plain vanilla bakery, tiong bahru

not-bad baked goods from this beautiful whitewashed bakery in tiong bahru. from a yuppie enclave (i.e. katong), to this hipster one (the bicycles say it all) – this popular cupcake place actually also serves up a range of other items (that provide more compelling reason for a visit).


let’s get it out of the way – I’m not one for cupcakes. the emphasis on a too-sweet frosting is beyond my appreciation, and the red velvet we got from here didn’t change my mind: the cake was a little dense and dry, and the frosting wasn’t anything to particularly shout about.

there’s an array of other baked goods in the place all prettied up by the english-kitchen plating, and perhaps those deserve a go, because the non-cupcake item we got was pretty darn delicious: a salted-caramel and chocolate tart with a cookie-crumb base and ganache atop a pool of buttery cooked sugar. it’s good to share, as the flavors are rich enough to be cloying (unless you’re owner of a particularly sweet tooth), and worth a take-away.

I may make fun of the ornamental turquoise bikes outside, but this place has really been done up beautifully. it’s modern but kitschy, and the kitchen is beautifully laid out. go and have a look at the space – and get the tart.

Plain Vanilla Bakery
1D Yong Siak Street
Singapore 168641
tel +65 6465 5942
$.5: (less-than-) 10ish

2 thoughts on “plain vanilla bakery, tiong bahru

    • indeed! I’ve always wondered though, if I’m just inherently biased against the cupcake form – I have yet to meet one that deserves even a fraction of the hype it gets.

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