Do you believe in second chances? Former air stewardess and founder of Whisking Bakes, Chanel, certainly made good use of hers when she struck out on her own after the pandemic claimed her job. The home-based business has grown tremendously since its inception in May 2020, even moving into a permanent space on Crawford Lane to sell the world’s first orh nee tart balls, among other taro-themed baked goods.
Even with the F&B scene booming “like the old times”, opening a physical cafe that serves predominantly one type of dessert is not without its risks. Especially with Singaporean customers’ short attention spans when it comes to the flavour of the month. So, I think Chanel deserves to be commended for sticking to her guns with this venture.
As with most cafes in the vicinity, Whisking Bakes operates out of a cozy space in the heartlands, with dedicated areas for dine-in and baking. Barely in its first two weeks of official operations, the cafe has already started seeing steady queues vying for its goods. Hungry customers can even peek into Whisking Bakes’ kitchen for a glimpse all that taro action.
The Taro Mochi Swiss Roll ($5) is a crowd favourite that encases a chewy milk mochi in a soft sponge with yam paste and cream. The mochi is rather unique and it lends some chewiness to the roll. While the cream is silky smooth and sweet, I found the sponge to be on the dry side. The yam also didn’t come through as strongly as I expected. Still, it’s a pretty dessert that warrants a photo or two.
The Taro-misu ($6) puts a local spin on the iconic Italian dessert. You’ll love digging into the layers of ladyfingers with fresh yam paste. Taste-wise, this is considerably more intense than the swiss roll, and the cream absolutely melts in your mouth. Great if you have a thing for milky and sweet flavours in desserts.
Round up with a thirst-quenching Taro Latte ($6). The yam-forward flavours blend well with the milk, and I loved digging up the fresh yam paste at the bottom of the cup.
Taro may be the name of the game here, but you can also find other non-taro desserts such as levain cookies and burnt basque cheesecakes. The Orh Nee Tarts ($7 for 5 pieces) is also pretty popular for takeaways.
Prices are really reasonable at Whisking Bakes; you can sample a variety of desserts without burning a hole in your wallet. This is a must-try for taro fans! Best of all, Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle is around the corner, so you can get your fix of local flavours in one neighbourhood.
Address: 466 Crawford Lane, 01-08, Singapore 190465
Nearest MRT: Lavender EW11
Tuesday to Thursday: 12pm – 10pm
Friday: 12pm – 12mn
Saturday: 10am – 12mn
Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Closed on Monday
Contact: +65 8850 5918/ email@example.com
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