Plate Up: These 7 Local Bakers Raise The Bar For Edible Art
Whether you've a sweet tooth or not, follow these talented #MalaysianBakers on Instagram for artistic inspiration, food porn or a wickedly good slice of cake
Lily & Lola Cakes
As dazzling as actress Zahirah Macwilson was at her wedding this year, it was her wedding cake that commanded the attention of guests, social media fans and even international media last February, a lavish 7-tiered ‘cake chandelier’ by Lily & Lola Cakes.
Beloved by celebs like Yuna and Neelofa, Lily & Lola Cakes is known for its daring and opulent creations, from glow-in-the-dark cakes to multi-tiered towers brimming with Swarovski crystals and terrariums.
Want a cake-maker with a crafty sense of humour? Then you’ll love what Troublebaker (a.k.a Putri Samihah Mohsin) has cooked up.
If mermaids, floral avalanches and unicorns are what you desire, she’s your gal. But she’s also the one to call if you’re in the mood to shake things up with edgy, in-your-face cakes, like the one inspired by the hit TV series ‘Peaky Blinders’.
Shaun Teo Creations
Could you ever bring yourself to actually eat the immaculately crafted cakes and cake-pops by Shaun Teo Creations?
The young baker behind the brand, Shaun Teo, previously worked as a pastry chef at The JW Marriott and has serviced brands like Fendi, Kerastase and other big names across Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Taiwan, where he completed a tertiary course in Hotel Management.
Interested in a soufflé chiffon cake workshop or other fun classes? Look out for available slots at Shaun Teo Creations Studio.
Helmed by sugar flower specialist Zulkiflee Mawan and cake designer Julie Haslina Hasan, Banker2baker specialises in customised weddings cakes and desserts.
Banker2baker’s confectionery wonders have been showcased at the birthday celebrations and weddings of local celebrities and politicians – one of its most recent creations a 5-tiered wedding cake for the wedding of Ally Mukhriz, grand-daughter to the former prime minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The Buttercake Factory
From gravity-defying fondant toppings to iced cakes inspired by Van Gogh's 'The Starry Night' painting, The Buttercake Factory's 'Darling' cakes (meant to feed 2-3 pax) are a hit among fans, as are more gargantuan creations like the 'Anti-Gravity' cakes or the 'Fleur Delacour' strawberry towers.
Brown & Sugar by Syainim Ghazali
Fair warning: Brown & Sugar's cakes and donuts will very possibly spoil you for all other sugary treats. Founded in 2016, the husband-and-wife team behind the brand have perfected the art of customised and utterly Instagram-able dessert tarts, cakes and dessert tables.
Looking for a last-minute luxe gift for the foodie in your life? Aside from cakes, Brown & Sugar offers decadent, curated gift boxes that are sure to delight, from the indulgent 'Praline in Glass' boxes to macaron towers and chocolate-covered butterscotch choux.
Also, ask about their Acrylic Painting Texture cakes – you'll not want to cut a slice till you've photographed them from every possible angle.
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Karen Leong Cake Design
When she was just 19 years old, Karen Leong was tasked to work on a wedding cake that was 1.6m tall, which took her approximately 3 weeks to complete.
A baker prodigy with a flair for lavish handcrafted confectionery, Leong’s culinary training when she was still in primary school. Today, her Instagram-worthy cakes, cake pops, cupcakes and sugar cookies at Karen Leong Cake Design leave clients and followers clamouring for more.