Sweet Confections in the Heartlands

Hungry entrepreneurs set up shop in the heartlands to serve fancy confections. Led by the Singabonbons*, Challenge hunts down the old-timers as well as the upstarts.
Sweet Confections in the Heartlands

Balmoral Bakery

Cream roll ($1.30)

Balmoral Bakery opened in 1965, selling cakes, samosas, pies and puffs. Known for their delightful golden pastries, they continue to serve comfort food that takes you back to simple childhood moments.

105 Clementi Road Street 12
(Sunset Way) #01-06,
Singapore 120105

51 Five One Degrees

Chocolate cream cheese cupcake ($3.50)
Rocky Road cupcake ($3.50)

At Toa Payoh North, this bakery fuses French and Peranakan methods to create cupcakes, tarts and chiffon cakes. The chocolate cream cheese cupcake (right) featured tantalises with a dark chocolate flavour, highlighted by lightly salted cream cheese.

Blk 203 Toa Payoh North #01-1113,
Singapore 310203

Indian Muslim Bakery & Confectionery

Potato samosas ($2 for four)

Third-generation family members now run Singapore’s first Indian bakery, which opened in 1942. Specialising in local delights like Malay kueh and curry puffs, the bakery also offers made-to-order traditional (read: cream) cakes for special occasions.

124 Onan Road, Singapore 424536

Sweet Confections in the Heartlands

Ciel Patisserie

Fuji ($5.20)
Baker Chara Lum, who trained at the French culinary school Le Cordon Bleu, creates signature pastries such as this green tea and lychee-infused dessert. Other specialties are the Bombe (a chocolate confection with blueberries) and Ispahan (layers of rose Bavarian cream and raspberry mousse).

124 Hougang Ave 1#01-1444,
Singapore 530124

Grin Affair

Strawberry cheese jar cake ($6)

This rustic shop sells preservative-free cakes, served in reusable glass jars. Fresh ingredients and seasonal fruits are combined to create favourites like this strawberry cheese jar cake and unique flavours such as kiwi cheese.

3 Everton Park #01-77A,
Singapore 080003


Banana walnut muffin ($1.50)
This unassuming bakery, at the corner of an old-school coffee-shop, charms with its reasonably priced and delicious muffins and pound cakes. Nicher produces limited quantities for the day, so to avoid disappointment, order via Facebook or by telephone in advance.

71 Seng Poh Rd #01-49,
Tiong Bahru Estate,
Singapore 160071
M: 96455604


Macarons ($12.90 for six)
This Halal bakery takes orders via Facebook for a range of local and Western-style desserts like sweets, tarts, buns and more. Their premises serve more as a baking school offering courses for making macarons, baking bread and producing pastries, than as a regular bakery shopfront.

East: 797 Geylang Road #03-01,
Singapore 389679
North: Blk 235 Yishun St 21 #01-458,
Singapore 760235

    Jan 22, 2014
    Siti Maziah Masramli
    John Heng
    Ryan Ong
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