Find the best cupcakes in Singapore with our hunger-inducing shortlist
8 April, 2013
9 Min Read
Where can you find the lightest, fairest, most creative cupcakes of them all? We searched high and low to showcase some of Singapore’s tastiest cupcakeries. From the classic cream cheese red velvet to die-hard chocolatey creations with mountains of frosting – here’s the shortlist.
Swirls Cupcake Bakery (Editors’ pick!) Check out the baking action through the glass walls in Swirls’ small shop in Robertson Quay. Opened in January 2012 as the all-American cupcake bakery, Swirls offers a mind-boggling 101 flavours that change monthly. Price: Mini from $2.50, regular from $3.95. Delivery: $19.95, one box minimum. Personalisation: With coloured frosting and cut-outs. The Flavours: Along with Nutella, the best-selling flavours are What’s Up Doc? – a carrot cupcake with crushed pineapple topped with cream cheese frosting; and Strawberry Burst – a strawberry and white chocolate cupcake with strawberry cream cheese frosting. The Frosting: A generous dollop of matching frosting covers the cake, and each has a signature decoration, from nuts to coloured sugar or sprinkles. The Cupcake: Fresh and springy, it has a dense texture, so don’t take huge mouthfuls! The fruit flavours are genuine and the chocolate ones are rich. Sizes: Gobble gobble (mini), regular (5.5cm) and colossal. You can’t go wrong with the: best-selling Red Velvet – a crimson cocoa cupcake topped with cream cheese frosting.
Oni Cupcakes Opened in 2008 by Irene Chan, who has a background in cosmetics but admits loving “beautiful things”. The cupcakes are, of course, extravagantly decorated and can be customised to any occasion. Also available egg-free. Price: Small from $4.50, regular from $5.50, plus decorations from $1. Delivery: From $25 to$50 depending on size of order. Personalisation: Yes. The Flavours: Blueberry Dreams – chocolate cake with blueberry buttercream; Raspberry Rush – raspberry marmalade chocolate cake with raspberry buttercream; and coming soon: Mint Chocolate. The Frosting: A mound of rich, sweet buttercream. If you like a lot of frosting, this is for you; for others it could be overwhelming. The flavour was as good as a fresh mango. The Cupcake: Dense and moist, with a heavy, chewy texture; this varies from flavour to flavour. Using only fruit puree from France and Japan, there are no added colours or flavours. Size: Mini (3cm), small (6cm by 4.5cm) or regular (6.5cm). You can’t go wrong with the: bestseller, Nuts About You, a Nutella cupcake with lashings of bi-colour Nutella-flavoured frosting.
26 China Street #01-02 Far East Square 6557 0108 Monday to Friday 11am to 7pm, weekends 11am to 5pm
Cupcakes With Love Co-owners Roy and Charmaine made a career change from advertising to baking two years ago. Their simple cupcakes are based on flavoursome recipes their mother made, using less sugar. The cute Tanjong Katong Road shop also has a café. Price: $3.50 each, 6 for $18 and 12 for $36. Delivery: Orders over $100 are free.$9.90 for a minimum order of 24. Personalisation: Yes; cost depends on decoration, from 30 cents to $2. The Flavours: The best-seller is Red Velvet – a cocoa-based cupcake with cream cheese frosting. For adults, the Mini Mud-cake features a hint of rum, and there’s the Banana Chocolate, made with real bananas and no essence, for little ones. The Frosting: Depending on the cake, it can be fudge, cream cheese or buttercream. It’s a light smear that does not fully cover the cake, giving a subtle sweetness rather than an explosion. Decoration is a simple Malteser or fondant shape. The Cupcake: Even, springy and firm texture; should be eaten at room temperature. The cakesare not toosweet. Size: 5.5 cm. You can do no wrong if you order the:house special, Milk Tea Earl. It’s reminiscent of milky tea, but with a refined sweetness.
10 Tampines Central 1, #03-22; 348 Tanjong Katong Road 6440 0450 | cupcakes.sg Monday to Thursday 12pm to 9pm, Friday to Sunday 12pm to 10pm
Plain Vanilla [Editors’ pick!] Vanessa, the owner, practised law for three and a half years before realising her long-time goal of opening a bakery. She had been baking since her second year at university, and it was during a Contract Law class about plain vanilla loans that she came up with the idea of opening a bakery – and the name. Cute! Price:$3.50 each or $19 for 6. Delivery: Order six or more cupcakes, with two days’ notice. $8 to most addresses. Personalisation: Messages can be written on the frosting with dark or white chocolate; there’s an array of coloured sprinkles and 2D toppers too. The Flavours: Mainstays are Carrot Cake, Cinnamon Brown Sugar and MilkChocolate Banana. Look out for specialslike Almond and Mandarin Orange during Lunar New Year. The Frosting: A mix of buttercream and cream cheese with one-off meringue toppings. A good amount of cupcake is visible, so the frosting complements it rather than stealing the show. The Cupcake: Light as a cloud, these cupcakes taste like good old home baked ones but are much prettier. Each cupcake is packed with flavour making them a connoisseur’s choice. Sizes: 5cm base. Mini cupcakes for events. You can’t go wrong with the: Strawberries and Cream– airy sponge with hints of fresh strawberry, reminiscent of an English summer’s day.
34A Lorong Mambong, Holland Village; 1D Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru Estate 6465 5942 | plainvanillabakery.com Tuesday to Saturday 12pm to 8pm, Sunday 12pm to 6pm. Closed on Monday.
Twelve Cupcakes [Editors’ pick!] Behind this cupcakery is local celebrity couple Daniel Ong (radio DJ and TV host) and Jaime Teo (TV personality Miss Singapore Universe 2001). Born out of Jaime’s passion for baking, Twelve Cupcakes offers lovely dainty cupcakes in signature pink boxes. Price: $3 each plus 50 cents for daily specials. Bulk: $33 for 12, $17 for 6. Delivery: $30 per location, no minimum order, three working days’ notice. Personalisation: Yes, very smart options which include toppers of personalised name flags and fondant designs. The Flavours: Regular flavours are standard, from red velvet with cream cheese to espresso. The specials that change monthly are very creative –green tea chocolate, anyone? The Frosting: Mostly buttercream, and some cream cheese. Frosting is delicately swirled on, leaving some cake showing. We think the frosting here is bang on – sweet but not overly so, rich yet light, beautifully presented in its moderate amount and very fresh. The Cupcake: Peeling away the paper case reveals a moist, airy cupcake – satisfying yet light as air.Perfect. Sizes: 6cm You can’t go wrong with the: lightly alcoholic Lychee Martini. Chocolate lovers can get their fix with the Chocolate Chocolate–chocolate cream cheese on a moist chocolate cupcake.
Twelve branches islandwide, including the largest store at #01-52 Millenia Walk twelvecupcakes.com Daily 11am to 9pm
Dessert Cup This dessert shop specialises in cupcakes, but also rustles up a range of desserts, from frozen parfaits to Florentine cookies. Price: From $4.50 for regular flavours to $6for deluxe flavours. Deliveries: $25 on weekdays and $35 on weekends. Personalisation: Handmade 2D and 3D fondant toppers. The Flavours: Creative concepts from French Earl Grey Banana and Black Bottom Cheese to Rose Marshmallow Chocolate. Menu changes monthly. The Frosting: Bright in colour, with lots of extras garnishes like fresh fruit. As the frosting is largely Chantilly, or fluffy cream, these cupcakes are best bought early in the day and eaten fresh. The Cupcake: These generous cupcakes have a dense texture and comein a muffin-style case– great if you’re spooning the cake out, but a little hard to handle otherwise. Sizes: arger than normal – these cupcakes are the daddy of cupcakes size-wise. You can’t go wrong with the: Italian Tiramisu. Tip: Craving a cupcake but you can only eat gluten-free ones? They do a dark choc gluten-free cupcake too. 252 North Bridge Road #B1-73 Raffles City 6468 2838| mydessertcup.com Daily 10am to 10pm (till 11pm Fridayand Saturday)
Whips Cupcakes Whips Cupcakes, which was recently taken over, makes cute boxes for its sweet creations: cupcakes sit prettily in pink boxes with a neat window that allows a sneak peek of the treats in store. Price: $3.50 each, 3 for $10, 6 for $18, 9 for $26, 12 for $33. Mini cupcakes $1 each, 12 for $10, 25 for $20. Delivery: $30 to $50, depending on location. Personalisation: Very creative fondant toppers can be customised. The Flavours: Good for the indecisive– there are only around 12 flavours to choose from. The usual suspects includ eRed Velvet, Cookies and Cream, and various chocolate varieties – plus a cheese cupcake. The Frosting: Pretty swirls of butter creamor cream cheese, plus a chocolate ganache. The Cupcake: These were a little heavy and dense, but still moist. To try a few flavours, you’d better opt for the mini ones, as the regular ones will fill you up fast. Sizes: Regular cupcakes are 6cm and mini cupcakes are 3cm. You can’t go wrong with the: Valhrona Chocolate–rich chocolate cake with a true chocolatey-tasting frosting. 12 Gopeng Street, #01-85 Icon Village (behind Amara Hotel) 62225432 | 82819078 | whipscupcakes.com Monday to Friday 11am to 6.30pm
And while we don’t understand it, we appreciate that not everyone likes frosting, so here are a couple of places that make great un-iced muffins…
Chocolat N’ Spice
With giant freshly baked muffins priced from $1.20 to $1.50 each, Chocolat N’ Spice is extremely popular and often sells out around lunchtime. Located in or near hawker centres, all branches open at 8.30am, so get there early. Expect a long queue at the Tanjong Pagar branch if you go during your lunch break. Flavours include chocolate chip, walnut, mocha, orange peel and raisin, double chocolate, blueberry and cranberry.
Looking for healthier muffins containing no butter and less sugar? These fresh, moist ones come in around 16 flavours, including blueberry, white chocolate chip, cookies and cream, banana and walnut, chocolate chip, strawberry, mixed fruit, and apple and raisin. They cost $1.50 each or $8.10 for six.