Or for no reason at all!
Creamy and rich in flavour, with a beautiful golden top and buttery, crunchy crust, it’s not hard to understand why cheesecakes are a universal favourite. It’s the best treat to abandon yourself to, on days you feel blue, feel the need to snack on something sweet, or to celebrate milestones and special occasions, and of course, no one will fault you if you bring a whole, freshly baked one to a home party.
As the US celebrated National Cheesecake Day on July 30 (though we believe that it should be celebrated all year round), we’ve rounded up the best places in Singapore with the most decadent cheesecakes that are well worth the indulgence.
Whether you like your cheesecakes classic, creamy, traditional, light or fluffy, the dessert is simply impossible to resist in all its glorious forms. Whip out your dessert fork and treat yourself. You can run it off later.
A highly-acclaimed and famous cake shop, Cat & The Fiddle Cakes is the brainchild of award-winning patisserie Daniel Tay. Trained in the art of classical French pastry- and dessert-making, Daniel is also the founder of Bakerzin (he sold it in 2007 but managed it until end-2013) and also runs state-of-the-art food solutions company, Foodgnostic. His online store boasts cheesecakes (from $29.90 to $49.90) in an array of flavours, with tempting options such as Milo Dinosaur Cheesecake, King Cat of the Mountain (Mao Shan Wang durian) and Maneki Neko (Tangy Lemon & Yuzu).
Can’t pick a flavour? You can also get a Fickle Feline ($52.90), an assortment of 10 slices in different flavours.
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If you think that tofu and cheesecake sound weird together, then you’ve got to try Cake Spade’s Strawberry Tofu Cheesecake ($6.50), which has fresh strawberries encased in jelly atop a creamy base that’s supported by a perfectly baked digestive biscuit crust at the bottom.
While it’s not exactly made up of tofu, Cake Spade uses a healthier version of cream cheese that makes it as soft and silky as real tofu, so if you prefer lighter cheesecakes, this will be right up your alley. It also has a Peach Tofu Cheesecake that’s just as good, if you’re not a big fan of strawberries, as well as an array of cream cheesecakes and baked cheesecakes of various flavours. Worth a check.
Cake Spade is at 83 Tanjong Pagar Road, 088504; tel: 6444 3868.
A pioneer in the jelly cheesecake scene in Singapore, The Jelly Hearts, opened by home-baker Candie and her husband Darren, offers a variety of jelly cheesecakes with unique flavours such as Refreshing Cendol ($36.60 for 6 inches) and Luscious Lychee ($36.60 for 6 inches).
Its Classic Original Cake ($36.60 for 6 inches) is multi-tiered – comprising a digestive biscuit crust at the bottom, followed by cream cheese, fresh fruits and then a layer of chewy jelly at the top. Oh, it also has a spectacular and uniquely Singaporean Mahjong cake!
The Jelly Hearts is #B1-08 One Raffles Place, 048616; tel: 6635 1868.
Situated at the Hilton Hotel, D9 Cakery is the place to go for patisseries and artisanal sweets that are both exceptional in taste and attractiveness. Cakes here are comforting yet exquisitely and beautifully designed. Boasting an ultimate balance of fluffy and rich, with the smoothest of textures, its American Cheesecake ($10 for a slice) is unwaveringly still the best classic cheesecake to indulge in. It also has two other takes on the classic, one topped with blueberry and the other with walnut.
D9 Cakery is at 581 Orchard Rd, 238883; tel: 6737 2233.
Japanese cheesecake chain LeTao is famous for its Double Fromage Cheesecake ($28) that’s made of imported Italian mascarpone cheese. The cakes are made in Hokkaido, frozen with a special technology, then air-flown over to Singapore. The cake’s unique selling point lies in its layers – a top layer of unbaked cheesecake that’s light and milky and a bottom layer of baked rich cheesecake. The concoction is then topped off with a layer of powdery parmesan cheese. The result? A light and fluffy confection that melts like snow in the mouth. Want something with more oomph? It’s also available in other flavours such as double chocolate and berry.
LeTao is at #B1-K7 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, 238801; tel: 8799 3551.
Besides pizzas, burgers and other mains, Chezcake Bistro, opened by food engineer Cannice Lee, also offers a mouthwatering array of cheesy baked goods, making it a hit among foodies here. Beyond just the classics, it also has unique flavours, which range from alcoholic favourites such as Mojito Cheesecake ($65) to family-friendly flavours such as Kiwi Cheesecake ($35). It also has Durian Cheesecake ($75), Pulut Hitam Cheesecake ($65), Apple with White Wine Cheesecake ($70), and the list goes on. The flavours here pair well with everything – be it with a cup of tea in the afternoon or wine after a long day.
Chezcake Bistro is at #01-05, 328 Joo Chiat Road, 427585; tel: 6346 6466.
If you love desserts, Fluff Bakery should be no stranger to you. Located at Jalan Pisang, this artisanal halal bakery opened by baker Nursyazanna Syaira sells all kinds of sweet goodies, namely cupcakes, cakes and cookies.
Its Snickers Cheesecake is bound to be a real crowd-pleaser. Comprising a marbled peanut butter and chocolate cheesecake and topped with peanuts and chocolate drizzles, this cake is beyond sinful, but definitely worth all the calories. It also offers a Goreng Pisang Chocolate Cheese Cake where it takes the typical vanilla cake and fills it with condensed milk cream, caramelised banana, cheddar cheese and chocolate curls. Do note however that it changes its menu weekly, so you might have to wait before you get to try one of these. While you’re at it, try the delicious cupcakes too!
Fluff Bakery is at 4 Jalan Pisang, 199071; tel: 9660 3541.
You can never go wrong with the classic New York-style cheesecake and The Fabulous Baker Boy, which is opened by self-taught cook and baker Juwanda, nails its take on it. Made with Elle and Vire American Style cream cheese, sour cream, lemon rind and juice with a graham cracker crust, its New York Cheesecake ($70 for 9 inches) will have you reaching for seconds without a doubt. The cake for your next birthday, perhaps?
The Fabulous Baker Boy is at 70 River Valley Road, The Foothills, 179037; tel: 6694 8336.
By Cheryl Lim, July 2019
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