6 Bakers Who Make Minimalist Korean And Vintage Cakes
Move over, naked cakes! As far as trendy desserts go, there are new contenders in town.
Embellished with silky piped buttercream, pastel brushstrokes and cursive wording, minimalist Korean- and vintage-style cakes have taken over Instagram. If, like myself, you've been obsessed with such cakes, yet realise the challenges that come with making your own, reach out to these home bakers who deliver to customers in the Klang Valley.
Real Sweet Treats
A self-proclaimed fan of anything sweet, Renee Tan, the baker behind Real Sweet Treats, designs and bakes an assortment of intricately piped tarts, cookies and cakes. Initially starting her business as a creative escape, Tan is a fan of bold flavours and textures in her craft. Her mini cakes, pictured above, are four to five inches in diameter, and were created in response to families requesting smaller cakes during MCO. Their signature designs, pictured above, prove popular, and the mini cakes are now one of Real Sweet Treats' most popular items; customers can choose between dark chocolate cake with dark chocolate ganache or vanilla bean cake with passionfruit curd.
LinLin Cake Shop
Founded by Charmaine Wong in November 2020, LinLin Cake is best known for serving retro cakes. Each unique design is informed by the customer's preference as well as Wong's artistic flair. Not only are these cakes pleasing to the eye, but they are also made with high quality ingredients and time-tested recipes. Based in Kota Kemuning, LinLin Cake delivers to addresses in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, although self-collection is also an option.
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Founded by married couple Aiman Asyraf and Nabila Asyiqin in July 2020, Ophelia Bakes initially started with minimalist Korean-inspired cake designs, but started to develop their own signature style inspired by vintage aesthetics. 'Ophelia' refers to a character in Shakespeare’s Hamlet and fittingly so—the home bakers' intricate, delicate cakes look like they come straight out of a fairytale. The couple firmly believes that cakes equate to art; their latest cake design, pictured above, represents a Victorian flower vase.
Lilian’s Homemade Cake
Self-taught home baker Lilian Lee started Lilian's Homemade Cake with her daughter. The family enterprise is known for their fluffy and delicate chiffon cakes made without artificial flavouring, colouring or preservatives. Their bestselling flavour, houjicha chiffon is also Lee's personal favourite, and was inspired by her daughter’s love of houjicha lattes.
Yasmin Zulkefli started baking as a hobby in 2011, but her pastime turned full-time after she graduated in 2015 and founded Melurcakes. Customers have the option of four flavours and can liaise with Zulkefli on their cake designs; Zulkefli creates free-hand sketches of her cakes before baking them, and is extremely versatile with her designs, as you can see on her Instagram.
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Established by Ernie Wong in 2018, Ernie Pastry is popular for Korean-inspired cakes, vintage-style cakes and cakes featuring family portraits—the last of these are often based off photographs. Bestselling flavours include the signature chocolate mousse and the chiffon-based seasonal mixed fruits cake. Based out of her home-studio, Wong loves contributing to her client's special celebrations with her gorgeous cakes.