Sometimes (many times!), we find ourselves in need of a little of something sweet to end the day. Cupcakes were the calorific conveyance of choice until Da Paolo Gastronomia‘s previously luscious version got smaller and drier and dearer (currently S$6).
So it’s good that some years after the cupcake maelstorm swept America, we’re having a bit of a butterfly flap in Singapore. Many shops have cupcakes as part of their menu (eg. Marmalade Pantry), but this is the first we’re seeing of stand-alone cupcakeries.
Our tentative experience with a red velvet (S$3) at Twelve Cupcakes, Millenia Walk, was quite a let-down. The cake was so dry and stale it grated the roof of the mouth. Another friend reported a similar problem with the United Square outlet, though yet another said hers was ok. A batch issue?
Plain Vanilla Bakery‘s cupcakes (S$3.20 each), though not as impactful as DPG’s of yesteryear, were tender-crumbed and light and some well-paired with delicate buttercream frosting – not too sweet, stiffened with the right amount of powdered sugar (i think) to give a thin crunch, sans greasiness (because sans shortening?), just enough to flavour the base. Baked on-site. Was not embarrassed to bring them along as dinner afters.
i can’t remember much about the cupcakes (S$4) from Cupcake Engineer at Cluny Court, because i was distracted by the beautiful utility of the takeaway box: a solid teal colour with white lettering, with an exactly-proportioned removable tray (which, i guess places limits on the size and height of the resident cupcakes) onto which were placed cupcake holders set at an angle so the removal of one cupcake would not affect its neighbour. Wonderful product design that withstood the public transportation rush hour crush (a heavy man literally fell onto me (and the box)).
i do recall being dodgified by the seemingly paltry amount of frosting on each cupcake, but the swiss meringue buttercream (mostly) proved to provide just enough counterpoint for each treat. The cake bases were suitably moist, though heavier than PV’s.
Cupcakes with Love (facebook) along Tanjong Katong Road is little space filled with Eames Chair-inspired furniture. The cupcakes (S$3.80) almost as dense as Cupcake Engineer’s and fairly decent taste-wise. Polka dot-covered wall and ceiling, fondant balls on the cupcakes.