Top five online cake stores in KL

Updated: 5 Mar 2012
Top five online cake stores in KL

A cake on your doorstep is just a click away, thanks to the internet. Emma Chong evaluates the city’s newest clutch of online cake stores. Photography Stacy Liu

Sour Cream Coffee Cake, RM95 (pictured above)
Su’s Cakes for Kicks
Delivery: Free
Notice needed: 2 days
Presentation: 5/5
Variety: 4/5
Taste: 3/5
Su’s Cakes for Kicks has an impeccable ordering system, confirming our order both by email and phone the evening of the same day, and very trustingly operating by cash on delivery. The cake arrived exactly on time, produced out of a rusty red Proton. The cake itself was pleasant, but underwhelming. The scattering of dark chocolate decorations and strong coffee scent made for a good first impression, which didn’t really follow through. It had a moist, slightly dense crumb with a current of fragrant cinnamon and chips of walnut that worked in theory but failed to impress. Good for your grandma, not so much for your lover. And definitely on the pricey side.

Velvet Rouge, RM50
That Last Slice
Delivery: from RM10
Notice needed: 4 days
Presentation: 4/5
Variety: 4/5
Taste: 3.5/5

That Last Slice

That Last Slice’s spin on the classic red velvet is a very pretty affair: stacked two tiers high, sandwiched with tangy mascarpone cream cheese frosting and sprinkled with little red hearts. The cake was moist and fluffy, definitely aided by the frosting without which – dare we say it? – the taste would have bordered on bland. As a package though, it was excellent; airy in texture and light on the tongue. Ordering is conducted via email, and payment through bank transfer, which added a few unnecessary steps to the process. We also weren’t given a time slot in which to expect the cake delivery, but were notified when it was en route.

Carol’s Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, RM60
California Cookie Company
No delivery
Notice needed: 3 days
Presentation: 3/5
Variety: 2/5
Taste: 4/5

California Cookie Company

The whispers about the new cookies in town led us to California Cookie Company, where we were subsequently steered towards Carol’s Carrot Cake. According to the owners, ‘The best carrot cake you’ll ever taste’. This was definitely the winner for value for money, a far larger cake than we were expecting for the price. Fragrant with spices, studded with chunks of pineapple and visible shreds of carrot, the cake was moist and flavourful, though possibly marred by an oversweet icing, most of which was left on the plate. Navigating the wilds of SS2 was a bit of a downer, as the company does not as yet offer a delivery service. They accept orders only through email and Facebook, rather than a dedicated website.

Garden, RM78
Pastry Union
No delivery
Notice needed: 2 days
Presentation: 5/5
Variety: 4/5
Taste: 4/5

Pastry Union

Allow this momentary deviation: we loved the box this cake came in. Sturdy, stylish and complete with tiny supports for the cake stand and a business card sleeve. Naturally, this chocolate sponge was impeccably presented, leaning towards the artisanal – a scattering of pumpkin seeds and walnuts standing upright in the ‘soil’ of the frosting. Inside, the cake was a blend of light chocolate sponge, bittersweet chocolate cream and juicy cranberries, offering a sophisticated take on the ubiquitous blackforest cake. A cake for the grownups and those who fancy themselves in possession of a discerning palate. The ordering process is easy (we love forms), but no delivery meant an extra trip for us, and payment is required by bank transfer rather than credit card.

Chocolate Orange Mille Crepe, RM82
Humble Beginnings
Delivery: RM15
Notice needed: 2 days
Presentation: 4/5
Variety: 5/5
Taste: 4.5/5

Humble Beginnings

Is mille crepe the new macaron? The cake is no less painstaking than the confection – 20 handmade crepes, slicked with fluffy chocolate cream and candied orange peel, which we chose to top with dark chocolate curls and sliced strawberries (note for the future: keep the chocolate, leave the strawberries). An excellent combination of sweet, tangy and the tiniest note of bittersweet. On the logistics side, ordering on the website was a cinch with PayPal-assisted credit card payment and delivery was smooth (the only company that delivered right to our office door, rather than asking us to come down to the lobby to collect). We selected a delivery ‘time zone’ and it arrived well within the limits, with instructions to refrigerate immediately.