KUALA LUMPUR, October 20 – I often think that my social media account knows me better than me … like my craving for cake. Perhaps this is how an Instagram ad appeared for Bayker.Co?
The photo of their signature chocolate cake definitely piqued my interest. A dark chocolate cake covered in ganache that reminded me of the old fashioned chocolate fudge cake I used to have at Lana Cakes in Singapore.
The online bakery has been perfecting its art of chocolate cakes for two years. They are distinguished by their use of fine chocolates. No industrial chocolate or “chocolate” made from cheaper vegetable fat is used in the products. Expect Valrhona or Swiss Felchlin chocolate cakes.
In February of this year, they launched their social media and website with their Bayker Original which mixes three types of Valrhona chocolates. Later, the Bayker 70 was introduced and uses 70% Valrhona Guanaja. Following requests for a “light chocolate naked cake”, the Bayker Classic using Swiss Felchlin chocolate was introduced. This month, they tease a new cake to introduce.
You order through their website which is really easy. Just give them two days in advance and you get your cake. You can choose to pick up the cake from their Sri Petaling store or have it delivered.
Their Bayker Original uses Valrhona chocolate, one of my favorite brands. As the different types of chocolate offer a different taste, they experimented and imagined a cake that was neither too bitter nor too sweet.
I love how they are candid with their ingredients as they clearly state what they are using for each component of the cake. For example, their classic French chocolate cake uses a combination of 85% Abinao and 66% Caribe. The smooth ganache is made with 70% Guanaja while the chocolate cream is whipped from 66% Caribe and Elle & Vire whipping cream. Just note that the percentages refer to the cocoa mass in the chocolate. Most importantly, there is no fake gasoline or even a preservative used in their cakes.
The look is also simple, allowing you to focus on how it tastes. The rectangle-shaped cake measures 25 centimeters by eight centimeters while the height is approximately five centimeters. It is priced at RM95.
To be fair, when I tasted the cake on the first day, I wasn’t blown away. Yes, the ganache was silky and chocolatey but the crumb of the cake was dry on the tongue. It was always a good chocolate cake but it was not that succulent chocolate cake that I was looking for. I started to doubt my taste buds so I passed it on to a friend. She also came to the same conclusion.
I’m not the type to give up, so the next day after the cake had cooled for a full day, I pulled it out. I followed their step-by-step instructions to let it sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before trying it out. This time the cake was the decadent treat I wanted.
My friend also tried it the second time around but took a shortcut which was to microwave it for 30 seconds. This produced a chewy and delicious cake. It goes very well with rich chocolate cream and sweet ganache. As promised, the cake was neither bitter nor too sweet … just incredibly chocolatey. Simply heavenly.
What about the Bayker Classic? According to Bayker.Co, this cake was designed for those who prefer, what they call, a more naked cake with a slight chocolate taste. This uses Swiss Feichlin chocolates.
For the cake, they use a slightly bitter-tasting 75 percent Sao Paolo, which is single-origin chocolate. For the thin layer of ganache sandwiching the cake, they use 52 percent Felcor which is slightly sweeter to balance the bitterness of the cake.
The cake is roughly the same size as the Bayker Original which is slightly taller with the ganache layer. The price is 55 RM.
If you prefer a slightly more intense chocolate cake with less cream, the Bayker Classic will be for you. It pairs well with a cup of coffee (I had mine with a cup of local coffee) and again, just take it out of the fridge for at least 20 minutes to get it to room temperature and the crumb will be damp after a day.
Bayker. Co, 18, Jalan Radin Anum 2, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, KL. You can contact them via WhatsApp at + 6017-9577153. Their pick-up hours are from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Monday to Sunday). Website: https://bayker.co/ Facebook: @baykerco Instagram: @baykerco