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Will it be a classic burnt cheesecake or a fancy schmancy dessert for you today?
It’s not hard to find an excuse to eat cake. Birthdays, anniversaries, reward for going to the gym, coping mechanism for another lockdown… you name it.
You don’t even need to have a sweet tooth to enjoy this indulgence, with the medley of options available today. There are classic burnt cheesecakes and Valrhona chocolate cakes, sugarless and vegan alternatives, as well as imaginative creations containing (but not limited to) cornflakes and camembert.
Whatever your pretext or preference, we’ve got your cravings covered with a directory of our favourite cake parlours around the Klang Valley.
Founded by Jaslyn Rangson in 2014, Jaslyn Cakes started out as a humble cafe occupying half a shoplot in Bangsar. It wasn’t long before the bakery café garnered a loyal following among locals, and word spread to other café hoppers and cake lovers in the larger Klang Valley. After much success serving its butter cakes and cookies in a homey, rustic setting, the Le Cordon Bleu alumnus opened a second outlet in Mont Kiara to the same effect earlier this year. Today, they stand amongst the best cake shops in KL, known for using natural, quality ingredients in their baked goods. W jaslyncakes.com
Try: Red Velvet Cake, an enduring recipe from Jaslyn’s culinary days in London
Locations: Bangsar – 7A, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur; Mont Kiara – Lot 1B, New Wing Lower Ground Floor, Mont Kiara Shoplex, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Forget what you know about cakes when you come to MadHatter Desserts. Helmed by banker turned Masterchef Asia runner-up turned entrepreneur Marcus Low, this café in Damansara Uptown is all about infusing local flavours into masterfully crafted entremets. Think a yam and pine nut cake shaped like the starchy tuber or a raspberry, rose and lychee cake in the form of a striking red dome. There’s also an assortment of breads, pastries and other limited-edition confectionaries for the true dessert lover to keep coming back. I @madhatter_desserts
Try: The Raspberry, Rose and Lychee is a common favourite
Location: 19, Jalan SS 21/60, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Did we mention the very same Jaslyn from Jaslyn Cakes also owns the neighbouring patisserie to its Bangsar outlet? Tripling as a florist and (sometimes) a speakeasy, Dew came about a few years after its sister establishment to offer more refined, delicate pastries. Unlike the former’s warm interiors, Dew is a green oasis spruced up with florals both in its ambience and cakes. Expect pretty, Instagram-worthy creations made with premium ingredients and a love of art and creativity here. W dewbangsar.com
Try: Blueberry & Camembert Cheesecake, consisting of a milky camembert mousse, blueberry compote, crunchy cornflake crunch and cream glaze
Location: 7, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Xiao by Crustz
After seven years of honing her skills in home baking and corporate catering, pastry chef Koh Xiao-Ly set up Xiao by Crustz together with her sister in 2016. With her knowledge and flair for French-inspired petit gateau, the small café began attracting long queues vying for her aesthetically pleasing and decadent creations. The menu changes from time to time, with themed and seasonal creations often appearing for limited-time-only periods. This way you can keep coming back for more unique flavours! W xiaobycrustz.com
Try: Le Cerf, perfect for the chocolate lover with its chocolate crispy base, hazelnut dacquoise, ganache moulleuse and dark chocolate chantilly
Location: B-G-6, Happy Mansion Block B, Section 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya
Cake Jalan Tiung
Established in 2015 by home bakers Shafinaz and Hidzad, Cake Jalan Tiung has grown to become one of the more well-known artisanal bakeries, especially in the Shah Alam locality. Reflecting the couple’s upbeat personalities, the selection of cakes feature cheeky, eye-catching names such as Samseng Kg Pandan (pandan cake with kaya, coconut cream frosting and gula melaka syrup) and Cheese Bedebah (a classic New York baked cheesecake). Freshly baked at limited quantities daily, you’ll want to drop by earlier in the day or pre-order your pick to avoid disappointment. W cakejalantiung.com
Try: The Persian Princess – a rose cake with pistachio and jam filling
Location(s): Seksyen 4 – No. 9, Jalan Sukun 4/7, Seksyen 4, 40000 Shah Alam; Seksyen 9 – 31-M (first floor), Jalan Tengku Ampuan Zabedah J 9/J, Seksyen 9, 40100 Shah Alam
Foo Foo Fine Desserts
As its name suggests, Foo Foo’s desserts are mighty fine – and not just by appearance. Headed by the namesake pastry chef who’s an alumnus of Le Cordon Bleu Sydney, this laid-back café in TTDI exudes a laid-back charm with its rattan furniture, vintage armchairs and lush greenery. It’s no wonder why the little nook draws couples, families and friends alike for a casual visit, only to be taken to dessert heaven with its melange of cakes, tarts and homemade ice creams. I @foofoofinedesserts
Try: Orange Chocolate Mousse and Ginger Black Molasses Cake, crafted for the adventurous dessert hunter
Location: First Floor, 64, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Huckleberry Food & Fare
Think you’re up for a 10-layer chocolate cake or the ultimate sin: a 20-layer peanut butter chocolate cake? Take up the challenge at Huckleberry Food & Fare, an artisan bakery and café nestled in Damansara Heights. The cosy space is designed to bring family, friends and food lovers together with its chic dine-in and al fresco setting, complemented by recipes inspired by family-favourites and nostalgia. Whilst the cakes are not to be missed, you can also enjoy brunch, breads, pastries and comfort food here.
Try: Huckleberry Burnt Cheesecake, the all-time favourite that’s so popular, it’s also sold at its sister establishment (Birch at DC Mall)
Location: 2G & 4G, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Plaza Damansara, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
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Souka Bake Shop
You’ll be spoilt for choice at Souka Bake Shop in Subang Jaya. Home to over a dozen types of cakes on a full-shelf day and double that when you order online, you can have a different cake every day of the month and still have new ones to try. Specialising in vintage cakes and desserts, Souka offers everything from cocoa and cheese based varieties to vanilla, fruit or nut-based creations. Custom-baked cakes are also available upon request, so the options are practically endless. W soukabakeshop.com
Try: Pandan Coconut Gula Melaka cake, an ode to well-loved Malaysian desssert flavours
Location: No 53, SS 15/5A, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
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