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Home-based bakers in Singapore with sweet treats we cannot resist

Warm bakes and sweet treats – from one home to another

Fabian Loo
Contributor: Cheryl Sekkappan
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Home-based bakers have been having a moment in Singapore. While some have found offline success, others are working hard out of their home kitchens, churning out unique bakes and novel treats. Sweeten up the daily humdrum with chunky, gooey cookies, pandan biscoff tarts, and more.

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@bakingwithgina

Baking with Gina is a whole family operation. Gina bakes, her sons pack the goods, and her husband delivers. What sells like hotcakes here are the naturally leavened tin loaves – there's crusty country-style sourdough, beautifully marbled purple sweet potato sourdough, a bittersweet varlhona chocolate version, and more. You can also get handcrafted cookies and the best pineapple tarts (in our opinion) from Baking with Gina. Other favourite include fluffy bagels and sourdough waffles – breakfast staples that you'll want again and again. 

HOW TO ORDER Head to her Instagram or bakingwithgina.com to see what's available and send in your orders. 

@gabdominic_kuehstry

For some of the best kuehs you can get in Singapore, head over to @gabdominic_kuehstry. The baker behind this outfit used to whip up traditional desserts at Restaurant Kin (now closed), but has since channeled his talents into a home-based business. Pick up rempah udang ($35/10), kueh dadar ($18/10), melt-in-your-mouth mini kueh koswee ($14), kueh salat ($19), and more. These delicous morsels are also sold in a mixed box – the Kuehstry Bundle which goes at $86. 

HOW TO ORDER Keep your eyes peeled for monthly drops at kuehstry.cococart.co. The kuehs are sold in limited quantities and are usually snapped up within minutes!  

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@bespokebreadsg

It's sourdough for days at Bespoke Bread. The 'doughminatrix' behind this home based business is Karen, who churns out beautifully made boules and batards stuffed with all kinds of goodies – black garlic, Guiness stout and rye, swirls of dark chocolate, and much more. Other popular goods include the incredibly light sourdough waffles and chiffon cakes, as well as nutritious lactation cookies. Karen's currently taking a break to run her sourdough masterclasses – worth going for if you want to start your own sourdough journey – but we can't wait for her to start selling bakes again. 

HOW TO ORDER Follow @bespokebreadsg to get the first drop on Bespoke Bread's goods. 

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Sembawang sesame bread, Commonwealth cheddar loaf, Redhill rye. These are just some novel bakes that Heartland Sourdough has created, and named, after various neighbourhoods in Singapore. At their online bakery, co-founders Greg Yap and Lim Tjie Siew tap into local heritage to create Asian-inspired bread. Try Sembawang sesame (from $10) made with a combination of stoneground white and whole grain flour, mixed with slow-roasted black and white sesame for a nutty kick; or Leonie Longan (from $15), sweetened with Thai dried longans and red dates, is reminiscent of a sweet tea commonly enjoyed during Chinese New Year. 

HOW TO ORDER Head over to @heartlandsourdough and drop them a DM to order. 

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Home baker Michelle Tong works the gooey texture of mochi into traditional bakes of cupcakes and cookies. The result: lava mochi brownie, which is one of Gaily Bakes' best-seller. Hidden within each springy brownie also lies a molten core – bittersweet Bailey’s dark chocolate, doubly indulgent Nutella and Kinder Bueno, and gooey Biscoff cookie butter. These days, Michelle plays with various flavours, and offers tasting boxes that feature a rotating line-up of delicious treats. 

HOW TO ORDER Michelle creates various dessert boxes, and the line-up changes frequently. Stay updated at @gailybakes for the latest menu.

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Since she was young, Cherry Chiu has known she likes to bake. Feeling the pull of the kitchen, she left her desk-bound job to study pastry-making in Le Cordon Bleu London. It gave her the confidence to set up Mon Cerise, a home-based bakery that focuses on cakes that are lighter in sugar. Cherry insists on only using premium French ingredients – a deliberate decision to ensure the quality of the final product. For instance, butter is sourced from a small producer in the Charente, France and only pure cocoa butter, curated from a bean-to-bar French chocolate maker, is used. The result: elegant bakes perfect for any celebratory occasion. There’s the signature Strawberry Charlotte ($57) – where fluffy Japanese sponge cake comes layered with citrus gel, strawberry compote, and Madagascan vanilla cream; and the Chocolate and Raspberry Dream ($55).

HOW TO ORDER Visit moncerisepatisserie.com.

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@missvandough

For bakes that look as good as they taste, hit up Miss Van Dough. Among her popular treats include chunky chocolate chip cookies, fudgy brownies, and the popular pandan biscoff tarts. Look forward to curated packages that come with an assortment of sweet treats that changes regularly – it might come loaded with hefty cookies, brownies, tiramisu, and more. Keep their eyes peeled for updates on Instagram; these sets sell out quickly so its fastest fingers first.

HOW TO ORDER Stay updated at @missvandough for the latest care package and ordering instructions

@dee_bakes

When self-taught baker Adeline Tan first started her business, she received some two to four orders a month. Her following has since grown, and her bake sale slots are sold out in mere minutes. During this stay-home period, look forward to a sugar-filled box that comes with a line-up of Adeline’s best bakes – brown butter chocolate chip cookies, decadent brownies, and more. Slots for her bake sale are constantly snagged up, so you’d best follow @dee_bakes for the latest updates.

HOW TO ORDER Follow @dee_bakes for the release of order form links

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@doughterbakery

This home-based bakery specialises in unique mochi cakes that have a crunchy exterior and a soft, chewy middle that’s “lighter than a muffin”. Each comes in flavours of double chocolate, earl grey white chocolate, kaya and coconut, banana walnut, and more. Pop them in the toaster or oven for a few seconds before eating for maximum enjoyment. 

HOW TO ORDER DM @doughterbakery

@shesells.seashells.sg

You might believe in love at first sight after peeking at the gorgeous, French-inspired bakes from @shesells.seashells.sg. Its best-seller features a stunning box ($22) filled with matcha and yuzu madeleines glazed with Roku gin, pickled cherry blossom financiers, and masala chai and Valrhona chocolate financier. Join the waitlist for first dibs on upcoming sales, or stay updated on its Instagram page for flash sale happenings. 

HOW TO ORDER DM @shesells.seashells.sg

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@frostedbyfang

You'd never know what to expect from Frosted by Fang. Self-taught baker Lee Su Fang keeps the line-up fresh and exciting, but popular sellers include orh nee swiss rolls, and pear cardamom crumble bar. If you need further convincing, just take a peep at her archive of monthly bake sales – stuffed with rosemary olive fig loaves, chocolate lavender coffee brownies, rose and lychee teacakes, and many more. To see what delicious creations she has in mind, follow her at @frostedbyfang.

HOW TO ORDER Head to frostedbyfang.com/shop or stay updated by following the baker on Instagram.

@eggsugarbutter

Having trained in the kitchens of Le Cordon Bleu in Tokyo, the home bakers behind Egg Sugar Butter combines French pastry-making techniques with Japanese cake recipes to create light, fluffy treats that are just as easy on the eyes. Fresh cream cakes are the star of the menu, made using dairy cream imported from France. Try it in the matcha ($60), strawberry shortcake ($58), or the aptly named Minimalist ($65) that comes adorned with simple, but elegant, touches of edible flowers and gold leaves. Petit, single-serve cakes and seasonal fresh fruit tarts are also available. 

HOW TO ORDER Head over to eggsugarbutter.com to browse its menu and place an order. 

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@paparchsg

There’s only one item on its menu: a burnt cheesecake that comes in a golden brown crown and a gooey middle. And looking at these creamy creations, it’s easy to understand its appeal. The Muslim-owned home bakery uses Halal ingredients to create each seven-inch cheesecake that’s good for seven people. The fact that the only available slots are in the months of September to December just makes these cheesy treats even more desirable.

HOW TO ORDER Follow @paparchsg for more information, and a chance to snag up its new batch of burnt cheesecake

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