Tired of playing the Instagame? Sick of waiting around while your friends look for that perfect angle? Go for these delicious desserts with looks only a mother could love, and let your tastebuds go first.
Don’t blame us if you develop an addiction for these. Baked in a hawker stall, these mini muffins are crispy on the outside and soft and slightly chewy on the inside. The best part? They overfill the moulds so that the top of the muffins spill over when baking, resulting in a high crust-to-crumb ratio, meaning more crispy, caramelised parts. Available flavours change up daily, and include Oreo, chocolate and walnut, and cranberry.
Block 127, Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, #02-34, Toa Payoh Market and Food Centre
Tel: 9877 9020
If food had a embodiment of inner beauty, pastry chef Hannah Wong’s Ugly Sue would definitely be a frontrunner. Crumbly meringue, zingy passionfruit mousse, and fresh berries all come together somewhat haphazardly for a toothsome dessert. For once, you won’t even have to worry about messing up a tediously-decorated cake and just dig in.
You can tell that zero effort has been put into making the cakes look pretty. Chocolate fudge is slathered on without being smoothed out, and the cakes doesn’t look they are trimmed (we don’t even know why they bother to do the cakes in different shapes). Service here is also known to be less than stellar. But bite into one of their incredibly moist and rich cakes, and you’ll know why Lana Cake Shop has been around for decades.
36 Greenwood Avenue
Tel: 6466 8940
Most traditional Chinese desserts aren’t all that photogenic, but orh nee surely takes the proverbial cake. Made with sweetened mashed yam, this Teochew dessert is usually topped with pumpkin and ginkgo nuts. We like the one at Huat Kee Teochew Restaurant, where its smooth, fragrant and not too sweet.
30 Orange Grove Road, #02-01 RELC Building
Not the prettiest cake in town, but the loose crumb and unsightly fibres all point to the fact that its stuffed to the gills with fresh durian pulp. The cake is minimally embellished to let the heady aroma of the durian to shine through.
120 Desker Road
Tel: 6291 6996
Few words more true have ever been spoken. The chocolate cake from Rider’s Cafe comes swimming in a puddle of chocolate sauce and topped with a scoop of ice cream. It’s heady decadence that you can just die for.
51 Fairways Drive
Tel: 6466 9819