Colombo has a lot of home bakers, aunties (usually) who make cakes and sweets out of their homes. Very often these homes are ancestral and palatial so it’s not like they’re in it for the money, though, given Sri Lankan fondness for cakes, they must be making money. More than that, these home cooks have just gotten quite good at desserts for family and friends and that’s branched out into business.
The sector isn’t really documented, but at YAMU we’re trying to eat our way through it. Starting with a new (to me) place called Munchkin, which is already pretty popular on Facebook. They make a variety of sweets, but Shruthi ordered some macarons. We’ve been watching Masterchef Australia (compulsively) and they’ve highlighted this difficult to make French sweet. I’ve never had one myself and we were intrigued to see them being made in SL.
As a note, they’re quite expensive here and abroad, going for like 5 pounds each in the UK. They’re still cheaper here, but not really affordable besides for special occasions.
They’re crazy expensive at Rs. 1410 for just 10 macarons, but this is somewhat on par with international prices – macarons are expensive everywhere. I guess that’s what makes them so fashionable. And they were tasty, although the texture wasn’t perfect (apparently this is quite hard to get right – the top should give a light crunch before sinking into the softness of the centre). But they’d make for a trendy little treat when you want to impress the people you have over coffee. And also very nice gifts.(Munchkin | YAMU)
Anyways, as mentioned, Shruthi is tasting her way through some of the home desserts Sri Lankans make. Sita and Monique are obviously coming up, but do comment if you know any other worthy home bakers.