Hail by most local food fanatics (and now including me) as one of the best cupcake shops in Singapore, Plain Vanilla Bakery has finally open their second doors in Tiong Bahru. A terrific wonderful news for all of us who stay at the extreme end of their first flagship shop somewhere in Holland Village. I’m not really a cupcake person despite gaining a sweeter than sugar reputation but if there’s a place owning a title The Best, then I wouldn’t mind spending my cash just to try and see what’s worth.
Don’t worry about getting lost whilst trying to find this place. Because this is perhaps one of the most eye-catching cafes within the neighbourhood. With dried plants dangling above, tiffany-blue bicycles neatly parked and even a make-shift swing outside the shop, you tell me how not to enter this place and see see?! Stepping into the cafe space is an entirely different feeling as compared to the others.
It’s rather hard to describe due to my limited vocabulary but envision this: A large communal table in the middle often occupied by different groups of tai tais. Some in between spaces where youths and couples would settle down and chit chat during tea and at the far right, an array of art pieces or environmental related stuffs up for sales which leads to the air-conditioned interior separated by a see through glass wall and door. Although done in an alfresco style, you wouldn’t find the place hot and humid with huge fans to cool off. Wouldn’t you love this place?
Their famed cupcakes although priced $3.50 a piece ($19.00 for half a dozen) might be deem expensive since they can be easily baked in anyone’s kitchen. But consider this: they use nothing but the best like French butter, pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla and bittersweet Belgian chocolate just to name a few from their site. And you really start to think $3.50 is a steal with such quality vested each one.
They do have an array of petite treats like assorted tarts and cakes up for grabs too and they seem to change variation frequently like on certain days you see lemon meringue tarts and on my first visit, they’ve been replaced with Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart ($6.00/$7.00). If you already had the best tarts prior to visiting here then may I recommend the tangy sweet citrusy-berry Raspberry Lim Teacake ($8.00) instead?
For most cafes in Singapore, it’s either they serve fantastic food and mediocre beverages or the other way round. Rarely you will find them doing both good so when I ordered my Mocha ($5.00) at the bakery, I wasn’t expecting much out from a paper cup holding a drink. But I have to say, this is one cafe that serves up really good drink. It’s way better than any of the coffee specialty shop in the area and cheaper by a dollar!
Now what’s that suppose to mean? Shame on those for-profit cafes and just come here and have your coffee instead!
I know I’ll be dammed by all of you if I wrote a review on Plain Vanilla and tell you I did not try their cupcakes. So I bought home a few for my family to sample for me. For those who knows my mum, she too is a self-professed baker and most desserts I buy home never made pass her standards.
She does sing praises to those really good ones and her new found favourites? Red Velvet and Earl Grey Lavender. She finds them light but yet packed just enough flavours to bring perks of delights. Definitely obvious hints that she wants me to buy back more when I visit Tiong Bahru again.
I know there’s a few more places that serves up cupcakes as their main specialty in the area but if you’re looking for the best of the best, then look no further and just buy them here at Plain Vanilla Bakery!
Plain Vanilla Bakery
1D Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168641
Tel: +65 6465 5942
Tues to Sun: 12pm to 6pm
Closed on Mondays