Of course, no birthday bash is complete without a conversation-starting cake. After all, the late American chef Julia Child did once quip, “A party without cake is just a meeting”. Instead of ordering a cartoon cake from the usual suspects like Polar Puffs & Cakes or Bengawan Solo, why not surprise your mini-me and impress guests with a customised cake? It promises to be a treat for both the eyes and taste buds.
Scroll through the photo gallery for some Insta-worthy cakes for your little one’s celebration!
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Jo Takes the Cake
WHAT Joann Finlayson’s a mum of three who used to run a cake business in Northern England before moving to Singapore. Jo Takes the Cake’s cakes are decorated with fondant (sugar-based paste used to decorate cakes) as she does not do 3D and cream cakes. If you’re thinking of ordering one of her creations, make sure to enquire as early as possible! As she makes every cake herself, she needs at least a three weeks’ notice. But you can expect plenty of oohs and aahs from guests when they clap eyes on the impressive outcome. We’re pretty sure her 10,430 Facebook followers will happily attest to her cake-decorating chops.
PRICE RANGE A 6-inch cake starts at $160.
WHY WE LOVE IT The cakes feature fun and unique designs!
WHAT Chef Puja Pawa, who apprenticed at renowned culinary school Cordon Bleu, started Paisley and Cream as she wanted to share her passion of making beautiful cakes with everyone. Simply send in your own picture or an inspirational quote, and the team will try to make your cake idea a reality! They also have beautiful-looking cookies, cupcakes and cake pops if you prefer offering guests something different. “Not only was the cake very pretty, it was delicious, too! My friends couldn’t have enough of it,” Reenadev Kaur Sidhu enthuses.
PRICE RANGE One-tier cakes start at $60, two-tier cakes start at $240.
WHY WE LOVE IT They’ll respond to your queries very quickly via Facebook message, and are very friendly and helpful, too!
WHAT No matter how crazy or bizarre your ideas are, Sooperlicious will try their best to bring your dream to life. Started in 2009 by former air crew member Hana Kamaruddin, it claims to have never declined a customer’s order before (unless they are full). If you prefer your cake flavours classic, it has chocolate, coffee and vanilla. But those who like a more “atas” taste can choose from white chocolate, Earl Grey and vanilla chia seeds. For a Singaporean twist, try their Gula Melaka and Ondeh-Ondeh cake. With so many flavours to choose from, there’s bound to be something for everyone! “Our family and friends kept praising how well executed the cake was, and how the Ondeh-Ondeh flavour burst beautifully in their mouths,” customer Izyan Izzy mentioned.
PRICE RANGE Cake prices start at $50.
WHY WE LOVE IT For those who have no clue how to customise their cake, the Sooperlicious’ website has several designs for you to choose from.
WHAT NUS graduate Anna Majeed opened the bricks-and-mortar version of her halal-certified Spatula Bakery in Joo Chiat Road in 2013, a year after she started her home-based business. Indeed, she has social media and word -of-mouth reviews to thank for helping to grow her customer base. They boast 50,000+ Instagram followers, one of their pictures – a Beauty and the Beast themed cake ― received 726 likes! If you prefer more local cake flavours like teh tarik, lychee and rose, and, of course, durian, make sure to check out this bakery.
PRICE RANGE A basic three-layer cake starts from $65.
WHY WE LOVE IT Their website has an easy-to-browse product catalogue that includes pricing details, cake types, even the piping design offered.
WHAT Every Susucre cake boasts the finest ingredients for a mouth-watering experience. Whether you prefer the classic vanilla bean or tangy lemon, you can choose from a wide range of cake and filling flavours. As their bakes are derived from European recipes, they aren’t overly sweet. Egg-free, dairy-free and vegan cake flavours are also available. “The fondant was a world apart from other fondants I've tasted. It felt more elegant, and was thinner than I expected. The cake itself, a chocolatey red velvet, was as delicious as it was moist and spongy. I'll definitely continue to recommend Susucre’s cakes to everyone,” says a delighted customer Alejandro Rivera.
PRICE RANGE One-tier cakes start at $150, two-tier cakes start at $300.
WHY WE LOVE IT Their gorgeous cakes are one of a kind! Take a look at their cake photo gallery for some inspiration before you zoom in on your preferred design.
WHAT At The Patissier, you can expect creative and exciting flavours anchored by traditional French baking values. Founded in Singapore in 2000, this bakery uses both fondant and icing cream to create designs for any occasion. If you’re ready to wow guests with something more than a regular bake, order one of their croquembouche creations! Daphne Goh says, “Excellent customer service whether I am asking a zillion questions over the phone or at the shop itself.” PRICE RANGE A basic 500g cake starts at $46. WHY WE LOVE IT Their croquembouche (choux pastry balls piled into the shape of a cone) is unique ― you can even customise this French dessert to suit your party’s theme! LOOK OUT FOR… Their Bear Croquembouche and Ballerina two-tiered cake.
Little House of Dreams
WHAT Launched in 2008 as an online store, Little House of Dreams opened their first physical store in 2012. If you want your party to showcase a dessert table, check out their packages that feature sweet treats and table styles to suit your party’s theme. By the way, their three most popular cake flavours are rainbow, red velvet and chocolate salted caramel.
PRICE RANGE A personalised fondant cake starts from $100.
WHY WE LOVE IT Their pretty pastel-themed website is easy to navigate. They respond quickly to e-mails as well, if you need a quote! “I really appreciate their patience and willingness to accommodate to all my requests,” Angie, a customer states.
WHATDream Cake Studio owner Enkhtur launched her shop in 2015 as she is obsessed with baking and sugar craft. Every creation features premium ingredients such as French butter and Swiss chocolate. If you have any specific dietary or allergy requirements, let them know and they will be happy to cater to your needs. Mum Maria Seleme says, “I needed something different for my daughter's birthday (one of her friends is allergic to dairy and the other one is allergic to eggs) and I am all for healthy eating, so I wanted a raw fruit cake, using mostly watermelon. I searched for some pictures online and told Enkhtur about my idea. She was great! Not only did she understand my project, she decided to make something totally new and the result was amazing!”
PRICE RANGE A one-tier cake starts at $175, while two-tier ones start at $250.
WHY WE LOVE IT You will be full of happy feels the moment you enter their colourful website, which should have all the information you need to narrow down your choice of confectionery.
WHAT Baker’s Heart, founded in 2012 by Chef Zach Leong, has many good reviews from well-known customers, including actor Pierre Png and Jacelyn Tay and we can certainly see why. Instead of using sugar fondant to decorate their cakes, Leong, who comes from a family of bakers, uses fresh cream ― which also reduces the sugar content ― to produce your ideal cake. If you are a chocolate-lover, be sure to try their best-selling chocolate marquise flavour! Says Haddasah Heng, “This is my first experience and it was awesome! Their coordination and speed in making the cake and delivering it to my place really impressed me. Will definitely recommend to all my friends.”
PRICE RANGE A 6-inch cake starts at $40.
WHY WE LOVE IT We like their use of fresh cream instead of sugary fondant. The website lists several contact numbers in the “Contact Us” tab, so customers can get quotes easily.