Founded in 2014, Out of The Cake Box in Telok Blangah Singapore is a small home-style bakery offering freshly baked and exceptionally unique cakes.
And the word unique here is not to be taken lightly.
I have tremendous respect for bakers who are able to craft intriguing creations from a myriad of unexpected ingredients and have excellent creations to show at the end of the day.
Creativity is much lauded, though most tend to be disastrous than admirable.
For Out of The Cake Box (and this verdict is based on the few cakes I’ve tried as below) the founders have achieved both the balance of ingenuity and edibility.
The cakes are intriguing and palatable, a testament of a creation that are harmonious both in taste and texture.
One of the cakes available during my Singapore visit was the strikingly delectable Mango Cake.
Fresh mangoes, light sponge, glutinous rice layer (yes, isn’t that something?) & mango jellies embedded in mango cream.
The glutinous rice layer provided a pleasant chewiness through the cream and sponge. The lightness of the sponge ensures balance as the solid, stick glutinous layer provided most of the volume of the cake.
The baker is generous with large juicy, sweet mangoes cubes which provided a lovely fruitiness to the overall cake.
I was told that the founders are selective of their ingredients and will only make certain cakes if all of the required components are up to their expectations.
The Rose Lychee cake is perfect for those who love light cakes. I personally love the beautifully lush, floral perfume of lychees with its delicate, lingering fruity flavour.
This combination works really well too, with the lychee being the prominent element complemented by the rose sponge.
An execution of a local favourite is the Chendol Fudge (SGD5.50).
This is a multi-layered delight of Gula Melaka infused sponge, Coconut Gula Melaka fudge and classic chendol toppings embedded between the layers topped off with a layer of Gula Melaka Agar Agar.
Millionaires Tart (SGD6).
This is Sara’s (instagram: @saraannk1) favourite and I attest to its luscious, velvety ganache and its firm yet crumby (not hard) crust.
My guess is the ‘millionaires‘ reference here hints to its richness, which I have to say its justified.
Chai Jivara: (SGD 6.80) – Chai Masala Apple Cake, Jivara chocolate lava, tea-poached apple rose.
Love chocolate but prefer to have it paired with another flavour?
The Chai Jivara isn’t as rich since it is Valrhona’s milk chocolate at 40% cocoa but I suspect higher content of cocoa would have likely overpowered the flavour of the tea apple cake.
I find the balance of the malty notes of the molten Jivara and the lightly spiced apple cake just nice. I like the actual apple bits within the moist cake as well.
Last but not least, the cake is elegantly finished with a Chai Masala tea-poached apple rose.
Fields of Bali (SGD6.50) – Coconut Lemongrass Rice Tart, Burnt Orange Jelly, Citrus Cream, Coconut Streusel.
This might just be the only cake that I had a bit of doubt. It is interesting cake no doubt, though I suspect it might be an acquired taste.
The thickest layer is the coconut lemongrass (custard) with sushi rice, and this layer could do with a bit more flavour. Was it supposed to be plain, sweet or saltish?
I’m not sure as I didn’t get to pick the brains of the chef who made it. Either way, I’m sure there is a reason.
Anyhow the lime curd is rightly zestful and complemented by the thin burnt orange jelly layer. Eaten in a mouthful from top to bottom, the strongest flavour came from the citrus cream (as expected) while texture came from the coconut custard layer, due to the rice embedded within, and of course, from the coconut streusel on top.
Why “Fields of Bali” you ask?
Well, it is “sushi rice meets traditional Javanese flavours of rich coconut milk and lemongrass” as per described as their FB page : https://www.facebook.com/outofthecakebox/
Out of The Cake Box currently has unique Chinese New Year cookies for sale too so do check them out on their FB page:https://www.facebook.com/outofthecakebox/
I have Sara to thank for introducing me to Out of The Cake Box as it certainly wasn’t as prominently mentioned online as other cafes.
Now I have another cake outlet to satisfy my sweet tooth when I’m in Singapore. Cakes sold here are priced about SGD5-8.50, which is fair considering the thought process, ingredients and taste.
Conclusion: Out of The Cake Box is a cake shop in Singapore worth the calories, time, money and effort to visit!
Out of the Cake Box
Block 45 Telok Blangah Drive #01-173, Singapore 100045
Hours: Tue-Fri: 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sat: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Nearest MRT Station:
Telok Blangah (Circle Line)
10, 30, 57, 93, 97, 100, 120, 143, 166
Along Telok Blangah Road (Telok Blangah Station)