Birthday cakes need to look and taste good. Not sure about you, but we’ve made some pretty ordinary kids’ birthday cakes in our time! Instead of struggling away, there’s some amazing cake-making talent out there, so why not use it? Whether it’s for kids’ birthdays or other special occasions, here’s our guide to buying birthday cakes in Singapore for every budget.
#1 Made-to-order masterpieces
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. Indeed, this can be 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!
Le Cordon Bleu pastry chef graduate and professional cake artist Joyce Marx specialises in customised cakes for all occasions – birthday, anniversaries, weddings and more. The award-winning sugar artist’s Instagram page is filled with photos of her amazing creations, from gorgeous floral tiered cakes and whimsical themed cakes for kids’ birthdays, to couture-inspired designs.
Available for order on her site is a variety of bakes that are perfect for a special treat, including loaf cakes in unique flavours like dragonfruit, as well as Instagram-worthy gluten-free tarts in the likes of butterfly-pea raspberry. The talented cake artist also offers private master classes in sugar arts and crafts.
Zee & Elle
The calming sea, lush forest floor, the stillness of nature; these are the sources of inspiration Zee and Elle tap on to create intricate, multi-layered bakes. Whether you’re looking for a whimsical centrepiece for the dessert table or a freshly made birthday cake for a special occasion, the local bakery offers a range of beautifully decorated cakes adorned with fresh florals, rustic touches and more. The duo uses Mother Nature as a muse, translating scenic snapshots into edible works of art. The natural inspiration extends beyond design to the baking process.
Their Honey Yuzu Cake (from $58) has a three-layer yuzu sponge that is paired with fresh yuzu curd and lightly sweetened with Manuka honey cream. Another interesting pick is the Guava Lychee Cake (from $52); think fluffy layers of guava sponge and cream along layered with pops of lychee bits. These nature-inspired cakes are bound to wow for every celebration – birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and more.
Cake Delivery Singapore
Cake Delivery Singapore offers a great variety of high quality bakes with fast and reliable delivery. Treat yourself to delicious gourmet cakes like the beautiful pistachio rose cake (pictured), and locally-inspired cakes like the luxurious Mao Shan Wang (durian) chocolate fudge cake and the oh-so-popular ondeh ondeh cake. If you can’t decide what you want to try first, get their Build-Your-Own cake, which lets you choose the flavour of each slice, so you get to try many flavours in one cake!
What sets them apart from other cake delivery stores is their 24-hour delivery service, which is often unheard of in Singapore. They also have a special option for midnight delivery, so you can surprise your friends when the clock strikes 12.
For something a little healthier, try Locaba’s low-carb, gluten-free, diabetic-friendly and keto-friendly bakes. Locaba, which stands for low-carb bakery, has sold more than 7000 cakes since its launch last year! Made without refined sugar and conventional wheat flour, these sweets are not just suitable for diabetics, but also those who are trying to eat better.
To substitute refined sugar, a natural monkfruit sweetener is used. In replacement of flour, nut and coconut flours are used, making the cakes naturally gluten-free. Psst… there’s also range of vegan cakes with yummy flavours like dark chocolate raspberry on the site! Delivery is free when your order hits $80.
Bob the Baker Boy
Bob The Baker Boy uses 50 percent less sugar than regular customised cakes in the market, making them a fantastic option for health-conscious folks who want a sweet treat. On top of their signature cakes like black velvet and salted caramel, which feature soft and cottony chiffon cake layers, they’ve also been known to whip up bespoke cakes in all sorts of designs. Think rustic garden motifs, mermaid toppings and wacky beer-themed cakes.
Surprise your friends with their gravity-defying Floating Beer Can Cake ($138) or the Champagne Cake in Pink ($138). For those who prefer dainty designs, check out the floral options; we’re in love with the hand-piped burgundy and marble floral cake! Delivery is free for orders above $150.
Sally T Cakes
When it comes to birthday cake personalisation, Sally Turnbull from Sally T Cakes can pretty much work with whatever creative ideas you have in mind – from a favourite movie character and beyond. Tasty, homemade and delicious, each cake is made to order, with prices starting at $120 (depending on size and design).
This cake shop has tons of options to choose from, either in-store on online (pre-order, and pick up or get your cake delivered). Select from over ten signature styles – their bestseller, Choco Truffle, is to die for. Or you can order a custom design to suit your occasion. Fifteen-centimetre cakes (serving five to eight) start from around $33. A 40-centimetre cake (serving up to 60) is around the $230 mark. Emicakes also recently introduced a $29 “naked cake” range (with unfrosted sides) in four flavours including red velvet and carrot.
These beautiful and creative cakes are handmade by owner Misato with a lot of love and care. Seven-inch round cakes start at $200 and go up from there, depending on design and size. Her 3D cakes are works of art in themselves – so pretty, we almost don’t want to cut them. (Almost!) She also offers cupcakes and dessert tables.
Whether you’re after alphabet letters, hearts or figurines, this patisserie can create some pretty special and detailed cake designs including layered and posh-looking tiered cakes; their Berry Berries (strawberry shortcake) and Cacao Royal are bestsellers. Cakes range from around $31 to $318 depending on size.
This bakeshop has a loyal following thanks to the impressive novelty cakes it churns out for customers seeking specialty designs – from animal- and princess-themed styles to 3D soccer balls, nautical and floral designs. Cream-covered confections with edible prints begin at $60. Fondant-covered creations – red velvet, vanilla velvet, carrot walnut and rich chocolate with ganache filling are popular favourites – start at $100 (per 1kg) and go up from there, depending on size and design.
#2 Wallet-friendly finds
Combining ice cream and cake is oh-so-right! Cue ice cream cakes from Island Creamery. Choose from the shop’s signature flavour combinations or customise your own. The Baked Alaska ($35; serves six) – berry ice cream on a layer of sponge cake covered in meringue – is always a popular choice, as is the Mud Pie ($45; serves 16) – layers of chocolate, cookies and cream, plus burnt caramel ice cream topped with Oreo cookie crumbs.
Cat and the Fiddle
It’s all about cheesecake here, with over a dozen different cheesecake confections to choose from – blueberry, mango, caramel, coconut, Oreo, classic and so on. Prices range from around $20 to $39 (cakes are approximately 18 centimetres); both pickup and delivery options are available.
Chocolate lovers will always appreciate a cake from these guys, known for their delicious choccie recipes. Choose from their original chocolate cake with dark chocolate fudge, chocolate banana or chocolate rum and cherry; it’s $34 to $38 for a 15-centimetre cake and $68 to $76 for a 20-centimetre cake. Order in person or online, with options for pickup or delivery. Also, if you need any wording customisation for birthday cakes or more, they can do it on the spot in-store.
Strawberry shortcake, mango mousse, rainbow cake or tiramisu – this shop has plenty of delicious and affordable options to pick up at a moment’s notice. Prices start from around $35 for a cake that feeds four to six and go up to around $260 for a cake that serves 55. A popular choice is the Forêt Noir cake, going at a pocket-friendly $68 (serves 10 to 12).
If you’re looking for kids’ or adult’s birthday cakes for on-the-go, Cedele’s gourmet cakes – made with organic, unrefined flour and grapeseed oil – are an absolute fail-safe. Our fave flavours here include dark chocolate fudge and carrot walnut, from over a dozen options. Prices start at $48 for whole 20-centimetre cakes, and go up to $213 for 35.5-centimetre cakes.
#3 Do it yourself!
DIY Chocolately Goodness
If you’ve opted to bake your own birthday cake, you definitely can’t go wrong with chocolate – and we’ve got just the recipe for you. Whether you dress it up or keep it plain, this chocolate layer cake is bound to be a hit with everyone at your party.
- 100g cocoa powder
- 375ml boiling water
- 90g butter, softened to room temperature
- 410g caster sugar
- 300g plain or all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 4 eggs
For chocolate buttercream frosting:
- 175g dark chocolate, minimum 70 percent cocoa solids
- 250g unsalted butter, softened
- 275g icing sugar, sifted
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 180°C
- Mix the cocoa powder with the boiling water and allow to cool; set aside
- Butter and line two 20cm (8-inch) sandwich tins with baking parchment
- In a large bowl, sift flour, baking soda and baking powder
- In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, with a tablespoon (15ml) of the flour to avoid curdling. Mix until ingredients are well combined.
- Fold in remaining flour, alternating with the cocoa mixture until combined. Divide between the two pans and bake for one hour or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
- Leave to stand for 10 minutes; then put on to wire rack to cool.
- To make the frosting, melt chocolate in the microwave for two to three minutes on medium and let cool slightly.
- In another bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer until soft and creamy; then add the sifted icing sugar and beat again until light and fluffy.
- Gently add the vanilla extract and chocolate, and mix together until everything is glossy and smooth.
- Cut cakes horizontally and sandwich the middle of each cake with about a quarter of the icing; then ice the top and sides, spreading and smoothing with a rubber spatula.
- Serve as is or impress by decorating with Kit Kat bars or finger cookies and M&Ms; these should easily stick to the frosting.
This recipe is courtesy of Expat Kitchen.
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