CHECK IT OUT: Crumbs List at White Plains, Quezon City
This White Plains nook is the home for home bakers.
Crumbs List Pastry Depot
130 Katipunan Avenue, Saint Ignatius Village, White Plains, Quezon City
Contact: 437-2722, 0917-528-8285
Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Tuesday to Sunday)
(SPOT.ph) If you're waiting for a sign to jumpstart some untapped, innate baking potential, then the swirly, orange letters introducing Crumbs List might be what you’re looking for.
Amid the racks of polka-dotted cupcake liners, patterned rolling pins, and bricks of chocolate comes a sudden inspiration for a career you never even considered: baking. As a hobby, a business, a trial. It's all just a possibility until you see the trays of tarts and display cases of cupcakes. These are from home bakers who've already converted potential to actual profit. The quiet nook in White Plains used to be the Cocoa Pantry and while it's still a treasure trove for unique baking tools and supplies, the owners took the place a step further last September: Crumbs List has become a stepping stone for home bakers.
Sprinkles (P60) and patterned paper straws
Birthday candles (P60) and cupcake toppers that double as giveaways (P175)
Cake stencils for pretty pastry art for P95
"It's become our advocacy," says co-owner Risha Tobias. Crumbs List inherited a roster of home bakers who stock up their kitchens with Cocoa Pantry merchandise. "We wanted to give them a place to show their creations."
Crumbs List curates the bakers they highlight with discretion, constant communication, and sampling to ensure only the best make it on the shelves, and Risha assures that the pastries can’t be found elsewhere. Variety makes up for the small pool of eight bakers. No two items are alike: Risha and her sister have come up with a solid selection of cupcakes, tarts, mousses, rolls, and an extensive variety of cookie styles from classic sugar and chocolate chip flavors to thumbprint cookies and cookie sandwiches.
Cookies, signed, sealed, and ready to be picked up.
Baked Goodies PH, The Blue Cottage, and Smilees nail the traditional treats you look for in any pastry shop: cookies in chocolate chip and red velvet (P160/half dozen, P300/dozen); lovely sugar cookies that go from medium to extra large (P50 to P70); and Food for the Gods (P120/half dozen), and classic heavenly date and nut cakes that are perennial crowdpleasers.
Name your pastry
The cookie sandwich knows how to stand out.
Crumbs List’s other vendors have gotten more innovative with their approach. Krazylicious, for instance, has come up with festive chocolate snowflake cake balls (P220/box of four) composed of decadent chocolate cake coated in white chocolate, and the Chocnutty Cupcake (P80), which is a take on choc-nut, flourishing peanut-butter cream cheese over chocolate cake. Mrs. Z’s brings decadence up several levels with her arsenal of Tres Leches and S’mores Cupcakes (P75) while The Stocky Chef whips up a collection of sinful brownie-cookie sandwiches (P160/half dozen).
Oh! Goodies offers a line of candy-inspired cupcakes like Salted Caramel (P65) and Cookies and Cream (P65). Their Maltesers Cupcakes (P65) are not too dense with a light, sweet flavor emphasized by a pouf of chocolate frosting and a piece of the chocolate it’s derived from. They also have these Pili Tots (P145/dozen, P280/two dozen) that would make for great pasalubong or potluck gifts.
You ought to find at least one cupcake for every taste.
Paper cups of joy
Sugar Babies comes up with an assortment of sweets: her Salted Caramel Brownies (P135/pair) are rich with bright bits of saltiness, the Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies (P165/half dozen) are delightfully buttery, but the Lemon Yoghurt Mousse (P235/pack of four) is the scene-stealer. They add a dollop of mixed berry compote on top of the mousse-filled ramekin to balance out the profile.
"We're still testing things out," says Risha. If everything goes according to plan, they'll add seating, more suppliers, and cakes-which are noticeably absent from the display cases. "We wanted to make sure that we could handle what we have first."
Barely a month into their new endeavor, this inconspicuous space is still figuring things out as they go along. But one thing is certain at this point: Crumbs List is anything but crumbs. From sugar and flour to budding home bakers, it's a place for mouthwatering beginnings.