Kolkata cookery scenario is opening up to new-age home-based food-entrepreneurs and few days back, we had the privilege of meeting one such home-baker from Kolkata – Sweta Kumar. She stays in Highland’s Park, on E M Bypass and can be accessed via her FB page. Just for the records, she also has got a listing in Zomato .
The good part of this homebakers is they normally prepare the items themselves, hence, the “personal touch” is always there. The ingredients used, normally are top notch and not compromised upon, and the result is seen on the output. The price may be a little above the run-on-the-mills bakery shops, but since when good items were available in cheap rate ?
Sweta operates from a home kitchen in her apartment and is soon planning to expand to a proper commercial setup, however, it never stopped her from showcasing her designer skills in cake baking and decoration. So, enough is enough and I must start with my foodie journey here.
Firstly, we were served some Blueberry muffins and assorted tarts. The muffin was fine, but the strawberry tart just blew us off. It was brilliant. With real strawberry crush nestled in homemade tart-shells, it was nothing short of magic.
The next item was some veg spring rolls with schezwan sauce and English tea cake slices. The veg spring roll was a welcome change from the sweet attack (Its not that we didn’t like them… LOL). The spring rolls were stuffed with shredded cabbage, carrot and onions and flavored with garlic. Deep fried, they were pretty good.
I am never a tea cake loving person, but what I tasted here, was something different. These were extremely light and fluffy and was a treat…
Next was the big boy’s game where 3 types of cakes were served, all different from the other. The first one was Kiwi cake with real kiwi slices on top and crush in between layers, next was res velvet cake (star of the show) and finally a chocolate truffle cake. Kiwi cake was damn good. With real slices and crush (which is a rarity) the soft, moist cake was extremely light on palate.
Chocolate truffle cake was good, pretty soft and filled with chocolate, but star of the show was yet to come- the Red Velvet cake. I’ve been to many a bakefests and am a regular for these “upmarket” cake shops, but seldom I’ve seen such a subtle, soft-inside cake. Actually even a non-sweet-tooth person like me can have at least half-a-pound of the same at one go. And, god bless this lady for making it less sweetened. Few people understand the fact that over-sweetness doesn’t mean a better taste (it applies not only to cakes, IMHO) ….. I’ll again come back for these, at least…
In between somewhere, to cut the monotonous taste, she offered us some chicken quiche…. Crispy shells, soft cheesy stuffing, a little less spicy (frankly, I would love them to be a tinge more spicier), but worth tasting.
Lastly, we were served chicken with tossed bell peeper and onion. If was a much toned down version of chilly chicken and good one for the faint-hearted. But, I again asked her for one more slice of her red-velvet cake and she happily offered.
Ok, as usual, we were full and happy and almost were about to leave, when she gifted us one of her goodie bags, which consisted of muffins and plum cake and a box of homemade chocolates. My son thanked her afterwards for the same.
Well, so, go ahead and place an order to her for your occasions…. she arranges to deliver the items within Kolkata and the pricing is somewhere between 350 – 450/- per pound of cake.
All photographs in this post are thankfully provided by Subhadip Mukherjee . Thanks a ton !!!
Bon Apetite !!!
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