Lest you forget the etiquette of house visitations (though we don't blame you), it's best not to turn up empty-handed to the first cultural celebration post-MCO. Whether your role is the host or guest, these sweet treats will complement the grand spread that's to be expected of every Deepavali celebration. But if you're still wary of going out, send them to your loved ones and let them know they are on your mind.
Contrary to what most people may think, dessert doesn’t necessarily have to leave you with a sugar high. As with most of its festive offerings, the artisanal ice cream parlour is changing the way dessert is conceived, approaching our favourite fruit — mango — almost like a main course this time. Made with mango lassi ice cream, Inside Scoop’s Lights of Love cake is constructed from layers of almond dacquoise (almond cake), almond praline feuilletine and mango jam. A subtle heat from the savoury mutton varuval keeps your senses and palate buzzing even after the sweet mango sensation has passed. Encased in a white chocolate shell, this mood-booster is decorated with orange cream pipings and raspberry jam on top of vanilla Chantilly cream for extra cheer.
From RM139. Order here.
While you can absolutely devour cookies straight from a jar, there is something delightfully communal about eating them from a platter teeming with other festive sweets. Perhaps, that is part of what makes PichaEats’ offering holiday-spectacle worthy. Prepared by Chef Salam, the wheel of treats — consisting of ghee balls, kheer, laddu, chocolate barfi, kesari, gulab jamun, murukku and omapodi — is enough to feed four to five people. Look out for the shareable mains too, ranging from a smoked biryani feast to a paani poori set.
Until Nov 11. RM125. Order here.
Eat Cake Today
If a modest sponge cake can elicit joy, imagine if it was decorated decadently with gusto. A table centrepiece is meant to stun anyway, so don’t feel too guilty about splurging a little bit more to welcome your guests. From offering cakes with peacock and saree motifs to an assortment of Indian sweets such as chocolate burfi and besan ladoo, Eat Cake Today has compiled a few trusty bakers you can rely on for an elaborate get-together. We have our eyes set on the purple-themed buttercream cupcakes too, which can be customised for a heart-warming gift.
St Regis Kuala Lumpur
This year, The Drawing Room is giving the classic ladoo a contemporary twist by coating them in luscious Valrhona chocolate. Available in a box of 16, these sugary, spherical treats make great gifts that will light up both the faces of children and adults alike. Your recipients will be able to sample four unique flavours: Raspberry Inspiration and Pistachio, Passion Fruit Inspiration and Coconut, Guanaja 70% Dark Chocolate and Almond, and Opalys 33% White Chocolate. The chocolate lovers will thank you for this.
Until Nov 4. RM98. Order here.
Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur
Prepare a pot of chai and set your table for a delightful afternoon tea with the Deepavali set from Shangri-La’s Lobby Lounge. It comes with an assortment of sweet and savoury treats, including Hariyali Chicken Tikka with Lahsooni Chutney, Tandoori Prawn Skewer, Pistachio Ghee Coconut Scone and Indian Sweet Pavlova. A kid-friendly set is also available, with offerings such as Saffron Sacher Cake and Strawberry Praline to satisfy the little one. Other gift boxes, such as designer cupcakes and Indian snacks and sweets, can also be purchased online.
Until Nov 7. From RM54. Order here.