We love home bakers! A testament to that is the Bake and Blush Fair that we did last May. We had a fun time doing that and we had a great time meeting bakers. An advantage of getting your sweet treats from home bakers is that you’re guaranteed fresh and unique ideas on your cakes and pastries. You know that someone actually spent time and effort perfecting a cake that is just meant for you and your loved ones. Like the home bakers we’ve featured in The Pink Tarha over the years, The Ashworth Bakery is a fairly new name in the world of home bakeries in Riyadh but it’s getting significant feedbacks from customers.
Khadija Ashworth, owner of The Ashworth Bakery, is one interesting lady. She’s born to an English father and a Singaporean mother. And then she married a Pakistani. Pretty interesting combination of nationalities eh? I wonder what that would make their 9-month old baby boy (he’s 1/2 Pakistani, 1/4 English, and 1/4 Singaporean? Pretty cool! 😉 And wait, that’s not all that’s interesting about Khadija. She’s actually a Law graduate that bakes! Salute! She started baking when she was 9 years old. By the time she was 17, baking has already been a significant part of her life. She started baking for her families and friends and soon word about her delicious and tasty goodies got around. After she got married, she committed to full-time baking and that’s when the idea for The Ashworth Bakery came.
The Ashworth Bakery celebrates the heritage of English baking. It’s dedicated to perfection and quality. Khadija believe in these standards and she continuously strives for it. She has a taste for the best and freshest ingredients and the eye for a treat’s overall look and appeal. Like she said, it’s not enough that it tastes good. It should also look good! We at The Pink Tarha were privileged to have seen and tasted some of her bestselling creations. They came in neat, classic boxes with dainty pink ribbon and a tag with the bakery’s chic logo.
The Red Velvet Cupcakes, as you know, is our standard for a good bakery or bakeshop. These signature bake should have the right taste of mild chocolate intertwined with a gentle taste of buttermilk, generous drops of fragrant vanilla and plenty of butter flavor. And The Ashworth Bakery’s red velvet cupcakes didn’t disappoint. It has the right sweetness that doesn’t make it cloying. The cake base is soft with a few crumbling as I sank my teeth into it.
And guess what, a surprise of nutella merited a small shriek in my brain when I tasted it. (Sorry, it will no longer be surprise for you haha!) Even the icing has just the right amount of cream cheese. It goes well with the rest of the cake. I think I gobbled up one cupcake in two bites! (That’s just me I was craving for cupcakes! Haha!)
The Chocolate Cupcake looks like the classic cupcake with a swirl of chocolate frosting (super neat piping!). But even this one has an interesting twist. The frosting has cream cheese mixed into it making it just delicious. The cake base is fudgy and oh-so-delectable. I want more of the smooth, soft center! Yummy!
What made my eyes go wide the most is this gorgeous pavlova topped with mixed berries. Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert named after Anna Pavlova, a Russian bellerina (although the dessert traces its origin in New Zealand). This cake looks like it’s simple enough but the complexity of the pav’s texture makes it one of the best desserts ever. The cake should have a crispy crust and soft, light inside (marshmallowy). It’s topped with various kinds of fruits to lend another layer of flavor. Anything tart that would balance the sweetness is welcome! I love meringue and marshmallow so I really fell in love with The Ashworth Bakery’s Mixed Berries Pavlova. I had a hard time stopping myself from getting the crispy crust, almost ruining the overall look of the dessert haha. Oh well, we needed to cut it anyway!
Ahhhh the taste is heavenly! It’s sweet and fruity and fluffy! It’s such a feel good dessert (except when you’re counting calories haha but who cares!). The Ashworth Bakery’s pavlova comes in Chocolate, Plain with Raspberries and Raspberry Coulis. (You can even request for fruits you like and in season!)
The fun doesn’t stop there as The Ashworth Bakery also offers New York Cheesecake, Chocolate Bundt Cake topped with chocolate ganache and topped with snickers (how sinfully sweet), Carrot Cupcakes, and Chocolate Chip Cookies (with choices of milk, semi-sweet, and dark chocolate chips). They’re coming up with mini pavlovas soon. And if you’re looking for dessert tables for your next occasion party or event, don’t worry because they’re ushering their packages soon too. Now if you have some tasty combinations in mind when it comes to your cakes, then feel free to suggest! Perhaps some pavlova with just strawberries? Smores cupcakes maybe?
It’s so fun discovering new home bakers and it’s more fun when we get to taste their baked creations! Haha! Khadija is one friendly lady that you won’t feel intimidated ordering her baked products all handcrafted using the freshest ingredients. 🙂
The Ashworth Bakery
Exit 7, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia