Best salted caramel desserts in Singapore
Fancy a touch of savoury and sweet in a single bite? Here’s epicure’s list of the best treats to impress your taste buds.
CAT & THE FIDDLE
Founder of Bakerzin, Daniel Tay, is currently the driving force behind this online cheesecake specialist shop. Those who remember his silky smooth fillings and crumbly crusts will find similarly executed creations here. The Sweet and Smokey Taffy is a seven-inch cake with a tall Oreo crust that reaches the top of the toffee glaze. When making the caramel, the sugar is burnt slightly for a smoky finish to counter any excess sweetness. www.catandthefiddle.com. Tel: 6287 0077
The luscious salted caramel chocolate tart is usually sold out fast, and for good reason. Made out of distinct halves of dark chocolate and salted caramel, the near-liquid ganache is a nice contrast to the crusty, hand-pressed tart shell. Invigorating and light, the dessert is simply addictive. 94 Tanjong Pagar Road. Tel: 6222 6698
A popular stop for late-night cravings, Salted Caramel’s titular ice cream is anything but guilt-inducing. The airy treat is perhaps the most featherweight ice cream among all that we have tried, and is a laudable balance between sweet and savoury. Order the freshly made fluffy waffles to complete the indulgence. 246F Upper Thomson Road. Tel: 6753 1718
With three thick slices of brioche soaked in sweetened egg, Antoinette’s pain perdu is the very definition of comfort food. It cooks on a skillet into almost custardy bread, complete with a latticed golden brown coat. There are sweet and savoury versions available for all-day breakfast, with the salty caramel being a balanced combination of both. The thick pouring caramel is made with sugar, French butter, whipping cream, and a touch of fleur de sel while soft clouds of Chantilly cream carry generous specks of freshly scraped vanilla. #B1-08/09/10C Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road. Tel: 6735 6392
Tucked away in the Evans Road enclave is Assembly Coffee, where the Salted Caramel Buttermilk Waffles are a must-try. Liberally drizzled over classic round grid cakes, which deserve special mention for their beautifully crisp outsides and fluffy interiors, the salted caramel is syrupy and complemented with subtle hints of saltiness. Topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream specked with real vanilla, it’s an ideal afternoon tea treat. 26 Evans Lodge. Tel: 6735 5647
A great interplay of flavours and texture awaits in this humble-looking Salted Caramel Brownie. The divine eat features a brittle crust and velvety insides, garnish of sea salt crystals against the rich dark canvas, and a glorious layer of caramel enveloped by dark chocolate pastry. 17 Hong Kong Street.
Churned with Latte e Miele Artisan Gelato salted caramel gelato, The Providore’s milkshake is a cream-coloured thirst quencher rich with smoky caramel and the satisfyingly briny smack of sea salt. Blended slowly for a smoother consistency, the indulgent mix is topped with a shard of candied caramel. We’ll have another one please. #02-05 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road. Tel: 6732 1565
An offshoot of the hatted restaurant in Sydney, Bécasse’s Salted Caramel Tart is encased in a crumbly but sturdy base. The delicious layers of caramel and chocolate are perfected with the bijoux-like black sea salt flakes atop. The savoury caramel oozes out upon first crunch, and is flavourful without being overwhelming. #01-21, Block 10 Dempsey Road. Tel: 6479 8119
Bite into one of Bonheur’s salted caramel macarons and the crisp shells immediately give way to sticky caramel and a delightful taste of sea salt. The secret: the caramel is cooked from scratch the day before to allow it to set sufficiently. According to chef Lin Weixian, sea salt is liberally sprinkled on the middle of the caramel, making for a pleasant surprise as one reaches the centre of the dainty bake. #02-6/02-K63 Pasarbella@The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road. Tel: 6466 1498
HATTER STREET BAKEHOUSE & CAFÉ
Hatter Street’s version of waffles, titled Whoa’ffles, comes topped with house-churned vanilla ice cream, fresh strawberries, and a generous drizzling of salted caramel sauce. Chef-owner Yvette Chua creates the crisp yet bready texture by cooking the batter before finishing it in the waffle machine. What brings everything together is the balanced salted caramel flavour, achieved by a simple mix of sugar, butter, cream and salt. #01-333, Blk 212 Hougang Street 21. Tel: 6988 4591