Departing from a focus on local creations and reverting back to European-inspired fare, Chef Pang of Antoinette dazzles this season with an extensive new menu that includes a whole host of savouries and sweets. In the spotlight is Antoniette’s 2018 couture cake collection, inspired by legendary fashion icons such as Issey Miyake and Coco Chanel. Cheese Please ($9) – a mousse cheesecake that uses a mix of three types of cheeses – playfully combines sweet and salty flavours of cheese and apricot, and pays tribute to the bold and playful style of Issey Miyake’s “Pleats Please” collection. Chcocolat No.5 ($11) – a homage to the iconic Chanel No.5 perfume – is an elegant chocolate cake with a deep, intense cacao flavour, courtesy of intricate chocolate-imbued elements in each layer of the cake. Taking a cue from the “nude” makeup trend that is all the rage these days, Chef Pang’s NUDE ($11) cake reflects that same simplicity, but adds a pop of fun with a zesty tropical mousse encased in a finger sponge cake covered with a light coconut crème Chantilly. The sugar-free Haute Café ($11) combines chocolate and coffee for a classic pairing, with espresso-dipped chocolate sponge cake and coffee-infused mousse topped with an aromatic coffee crème Chantilly.
30 Penhas Road, Singapore 208188; 333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery. Website here
The Dark Gallery
A new reason for chocoholics to rejoice: The Dark Gallery’s newly-launched full-fledged cafe and chocolate boutique at Takashimaya Shopping Centre makes it easy to indulge in chocolate at any time of the day. The thoughtfully-curated menu here showcases the nuances of the cacao bean in a range of delicious products. The single origin + chocolate pairing ($12) for instance, takes diners on a sensory journey with a cup of single origin coffee, a chocolate item, and a mini pastry – selection of items are specially curated for flavours to complement each other. The single origin dark chocolate drinks ($8.50 hot, $9.50 iced) are also a great way to sample the cacao offerings here, while the four senses of chocolate ($10) presents The Dark Gallery’s signature 66% dark chocolate in four iced and hot drinks with different taste profiles: Sucré, Savoury, Spice and Sangria. Meanwhile, purists can take home the 7-day tasting box ($49), which comprises seven single origin chocolate tablets, perfectly showcasing the varied nuances of chocolate from different regions.
Takashimaya Shopping Centre, #B2-29, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238873. Tel: +65 6935 2603. Website here
Bakerzin unveils a lineup of new desserts with light, summery flavours, perfect for the balmy weather these days. The new range of desserts are crafted by award-winning executive chef Alex Yen, who recently clinched the Gold Award for Pastry and Pastry Art at the Food and Hospitality Expo 2018. Treats to look forward to include the lychee mousse ($11), a light and refreshing mousse cake served alongside home-made strawberry ice cream, as well as the miss berry ruby ($8), which sees a delicate strawberry and raspberry mousse set atop a fragrant biscuit base, and served with home-made chocolate ice cream. Chocolate lovers are not left behind either. The signature warm chocolate cake ($9), a perennial favourite made with top-quality Valrhona chocolate oozes with decadence, while the chocolate soufflé ($9) is a light and fluffy dream finished off with a dusting of powdered sugar, crunchy qroqant, and served alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Various locations. Website here
Cake Club by Marina Square
Cake Club is, as its name suggests, a place for all the cake-lovers to gather. Happening across seven weekends at the Marina Square Glasshouse, Cake Club brings together the top cake and dessert brands from Singapore, where their exquisite desserts will be available for sampling and purchasing. For the month of July, cakes from Bloomsbury Bakers, inthebrickyard, and Milk Moons will be available. Come August, the selection will feature cakes from the likes of Boufé Boutique Café, Creme Maison and Edith Patisserie. What’s more, Cake Club has also lined up a rotating list of activities each weekend, such as interactive dessert workshops to hone those cake-making skills. Learn how to create cakepops with Nanatang (29 July), or pipe delicate Korean buttercream flowers with Yume Patisserie (11 August). There’s even something for the little ones – cookie painting sessions by Once Upon a Table (25, 26 August) lets the kids take home their own miniature masterpieces (to eat or to keep is at your discretion). With all these sweet treats to look forward to, who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?
Marina Square Glasshouse, 6 Raffles Boulevard, #03-03, Singapore 039594. Website here