Plain Vanilla, with outlets at Telok Ayer, ION Orchard, Tiong Bahru and Cluny Court, is famed for their cupcakes. They’ve recently opened their latest outlet along Neil Road, where Shake Shack and The Populus Coffee and Co lays, with a pet-friendly porch.

Best Cupcakes in Singapore?

Prior to visiting, I’ve been suppressing my expectations. Everyone goes to Plain Vanilla for their cupcakes. Hell, it’s even touted as the best cupcakes in Singapore by some. Let’s start with the positives. The cream was indubitably smooth and light. However, the texture irked me. Personally, I love it dense and moist. Light and fluffy ones are fine too. But the ones at Plain Vanilla were quite dry, resulting in a mushy, flour-ly texture.

The Chocolate Hazelnut and Vanilla Bean were also popular flavors, or so I heard. But, we took a friend’s recommendation and went for the Salted Caramel Cupcake. It was barely salted, but I’ll let it slide for once as the richness of the caramel made up for it. That being said, I wasn’t a fan of the cupcake’s texture which was very moist, almost mushy.

The Seasonal Flavor was a mix of passionfruit and orange. In comparison to the Salted Caramel, the sweetness wasn’t as skewered. A nice tang, a gentle infusion of zest, it was a blissful summer flavor.

Galettes, Tarts and Other Pastries

Plain Vanilla might be famous for their cupcakes, but I think their Galettes (S$7) deserve way more attention. Lightly perfumed with butter, crispy and flaky, we got the Summer Berries which was tart and refreshing.

You can get one cupcake for S$4.2 (+$0.3 for premium flavors), or get in half a dozen at S$24 and a dozen at S$48.

Next, essentially creme brûlée in tart form, the Strawberry Custard Tart (S$7) had an airy and buttery crust which was a good contrast to the intense egginess of the custard. With the addition of a tart strawberry jam, the flavors mingled harmoniously. But, if it was one thing I could change, it’d be to serve it cold.

The army of bakes included Brownies in three different forms- Dark Chocolate Cherry Rum (S$8.5), Dark Chocolate Walnut (S$6.5) and Peanut Butter Chocolate (S$7). We went for the one embellished in a light peanut butter frosting. I thought the Salted Caramel Cupcake was sweet, but this was next level. The bulk of the sweetness came from the peanut butter frosting, which lacked flavour.

Verdict

The cupcakes really wasn’t for me. But if I was in the area and needed a place to chill with a cup of coffee and a slice of cake, Plain Vanilla wouldn’t be such a bad choice.


For the best finds in the area, check out our listicle on the best restaurants and cafes in Telok Ayer.

Location: 134 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068600
Tel: +65 8299 0674
Opening hours: 7:30am- 7pm (Weekdays); 7:30am- 5pm (Weekends)

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