Got a celebration coming up? Make it extra special with beautiful buttercream cakes made vintage-style at these bakeries in Singapore.
You’ve probably seen these cakes in your parents’ (or even grandparents’) wedding photos. And if you think the elaborate frosting makes the cakes look old-fashioned, you’re right! This style has been around since the 1930s, when they were known as Lambeth cakes. They’re made of moist sponge cake layers with buttercream frosting and piping, and you can find them in Singapore ‘cos they’re back with a bang. Only now, they’re known as vintage cakes. Just look to Korean bakers such as @heart_n_arrow, @3rdiam_cake, and @juujuucake for inspo.
We also love Malaysian bakery LinLin Cake Shop for outrageously OTT creations featuring plush toys, fondant characters and even fresh flowers. Plus, KL-based Sugar Blossom does precious vintage cakes that come in a riot of colours and vibrant 2D or 3D characters.
With these kitschy cakes, more is more – the more garish the design, the better! The “basic” buttercream vintage cake (though if we’re honest, they’re anything but basic) usually has layers of piped frosting, some with text on top. More elaborate designs include luscious fruits, crowns or even 3D characters having a party on top of the cake. Most bakers allow you to fully customise your creation, from selecting the flavours to choosing the colours. Get a flamboyant cake for your birthday or opt for a delicate pink theme for the princess in your life – the choice is yours!
Where to get vintage-style buttercream cakes in Singapore
If you’re looking for floral, whimsical cakes in pastel colours, make Simplybakez your go-to. The self-taught baker creates impressive designs which heavily feature rainbows, florals and cakes in the shape of carousels. Apart from the usual chocolate and vanilla, we love that the flavours incorporate fresh fruit, tea and cookies.
Simplybakez, available online
2. Three Petals Cake Studio
One of the most popular bakeries for Korean-style buttercream cakes in Singapore? Three Petals Cake Studio. With ornate vintage designs and gorgeous calligraphy text, you can convey your message in style. The scrumptious range of flavours includes choco mint chip, choco peanut butter and carrot walnut with cream cheese.
Three Petals Cake Studio, available online
3. Tipo’s Homebakes
Tipo’s Homebakes specialises in vintage cakes with a twist – the delectable cakes often feature loveable 3D characters perched on top. Have a penchant for Pompompurin? The team will incorporate him into the design. Or if you like chonky animals in general, let ‘em know and they’ll work their magic.
Tipo’s Homebakes, available online
If you like cakes for the creamy, oh-so-sinful frosting, you’ll love Angstbakes’ intricate vintage cakes. The designs feature over-the-top frosting complemented by rich chocolatey cake flavours like hazelnut chocolate, chocolate vanilla and ovomaltine crunch. For extra oomph, top the cake with vibrant cherries or endearing frog characters!
Angstbakes, available online
5. Slide and Slice
We love these clean-cut vintage cake designs that come in an array of colours and sizes. Take your pick from the mouthwatering range of unusual flavours – think hojicha black sesame, matcha chocolate, oolong white grape and more. Durian lovers will be delighted to discover the luscious mao shan wang creation, too. Bonus: Slide and Slice currently offers free delivery!
Slide and Slice, available online
6. The Baker Bok
The Baker Bok makes some seriously gorgeous vintage cakes, from dainty one-toned cakes to elaborate two-tiered buttercream creations fit for a princess. The wide array of flavours means there’s something for everyone. Are you an old soul? Try the popular orh nee flavour, alongside classics like lychee rose and Earl Grey. But if you’re more adventurous, get Thai milk tea and vanilla cotton candy cakes, whichever tickles your fancy.
The Baker Bok, available online
7. Here For Cakes
Popular for intricate floral cupcakes, Here For Cakes also does a mean vintage buttercream cake in Singapore. The designs come in a petite two-tier size by default, but we’re not complaining – these beautiful cakes are perfect for mini celebrations at home! Whether you prefer something subtle or want to go all out with a statement cake, these folks will bring your dream design to life.
Here For Cakes, available online
If the occasion calls for a double celebration, get one of Yoyosummer’s vintage cakes featuring 3D characters who have their own mini cake too. Her sculpted 3D characters are almost too adorable to eat. But if you’re more elegant than cutesy, we’re loving the regal cakes adorned with either a chandelier candle or an ornamental crown – truly fit for royalty!
Yoyosummer, available online
9. Batter with Butter
On the hunt for a vintage cake that’s rich but not cloying? Hit up Batter with Butter for cakes made with whipped cream instead of buttercream to enjoy that smooth creaminess sans the heaviness from butter. If you like classic flavours, try the decadent semi-dark Belgian chocolate cake. But if you’re in the mood for something different, the flavour line-up also features banana toffee caramel and Thai young coconut (with real coconut flesh too!).
Batter with Butter, available online
Shop the splendid selection of standard designs or put in an order for bespoke cakes. Whether it’s a unique customised creation or a whole new buttercream cake flavour, these bakers in Singapore will work with you to bring your dream vintage cake to life. Now, we promise we won’t tell if you take an extra slice…