Temptation comes in many shapes & sizes: Telawi's latest dessert parlour might be tiny in both its name & pastel-pigmented space, but it works hard to punch above its weight in terms of creativity, charm & cheeriness. Founder Wendy Loh & her team first fired up their ovens as an online baking business in 2013 before launching their first physical cafe in Sri Petaling this year; now, their second outpost in less than six months is open too, spreading the gospel of ganaches, gelees & glazes in Bangsar.
Tiny Temptress' cutely crafted treats have attracted many curious customers through sheer visual allure alone - the Choux Au Craqueline (RM14) is probably the prime example, taking the classic French cream puff & transforming it into an Instagram magnet that evokes a peeping birdling, with mango cream cheese & Mandarin orange sauce embedded in the crunchy pastry - note though that this one might not be available in December as the cafe is rolling out a separate Christmas selection of seasonal cakes. No worries - look for the Bear Necessities (RM14), another creature-comfort creation, one that Mowgli might love, with oolong-infused dark chocolate mousse blanketing a core of passion fruit ganache & chocolate marzipan sponge.
From macarons in unorthodox flavours like salted egg yolk, lychee rose, mint, milk orange & caramelised white chocolate to marshmallows & madeleines, Tiny Temptress' repertoire spans both the basic essentials & the more elaborate entremets - the latter includes signatures like The Sweetheart (RM14; yoghurt mousse, raspberry gelee & chocolate ganache on a biscuit base), Cloud Nine (RM14; a chocolate lover's fantasy of choc mousse, choc marzipan sponge, choc streusel & choc feuilletine, blanketed with brulee marshmallow), The Temptress (RM16; a dual-topped tart layered with raspberry curd, chocolate glaze, white chocolate rose whip & baked almond cream), L'Affection (RM16; a slick-surfaced heart of lychee cream & almond joconde sponge in strawberry gelee) & the Lychee Berry Tart with lemon cream & frangipane on a handmade shell (RM16).
Tiny Temptress is also showcasing a high tea promo set to conclude 2016 - this very pretty tray comprises a madeleine, macaron, petite cake & cup of TWG tea for RM33. The choice of cake is L'Affection or The Red Apple, a Yuletide special of spice-poached apple with dacquiose, caramel & honey mousse on a gingerbread cookie base. Thanks to Tiny Temptress for a sweet supper - the cafe opens at 9am & closes at midnight daily, making cakes possible both before lunch & long past sunset.
Tiny Temptress by L. Wendy
Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 9am-12am.
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