Artists of the Oven- Published in Hashtag India Magazine
An inventory of the ‘Award-Winning’ Home-Bakers of Bangalore
The aroma of freshly baked bread or pie is both an alluring and comforting reminder of homecoming. The talented home bakers in Bengaluru are a one-man army when it comes to making sweet and savoury delights for all occasions. Here’s a comprehensive list of home bakers of Bengaluru who are armed with an exhaustive menu of sweet and savoury baked delights, by Surela Mukherjee.
Dr. Archana Diwan- Cupohlicious
Dr. Archana Diwan, a dentist by profession and now an award-winning home baker, started her venture Cupohlicious 10 years ago to break the monotony of her job. She reminiscences, “I sifted through recipe and baking books and watched cake shows on TLC during my leisure time as YouTube was not a big thing then. The desire to bake desserts like the ones I saw on tv or in recipe books made me start baking cupcakes. I started attending baking workshops to learn special tips and tricks from national and international artists who came down to India. Receiving the Guinness World Record and Limca Book of Records was a huge morale booster apart from the constant encouragement that kept me going. I thought perhaps this is what I always wanted to do; thus, I continued my work in this field.”
Her forte lies in making structural cakes that have a metal structure inside, around which the cake is baked, giving it an illusion of hanging. Most of Archana’s orders, whether desserts, cakes, or savouries are tweaked to the liking of her clients, thus there is no fixed menu. She customizes the flavor, color, and design of the cake according to her client's preferences.
Apart from desserts, Cupohlicious offers flatbreads, stuffed buns, pizzas, garlic bread, pies, and quiches. Savories are available in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options and special filling is available upon request too.
Archana tantalizes the taste buds of her clients by offering something special for every occasion and festival. So, for Christmas, you can expect rich and boozy plum cakes and delicious homemade wine.
Simmy Stanny D’Souza — Simmy’s Home CookedFoods
Simmy started baking 10 years ago after her children grew up and are now a trained chef selling a range of sweet and savory dishes including Mawa cupcakes, Coconut Cakes with nuts, and milk chocolate topping, straight from her home kitchen. Other sweet offerings include the Rich Chocolate Cake, Coffee Caramel Banana Cake, Banana Loaf, Ribbon Cake, Mixed Fruit Cake, Madeira cake, and Marble Cake to name a few.
Delicious savories like Fried Chicken, Chicken Wings Crumb Fried, Honey Chilli Chicken Wings, Chicken, and Meat Burgers, Stir-Fried Chicken Kebabs, Chicken Lollipop, Stuffed Mushrooms, and various types of sandwiches. Her rolls and dip platters are a must-try as are the fusion-style chicken hotdogs, lasagnes, and pasta. Her vast food menu is perfect for any party!
For orders please call:
Rakhi Tibarewala- Sweet Tooth
Rakhi’s love for art and crafts and baking find expression in the beautiful flower arrangements on the hampers she creates and as cake decoration. The extensive menu makes Sweet Tooth a one-stop-shop for all your baking needs, right from homemade bread to chocolates. The presentation is remarkable as is the taste. Rakhi became a home baker 14 years back after completing a degree in baking from Mumbai. Always aiming to create something new and innovative, Rakhi often experiments with flavors and ingredients and that’s what makes her different from her counterparts.
While her customized birthday cakes grab all the attention, the Chocolate Orange Cake demands a special mention. The wholewheat carrot cake is made of jaggery and is a bestseller.
The wide variety of savories like Croissants, Lavash, Veg Puffs, Chana Buns, Fatayer, Cheese Straws, and Bread Sticks can be enjoyed with hummus, sun-dried tomato dip, cheese dip, red bell pepper, and walnut dip. Healthy bread comes in unique flavors like Tomato Twist and Herb and Olive Brioche. Whole wheat breads come in variants like daliya, spinach, and ragi, whole wheat pav buns, pizza, and pita. You can opt for cookies and healthy granola bars to satiate your hunger pangs on the go, too.
Apart from this, enjoy homemade chocolates in flavors like Caramelised Almond Squares, Almond Rocks, Florentine, Truffles, Hot Chocolate Spoons, Honeycomb Crunchie, and Marshmallow Sticks.
For orders call: 9341231674/080–25276715
Pinafore- Chef Tavishi Agarwal
The menu of Pinafore will take you back to Enid Blyton days. At Pinafore, there is a weekly menu system that is updated every Monday. Chef Tavishi Agarwal turned her passion into a profession and birthed her brand ‘Pinafore’ just four months back. From then on, her schedule has been packed with back-to-backorders. A glance into her Instagram handle will show that all her cakes, cake pops, cakesicles, bread, and cookies are marvelous works of art. Especially the sea-themed cakesicles and doughnuts, the Vintage Blossom cake with edible flowers, and the special Diwali and wedding hampers.
Tavishi’s fondness for desserts and baking started when she was 13. She felt encouraged when she was appreciated for her baked goodies and thus started learning cooking as a hobby. Finally, she dropped out of college to pursue a full-time baking degree from Lavonne Academy of Baking Science. While she had planned to intern abroad at bakeries and hotels, the pandemic threw a spanner but life had greater plans for her and quite organically she started her journey as a baker and chef. She now brings French and Italian style breads to your doorstep!
Tavishi’s forte lies in making different kinds of breads like Calzone, Focaccia, burger buns, Hokkaido breads, Garlic pull out, Farcita, herbed loaf, sandwich loaf, whole wheat, and multi-grain loaves. All the baked items, sweet and savoury, are eggless. She comes up with unique flavors like Caramel Brookie, Cakey Brownies, Cheesecake Swirls, Chai Cake and Pina Colada Cupcakes, Bourbon Donuts, Funfetti Donuts, Chili Cheese, and Honey Ginger Cookies. Some of her signature tarts include Orange Marmalade, Nutella Mousse, and Chocolate Yogurt.
Call for orders: 917259568766
Vijaylakshmi N — Baking Best
Vijayalakshmi N started baking for her little children and family 10 years ago and upon receiving great feedback for her baked goodies, she began her journey as a home baker. She makes a widespread of sweet and savory baked items like cookies, cakes, non-fried donuts, vegan chocolate brownies, cupcakes or muffins, cinnamon rolls, sourdough bread, garlic knots, pizza, focaccia, breads, and dinner rolls. Some unique flavors in cookies that you can find on her menu are Ghee Atta, Savoury Ajwain, and bakery-style spicy cookies.
She also makes shortbreads and guilt-free cookies like oats, Choco chips, and Walnuts and Oats and Raisins. Some flavors in cakes you can look out for are Italian cream, caramel, banana walnut, red velvet, chocolate, apple, mango, orange, and strawberry. In cupcakes or muffins, flavors like Blueberry and Vanilla Choco chip are enticing.
The rich Christmas cake, available upon orders, from her oven, is loaded with dry fruits like cashews, almonds, walnuts, pistachio, macadamia nuts, pecans, sultanas, raisins, cranberries, blueberries, figs, dates, candied peels, cherry, candied ginger, Tutti Frutti and hazelnuts.
For orders call: 9845788825
Baked n Blr- Anmol Mangharam
Home baker Anmol Mangharam started this venture two months ago to provide specialty bakes to the netizens. Some of the products can be made into vegan and sugar-free according to the client’s preferences. Her forte lies in catering to specialty diets and all her products are gluten-free. She also makes baked items that are vegan, sugar-free, refined sugar-free, and nut-free.
Some of the delicious treats that you can look out for here are the Garlic Parmesan Bread, Nutella Cookies, Caramelised White Chocolate Chip Cookie, Milk Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Almond and Oat Loaf, Walnut Brownies, and Gooey Brownies. You can get your daily fresh gluten-free sandwich loaf, burger buns, and cookies warm from the oven too!
Instagram Link — https://instagram.com/bakedinblr?igshid=1p3idjibtldho
Phone number to place orders — +91 97415 50014
Butterfingers — Nikita Gulati
Nikita was passionate about baking since her childhood and is a self-taught baker and pastry chef. Her bespoke cakes and desserts will simply take your breath away. While your heart might break while cutting her gorgeous-looking cakes, in this case, if you don’t you’re missing out on some truly exotic flavors. The double decker red velvet wedding cake with a chocolate ganache drip, topped with roses, Choco chip cookies, macaroons, and assorted chocolates is a bestseller.
During Diwali, Nikita made some bespoke hampers with Vanilla Cupcakes filled with raspberry filling topped with white chocolate ganache, vibrant sprinkle drizzled cake pops, wholesome walnut banana loaves, walnut brownies, cupcakes with cream cheese icing, and red velvet cupcakes amongst many other offerings. For Christmas, you can look forward to chocolate log cakes, pound cakes, and plum cakes.
Butterfingers’ decadent specialties include Apple Pie (available in both large and mini sizes), Cinnamon Rolls, Strawberry Yogurt cake with Raspberry Preserve, Strawberry Shortcake, Cookie Cake, Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream, Vanilla Cake with Lemon Raspberry Buttercream and Fresh Mango Cake. The Jam Drop Biscuits, Date and Walnut Cookies, Cherry Pie, Madeleines, Choco chip banana cakes, oatmeal Choco cookies, and tea cakes will make your tea time sweeter.
For orders call: 9632730423
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