We all have our expectations of a good chocolate cake: They should be sweet, moist, not too fluffy and bursting with a rich chocolate flavour. Life is too short to waste your calories on bad bakes – so here’s a list of where you can find some of the best chocolate cakes in Singapore. Any one of these will make Bruce from Matilda cry with pleasure. No dry or tasteless cakes, we promise.
For something truly indulgent and decadent, the Three Chocolate Cake ($49 for 500g, $98 for 1kg) from French artisan patisserie Laurent Bernard Chocolatier is your best bet. As its name suggests, it’s made up of three types of chocolate – silky white, milk and dark chocolate mousse is layered with dark chocolate sponge – so you get to enjoy the best of all worlds in one bite. The marriage of the different kinds of chocolate results in a balanced flavour of both sweet and bitter, and will definitely tantalise your taste buds.
When talking about chocolate cakes, Lana Cake Shop instantly comes to mind. Founded by Mrs Violet Kwan in 1964 who then retired in 2016, everyone’s all-time-favourite Lana’s Chocolate Cake ($44 for 800g) is moist, smooth and not overpowering. Its highlight? A thick, shiny fudge that envelopes the whole cake. It even has a nostalgic flavour to many Singaporeans.
The sole outlet of Lana Cakes in Greenwood Avenue has been in business for over five decades and is still the place to go to satisfy your chocolate cake cravings. In fact, many say you will not look at chocolate cakes the same way again once you have tried a piece. Want one? Start placing your orders, stat. You need to place your orders at least a week in advance and it’s almost impossible to buy one through walk-in.
Lana Cake Shop is at 36 Greenwood Ave, Singapore 289239, tel: 6466 5315.
Another traditional household name that Singaporeans adore, Vicky’s Cakes is known for their Signature Fudge Cake ($44 for 800g, $55 for 1kg) — a classic, retro-style chocolate sponge that’s generously coated all around with their signature chocolate fudge. Dark, rich and super addictive, this slab of chocolate goodness is sure to ignite the senses. We say that this is the perfect cake for a child’s – or, let’s be honest, adult’s – birthday party.
Vicky’s is at #02-K47, Bukit Timah Plaza, 1 Jalan Anak Bukit, Singapore 588996, tel 6466 4000.
You’ve probably patronised Four Leaves before – mostly for their freshly made bread loaves or value-for-money mini buns. One of the leading bakery chains in Singapore, you shouldn’t be surprised that their Coco Exotic Cake ($31 for four to six pax, $42 for seven to 10 pax) is so chocolatey and rich that it’s even comparable to cakes from premium patisseries. Our favourite is the crunchy hazelnut base that adds texture to the moist cake that is layered with fresh chocolate cream and topped with fresh fruits and premium chocolate bits. A great option for something affordable yet delicious.
Not many cake shops have the gumption of selling only two signature cakes, but Jane’s Cake Station is doing just that. Offering only Durian Cake and Chocolate Fudge Cake, you can be sure they are both amazing. Priding themselves on selling traditional cakes made sincerely and from the heart, their Chocolate Fudge Cake ($38 for eight-inch, $58 for 10 inch) is comforting, delicious, and a pleasant surprise. In comparison to the many fancy chocolate cakes in the market, this old school cake encapsulates the feeling of nostalgia and home sweet home.
Jane’s Cake Station is at 265 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799493. tel 6481 1322.
Another homegrown brand that never fails to tug at your heartstrings and satisfy your sweet tooth is Chocolate Origin. Its Original Chocolate Cake (from $32.80 for six to eight pax) is a crowd pleaser with its marriage of rich luscious chocolate ganache entrapping the two layers of chocolate sponges, topped off with a perfect chocolate glaze. Creamy, luscious and an instant mouthgasm. Don’t have much of a sweet tooth? Fret not, they also have a dark chocolate version that adds a tinge of bitterness to the overall mouthfeel. Besides these, they also have an equally rich Cuppa Lava Cake that has a cold vanilla ice-cream bottom and a warm chocolate cake top, with hot pulsating lava that oozes out. Heavenly.
This homegrown brand is no stranger to Singaporeans. With many outlets islandwide, Awfully Chocolate’s cakes are all handmade daily from scratch and by hand. Their All Chocolate Cake ($34 for 6-inch, $68 for 8-inch) has two layers of soft and moist chocolate sponge, accompanied by a layer of chocolate fudge, that’s made using the store’s very own chocolate, thus the unique roast flavour. They also have other chocolate fudge cakes that are infused with bananas as well as rum and cherry – visit their website for more!
With celebrity fans including chef Willin Lo and singer Kit Chan, this in-the-know home baker is no longer a well-kept secret (lucky for us). The female home baker has 12 years of experience working in the pastry section of a hotel kitchen and creates decadent, French-style chocolate fudge cakes using only high quality ingredients like Valrhona’s 70 per cent dark chocolate block, dripping in a beyond-shiny chocolate glaze.
Order via Instagram DM at www.instagram.com/apoc.sg. Delivery charge of $15.
The Dark Gallery’s Signature Dark Chocolate Cake ($9 per slice) is made with a flavourful chocolate sponge cake and a 66% dark chocolate mousse.
The cake is finished beautifully with cacao nibs and chocolate pearls!
The Dark Gallery also serves a variety of sweet treats, ice cream, and coffee.
These guys are famous for their burnt basque cheesecake but, let’s be real, pretty much all other items on the menu are amazing.
Try their Chocolate Indulgence cake ($7 per slice) that’s made with moist steam baked chocolate sponge cake with dark chocolate ganache. Pair it with a cup of coffee to balance out the sweetness!
Text: Cheryl Lim with additional reporting by Atika Lim.