While we’re all about healthy eating and sneaking veggies into our kids whenever we can, sometimes a sugar hit is what’s gonna get us through a day where we’ve had a sleepless night with our toddlers, parenting the teenager has been especially tough, and even a big mug of coffee hasn’t cured a case of the mombies. Step forward a delicious little slice of heaven: the humble cupcake!
We already know where to pick up an awesome birthday cake, and we have customised cupcake creators on speed dial for our kid’s birthday parties, but where do we find an everyday cupcake that is going to hit the spot and stabilise our sugar cravings? We’ve found Singapore’s great bakers and cupcake shops for when you need that salted caramel fix…
Swirls Bake Shop
The owners of Swirls made a road trip around America on a mission to find the perfect cupcake formula, and then they came up with 101 flavours! Only using fresh ingredients (even extracting vanilla essence themselves), cake fans can get their fix in three different sizes: Gobble Gobbles (bite-sized), Regular or Colossal (a giant cupcake for a serious sweet tooth).
Swirls Bake Shop, 8 Rodyk Street #01-08, Singapore 238216, p. 6634 4765; www.swirls.com.sg
We can’t avoid being drawn in for a quick cupcake fix at small boutique bakery, Oni Cupcakes. Choose from regular or large sized cupcakes and plump for tastebud tingling flavours including Nutella, chocolate and salted caramel, chocolate orange with mango and carrot cake with cream cheese. If you’re getting a bit of baker’s envy, you can always sign up to one of its classes and brush up on your decorating skills.
OniCupcakes, 108 Depot Road #02-09, Singapore 100108, p. 6557 0108, e. firstname.lastname@example.org; www.onicupcakes.com
There’s nothing plain when it comes to the fluffy delights over at Plain Vanilla. These guys stick to traditional home-style baking and the results speak (or taste) for themselves. We have to admit, since they moved down the road from HoneyKids HQ, we’ve become regulars. Our personal faves are the Milk Chocolate Chip, Earl Grey Lavender and we’re absolutely nuts for the Cinnamon Brown Sugar. Bliss!
Plain Vanilla Bakery, locations at Tiong Bahru, Cluny Court, Ion Orchard and Telok Ayer; www.plainvanillabakery.com
Little House of Dreams
Inspired by New York’s Magnolia Bakery, whether you want a rainbow sponge, an Elmo made from icing, or even a whole themed party table created, this team of talented bakers will make your fondant and buttercream dreams come true.
Little House of Dreams, Block 8 Dempsey Road #01-14, Singapore 247696, p. 6472 4977, e. email@example.com; www.littlehouseofdreams.com
There’s barely a shopping mall in Singapore that doesn’t have a Twelve Cupcake store: perfect for when you need a quick revival after too much shopping! Cakes come in a range of delish flavours (salted caramel, how we love thee) and the more you buy the more money you save.
Twelve Cupcakes, various locations: www.twelvecupcakes.com
The Marmalade Pantry
The names of Marmalade Pantry’s cupcakes are as gastronomic as the real thing: try a Cloud Nine (white coconut and cream cheese), Smores with marshmallow ganache and Lavendar Sugee with lemon curd filling. In fact, at only $5 a pop (and with petite sizes at 3 for $10 and 6 for $15), why not try them all?
The Marmalade Pantry, locations at Downtown and Novena; www.themarmaladepantry.com.sg
With dreamy cupcake flavours including delights such as bandung, Nutella red velvet (you heard us right) and salted caramel, these little goodies are not only delicious, but Fluff Bakery delivers too. Dangerous.
Fluff Bakery, 4 Jalan Pisang, Singapore 199079; www.fluffbakery.sg
Centrally located in Plaza Singapura, dessert.cup serves up mouth-watering freshly baked cupcakes in a feast of flavours. We especially love the hazelnut chocolate lava and strawberry champagne, while our kiddos have a big thing for the Milo dinosaur cupcake. These guys also deliver. *Saving to speed dial*
dessert.cup, Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road #06-13, Singapore 238839, p. 6238 7978; www.mydessertcup.com
Jo Takes the Cake
Whilst Jo Takes the Cake doesn’t have a store to pop into, and cupcakes need to be ordered in advance, self-taught baker and cake artist Jo is a firm fave of ours. Her award-winning creations are cupcake taste heaven: pina colada cupcake anyone? There literally is nothing this lady can’t turn into cake form.
Jo Takes the Cake, e. firstname.lastname@example.org; www.facebook.com/JoTakestheCake
We’ve been rescued in a cake emergency recently thanks to the Halal goodies served up daily by Butter Studio. With creations handcrafted using top notch ingredients, head on over for bakes including the award-winning salted caramel red velvet, salted gula melaka or Milo speculoos fudge. The unicorn and panda cupcakes are as cute as they are delish!
Butter Studio, 147 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208865 and 4 Tampines Central 5, #B1-K8, Singapore 529510; www.thebutterstudio.com
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