At CLEO, cakes and stories are two of our favourite things. So when we found out about Li Tying, whose beautiful cakes are inspired by personal stories, we knew we had to fi nd out more!
Name: Ng Li Tying, Age: 24, Job: Partnership and Buying Manager at Naiise, and Founder of The Spatula & The Pen
When and how did you first become interested in baking?
I dabbled in baking since my junior college times. Then during university, I worked at a bakery and cafe to earn extra pocket money on the side. It was then that I started exploring more about baking.
What inspired you to use cakes to tell stories?
I just thought it would be nice to have something special for a special occasion and I want to offer something different for those who don’t want another store-bought cake for their birthday. Then, with every cake I made I’d post the story behind it on Facebook. That seemed to gain traction; people were commenting on the photos and sharing my works on their pages. That was when I realised there was some interest and demand in what I do – customising bakes to real-life stories.
What was your most difficult project?
Wedding cakes are difficult for me! That aside, I once made a terrarium-inspired cake. Conceptually, that was challenging. It’s difficult too when I’m presented with lots of dietary concerns to work with. I once got this really long e-mail from a girl who detailed all the items she couldn’t eat. I wasn’t left with many ingredients to work with.
We quiz this baker on her favourite sweets
1. Name some of your favourite cafes in Singapore.
I love Mu Parlour’s desserts and I absolutely adore Merely Ice Cream’s flavours.
2. If you could only eat one cake for the rest of your life, what would it be?
This is really tough! Maybe a good cheesecake. I think I’d make one for myself; I’m particular about my cheesecakes.
3. Cookies, cake or ice cream?
Malt berries cake with chocolate Speculoos and rose frosting
Cheesecake with Speculoos and hazelnut praline, Speculoos drip, Percy Pigs and Speculoos macarons
Raw vegan, gluten-free chocolate and matcha cake with green apples