The Sugarplum Bakery combines American and Pakistani delicacies

SUGAR LAND, Texas — Amna Khalique never thought she would open her own bakery. The Pakistani-American graduated from the University of Houston before moving back to Pakistan to work as a journalist. She moved back to the USA with her family. After the birth of her children, Khalique wanted a creative outlet and started baking treats in her kitchen.

“I never painted until I started making cakes,” Khalique said. “I didn’t know I was that creative. I have always tended towards writing. I actually surprise myself. I didn’t think I had it in me.”

Initially, she mainly baked cakes for her family and friends, but her skills spread. Eventually, Khalique named the bakery Sugarplum Bakery, created an Instagram account, and received a license to run a bakery from her kitchen.

“A few years ago I couldn’t have imagined the success I’m having now,” Khalique said.

As her business grew, Khalique added more baked goods. During Ramadan, she makes a box of treats inspired by the bakers back home. Every year she makes them, more people have ordered the boxes, even people outside the Muslim community. Khalique was one of the bakers featured in the Houston edition of Bakers Box in April this year. It features recipes from the Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community with a curated collection of 18 desserts from 18 Houston-based Asian-American chefs and pastry chefs. She made nan khatai from a recipe passed down from her maternal grandmother, whose recipe book is a cherished possession of Khalique. The Sugarplum Bakery combines American and Pakistani delicacies

Laura Coffey

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