Chocolate Bars, Cakes & Breads From Smitten Bakery & Patisserie

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Mandakini Gupta gave up a career in television journalism to stay at home and bake cakes, breads, tarts and cookies to her heart’s content. As well known for her bran bread as for her chocolate zucchini cake, the cognoscenti of the city beat a retreat to her door come evening. That is when the day’s baking and decorating is done and the famous green fence of her garden can hardly be seen because of the line of cars of mothers lovingly carrying birthday cakes home or friends who have come to pick up a lemon poppy seed cake for a party.

She needs a day’s notice for birthday cakes, works alone without any household help and maintains her quality fiercely. She also does bars of chocolate on order for which she uses only the finest couverture. I have often talked to my friends, mentioned Smitten {Mandakini’s trade name} and been astonished to discover that each of us have our own products that we keep ordering. All thanks to the sheer range of products she does: Everyone seems to have their own favourites from this elfin lady’s repertoire. My own is bran bread whose outer surface is studded with seeds and whole grains.

This post was originally published on marryamhreshii.com here.

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Marryam H Reshii has been writing about food and lifestyle for over 30 years. She is fond of travelling the world to explore culinary trends, to discover long forgotten food stories, obscure ingredients and to revel in the connection between a land, its people, culture and cuisine. And she's doing her bit to research lost recipes of the Kashmir Valley.