Let ‘Em Eat Cake

Fancy a zoo castle, a soccer field or a treasure chest brimming with coins for your birthday cake? Get into the 3-D craze with eye-popping designs for all ages

Issue: Sep 2013

3-D is all the rage and you can now celebrate you birthday in grand 3-D fashion with cakes like this Castle of Fantasy (S$200) from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
3-D is all the rage and you can now celebrate you birthday in grand 3-D fashion with cakes like this Castle of Fantasy (S$200) from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Three-dimensional or 3-D is all the rage. From 3-D televisions to games, movies and even t-shirt designs, everyone wants their experiences to be as life-like as possible. So when it comes to celebrating the occasion that is quintessential life itself – the birthday, going 3-D is only natural. That is why 3-D cakes have become so sought after.

The tradition of celebrating the day of your birth with a cake goes back to Roman times when flat, round flour cakes representing the moon and made with leavened yeast and honey were offered to Artemis, goddess of the Moon.

Today, the ritual includes a birthday song and candles atop the cake. The light of the candles are said to represent the light of life while the smoke of the blown-out candle is believed to carry prayers for the birthday person to heaven.

Action-packed Adventures

Secret Recipe’s Treasure Chest (S$138) comes with gold-wrapped chocolate coins for a touch of realism; while emicakes’ Ships Ahoy (S$241.70 – S$305, depending on the flavour) has edible pirate figurines
Secret Recipe’s Treasure Chest (S$138) comes with gold-wrapped chocolate coins for a touch of realism; while emicakes’ Ships Ahoy (S$241.70 – S$305, depending on the flavour) has edible pirate figurines

3-D cakes for little boys have a few tried and tested themes. Pirates, for some reason, are very popular. Secret Recipe and emicakes both offer pirate-themed 3-D cakes. The Secret Recipe version is a treasure chest made of either Moist Chocolate Cake or Plain Butter Cake and covered in chocolate cream raked to resemble the timbre of the wood. The gold-covered chocolate coins spilling out of the chest add to the realism. emicakes also offers a treasure chest but their design looks a little cartoonish with gaudy coins and jewellery. What takes the cake (pun intended) is their 3-D pirate ship, Ships Ahoy. The details included are laudable: canon, treasure chests, waves and even sea creatures all in miniature and all perfectly edible. All of emicakes’ 3-D cakes are priced between S$241.70 and S$305 depending on the choice of flavours.

(From top to bottom) Sports-themed cakes like Goal! from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (S$60), Soccer Fever from Secret Recipe (S$88); and Dunk and Tennis Game Time from emicakes will surely appeal to boys
(From top to bottom) Sports-themed cakes like Goal! from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (S$60), Soccer Fever from Secret Recipe (S$88); and Dunk and Tennis Game Time from emicakes will surely appeal to boys

Sports is another favourite theme with soccer and basketball being the game of choice. Secret Recipe and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf both have soccer-themed cakes but the one from Secret Recipe (shaped like a ball with a scarf warped around it) is the more impressive of the two because it looks less like a conventional square cake masquerading as a 3-D creation. If you want something different, emicakes has tennis and basketball-themed cakes. Dunk, the basketball-themed bake, is particularly striking because of the vibrant red, orange and blue. The concept for the cake (a basketball falling through the hoop) is also very imaginative.

Toot Toot Train from Bengawan Solo (S$40-S$45/kg) and Choo Choo from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (S$55) are sure to get your engines going
Toot Toot Train from Bengawan Solo (S$40-S$45/kg) and Choo Choo from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (S$55) are sure to get your engines going

Since boys love cars, planes and trains, locomotives is yet another theme for 3-D cakes for boys. Secret Recipe, Bengawan Solo and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf all have train cakes. But the winner has to be Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s Choo Choo. Not only is it the cheapest, it also comes with carriages filled with candy. Kids will find it simply irresistible!

Car (S$150) and Ship (S$180) from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will take you places on your birthday
Car (S$150) and Ship (S$180) from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will take you places on your birthday

On that note, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf also has the most number of locomotive cakes: car, ship and tanks. Pamper your child with these 3-D delights that look as good as they taste.

Girls Rule!

Pick a princess from Swee Heng (S$80), emicakes (S$146.40) or Bengawan Solo (S$40-45/kg) for a royal birthday for your girl
Pick a princess from Swee Heng (S$80), emicakes (S$146.40) or Bengawan Solo (S$40-45/kg) for a royal birthday for your girl

Every little girl longs to be a princess at some point in her life. There are princess cakes aplenty to meet her longings. If you want choice, Swee Heng offers the most. They have 14 different princess designs featuring different coloured gowns and hair. At S$80, it is also among the cheapest.

Castle of Fantasy (S$200) and Candy Castle (S$96) from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf are yummy alternatives to the Princess cake for those who want a royal theme
Castle of Fantasy (S$200) and Candy Castle (S$96) from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf are yummy alternatives to the Princess cake for those who want a royal theme

Continuing the princess theme, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf offers two types of castle cakes. The Candy Castle has Inside’s vote because while it may not be as elaborate as the Castle of Fantasy that has turrets galore, it is topped with crunchy candy and is less than half the price of the other cake.

A butterfly cake from Swee Heng (S$90) and Mermaid in the Sea from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (S$120) are some of the girl-inspired designs available for 3-D cakes
A butterfly cake from Swee Heng (S$90) and Mermaid in the Sea from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (S$120) are some of the girl-inspired designs available for 3-D cakes

After the royal theme is exhausted, the girl-inspired cakes come in a hotchpotch of designs, such as butterflies from Swee Heng and mermaids from Bengawan Solo and Coffee Bean & Tea Leafs.

Animal Magnetism

(Left) Animal-shaped 3-D cakes are a highly sought after and this Secret Recipe’s Bumble Bee (S$88) presents a cute option; (Right) Swee Heng offers a wide range of animal 3-D cakes that range between S$40 and S$80
(Left) Animal-shaped 3-D cakes are a highly sought after and this Secret Recipe’s Bumble Bee (S$88) presents a cute option; (Right) Swee Heng offers a wide range of animal 3-D cakes that range between S$40 and S$80

Because of their high cuteness quotient, animal 3-D cakes are very sought after. While Secret Recipe has only two types: a bumble bee and a ladybird, their cakes are particularly pretty The choice of fondant instead of icing also makes the cake neater looking although fondant is not particularly tasty.

Once again, Swee Heng trumps when it comes to choice. It offers a zoo of animals, some real (puffer fish, clown fish, rabbit, mouse, panda and cow) and some cartoon (Doraemon and Ninja Turtle).

No (Age) Limit

At S$150 for five kilograms and S$180 for six kilograms respectively, My Purse and Longevity Peach from Coffee Bean &Tea Leaf are value for money
At S$150 for five kilograms and S$180 for six kilograms respectively, My Purse and Longevity Peach from Coffee Bean &Tea Leaf are value for money

3-D cakes need not be limited to children. The bakeries have a respectable selection of adult-friendly designs. Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s My Purse, a giant pink bag with accompanying make-up set is almost too pretty to eat. The café also features a Chinese-themed longevity peach cake that grandpa or grandma would love.

For those with a sense of humour, emicakes offers a sexy lingerie-clad female torso and a muscled man 3-D cake just to be fair.

Something for her (left) and something for him (right) at emicakes
Something for her (left) and something for him (right) at emicakes

Chillax

Finally, ice-cream cakes also come in 3-D designs. Swensen’s ice-cream cake lets you pick two flavours per cake, a definite bonus given the fact that most 3-D cakes are either chocolate or vanilla flavoured.

Some points to note about choosing 3-D cakes. When you opt for a cake with so much dramatic visual effect, some things have got to give. In this case, it is the taste. The flavours for 3-D cakes, even amongst bakeries known for their dynamic choices, are usually unadventurous. In addition, because of the copious amount of icing and decorations required of such cakes, they are usually overly sweet. For another, 3-D cakes are huge. They usually have to be upward of two kilograms to holdup the design. So, be prepared to share. But these are minor grouses that are entirely forgivable when you look at the creative designs.

Soccer Mania and Princess Party (S$47/kg), both from Swensen’s, lets you pick two flavours of ice-cream per cake
Soccer Mania and Princess Party (S$47/kg), both from Swensen’s, lets you pick two flavours of ice-cream per cake

So, whatever the age, when it comes to your birthday, why not let your imagination go wild and let ‘em have (3-D) cake!

Dine with us:

Bengawan Solo
9 Bishan Place
Junction 8
#B1-K1
Singapore 579837
Tel: (65) 6258 2066
www.bengawansolo.com.sg
Bengawan Solo
68 Orchard Road
Plaza Singapura
#B2-59
Singapore 238839
Tel: (65) 6835 8137
www.bengawansolo.com.sg
Bengawan Solo
2 Orchard Turn
ION Orchard
#B4-38
Singapore 238801
Tel: (65) 6238 2090
www.bengawansolo.com.sg
Bengawan Solo
1 Jelebu Road
Bukit Panjang Plaza
#01-66/67
Singapore 677743
Tel: (65) 6767 3011
www.bengawansolo.com.sg
Bengawan Solo
21 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4
Lot One
#B1-14
Singapore 689812
Tel: (65) 6767 1096
www.bengawansolo.com.sg
Bengawan Solo
4 Tampines Central 5
Tampines Mall
#B1-15
Singapore 529510
Tel: (65) 6788 2811
www.bengawansolo.com.sg
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
2 Orchard Turn
ION Orchard
#B1-12
Singapore 238801
Tel: (65) 6509 9742
www.coffeebean.com.sg
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Junction 8
#01-34
Singapore 579837
Tel: (65) 6259 3025
www.coffeebean.com.sg
emicakes
68 Orchard Road
Plaza Singapura
#B2-04
Singapore 238839
Tel: (65) 6338 5433 / 6338 6433
www.emicakes.com.sg
Secret Recipe
68 Orchard Road
Plaza Singapura
#03-18
Singapore 238839
Tel: (65) 6341 9909
www.secretrecipe.com.sg
Swee Heng
1 Jelebu Road
Bukit Panjang Plaza
#01-22B
Singapore 677743
Tel: (65) 6763 9949
www.sweeheng.sg
Swensen’s
4 Tampines Central 5
Tampines Mall
#03-30
Singapore 529510
Tel: (65) 6781 5489
www.swensens.com.sg
Swensen’s
1 Jelebu Road
Bukit Panjang Plaza
#03-04
Singapore 677743
Tel: (65) 6892 0319
www.swensens.com.sg
Swensen’s
2 Jurong East St 21
IMM Building
#01-111
Singapore 609601
Tel: (65) 6566 7554
www.swensens.com.sg
Swensen’s
200 Victoria Street
Bugis Junction
#01-68
Singapore 180021
Tel: (65) 6336 9784
www.swensens.com.sg
Swensen’s
2 Orchard Turn
ION Orchard
#B1-31
Singapore 238801
Tel: (65) 6884 5967
www.swensens.com.sg
Swensen’s
9 Bishan Place
Junction 8
#01-39
Singapore 579837
Tel: (65) 6252 6229
www.swensens.com.sg
Swensen’s
68 Orchard Road
Plaza Singapura
#03-23
Singapore 238839
Tel: (65) 6837 0650
www.swensens.com.sg
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User Marinella
117.169.1.X | 2015-03-06 12:27:23
The home baking cake indrstuy is growing rapidly, I've seen so many cakes recently but nothing like Kylie's. The perfection of her cakes shows her passion! Amazing cakes and look forward to seeing more inspirational ideas. Class! X
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