Still keeping at it! These cake shops and their legendary cakes have been around for a very, very long time...
Sure we have plenty of choices to get the annual birthday cake from but sometimes, you just want to keep it simple and old school. Think buttercream roses, walnut or a light sponge cake, some cream horns for nostalgia. Throw in some Nyonya Peranakan kueh, and we have a party!
Lana Cake Shop
The menu is limited, the cakes aren’t fancy-looking, and you have to place your orders at least a week in advance. The sole outlet of Lana Cakes sits pretty in Greenwood Avenue and has been in business for over 50 years. There’s a reason why – her classic chocolate fudge cake is well-loved by generations of Singaporeans and have achieved an almost cult status.
Lana Cake Shop, 36 Greenwood Ave, Singapore 289239
If you grew up in Singapore, chances are that you’ll know about the neverending debate of whether Lana or Vicky’s have the best chocolate cake. It really is a matter of preference – although personally, I think Vicky’s chocolate fudge cake is more moist and chocolatey than Lana’s, plus there’s quite a bit of selections available at the store as well.
Vicky’s, 833 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 279887
There’s nothing more nostalgic than a sponge cake with hand-piped buttercream roses on it. You’ll find this treasure here at Balmoral Bakery, along with traditional chicken and beef pies, custard puffs, cream horns and rum balls. Fun fact: the store opened the year Singapore gained independence.
Balmoral Bakery, 105 Clementi Street 12, Singapore 120105
Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry
It’s nyonya cakes and kueh heaven at Tiong Bahru Gallicier. The range includes ondeh-ondeh (bright green glutinous rice balls with a gula melaka centre), Kueh Ambon (honeycomb cake), and Lemper Udang (a sticky rice roll filled with spicy dried shrimp). On top of that there’s some classic pandan cake, assorted chiffon cakes, tarts, cookies and pastries.
Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry, Blk 55 Tiong Bahru Rd, #01-39, Singapore 160055
Rich & Good Cake Shop
The store menu reads like a blast from the past. Old timey favourites like swiss rolls, walnut cakes, Pandan chiffon cake and almond squares are available but the main attraction? The Kaya swiss roll. Unbelievably soft and generous with the filling, these babies are also affordable at $8 a roll.
Rich & Good Cake Shop, 24 Kandahar St, Singapore 198887
Ng Kim Lee
Having been in business for more than five decades, Ng Kim Lee still keeps it retro with their tiles and grilles. Find Teochew pastries like egg tarts, sponge cakes, the bakery’s signature butter cakes and tau sar piah (flaky buns with green bean filling), some for less than a dollar per piece.
Ng Kim Lee, 4 Chun Tin Rd, Singapore 599591
Chin Mee Chin Confectionery
An essential stop in the Katong neighbourhood, stepping into Chin Mee Chin already feels like going back in time. The owners have retained the ceramic tiles, old-school coffee shop tables and stools and also, recipes. While the kaya toast/bun is the signature (you can also buy the homemade kaya in-store), the sugar rolls, egg tarts, cupcakes, cream horns and sugee cake are also delish delights when available.
Chin Mee Chin Confectionery, 204 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428903
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