Five best cake shops in Singapore

Let the city’s top pastry chefs do the dirty work: rock up to your next party with a flour-free nose and a sweet sensation to hand. Celine Asril enjoys five fabulous baker buys


Cake Love Dessert Bar

This customised cake boutique, formerly known as Cake Love Couture, features pastry chef Raiha Mohd’s dramatic creations. She’s made a 1.2-metre-tall motorcycle for a motorhead, and her Tiffany box cakes look like enlarged versions of the real deal. If you can think it, she probably can bake it. Recently rebranded as a rockabilly-themed café that also serves hot meals, the café’s brownie chocolate cheesecake is evidence that good-lookers also taste good – we liked that it was surprisingly light in taste despite looking dense and rich – and that too applies to its blink-and-it’s-gone red velvet slices.

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Cat & The Fiddle

The go-to for cheesecake fiends, ex-Bakerzin pastry chef Daniel Tay offers ten flavours of the versatile dessert ($19.90-$35.20) for delivery orders from his own e-commerce page. There are uniquely flavoured rounds like the Paws of Fury with its yuan-yang mix of espresso and Hong Kong-style milk tea, or the Maneki Neko with rich notes of mandarin orange lemon and lime, but if you’re catering to a party of of-age pals, definitely shoot for the alcohol-enriched cakes like the raspberry, lychee and martini-filled Emperor’s Romance, or Russian Whiskers with fresh mango chunks and vodka.

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Grin Affair

Cakes in jars It’s all in the details; the house-made sea salt dulce de leche with chocolate truffle has a cookie centre (dark chocolate, $5.50), recyclable jars are tied with brown string, and the hand-drawn menus will make you smile. This void-deck six-seater café is as compact as its trifle-like cake-in-a-jar. See more Hot TablesFind a restaurant and book online

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Outram Park

The Patissier

Star cake: Croquembouche (with cake base)
This is more than just a tower of cream puffs piled onto a cake. Fresh pastry cream (chocolate, strawberry, mango or earl grey) is piped into brightly coloured profiteroles. For the base, choose from a delicate Earl Grey-infused chocolate, the smooth chocolate fudge cake, or – our favourite – the rich, moist brownie.

From $156 (1kg). Order at least ten days in advance.

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Dhoby Ghaut

Lana Cakes

This Singapore legend looks more like an aunt’s cosy house than a bustling cake business. Violet Kwan, aged 78, has been selling rich, home-baked chocolate fudge cakes (500g or 1kg) for over 40 years. They don’t look fancy, but they taste like heaven.

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