Photos courtesy of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Malaysia.

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Pokok KL @ Mahsa Avenue Petaling Jaya – The Cafe In A Glasshouse

Tucked within the grounds of Mahsa Avenue in Petaling Jaya, Pokok KL is still hot on the list of most Instagrammable cafes, despite having opened over a year ago. The cafe is housed in a quaint brick and glass building, with floor to ceiling glass windows that allow for plenty of natural sunlight to filter in. Add to that an avenue of shady trees leading up to the place, and you have yourself a picturesque scene.

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Despite going early on a weekday, we still had to wait for a good 20 minutes to be seated. It was pretty warm so we didn’t want to sit al fresco, but if you don’t mind the heat, there is an outdoor patio where you can sit underneath the trees.

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The inside is air-conditioned, but it can also get a little warm when sunlight hits your table. The design is an eclectic mix of rustic and modern,

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Orders are made at the counter. The cafe serves a selection of Eastern and Western dishes, from pastas and burgers to rice and noodles. There is also coffee, and cakes of the day.

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Our orders came to the table fast. Was still feeling full after a heavy breakfast, so I opted for a Mushroom Soup with Truffle Oil (RM15), thinking it’d be light. The serving was actually quite hearty, with two slices of bread. This wasn’t the instant stuff either – you can feel the texture and bits of mushroom within.

Fun fact: Truffle oil does not contain any truffle, and is actually made from synthetic compounds. They do a pretty good job at emulating that earthy, slightly funky taste of truffles though.. or maybe that’s just my messed up taste buds.

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Editor had Nasi Lemak (RM18). You can choose either chicken or beef. Rather than stringy rendang, the beef served at Pokok is cut into chunks and cooked until tender. I liked it, although it wasn’t to Ed’s taste. She also didn’t like the stir-fried vegetables that came with the dish, as it was rather unusual as an accompaniment to nasi lemak.

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For drinks, Ed had a mocha and I had the Rose Latte (non-caffeinated). It turned out to be strawberry soy milk so I was kind of disappointed because I was expecting something like rose milk.

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Also bought an apam balik cupcake (RM5) as a teatime snack in the office. The buttercream on top was tasteless and cloying, but the cupcake itself was alright.

The food at Pokok is decent, but then again we’ve only tried a couple of items and looking at the wait and steep prices, I don’t think I’d make a return visit. There are many other cafes out there with better ambience and more affordable prices.

POKOK KL

HALAL. 

MAHSA Avenue, Block B, Jalan Elmu, off, Jalan Universiti, 59100, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: 9AM – 9PM

facebook.com/pokok.kl

Review: Free Birthday Waffle! @ Fluffed Cafe and Dessert Bar, Taman Paramount PJ

Food trends come and go, but when it comes to dessert, I think nothing beats a good ol’-fashioned cake and waffle combo. If you’re in the Petaling Jaya neighbourhood, one of the best places to get both is at Fluffed Cafe and Dessert Bar. Sandwiched in the middle of a row of quiet shoplots in Taman Paramount, the cosy nook is pretty popular, judging by the crowd that was there during our visit on a Sunday night. Since it was just S and I, we managed to get a table at the back quick (the cafe seats around 50 people +)

I was pleasantly surprised to find that they have a Birthday Special, where patrons can claim a waffle set either 1 day before, on or 1 day after their birthday, with a minimum purchase of RM40 (it’s a good idea to come with friends!). Since S and I already ordered 1 cake each for ourselves and drinks (which was already RM50), we felt it’d be a shame if we didn’t redeem the waffle. We were going to regret this later but wth.

For drinks, I had the Strawberry Milk, which was refreshing with just the slightest hint of sweetness – it tasted a lot like a strawberry-flavoured yoghurt shake.

PS: Service was super quick: almost as soon as we ordered and looked for a seat, the drinks came wtf we hadn’t even sat down properly yet. But then again we took a really long time ordering so the kitchen probably prepped it while we were still logging orders coz they got fed up with our indecisiveness. lol

S had their signature drink called Maple Story, which is earl grey and maple-infused panna cotta with frozen espresso cubes and cold milk. The panna cotta pudding at the bottom of the glass was smooth and sweet, balancing out the slight bitterness from the espresso which melted when combined with the cold milk.

I saw this Smores Cheesecake in their display glass and it looked so good I couldn’t resist ordering. The chocolate/biscuit base on the inside was solid, complementing the soft, gooey smores coating on the outside. It was a tad too sweet for me though, and it got cloying rather quickly.

S decided to save his tiramisu for home coz we still had a waffle coming.

I got to customise my Birthday Waffle! I went for Charcoal Waffle, paired with three scoops of ice cream: their signature Hokey Pokey (vanilla + honey with bits of honeycomb), Black Chocolate and Red Strawberry. The dish was served with slices of banana and strawberry, and they gave me a little candle to boot. 🙂

The waffle was fluffy and crisp, just the right portion for two or three to share. They didn’t skimp on the ice-cream either, which were giant scoops of solid, smooth creaminess. My favourite was the Hokey Pokey, as it was sweet with subtle hints of honey that brought out the vanilla flavour rather than overpower it. Black Chocolate came a close second with its rich, thick and slight hint of bitterness. The Red Strawberry was really sour, which I didn’t like, but S thought it was okay.

They also have unique ice cream flavours like Tau Foo Far and Macadamia Crumble.

We left completely stuffed and satisfied from our food excursion. I’d definitely come here again for my waffle fix if I’m in the neighbourhood! It’s not the best place for chilling though as the place gets crowded and super noisy, you might have to shout at each other to be heard. Service was fast, friendly and efficient.

FLUFFED CAFE AND DESSERT BAR 

55, Jalan 20/7, Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Opening hours: 12PM – 10PM (Tues – Suns)

Tel: 03-7865-1833

Australia’s Most Photographed Cake: The Strawberry Watermelon Layer Cake @ Blackstar Pastry

Like a sweet but fleeting dream, famed Sydney-based patisserie Black Star Pastry swooped into Melbourne… and made its exit just as quickly after a short stint as a pop-up store in the hipster neighbourhood of Carlton. The famous patisserie, which opened its first outlet in 2008, is the brainchild of Sydney chap Christopher The, whose philosophy on food design is for customers to taste fresh, wholesome ingredients through creative and innovative flavours.

I was fortunate enough to be in town in April to check out their Melbourne gig, and their signature Strawberry and Watermelon Layer Cake, dubbed ‘Australia’s most photographed cake’. Our little excursion led us down a quiet alleyway along University Street, where they were sharing a space with Cafe Italia. It was near closing time, but there were still lots of customers popping in and out for sweet treats.

The space was airy and well ventilated; despite the enclosed space the plants gave it an alfresco dining feel.

Glorious pastries and cakes on display, each seemingly better than the last. Their Chocolate Eclairs (centre), a classic item on the menu, looked beautifully coated in a shiny chocolate glaze, its insides filled with Valrhona chocolate creme.

We watched from behind a glass counter as one of the staff members laid out a huge slab of their signature – the Strawberry Watermelon Layer Cake – onto the stainless steel countertop, before proceeding to trim the edges into perfect, neat lines. The vivid colours, the richness, the visual appeal of the contrasting layers of red and cream was enough to send my mouth watering with anticipation.

We got a plate of their bestselling desserts to try. Of course, their signature Strawberry Watermelon Layer Cake was not to be missed. The cake was made up of two layers of almond dacquoise, with rose-scented cream and a sweet refreshing slice of watermelon in the centre. This was then topped with strawberries and garnished with pistachios and dried rose petals. Not your typical combo, but it worked surprisingly well together. There’s varied textures and flavours: crunchy pistachios, lightly creamy dacquoise, tart strawberries and sweet, crisp watermelon, all carrying the faint smell of roses which complimented the flavours rather than overpower them. A wonderful dessert – proving that it’s not just looks that make it popular among fans.

Other cakes also held their own. On the right: Raspberry Lychee Cake, which consisted of layers of raspberry marshmallow and vanilla cream atop a rich chocolate biscuit foundation. The lychee has a clear sweetness which contrasted well with the slight sourness of raspberries, the creaminess of the vanilla and the solid, decadent flavours of chocolate.

It’s hard to pick a favourite because they’re all so good! (Foreground – left) The Orange Cake with Persian Figs had an equally beautiful aesthetic, its circular shape distinguishing it from its square and rectangular cousins. Made from whole boiled oranges and almond meal, the lovely colour comes from it being doused with orange blossom syrup right out of the oven, giving it a deep, honey-like shade. The cake was then garnished with dried Persian figs, cranberries, rose petals, pistachios and candied coriander. I liked the texture, which was firmer and more solid, and the flavours were a nice balance of sweet, sour and tangy.

Meanwhile, the Black Sesame and Yuzu (foreground, right) was an awesome marriage of Western and Eastern flavours: a base of black sesame butter cake was  inlaid with creamy coconut mousse and topped with yuzu jelly and dai dai peel for a burst of citrusy flavours.

Another absolute must get at any Black Pastry Star outlet – their Custard Flan; reminiscent of the egg tarts one finds in former Portuguese colonies like Macau and Hong Kong. The baked pastry had layers that flaked off with each bite, filled in the centre with soft, bouncy vanilla custard and baked for a caramelised crust on top. A bit on the sweet side but being a sweet-tooth, the level was just perfect for me.

I was really impressed with the cakes and pastries at Black Star Pastry: no wonder they have such a good reputation among foodies, both inside and outside of Sydney! The pop up in Melbourne may have been temporary, but since it did so well during its stint, perhaps Melburnians can look forward to a proper expansion and store in the city soon? Fingers crossed. 🙂

In the meantime, drop by their (three!) outlets in Sydney at Rosebery, Sydney CBD and Newtown if you’re ever in the city!

blackstarpastry.com.au 

 

 

 

Coffea Coffee IOI Boulevard, Puchong Jaya

Update: This outlet is permanently closed.

This might sound blasphemous to ‘real’ coffee lovers, but a couple of years back, Starbucks used to be my go-to-place for drinks (mostly for the chill atmosphere, and also coz I can spend hours there with a laptop with just one drink… yeah I’m cheapo like that). Since then, Starbucks has become so mainstream that going to one now is like entering a pasar malam – children running around shouting, babies crying… thankfully, with the advent of coffee culture, there are other options to hangout at. In Puchong, there’s Coffea Coffee at IOI Boulevard.

Coffea Coffee is multi-award winning establishment,  specialising in Specialty Coffee from farms around the globe, including in Brazil, Guatemala, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sumatra, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, El’Salvador, Nicaragua, Rwanda and Yemen. They are known for their signature Maestro and Madonna roasting and blending styles.

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Locally, this multi-award winning establishment has outlets in KL, Selangor and Penang. They specialise in specialty coffee from twelve farms around the globe, including in Brazil, Guatemala, Kenya, Sumatra and Costa Rica. The Puchong branch is cosy and spacious, done in warm brick and wood tones with clean black and white surfaces.

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Beautiful cakes, pastries and sandwiches on display.

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Wanted to get a slice but already had dinner, so I’ll save it for next time.

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Packaged coffee beans

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Interior sports a lot of wood and clean minimalist lines. They have free Wifi so you can just chill and work on your laptop here all day.

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Ordered an ice blended chai (RM15 – regular, RM16 large). It was sweet but not cloying, with strong hints of spice such as cardamom and cinnamon.

Definitely putting this on my list of chill/hangout cafes in Puchong. 🙂

COFFEA COFFEE (Puchong) 

IOI Boulevard Puchong,, Jalan Kenari 5, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia

Open daily: 9AM-1AM (12AM on Sundays)

coffea.my