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Hello, Cupcake

January 20, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

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.

Twelve Cupcakes, Millenia Walk Prices, Twelve Cupcakes, Millenia Walk
Twelve Cupcakes, Millenia Walk Twelve Cupcakes, Millenia Walk
Seating, Twelve Cupcakes, Millenia Walk Red velvet cupcake, Twelve Cupcakes, Millenia Walk

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, Lorong Mambong, Holland Village Hazelnut Nutella, Cocoa Nibs, Limited Run Lemon Meringue, Carrot cake, Milk Chocolate Banana, Strawberry White Chocolate.Plain Vanilla Bakery, Lorong Mambong, Holland Village

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.

Cupcake Engineer, Cluny Court Banana cake and peanut butter, Chinese New Year mandarin chocolate, Lemon cupcakes. Cupcake Engineer, Cluny Court

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)).

Peanut Butter + Banana cupcake. Cupcake Engineer, Cluny Court Cross-section, Peanut Butter + Banana Cupcake. Cupcake Engineer, Cluny Court
Mandarin orange + chocolate cupcake. Cupcake Engineer, Cluny Court Mandarin orange + chocolate. Cupcake Engineer, Cluny Court
Lemon cupcake. Cupcake Engineer, Cluny Court Cross-section, Lemon Cupcake. Cupcake Engineer, Cluny Court

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.

Menu, Cupcakes With Love, Tanjong Katong Road Bags and teapots, Cupcakes With Love, Tanjong Katong Road
Eames Chair-like Furniture and Polka Dots, Cupcakes With Love, Tanjong Katong Road Cupcakes With Love, Tanjong Katong Road
Eggs, Cupcakes With Love, Tanjong Katong Road Back, Cupcakes With Love, Tanjong Katong Road

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.

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