When a food critic turns the poison pen on herself

About Me May 15, 2008

Teo Pau Lin is a former food writer whose real ambition is to become a wedding cake maker. In the course of baking her cakes and writing this blog, she neglects her husband and leaves their kid to the in-laws. One day, all wedding cakes in Singapore will be made by her. (Or not).


47 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Jac Says:

    Hello babe!!!
    Nicely done up…..HURRAY….

  2. Hoi Says:

    Lervs this site! Lurvlee pix! Well done, baker hubby! Ur on ur way babe!

  3. Sooch Says:

    Hi Crummb,
    Upon reading your blog, I’m amazed how much we have in common! I can positively identify with all your nightmares, and I also have a 9 mth old girl, also called En. Haha. In my first trimester I stayed up the whole night once trying to survive someone’s wedding cake, and I told her, “Please hang in there with me, darling.” It’s great coming across someone with the same passions. Would be great if we could keep in touch!

  4. Ruby Says:

    I was wondering can you email me your contact so that I can get some cutey cakes or cupcakes from you for xmas? The cakes that you baked are simply so fansinating! And i am drooling like hellll now. =)

  5. crummb Says:

    hi ruby!
    glad you like what you see! all proceeds from the sale of my cakes go to charity (will blog about it soon!). so yes, all orders welcome – email me at talk soon 🙂

  6. durai Says:

    hi there, I am friend of Ivan’s. I’ve eaten your chocolate cake before it is really really nice. Thank you. Some of the pics on your site ARE REALLY REALLY EVIL 😦 . I’m never going to lose weight….

  7. FT Stalker Says:

    Why is it that we live 5 mins away from each other but you’re never baked me a cake??????

    *looking at wall*

  8. ruth Says:

    hello there, i would be very grateful if you can email me the recipe. i am new to chiffon cakes, i have baked 3 now and feel they are definitely worth the effort. i live in san francisco and was wondering where did you get the green tea for the cake? thanks

  9. seri Says:

    your blog is hilariously awesome to read! one of the most enjoyable foodblogs I’ve read so far! would love to try out the recipes if I have the time hehe….

  10. museak Says:

    Hi there! Was googling on cakes when I chanced upon your beautiful blog. 🙂 Was wondering if you take orders for cupcakes? My brother’s getting married next month and I would really like to do something a little special for me to make it extra memorable. 🙂

    Do drop me a email at Looking foward to your email! Cheers, and in the meantime, keep baking and writing! 🙂


  11. Kat Says:

    Hi there,
    i chanced upon your site searching for wedding cake ideas.. (my wedding is in 15 days)i’m sure you are now thinking, “you’re looking for cake ideas now.. isnt that a little late?” yes its late.. not on purpose – believe me, but its the way it turned out.. i think you live too far to make me a cake.. sigh.. i am sure you would have had the perfect thing for me.. but i’m all the way in South Africa.
    Anyway.. hopping off the subject of me. like i said before.. i came across your sight by chance and i was absolutely rivetted..i read it from start to finish.. i just love it.. oh and the photos are superb as well…
    i love baking.. thats that.. my statement to end this.. i love baking… cooking on the other hand.. well i’m working on it.. fiance is definately better at it than me.. ha ha ha ha.. when he is in the kitchen magic happens.. what can i say.. he won my heart through my stomach..
    thank you so much.. i will eagerly await new updates…
    with Love Kat

    • crummb Says:

      hi kat,
      i believe you are the farthest-flung reader I have. hello all the way to south africa! 🙂
      thank you for your nice words and i wish you all the best with your wedding cake (i would have loved to make one for you!). show me a picture of it if you can, and wishing you a blessed and happy marriage 🙂

      • Kat Says:

        and hello all the way back to Singapore. Thank you so much for your reply! i know i will have a blessed and happy marriage, and i will definately send you a picture of the cake, can I email it to your email address, the one you gave to ruby? You never know what the future holds, maybe one day you will be able to make me a cake, and if that day comes i will look forward to it 🙂 .
        Be blessed
        With Love once again

  12. Jack Says:

    Hi Leng,
    Jack gohgoh here. Very professional blog lei ! Wah … You really have a very sweet tooth … and I have none at all ! Wait for a few years when I grow one before I come back to your website again.

    • crummb Says:

      you don’t need a sweet-tooth to visit my blog. come every day to check out the superb photography and earth-shaking writing! haha.

  13. Mark Says:

    I came across your page by accident, but what a great site, I wanted to ask you were could I find magic bread or any cook book by Alex Goh. I looked on amazon and on ebay but no luck, any suggestions on where I could find his books would be great. Thanls

    • crummb Says:

      hi mark, i’ve found alex goh’s books in Popular bookstores, Giant hypermart and even NTUC Fairprice supermarkets! hope this helps 🙂

  14. Harry Says:

    hi crummb,
    I was looking for interesting cakes on the internet for my 21st bdae and I found your website along the way. I’m really impressed by your cakes and sincerely wish to make an order, if you are willing to accept the request. I have some ideas in my mind about the cake that I would want to have; hope that you will reply me soon.

  15. Sherly Says:

    Hi crummb,

    I absolultely love your masterpieces and flair in making the gorgeous cakes. I’m a wedding planner in KL, and too bad you’re all the way in Singapore unless I’m lucky enough to ever get a client from there. 😛

    Just to let you know am using 2 or 3 of your pics in my blog, just to talk about wedding cakes. Will put your link as the source to your pic. Hope it’s ok. 🙂

    Wish you much success!


    • crummb Says:

      hello sherly,

      yes, pity you’re all the way up in KL! i would love to have some clients from you! thanks for putting in a link. more hits to my blog are always welcomed 🙂 take care.

  16. Kat Says:

    Hey there!!
    How are things going? i hope you and the family are all well..

    Now i know that you are probably extremely busy looking after new beautiful baby cuteness… but selfishly i want to say.. i’m starving for some new entries… what has my favourite cake baking mama been up to???

    i think i could possibly be a little obsessed ha ha… my poor deprived and suffering soul has found itself reading and rereading your old blogs.. a exercise that has not been fruitless in the least.. even if i read it a million times, the way you write, and the things you do still enthrall… i’m mad i know.. but hey.. i’m definately a BIG fan.. no other food blog will do.. its Crummb or the road… ha ha.. and for Z.. the photos just make everything look so mouthwatering i sit staring and wondering if i should attempt making some of your delish cakes just so i can say.. I know what that tastes like.. oh yeah.. i know… but then.. i know, it will probably not taste the same… but i will try!!!! Darn it!! and then i broke my electric mixer beating things til they are light and fluffy ha ha ha.. but hey.. you get great arm muscles doing it by hand.. and husbands are useful for all that manual labour too.. lucky for me, mine complies because he knows he will get to taste the fruits of his labour a little later..

    but back to you… you are missed… and like a spoilt little child.. i want more!!!!

    but i shall patiently wait… and read and reread all that has come to pass.. because i can still lick inspiration off your old blogs…

    keep well,

    with love

    • crummb Says:

      kat kat kat.. who needs therapy when i have you? haha thanks for the encouragement!! i’ve baked a few things over the past few weeks but they’re either inedible or i just can’t think of anything to write about them. but will post one by next week – promise! hugs 🙂

  17. Trish Says:

    I love your blog and everything that you’ve done. I am wondering if I can put up a link on my blog to yours at ?

  18. Hi, I’m thinking of writing a post about baking and would like to link to your blog from my post.. and perhaps use a pic of yours.. do you mind? My blog is

  19. Jyoan Says:

    Hi, I’ve read your wedding cakes tagged posts. And plus this one, does it means that you do open your wedding cake order list to strangers? haha, it may be a little bit early, but I will be needing a cake in a year or two… I love all your cakes from top to bottom, and can’t help wanting one of your creations for my big day.

    • crummb Says:

      hello! i will have good news for you in a few months’ time. watch this space! would love to make your wedding cake 🙂

  20. kimmy Says:

    thx for sharing those cake recipe and baking tips, really appreiated!

  21. Irene Sing Says:

    Hi im sourcing for a baker to do my son’s first birthday cake. Will you be able to craft a 2 tier fondant cake with mickey mouse?
    Let me know. Thanks!

  22. Azrael Says:

    Stumbled upon your blog today and spent the better part of the working day reading it and envying your life. It’s awesome that you quit your job to crummb full-time – love the posts, love the pics, will be back regularly for sure

    • crummb Says:

      hi hi, no need to envy. lots of unglam, tiresome, worrisome things going on here besides baking! but thank you for tuning in 🙂

  23. Denise Says:

    Hi Pau Lin,
    Not sure if u still remb me, but i commented on your posts a while back. Was wondering if u could recommend me books on cake decorating esp with regards to fondant? Would like to get my hands on some books from amazon!

    • crummb Says:

      hello denise! you can check out books by Peggy Porschen, Elisa Strauss and Mich Turner. their books all have sections on how to cover cakes with fondant. all the best! let me know if you need more help 🙂

      • Denise Says:

        Thanks for the recommendations, ordered ‘The home guide to cake decorating’ in the end, but now i have my eyes on macarons! Have u tried making them before???

  24. priscilla lu Says:

    heyhey, i love the photos of all your beautiful wedding cakes. I’m getting married next year Feb and would like to get a quote on your wedding cakes.

  25. Sharmaine Chng Says:

    Hi there!

    I am currently planning for my wedding in 2011 and would be interested to find out on your wedding cakes. Could you provide me with some details/quotation for consideration?

    Look forward to hear from you!

  26. Wai Lin Says:


    Chance upon your blog…. and geez, it really make my day just scrolling thru’ the pics. Just wondering are your cakes up for orders? They are so pretty!

  27. Shirley Says:

    Hi Pau Lin,

    I was strongly recommended by my colleauge whom you did their wedding cake last Feb – Joey & Pris. It was a very beautiful cake and yummy as well.

    I’m looking for a birthday cake for my daughter’s 1st year birthday in May. Can I get a quote from you pls?


  28. Lynda Moo Says:

    Hey Pau Lin,

    Long time no see!! Hope you’ve been well. Just chanced upon your blog. Congrats! Looks wonderfully yummy!!! Will definitely recommend it to all who are looking for super wedding cakes!


  29. Tabitha Says:

    Hi Pau Lin,

    My friend Jamie sent me to your site. I live in the US and I write for a bridal website and have been given my hometown of Singapore and Singapore weddings as my area of focus. I’m reaching out to quality wedding professionals and I’m absolutely smitten by your cakes and your blog.

    Please email me at your convenience, I would like to “talk” to you more about the wedding business in Singapore. Thank you in advance,


  30. charmaine Says:


    I would like to order a Polka Dot cake from you. Can you email me at
    Thank you.


  31. vincent leow Says:

    great writing!

  32. Ling Yeo Says:

    Scrumptious and utterly divine. Giddy and thrilled when I had my first taste of your Earl Grey Tea infused cake with butter cream at my brother’s wedding on Saturday. We are now awaiting the next cake for our mum’s birthday.

    Definitely spot on in following one’s dreams. I shall so do likewise!

  33. Lindsay Goh Says:

    Hi, gorgeous cakes you make. Can you email me at with your contact? I run a concierge service and would love to have your contact to add to our black book. Thank you!

  34. Arnoldo Says:

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