While we’ve all got ‘that’ pal who’s an absolute whizz when it comes to baking (‘grrr’ if that’s you!), most of us are not cut out to be domestic goddesses in the kitchen. We might be able to lob together a crumble, but a perfect cake suitable for dozens of pairs of eyes? Forget that – when the occasion arises, we’d rather dodge hours of sweating it out in a mist of flour and call in the experts.
But who do you contact when you want a personalised fondant cake with your daughter’s favourite cartoon slapped across it – or mini delicious cupcakes to spell out a special birthday message? Well, that’s what we’re here for*! Read on for EL’s top birthday cake recommendations, with sweet treats to suit every budget.
*We realise this sounds like an offer to bake it ourselves. It’s not.
Funky and personalised beauties
Customised bakes make all celebrations even sweeter; head to Monice Bakes where you’ll find specially handcrafted cakes and cookies at affordable prices. This online bakery is a one-stop shop for the special occasions in life – birthdays, baby showers, weddings, corporate events and more. Specialising in creating buttercream and fondant designs in anything from popular cartoon characters to animal figurines, head baker Monice is known for her stunning creations that taste as good (if not, better) as they look, and this is seen from the consistently positive customer reviews on the bakery’s Facebook page. The pastries are also made to be less sweet, and without preservatives or artificial flavouring – ideal for kiddos!
Sally T Cakes
When it comes to customisation of the cake kind, Sally Turnbull from Sally T Cakes can pretty much work with whatever creative ideas you have in mind – from your loved one’s favourite movie characters and beyond. Tasty, homemade, delicious.
These guys make customised handmade 2D and 3D cakes and cupcakes to your specifications – they also stress they use no added preservatives and all cakes are as healthy as possible, whilst still tasting, well, satisfyingly cakey.
By now, everyone knows nothing beats a homemade Plain Vanilla cupcake. Their special birthday 12-cupcake box ($40) can be customised to spell out a ‘Happy Bday’ or ‘Bday Wishes’ message, and contains four strawberry white chocolate cupcakes, five red velvet cupcakes and three dark chocolate ganache cupakes. Yum.
34A Lorong Mambong, Holland Village
1D Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru Estate
8363 7614 | plainvanillabakery.com
These beautiful and creative cakes are handmade by owner Misato with a lot of love and care. Her 3D cakes are works of art by themselves; we almost don’t want to cut it. Almost.
Pantry @ Loewen
The Pantry at Loewen gardens will be happy to help out with your customised birthday cake requirements. These guys also have a cute little cafe, so you can enjoy a coffee while you mull over sugary options.
If you’re looking for a quick birthday cake on the go, Cedele’s gourmet cakes are an absolute fail-safe, wherever you are in Singers.
Chocolate lovers will always appreciate a cake from AC, who are known for their delicious choccie recipes. Choose from their original chocolate cake with dark chocolate fudge, chocolate banana or chocolate rum & cherry. If you need any word customisation on top of the cake, they can do it on the spot in-store.
Strawberry shortcake, mango mousse, chocolate or tiramisu – pop into Bakerzin to pick up an affordable and delicious cake at a moment’s notice. Prices for a cake that feeds 5-6 start from $30. A popular choice is their Black Forest ‘Foret Noir’ cake, going at a pocket-friendly $68 (serves 10-12).
Combining ice cream and cake is oh-so-right! Cue ice cream cakes from Island Creamery. You can choose from well-loved flavours including their Victoria sponge and traditional chocolate cake, or you can opt for customised ice-cream cupcakes.
Brunetti’s beautifully decorated celebration cakes will impress both your loved ones and your pocket. Available in 6, 8, 10 and 12 inch sizes with all sorts of yummy flavours on offer, prices go up to $95.
Despite their fancy-looking logo, Antoinette’s cakes are actually pretty reasonably priced, with all full-size cakes coming in at under $100.
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