Rainbow hues, pastel palettes, mandalas, themes—cakes, cookies and other baked desserts offer a canvas like any other to let the imagination run wild. But it is a hard task to achieve perfection and there are very few masters, bakers for instance.
We aren’t talking about the big patisseries and cake shops but home bakers who are infinitely more flexible and creative to give your vision of baked perfection a delicious life.
We scoured through India to bring you 12 home bakers in four cities, you need to go to make your special day even more special.
Tier Nom PatisserieVahista Zandbaf is a cake couturier. The young baker is a trained pastry chef at Le Cordon Bleu (LCB), London and has spent time honing her craft at a classic French Patisserie. Playing with colours is one of her favourite projects to take up.
Zandbaf’s creations are also a big hit with stars of tinseltown. The most recent Tier Nom cake was baked for Salma Khan, actor Salman Khan’s mother. The cake was a blue ombré piece adorned with over 150 colour coordinated sugar roses. In fact, the Khan family is one of the patisserie’s regular customers.
If you don’t want to order one of Tier Nom’s masterpieces, they provide their delectable desserts to Provenance outlets in Mumbai, check it out.
Place Your Order on +91 9892561953.
Another LCB graduate Anurita Ghoshal is the favourite home baker from the suburb of Bandra in Mumbai. Over the five years since the inception of Eighth, has built a name for itself for its delightful French patisserie such a madelines, tarts, eclairs and more.
Ghoshal also conducts workshops on French baking from her cooking studio in the city. The extremely popular classes are sold out in matter of moments.
As a matter of fact, her baked goodies often find their way into bigger restaurants in the area. Deli by Out of the Blue has an association with Ghoshal for their desserts. These are gluten-free and diabetic friendly, without compromising on taste.
Place your order on +91 9820267003 or write at email@example.com
A trained pastry chef with experience in luxury hotels in South East Asia, Madhavi Mukherjee has now gone the home baking way. Miha, her home baking initiative focusses on healthy desserts that do not skimp on the indulgence factor.
Mukherjee bakes all her goodies at home. Some of her best sellers include cakes, granola, cookies, baklava, cheesecakes and cupcakes. Her baking repertoire however is far more extensive. The best part she delivers pan-India, depending on what you order.
To get a taste of Miha’s delightful desserts, keep an eye out for food festivals and pop-ups in Mumbai. Mukherjee’s baking is fast becoming a must-have fixture at these events.
Place Your Order on +91 9699206787 or send a Direct Message on Miha Mumbai’s Instagram page.
Although weddings cakes are Nikki Arora’s, the mastermind behind L’Amour Sugar, forte, her other baked creations will leave you equally spellbound. In the three years that Arora has started her home business, she has become a go-to name in national capital for baked goodies.
The most ordered cake flavours from L’Amour Sugar are Dark Fantasy, Nutella Ferro, Rocher Fresh, Fruit Pineapple Delight and Milk Chocolate Truffle. But do not fear, Arora’s cupcakes and tarts also have a loyal fan following.
Place Your Order write to firstname.lastname@example.org
A young artist with a knack for baking, Pavani Kaur found her calling when she put both her passions together to create Firefly.
It was all about practice making perfect. Her intricate sugar work and frosting on cakes has won her loyal admirers. Her cakes were show-stoppers at Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput’s wedding as well as Anushka Sharma’s birthday.
Kaur outsources the cakes from another Delhi-based bakery, Orange Peel, which she decorates as per your wishes. If you don’t want cakes, Firefly India can also create mini masterpieces in the form of cookies and cupcakes.
Place Your Order on +91 9810300975 or +9111 49124070 or write at email@example.com
Mad Batter by Tanvi
An engineer-turned-baker, Tanvi Gupta has created a niche for herself in Delhi with her comforting and healthy range of baked goodies. Her mad batters, literally, uses out-of-the-box combinations such as Rabri Boondi, Lemonade, Masala Chai and more.
It’s not just cakes, Gupta also bakes, cookies, pies, granolas, breads and even savouries. Being a home baker allows her the leeway to be creative as you want to be. Health and dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, eggless, sugar-free is something Gupta is adept at handling.
You can also brainstorm with her to create an unheard of and not tried of flavour too!
Place Your Order on +91 886071885 or write at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also Read: LF's Baking Series #31DaysOfBaking
Surbhi Jain’s baking journey started with trial and error. Today seven-year-old Chocotarian is one of Kolkata’s favoured home bakery.
Jain’s baking is 100% eggless and with innovative flavours such as red velvet cream cheese, whoopie pies, Paan mousse, Gulab Jamun cheesecake. She also does edible chocolates, cookies, brownies and more. But as the name suggests, chocolate-based baked goodies is where Jain shines the most.
Chocotarian’s followers and loyal customer base is derived purely from social media. Gupta is a proof of how social media as a business platform has a good success rate. Today Chocotarian’s baked desserts have made many dessert counters shine at parties and events. Jain also conducts dessert workshops in Kolkata.
Place Your Order on +91 9836737712.
H Street Baker
Pooja Bachhawat trained at La Patisserie, Taj Bengal before she set up H Street Baker in Kolkata. She offers 100% eggless baked products.
Birthdays, weddings, baby showers—whatever the occasion may be, H Street Baker cakes are favoured to make the day even more special. Some of the other H Street Baker products include cupcakes, cookies, brownies, macarons, cake pops, cake jars and much more.
Offering eggless products but without losing decadence and quality is one H Street Baker’s biggest USP.
Place Your Order on +91 9038483630 or +91 9330693330.
The kitchen has always been Sana Masood Ebrahim happy place. A trained scribe, the mother of two is today a successful home baker and food blogger. Her Tiramisu Cake and Ras Malai Torte are hot sellers as are her Millionaire’s Shortbread and pies.
Apart from European baked desserts Masood Ebrahim extensively experiments with Levantine desserts such as Baklava and Kunafa. You can also order desserts such as Bulbul Yuvasi or Nightingale’s Nest, Turkish Pide.
These recipes were part of Masood Ebrahim’s ‘30 recipes for 30 days of Ramadan’ initiative for Ramzan 2019. Her experiments and recipes are also documented on her blog.
Place Your Order at email@example.com
Dreamy water colour effect on delicious cakes is Chennai-based Keerthy Kiran’s, founder of Sugar Brush, calling card as a baker. Her naked cakes are given a touch of elegance using palate knife and stencils.
That is not all though, Kiran also has a knack for creating curious yet delicious cakes such as whiskey chocolate cake and lemon blueberry. Her whiskey cakes have become a USP with whiskies such as Jameson, Glenfiddich and Jack Daniel’s adding their dramatic flavours in the cake.
Apart from cakes, Sugar Brush also have on offer chocolate truffles, brownies and cookies.
Place Your Order at +91 9003064998 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bake My Day
Macarons, cake pops, cookies, brownies and of course cakes! Samyuktha Vale of Bake My Day is a self-taught baker who’s been selling her cakes from the time she was in school.
Bake My Day range of products include customised fondant birthday cakes, cupcakes, dessert tables, cookies and quiches. Vale’s fondant work is both adorable and beautiful. But that isn’t her only talent, her handpiped cake decorations are equally intricate and will give any professional baker a run for his money.
Place Your Order at +91 9884695954.
Brainchild of LCB-trained Karthika Shravanthi, Bakeman Begins specialises in bespoke cakes and French entremets, which include macarons, cupcakes, financiers and more.
The Christopher Nolan fan was inspired by the Batman trilogy for the name of her baking business. Shravanthi’s work is quite diverse and not restricted only one style; fondant, buttercream or pipe frosting she is flexible to accommodate your customisations.
Shravanthi too experiments with Indian flavours such as rose and Gulab Jamun, Paan, Motichoor and Rabri, to create fusions desserts.
Place Your Order at +91 9566140988 or email@example.com
Featured image: Shutterstock.com