This is a pretty good idea for home bakers who aspire to do more.
Baker X baking studio and café located at Level 4 of Orchard Central has a different concept from the typical café business.
The space features a line-up of home-based bakers who take up residency of two to six weeks.
These home bakers have the opportunity to sell their bakes in a physical shop, and experience interacting with customers in a café setting.
I asked the baker behind the counter if she was feeling stressed.
She said, ”just a little”, and she needs to get used to selling her goods one by one, rather than in pre-ordered boxes; and meeting customers face-to-face (in a way behind masks).
The home baker concepts you can expect include:
– White’s Bakery (over) for Basque Cheesecakes (Original, Matcha and Hojicha, Earl Grey, Taro, Lotus Biscoff Cookie Butter) & Korean Fat Macarons (Peppermint Mocha, Toffee Nut, Hot Chocolate)
– Browned Butter Bakehouse (11 Jan – 30 Jan) for Browned Butter Cinnamon Rolls, Tarts (LUXE, Passionfruit Meringue) & White Choc & Raspberry Popsicle
– Mon Cerise Patisserie (8 Feb – 20 Feb, closed Mon) for Les Petites Tarts & Taste of Mon Cerise individual sized cakes
– Ree And Mummy (22 Feb – 6 Mar) for Cheesecake (Burnt Pineapple, Caramel Biscoff, Macadamia) & Toffee (Signature Almond Pecan, The Breakthrough Box
– Flourcrafts (9 Mar – 3 Apr) for Signature Vanilla Rum Canelés, Signature Yuzu Matcha Tarts & Signature TEAramisus (Matcha, Hojicha, Genmaicha)
During my visit, the brand available was Browned Butter Bakehouse which offers items such as Browned Butter Cinnamon Rolls ($4), LUXE Tart ($5.80), Passionfruit Meringue Tart ($5.50) and White Choc & Raspberry Popsicle ($4.50).
Food wise, I quite enjoyed the Browned Butter Cinnamon Rolls ($4), glazed with a fragrant cream cheese frosting and swirled with house-made blueberry compote.
I liked that it was buttery and prominent with the cinnamon flavour, the fluffy texture balanced with rich creamy topping which gave a luscious mouthfeel.
The LUXE Tart ($5.80 each) would please those who love biscoff – with caramelised chocolate ganache, biscoff mousse dome, topped with white chocolate and biscoff-coasted toasted cornflakes.
If you love the toffee and caramel type of sweetness, then this tart would work totally for you.
I thought that it was a tad caramel-sweetness-overload halfway through the tart, but nothing an Iced Black coffee (no sugar please) cannot help resolve.
From a buying process point of view, customers have to take note that they have to queue and pay (via QR code) at two different counters should you want to get coffee too.
The coffee component is operated by social enterprise Foreword Coffee Roasters.
Only QR code payment is allowed (no credit card) – which will generally be fine if there is no mobile connection problem, and that the banking apps work. You never know.
181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central #04-29, Singapore 238896
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)