6 pandan cakes you have to try in Singapore

It isn't Singapore's national cake for nothing. Time to stop underestimating the humble pandan cake. Instagram-worthy? Please. It's a classic, it's delicious, and it ain't got no time for your flatlay. 

6 pandan cakes you have to try in Singapore
6 pandan cakes you have to try in Singapore
27 Apr 2017

6 pandan cakes you have to try in Singapore

In the exciting world of desserts where trends come and go, it’s comforting to know we can always count on pandan cake as a mainstay. Our noses can recognise the sweet fragrance of it anywhere, partly because most of us have childhood memories of snacking on the fluffy, moist cake after school. 

But locals aren’t the only ones who love them; it’s pretty much standard tourist protocol to bring home boxes of these cakes with their unmistakable green hue.

We love the pandan cake precisely because it defies the “Instagram-worthy” criteria that so many other desserts are judged on these days. The pandan chiffon does not care if it looks good in your flatlay. The pandan chiffon knows it is da bomb. 

Now that CNN Travel has verified what we’ve always known in our hearts, by appointing the pandan cake as one of the world’s best cakes, you’ll want to check out these places for the most delicious pandan cakes in Singapore. 

Photos: Jenny Tai, Instagram/@romeotan 

Rich and Good Cake Shop
Rich and Good Cake Shop
26 Apr 2017

Rich and Good Cake Shop

Try if: You’re on the lookout for a Swiss roll that, rather than tasting like air, is actually wonderfully decadent.

Rich, creamy and moist, the kaya Swiss roll from this decades-old bakery is exceptional and, as far as kaya pandan confections go, quite possibly the leader of the pack. For one, they go generous on the kaya spread (theirs is deliciously fragrant, eggy and homemade), striking the perfect filling-to-pandan-cake ratio. No wonder office workers nearby frequently order in bulk.

At just $8, one roll yields about 10 heavenly slices. Though it’s smaller in circumference than the average Swiss roll, Rich and Good’s version feels more solid and substantial, boasting a satisfying texture that’s both dense yet fluffy, velvety soft. When you sink your teeth into this pandan cake, the decadent swirls of green coconut jam meld in your mouth for an experience that is, as the shop name goes, ridiculously rich and good.

Rich and Good Cake Shop is located at 24 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198887.

Photo: Jenny Tai

Cedele
Cedele
26 Apr 2017

Cedele

Try if: You want a modern twist on the traditional cake.

Those who enjoy salty-sweet desserts should give Cedele’s gorgeous gula melaka pandan cake a try. This variation of the traditional pandan chiffon comes frosted with gula melaka cream cheese with a tangy aftertaste. While the pandan taste is on the mild side, it pairs well with the slightly savoury kaya custard filling. The flavours are further nuanced with caramel-sweet notes of gula melaka and a sprinkling of fragrant pan-fried coconut shreds on the outside. At $7 a slice it’s pricier than the usual pandan cake, but the health-conscious will be happy to know that it’s baked with unrefined sugar and grapeseed oil. 

Cedele has various outlets. To find the nearest one to you, visit www.cedelemarket.com.

Photo: Jenny Tai 

Pure Pandan
Pure Pandan
26 Apr 2017

Pure Pandan

Try if: You’re an ingredient purist and artificial flavouring freaks you out. 

Using real pandan juice for ultimate freshness and flavour, this bakeshop’s classic chiffon pandan cake is fluffy with a pleasing pandan scent that wafts up your nose as soon as you open the packaging. It’s sweet but not too sweet, and less oily, which means even if you can’t help yourself and scarf down an entire cake (it happens), you won’t feel terribly guilty. Other popular flavours include Golden Citrus Chiffon and Durian D24 — both worth a try if you’re feeling adventurous.

When it comes to simple, traditional pandan cakes, some enthusiasts even say that Pure Pandan’s rivals Bengawan Solo’s (gasp), but we’ll leave you to decide for yourself.

Pure Pandan is located at 468 MacPherson Road, Singapore 368185.

Photo: Pure Pandan Facebook

Mad About Pandan Cake
Mad About Pandan Cake
26 Apr 2017

Mad About Pandan Cake

Try if: You’re dying to know what the celebs are raving about.

Touted as “the yummiest pandan cake ever” by Tay Ping Hui and deemed “one of the moistest, softest, and richest pandan cakes in town” by Elvin Ng, the wholesome pandan chiffon cake from this artisanal e-bakery is getting lots of buzz.

From garden to table, their pandan cakes are made using 100 percent natural concentrated pandan juice from homegrown pandan leaves. The leaves are hand-squeezed to best maintain the purest pandan flavour for an intensely aromatic, robust-tasting, melt-in-your-mouth pandan cake. How’s that for a labour of love?

Having just opened in February this year, Mad About Pandan Cakes currently accepts orders by email only at madaboutpandancake@gmail.com.

For more information, visit @mad_about_pandan_cake.

Photos: Instagram/@mad_about_pandan_cake, @elvinngchoonsiong

Bengawan Solo
Bengawan Solo
26 Apr 2017

Bengawan Solo

Try if: You just feel like pandan cake while you’re at a mall. Chances are, there’s a Bengawan Solo not too far away.

Mention pandan chiffon cake, and Bengawan Solo’s is one of the first that comes to mind. The cake shop was founded in 1979 by Tjendri Anastasia, whose restlessness as a housewife spurned her to bake and sell Indonesian treats in her home kitchen. As the mouth-watering fragrance of butter and chiffon cakes permeated her HDB flat, Mrs. Liew’s delectable confections grew in popularity. Today, there are numerous outlets and branches in Singapore.

Tourists can’t seem to leave Singapore without boxes of Bengawan Solo’s iconic pandan cakes. True, it is a “commercial cake” but it’s tasty nonetheless.

Bengawan Solo has various outlets. To find the nearest one to you, visit www.bengawansolo.com.sg.

Galicier Confectionary
Galicier Confectionary
26 Apr 2017

Galicier Confectionary

Try if: You want a no-fuss, light and delicious pandan cake while supporting a longstanding neighbourhood bakery.

There’s the usual fluffy chiffon cake — and then there’s Galicier’s fluffy chiffon cake. It’s like inhaling a pandan pillow, that’s how light it is. But the kicker is that, despite its lightness, there’s a springiness to it thanks to the moistness, so that the texture has a bit of a bite. The pandan flavour is on the subtle side.

Open for 25 years, Galicier is packed with shelf upon shelf of freshly baked pastries, cakes and old-school biscuits, but it’s their pandan chiffon cake we’d come back for.

Galicier Confectionary is located at 253 Serangon Central Drive, #01-237, Singapore 550253.

Photo: Jenny Tai

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