Showing posts with label .Cuisine: Cakes / Birthday Cakes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label .Cuisine: Cakes / Birthday Cakes. Show all posts

Monday, September 01, 2014

Ugly Cake Shop, a licensed online cake shop & Cupcakes Giveaway

Not too long ago, I was at a pop-up event where beautiful ugly cakes / cupcakes and beautiful accessories were sold. Wait, that sounds like an oxymoron isn't it? Beautiful Ugly Cakes?

Yes, they were very beautiful Ugly Cakes. You can read more about Ugly Cakes at or their Facebook page.

They call themselves ugly because they don't use artificial colouring, artificial flavours, fondant, gum paste or marzipan in their bake goods. Those are ingredients that usually make cakes look very pretty. If you are ok to use safe artificial colouring because you want certain colours, tell them. They will do it for you. I saw some Tiffany Blue cupcakes that were gorgeous!

Ugly Cake Shop

So where was the pop up held? At a very hipster looking place. A nice little cafe and bar that carries the cakes and cupcakes made by the Ugly Cake Shop. If you are in the area, drop by this place. Even if it's not for cakes, but for a coffee or some beer. They do have a nice collection of beer here!

Ugly Cake Shop

Let me tell you a secret, the baker behind this ugly cake shop is not ugly at all. She was leading a team at Singapore's State of Fun (I am sure you now where that is) before she decided to fulfill her dream of having a cake shop.

Her bakes are named quite interesting after her ex-colleagues and friends! Take a look at her collection here, maybe you might know her ex-colleagues!

Ugly Cake Shop

The pop up was held at the back of the cafe. Never knew it was big enough to have this and it's air-conditioned too!

The cakes, cupcakes and jewellery do match don't they? So there's an alternative that you know now, if you are looking for healthier food for yourself and family.

Ugly Cake Shop

They use high quality ingredients. Good butter, French cocoa etc.
I know people want to order birthday cakes that are beautiful, tasty and also healthy.

Ugly Cake Shop

If you buy their bake goods, you are also indirectly contributing to a under nourished kids at Timor-Leste. I also love the fact that Ugly Cake Shop gives part of their profits to a school in Timor-Leste. The school has a nutrition fund and the kids that are under nourished are fed through this fund.

Ugly Cake Shop

The more I like at her cakes, it reminds me of photos in a Donna Hay magazine. Don't you think so?
I am so so tempted to use my finger to swipe some cream off!

More matching blings and cakes! The beautiful blings are all from
Take a look at their prices, very reasonable!

Ugly Cake Shop

Their cupcakes are delicious, moist and taste very real. You know when you bite into it, that there's no artificial additives that you sometimes get from other places. Just ask kids to blind test and they can tell!

The folks at Ugly Cake Shop is generous enough let me have a giveaway. 8 boxes of cupcakes will be given away. Each box will have: one lemon cupcake, one strawberry cupcake, one peanut butter cupcake and one Big Daddy cupcake.

The Giveaway:
  • 8 persons will win a box of cupcakes with 4 flavours in it each.
  • The winners will have to collect the cupcakes from their kitchen at Ang Mo Kio.
  • The contest will be held at the Facebook page. All you have to do is to "Share" the page, and tell of something beautiful or something ugly turned beautiful.
  • Contest is for readers who are living in Singapore.
  • Closing date for the contest is 10 September 2014.
  • If winners do not reply within a stipulated time, new winners will be picked.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Recipe: Chocolate and Orange Cointreau Butter Cake

My sister has a way to de-stress after work. She and her colleagues will go eat cake or desserts to undo the stress of the day. On other days, she will bake! She usually bakes on weekends or sometimes on weeknights when she can't sleep.  If you are a cake and dessert lover, you can follow her on to see what she has been baking.

She will bake and then give them to her colleagues. Sometimes my colleagues or my wife's colleagues get to eat it too. Recently, I brought home a Bosch MUM5 Home Professional Kitchen Machine MUM57830 to review.

Here's a recipe that we tried on the Bosch MUM5. We baked it a few times and documented it with Bosch machine settings, so if you have got yourself a Bosch MUM5 recently, you can follow exactly to get the same results!

Chocolate and Orange Cointreau Butter Cake

Chocolate and Orange Cointreau Butter Cake
Preparation Time: 20 mins
Baking Time: 45 mins
Yield: 10 slices of cake

1 1/2 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa
165g Self raising flour
1/4 tsp Salt
4  Eggs - separated
50g + 100g Caster Sugar
175g  Butter, at room temperature
30ml Orange juice
1 tbsp Orange liqueur (Cointreau)
1 tbsp Orange zest

1. Preparation
Heat the oven to 180 degree celcius. Greese a 8-inch round cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Sift together the flour and salt; set aside.

2. Orange Batter
Beat the butter in a mixing bowl at Setting 5 until creamy, about 1 minute. Add 100g of sugar and beat at Setting 7 until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. At Setting 5, add the egg yolks 1 at a time until well mixed. Add in orange juice, orange liqueur and orange zest until combined. Add in sifted flour gradually until just combined.

3. Egg Whites
In a clean mixing bowl, beat the egg whites at Speed 4 until foamy. Increase to Speed 5 and gradually add 50g of sugar. Increase to Speed 7 and continue to beat the whites to soft peaks. Do not overbeat. Fold in the egg whites into the orange batter until well blended.

4.  Cocoa Batter
Pour half of the Orange batter into a bowl. Add cocoa and fold very gently.

5.  Assemble and Bake
Pour the cocoa batter into the prepared cake pan, followed by the orange batter. Bake until a toothpick or a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool the cake on a wire rack and chill for at least 2 hours.

6.  Serve
Cut the cake into slices and serve chilled.

Chocolate and Orange Cointreau Butter Cake

It's a very nice buttery and fragrant cake.
Best enjoyed with a cup of coffee or tea.

Try out the recipe and let us know how you like it!

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Black Forest Cake by Laurent Bernard Chocolatier

It's the FIL's birthday and the wife (KopiKosongGirl) was trying very hard to decide what cake shall we get him? Dad's favourite cake is the Black Forest Cake.

After some intensive online research, (ie reaching blogs and reviews), the wife read a lot of good reviews about the Black Forest Cake by Laurent Bernard Chocolatier. She placed an order for it to be picked up at their Takashimaya basement branch.

Laurent Bernard Black Forest Cake

We wanted to surprise them by going to their house after work, but... we forgot their schedule! They were out! Anyway, we finally got to meet them when they got back later.

That's how the cake looks. Glaced with dark chocolate, it's a 500gm cake for $45.

Laurent Bernard Black Forest Cake

How it looks inside. Layers of dark chocolate mousse, Kirch cremeux and cherries that had been soaked in Kirch here and there.

It kind of melts really quickly, as in the outside layer of dark chocolate turns very soft. Dad liked it, I think he likes cakes with liquer cherries. (that's what I think! haha)

KKG and I think it's more of a chocolate mousse cake with a little liquor rather than a Black Forest Cake. It's from a chocolate shop after all. I would prefer it to have more cake and maybe lighter instead of being so rich. It's a bit too rich for me. It's a nice cake though.

Laurent Bernard Chocolatier
Takashimaya Basement 2
391 Orchard Road
Singapore 238872

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Smittten by The Patissier

May is a month of many many celebrations in our family. We have had so many slices of cakes for many occasions, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Cakes are something very high in calories and nowadays people if they see the same cake, they would not touch it, by giving many kinds of valid sounding excuses. (My doctor says can't take sugar, I am on medication, etc)

Sadly, it's no longer the though that counts. Many in Singapore have been having too good a life. We are sometimes guilty of that too.

We gave our aunt a birthday surprise few days ago. With the help of our cousin, we went to her house and surprised her.

Smittten by The Patissier
This was an interesting cake we bought. It's a meringue roulade. It's full of sugar, but since we are going to eat only a slice each, it's easy to work off the calories ;-)

The cake's from Smitten by The Patissier.We got it from the Takashimaya basement 2 aka the food floor.

Smittten by The Patissier
It's called the Enchanted Hug. We initially wanted to get something else but was convinced to buy this instead after sampling some of it by the lady at the counter.

The description does sound very yummy right?
 Yes, it's a bit dear in pricing. 

Smittten by The Patissier
This is how a cut slice of it looks. It has a combination of sweetness plus a little sourness of the passionfruit and tartness of the berries.

Taste like having light fluffy meringue layered with sinful decadent ingredients.

Smittten by The Patissier
Lots of mouths / lips!

Smittten by The Patissier
The kiss again! That's how the box looks like. Very lady bling!
They provide dry ice in the box that stays cold for about 1 hour according to the lady at the counter.

This post is for those who like us are always on lookout for interesting cakes to buy and try.

Smitten by The Patissier
Takashimaya Food Hall (Basement 2)
391 Orchard Road
Singapore 238873

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Cold Stone Cremery @ Orchard Central

We got this voucher for Cold Stone Cremery from Far East Organisation  / Quincy Hotel since last year and we were thinking of an occasion to use it for someone's birthday.

When we finally wanted to use it for someone's birthday. It was meant to be a surprise cake for that person in our Care Group meet up, guess what, the Care Group was cancelled last minute! The cake had to be ordered 3 days in advanced, so we can't cancel the cake.

So the 3 of us at home celebrated 'someone's' birthday without the person around! It's so silly, but it was so fun at the same time. We were laughing at ourselves when we cut the cake at home for supper!

Cold Stone Cremery - Ice Cream Cake
Probably the most delicious ice cream cake so far we have tasted.
It was the small round size we had.

The flavour's called Coffeehouse Crunch.

Cold Stone Cremery - Ice Cream Cake
Layers of moist devil's food cake and coffee ice cream with Daim Bar, wrapped in rich fudge ganache.

Does that sound absolutely tempting?
We noticed they had lines on the cake, a bit like perforated paper, acting as a guide to cut the cake.

Cold Stone Cremery - Ice Cream Cake
It's not ice cream the whole cake, but layers of Devil's Food Cake (i.e. Rich Chocolate Cake) and ice cream. That makes it easier to cut.

The 3 of us at home will now recommend this cake instead to people if they want to have ice cream cake!

Cold Stone Creamery
181 Orchard Road,
Orchard Central #01-09/10,
Singapore 238896

Hours: 11am – 11pm Daily
Tel: 6238 9060

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Obolo Galeria @ Rochester Mall

For those of us living on the western side of Singapore, this might be a piece of good news. Obolo has opened a branch at Rochester Mall. They have named this branch Obolo Galeria and fans of their macarons don't need to travel all the way to 112 Katong or Serangoon Gardens now.

Rochester Mall is just next to Buona Vista MRT and opposite Biopolis. A 10 minute short walk from the MRT station.

Obolo @ Rochester Mall
They opened on 9 Feb and they their hours are till midnight. On Friday and Saturday nights, they are opened till 1 AM.

Obolo @ Rochester Mall
Their delectable macarons inside the refrigerated display.

Obolo @ Rochester Mall
If you must try, try the Champagne Macarons.
As I am a fan of chocolate, the chocolate ones are quite good too.

Their macarons are not too sweet, so even if you are not a sweet tooth person, try it.

Obolo @ Rochester Mall
Quite tempting don't you think?

Obolo @ Rochester Mall
If your friends or colleagues are desserts people, but you are not, don't worry.
They do serve hot food. I tried the wild mushroom soup which I think was very heart warming.

Their small pizzas like the one above is quite nice when it's warm.
(That means don't waste too much time taking photos! haha)

Obolo @ Rochester Mall
The shop is not very big here, the space might be a little cramp inside, but they have alfresco dining option.

I like their cookies in little red boxes. Head over to their online shop at: if you want to see those cookies and other cakes.

Obolo Galeria
35 Rochester Drive
#01-08 The Rochester Mall
Singapore 138639

Tel: +65  6570 0102

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Monday, November 08, 2010

Lana Cake Shop @ Greenwood Avenue

We wanted to give a last minute surprise to our dear uncle. It was his birthday and as we were near Greenwood Avenue, we wanted to see if there's any cake on sale there.

Lana Cake Shop

Oh! There were cakes for sale! They even had the famous chocolate cake that everyone had to always pre-order.

We saw on the chilled display a few cakes. There was a coconut cake and carrot cake for sale. Sis said it's so boring to always eat chocolate cake, let's have something different. So we got the carrot cake. ($32)

Lana Cake Shop

Everything here is still done the old fashion way. From the shop house to the box with just a sticker. ;-)

Lana Cake Shop - Carrot Cake

Here's the cake that we brought to Uncle's place.

We put a candle on it, sang a birthday song and cut the cake!

Lana Cake Shop - Carrot Cake

The cake was quite nice. It was quite moist and had a really nice texture.

Lana Cake Shop - Carrot Cake

It was a nice afternoon tea break.
With coffee, tea and carrot cake. c

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Awfully Chocolate @ VivoCity (again!)

It's another post on Awfully Chocolate. :-p

After buying our chocolate cake and chocolate truffles, we walked out of the shop. We ate the truffles immediately and after tasting their chocolate, we thought we just had to try their 'hei' premium dark chocolate ice cream before we leave the mall!

So we walked in and bought their a single scoop of their 'hei' ice cream. $3.80.
It comes in an American Style Chinese Takeaway box!

Hei Ice Cream

It's nice. It's really nice! Try it and you will know!
(I might be bias because I am a sucker of all things chocolate and ice cream haha)

Hei Ice Cream

If you want to take a look at the cake we had, here it is. Slightly dark/romantic at the Italian Restaurant we were in. :-)

The Chocolate Banana cake ($28.20) that we bought and brought to the restaurant for dinner.
The two ladies shared a birthday cake. They only had 2 candles because they say the are forever 20! (ya right... you can easily double it. LOL)

Awfully Chocolate Banana Cake

Do you feel like licking the cake?
The cake is rich, yet does not very heavy when you eat it.
It's sweet enough but not overpowering.

A birthday cake no one will refuse

The cake has two layers of fresh mash bananas in between.

I realise not everyone goes banana over bananas. If you don't like bananas try their chocolate only cake. Their banana is the slightly 'overripe' kind.

(I am one weirdo who likes to eat slightly unripe bananas! But the cake is still very good and I still ate 2 slices of it. )

A slice of Awfully Chocolate Banana Cake

Awfully Chocolate
1 HarbourFront Walk
01-156 VivoCity
Singapore 098585

Tel: 6410 9725

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Happy One Month Ian!

Congratulations to ZS and DB on the 1 month old celebration of Ian. Many of us colleagues really love the so so so cute baby photo on the invite and also on FB. The baby looks so peaceful sleeping and posing for the photo! Looks very ZS too! ;-)

Here's what ZS passed to us colleagues in the office. (in exchange of the Ang Pow. haha...)
What a nice box!

Happy one month Ian!

When we opened the box, it was 4 little cupcakes that looks so pretty and appetizing!

The box of cupcakes

Don't you think it might be too cute to eat it up?
A duck swimming on water...

Duck on water..



Oh look! There are little white and red and pink hearts on the cupcake!

Look there are small little hearts!

We were wondering. Will the cupcake taste good?
Oh yes it did! This is the cupcake out of the container.

The chocolate was not too overpowering. It was also moist.

The cupcake out of the cup

If you are searching for cupcakes, maybe you can read ZS blog about how he ended up choosing the different cupcakes. ;-)

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Cake Avenue @ Lorong Kilat

If you have follow this food diary, you would have realized that we celebrate lots of birthdays! Last Wednesday, we celebrated the birthday of our care group leader, Alex.

Sis bought the cake this time, and we kinda got tired of the usual cake we have. We ordered a cake from Cake Avenue instead. We self collected it. (They provide delivery to any part of the island for a charge). Look, it's nice blue ribbons!

Cake Avenue

If you have been buying cakes from the usual chain shop you buy cakes from, they don't ask "would you like a message on the cake?" They do here. So it's been some time since we have a personalized cake.

Cake Avenue

We had the 16cm Chocolate Fudge cake ($24). It was quite nice, very nice indeed. ;-)

Cake Avenue

Cake Avenue Pte Ltd
Main branch: 33 Lorong Kilat, Kilat Centre, #01-01, Singapore 598132.
Tel: 6877 9008

Branch: 56 Sembawang Road, Hong Heng Mansions, #01-06, Singapore 779086
Tel: 6554 0155

Cake Counter @ Mon Petit Pastry Bar: 110 Robinsons Road, HB Robinson, #01-02, Singapore 068902
Tel: 6220 2080


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Saturday, June 06, 2009

Eating Fruit Cake @ Workplace

This was sometime last week. We had one of the lunches where the portions are so small, you get hungry by 3pm!

One colleague brought out from his mini fridge "the fruit cake". It's made by his mum and he had poured like so much alcohol inside to 'preserve' it. Here it is, unwrapped from the layers of plastic and aluminium foil.

Fruit Cake

Each time we eat it, we can only eat 2 or 3 pieces of it. It's too rich!

Fruit Cake

I think fruit cakes eaten cold is nice. My mum makes them and we store them in our freezer and cut and eat them when we feel like it. Looks like many mums makes good fruit cakes.

Does anyone likes fruit cakes too?

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