Baking has become an increasingly popular activity among the women of Dhaka city over the last decade, in pace with an increased demand for baked dessert. The advent of the internet has given many access to pursuing this hobby. This led to more and more women turning their hobbies into very successful businesses of baking and selling customized baked goods to meet the needs of an enthusiastic urban populace. This week, Startup Dhaka caught up with four of the most popular online bakeries in Dhaka. All of them started out small with barely more than a website or a Facebook page and are now serving thousands of sweet toothed customers across the city.
The Cookie Jar
They are based in Mohammadpur and deliver anywhere in Dhaka and have been operating since April last year. The Cookie Jar takes great pride in the customization that they offer with every product. “Most times the customers come to me with an idea, and it is my job to make that idea comes true. As I am a perfectionist, so every cake I make has to be PERFECT in every way.” Says Najia Hossain, the owner. “Fondant Customized wedding/birthday cakes are my TOP SELLING products and people especially like the candy like taste of my handmade fondant a lot – my special cakes are highly appreciated by all as well.”
“For me baking is a passion and hobby. I have a English literature background and I started this business out of blue just to serve people some really good, international quality cakes in Bangladesh. As I always try to use the HIGHEST quality ingredients for my baking, I have to import most of the ingredients from overseas, which are mainly used by International Famous bakeries. Because of my uncompromising attitude my customers get a product, which not only looks great but also very tasty, healthy and without any harmful food coloring or chemicals. I am my biggest critic, so some times when I do not like the finished product I start it over and not stop till the product is perfect.”
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/the.coookie.jar
They started out back in November 2011. The founder bakes and designs – cakes, cupcakes , cake pops, cake bites, cookies , Macarons, Brownies and a few more desserts and specialize in customized cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and pops. Cherryblossom Cupcakes have a strong drive in providing fun and creative cakes which not only look good but taste great too. They believe that the output, and productivity alongside the creativity and the attention to detail is what makes their products stand apart.
What sets CherryBlossom cupcakes apart is their amazing attention to detail, when providing customers very personalized dishes.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cherrybsweets
Sugar Puffs has a wide array of sweet delicacies starting from various flavors of cakes to cupcakes. Their specialties are their delicious red velvet cheesecake pieces, red velvet pound cake, mud cake and the chocolate oreo cheesecake. There is also a great demand for our carrot and red velvet cupcakes!
“Well, what sets us apart from other online bakeries is that we don’t use fondants or gum pastes at all since we want to maintain the originality of our cakes. Whatever decorations we make, we do it purely with icing. As a result, instead of throwing away bits and parts of the cakes (as fondants are rarely edible and you need to put them aside before eating), our customers can devour on our cakes completely”
Sugar puffs has been offering home deliveries to customers around Dhanmondi, Gulshan and surrounding areas…and due to high demand and support from our customers, we have decided to offer delivery all over Dhaka from the coming month!”
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sugarpuffsonline
The owner Saria Ahmed, a Pastry Chef and Artist did her Diploma in Patisserie from Le Cordon Bleu, London. She has experience in marketing, but eventually chose to go for something else and started the Flourist.
“The Flourist initially started with a blog back in December ’12. It launched into an online cake store in February ’13 baking Cakes, cookies, French macarons, cupcakes and candy. The Flourist specializes in Hand-painted cakes. It is something I love doing and they are in high demand too. Flavors such as peanut butter & chocolate, Nutella, salted caramel and red velvet are the most popular.”
The Flourist’s site: www.thinkpot.wix.com/theflourist
Flourist’s facebookpage: www.facebook.com/theflourist.
Blog link to Saria Ahmed’s site: www.prettyshittyart.com
Call to order: +8801730429738
So, what is your favorite Online Bakery? Drop a comment below and let us know!