Aided by a successful Kickstarter campaign, a pair of friends have opened a new bakery and cafe that highlights their backgrounds in sweet and creative ways. Flour Atelier, which recently landed in Kearny Mesa near the Mitsuwa Marketplace, offers a menu revolving around Asian ingredients and flavors. Now operating Tuesday through Sunday starting at 10 a.m., its grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, December 16 when there will be specials for some of the first customers.
Cupcakes have proved to be its early bestsellers, inspired by the Filipino heritage of owner Chrisell Nguyen and her business partner Evelyn Ozburn, who is from Okinawa, Japan. They include ube cupcakes topped with leche flan, matcha cupcakes with yuzu frosting, pandan cakes with guava filling, and a twist on turon, or a banana spring roll, garnished with shards of crispy rice paper.
Other desserts range from calamansi bars and black sesame mochi to ube creme brulee and cheese danishes. The bakery is mostly nut-free, subbing sunflower seed flour for the almond flour in its assortment of macarons.
For more than three years, Nguyen ran a custom cake business out of her home, specializing in monogram cakes topped with cream and fresh fruit. Mini versions of the dessert are now available, but in January the bakery will begin accepting orders for large-scale monogram cakes as well as other special occasion cakes. It also stocks a variety of fresh flowers for bouquets.
Flour Atelier uses local brands Mostra Coffee and Paru Tea to power its drinks, which include hazelnut, hojicha, and lavender lattes as well as strawberry guava tea.
Early next year, the cafe will add some sidewalk seating and may expand the menu to include some savory breakfast items.