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 cupcake! We 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 10 great bakers and cupcake shops all over Singapore for when you need that salted caramel fix…
1. 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: check out some of their creations in that pic above! Only using fresh ingredients (even extracting vanilla essence themselves), cake fans can get their fix in three different sizes: Gobble (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
2. Plain Vanilla
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 a bit of a crush going on with its Baileys infused cupcake of the month right now…
Plain Vanilla Bakery, 1D Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru Estate, Singapore; www.plainvanillabakery.com
3. Twelve Cupcakes
There’s barely a shopping mall in Singapore that doesn’t have a Twelve Cupcake store: perfect for when you need a sugar hit 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
4. 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), and Elvis (choco banana with peanut butter) or a Granny’s Apple (spiced apple with cinnamon). In fact, at only $4.50 a pop, why not try them all?
The Marmalade Pantry, various locations; www.themarmaladepantry.com.sg
5. Fluff Bakery
With dreamy cupcake flavours including delights such as ferrero rocher, oreo cheesecake and popular local flavour, teh terik, these little goodies are not only delicious, but they deliver too. Dangerous.
Fluff Bakery, 12 Jalan Pisang, Singapore 199079; www.fluffbakery.sg
6. Oni Cupcakes
Dangerously close to our office, 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 taste bud tingling flavours including nutella, chocolate and salted caramel, chocolate orange with mango and carrot cake with cream cheese.
OniCupcakes, #01-02, Far East Square, 26 China Street, Singapore 049568; www.onicupcakes.com
7. 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, these talented bakers will make your fondant and buttercream dreams come true. Want to see the work of Wynona Leach, creative director of Little House of Dreams in action? Take a peek at the amazing dessert table she created for a space-themed party for her own little girl!
Little House of Dreams, p. 6472 4977, email@example.com; www.littlehouseofdreams.com
Centrally located in Plaza Singapura and Raffles City, 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, various locations; www.mydessertcup.com
9. 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?
Jo Takes the Cake, e. firstname.lastname@example.org; www.facebook.com/JoTakestheCake
10. Cupcake Engineer
Founded by an actual engineer who has turned to engineering delectable cupcakes, you absolutely need to try out a Cupcake Engineer creation just to get a taste of its swiss meringue buttercream toppings.
Cupcake Engineer, #02-10 4 Hillview Rise, #02-10, Singapore; www.facebook.com/pg/cupcakeengineer
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Photography (top image): Courtesy of Swirls Bake Shop