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    Sonya Subramanyam (Top right), Sangeetha Jumani (Bottom right)

    A look at a new pies-and-tarts venture, and the latest cake artiste on the block

    For SOMEONE who had no plans of taking up baking seriously or even just for fun, Sonya Subramanyam of Pate Sucree has learnt the intricacies of the trade in almost no time. Her first brush with the art of baking happened after she quit her steady corporate job almost two years ago. “I found a recipe online for bread and wanted to try it out. It turned out great and after that I was completely hooked,” says the former journalist.

    She then enrolled in the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in Bangkok, where she learnt from and trained under some of the world’s best pastry chefs. “After I discovered my love for baking, I decided to do a proper course in order to take it up seriously and for a basic foundation to fall back on,” she explains.

    Piece of pie
    Specialising in French patisserie, which was taught by skilled French chefs, Subramanyam immersed herself in the three-month course and returned to Bangalore, well-equipped with skill and ideas to launch her own business.
    “It was a fabulous experience and gave me a good understanding of the art and appreciation for the field. I never realised just how much science is involved in the process,” she shares.

    Subramanyam focuses mainly on tarts and pies, her “first love”, with the plum galette, dark chocolate and nutella tart, and caramelised onion and mushroom galette in emmental cheese being her topsellers. She also has on the menu some classic favourites like cinnamon rolls, croissants, cheesecakes, chocolate cakes, a variety of breads and pain au chocolate.

    Rs. 300 upwards. Details:facebook.com/PateSucreeBangalore

    Simply sinful
    Started by Sangeetha Jumani, Sinfully Divine churns out custom, purely eggless cakes, desserts and chocolates. Having catered to weddings, baby showers, birthdays and other celebrations, Jumani ensures her products are made from premium, fresh ingredients to keep her steadily rising clientele happy. She also ensures the packaging is tasteful and appealing.

    Her creations extend from basic black forest, chocolate, pineapple and coffee cakes and their variations to the exciting tiramisu, Ferrero Rocher and triple layer mousse cakes. Jumani also whips up specials which include chocolate strawberry cake, apple pie and wheat cake. But themed cakes, really get her creative juices flowing, she tells us. Her most memorable being a mehendi cake for a sangeet function and a baby shower cake featuring a mum-to-be perched on a couch, surrounded by a sea of gifts including handbags and shoes.  Also specialising in desserts like chocolate mousse, trifle pudding and caramel custard, Florentine squares and cake pops, Jumani’s top sellers include her chocolate truffle cake and exotic mixed fruit cake.

    Rs. 500 upwards. Details: facebook.com/sinfullydivinebangalore

    —Rashmi Rajagopal

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