WHAT WE DO
Customised Cakes for your Celebrations
Over at SUGAR BY J CAKE, we don't abide the no-fondant rules. Be it buttercream, fondant or Claire's favourite chocolate drip. Our cakes come in customised or standard designs.
Our cupcakes now come in fixed boxes of 25minis or 16 regulars. For specific quantities of cupcakes, kindly enquire.
.Bakesale boxes of mixed bakes will be made available for preorders when our schedule permits
WHO ARE WE
J was not a foodie from young. His Godma used to complain he would munch on food and keeping it in his mouth so he wouldn't have to swallow it. He grew up in a kampung. J's interest and love for food was only piqued when he lived in New Zealand for 3 years. He was a dishwasher and then climbed up the ranks to be a chef in a breakfast cafe. Then, with his ignited passion in food, J came back to Malaysia to study hospitality, that's where J met Claire in their final year.
Before finding his true passion in baking sweet treats, J was once a barista. After he mastered the art, he wanted to challenge himself further and decided to become a pastry cook with the most basic skills. Over the years, it has shown that his baking and cake decorating skills have improved immensely. J is an accomplished self taught Pastry Chef who has worked in a prominent cake shop dealing with customised fondant and buttercream cakes. J is now working full time as a Chef Instructor in one of Singapore's leading Culinary Institutes.
Claire's love for food started at a young age. Her tastebuds for good food were developed by her Malaysian foodie parents and a Peranakan nanny. Claire's tastebuds for yummy food has her always striving to make good food for her loved ones. Her obsession with baking started when her mum bought Mrs Field's Cookies. Oh those delicious soft and chewy cookies! And so there began her baking adventure.
Claire too has had her share of different passions in her career path. She was once a fromagere, caring for artisanal cheeses and fancy fine foods. She also dabbled in retail management, butchery (yes meat!) and events catering. And surprise! She too had a desk job involving business development. Upon hitting a turning point in her last job, she decided to move on to realise her childhood dream of owning an online bakery. For many years, she did it together with her husband. Now, she does it on her own due to J's work commitments.
Claire now teaches Cake and Baking Classes at the ToTT Store. You can find her class schedule here.
HOW THEY MET
They met in hospitality school in Kuala Lumpur in 2009. J was a quiet chap who didn't socialise much. Claire hung out with the boys playing those LAN games at cyber cafes. He "killed" her all the time.
Over time, J wooed her with commercial style cake which tasted horrid. But then again, she fell in love because he was the first boy to ever make cake for her. Their journey together has been a eventful one. They got their first jobs together in Singapore. And then, both moved on to other jobs.
In 2015, they got married with their dream wedding cake made by J. The couple now use their free time after work to create beautiful delicious cakes and good food for their family together.
Since June 2017, they have become a family of 3 welcoming baby girl Chloe. Chloe is now an active 4yo who enjoys making and eating sweets. Her favourite is Chocolate and Strawberry!
WHO DOES WHAT
Claire handles almost everything that goes behind Sugar by J. She fiddles w her ancient Nikon D60. She too bakes and decorates your cake. The Chocolate Drip Cakes are her babies. She is the quality controller for each SUGAR BY J cake. Claire is not a perfectionist by nature. She's actually one of the messiest people ever. But when it comes to cake, she is often fussier and more particular than her own customers.
J used to do the majority of the baking and cake decorating. His skills are self taught and honed with practice. Of course, these skills are only made perfect after countless obstacles. J is extremely nimble with his fingers bringing characters to life using fondant. He loves to experiment and test new recipes when he can. His largest cake he's made so far was a 5 tier.
J used to help Claire with all of the fondant work. Now, Claire does a wee bit of 2D/3D fondant work for select custom orders.
Did you know?
J is the nickname affectionately called by J's Hokkien Ah Ma(Grandma) who could not pronounce his English name when she was around. This is a fond memory of J's childhood which is very dear to his heart.
Portrait Photo Credits: The very talented Jeff from Style Revisited