Shalini Padmanabhan from Piece of Cake is ready with her edible Xmas baubles and gluten free menu
LAST Christmas, friends of music director Harris Jayaraj received table-top Xmas trees laden with edible baubles, a rich plum cake and a bottle of wine. Barring the wine, everything else came from Piece of Cake. This time, owner Shalini Padmanabhan has been getting requests for more chocolate and cookie gingerbread men, miniature trees, bells, stars, candy cane and snowmen. Plus, there are cupcakes with holly, a cheery Santa, and other seasonal motifs.
Follow your nose
Padmanabhan, 45, moved her popular home bakery to an address in Anna Nagar last year, and since then has been luring first-timers with the smell of freshly baked bread. “This time it’s more potent, with the ginger, cinnamon and other spices wafting into the street,” she chuckles. For the curious, baking happens right through the day, starting from 6 am, but the store opens for business at 10 am. Like most bakers, Padmanabhan loves to experiment. What sets her apart is her obsession with finding healthy alternatives to decadent treats. Be it for little customers who are gluten or lactose intolerant and demand blueberry muffins to adults who fancy 10-kilo cakes, she is always game.
Cup of tales
The Xmas cookies are crunchy and, in the original packaging, stay fresh on the tree for weeks. The cupcakes come in vanilla, chocolate and red velvet options. The base can be customised — gluten-free or palm jaggery, anyone? Even the plum cake can be made to suit (minus egg). Just remember to get there quick.
Cookies from Rs.25, cupcakes at Rs.200 for two, plum cakes from Rs.300 and chocolate gingerbread men, Rs.75 per box. Details: 9940489976
— Team Indulge
Pics: A Raja Chidambaram