Best strawberry shortcakes in Singapore
Strawberry shortcakes have gone through quite an evolution over the years: once distinctly characterised by its mix of shortbread, cream, and strawberries, sponge variations with whipped cream toppings have grown common. Often lighter and airier than their denser fruit cake cousins, strawberry shortcakes perfectly capture the holiday mood with their cheery colours. Here are our top 10 to add some festive joy to your Christmas celebrations.
*Updated on Wednesday, 29 Mar 2017
BOUFÉ BOUTIQUE CAFÉ
Three ingredients are of importance to Boufé’s bakers: fresh eggs for the sponge, fresh and sizeable strawberries from the States, and cream flavoured with cheese from France. These result in a confection with an airy sponge interspersed with juicy strawberries and layers of cream that are not overly sweet nor oily. The sprinkling of zest contributed a lively hint of citrus to every mouthful. #01-01 Phoenix Park, 308 Tanglin Road. Tel: 6734 7656. Book a table at Boufe Boutique Cafe with Chope.
Take it from sweet-toothed chef Pang Kok Keong himself: great strawberry shortcake should comprise well-whipped cream and fresh, bright red strawberries atop a fluffy sponge cake. Antoinette’s version is a classic recipe using French cream, Japanese cake flour, and no emulsifier. Sandwiching a generous layer of large dewy berries is buttery sponge, which is denser than usual but still moist due to the added splash of kirsh. 30 Penhas Road. Tel: 6293 3121
CHOCK FULL OF BEANS
Chock Full of Beans’ strawberry shortcake is light and fluffy, yet doesn’t crumble upon first bite. The whimsical presentation – the cake was served on a plate with an image of a cat drawn using chocolate sauce – certainly helped pique our interest. While the cake could do with more strawberries, its moist-but-not-soggy sponge packs such good flavours that we’re happy to do without embellishments. #01-2090, 4 Changi Village Road. Tel: 6214 8839. Book a table at Chock Full of Beans with Chope.
You won’t go wrong with this Japanese pâtisserie’s sweets. The baker’s delicate touch is evident in the whipped cream and sponge; the cake itself is dainty, neat and crammed with strawberries. Unadulterated by glaze or gelatine, the crimson fruit atop the cake is lightly dusted with icing sugar, retaining its fresh and slightly tart character. Various outlets, including #01-31/32 Icon Village, 12 Gopeng Street. Tel: 6400 0247
Comprising two layers of fluffy sponge and three layers of cream, Pantler’s strawberry shortcakes boast a terrific structure. Its sponges are fluffy and brushed with strawberry syrup for added flavour. A generous layer of strawberries provided good bite in each mouthful. Fresh whipping cream by dairy company Isigny Sainte Mère, which packs a fuller flavour, helps elevate the cake. 198 Telok Ayer Street. Tel: 6221 6223
THE QUEEN’S CATS [CLOSED]
This new Holland Village café with an emphasis on British afternoon tea just opened its doors last month. Strawberry’s Summer Memory is a tasty three-layered creation with ample sponge, diced seasonal strawberries and a light, almost mousse-like cream. Top grade French cream is skilfully incorporated with “special ingredients” that the pastry chef is hesistant to divulge. 8 Lorong Mambong. Tel: 9655 8474
DULCET AND STUDIO
Less is more with Dulcet and Studio’s strawberry shortcake, which is easy to stomach even after a big meal. Made from chiffon rather than sponge cake, this rendition gets a sparing hand when it comes to the light cream frosting, which has only 30 percent butterfat content. The tartness of seasonal strawberry slivers tucked within keep things from becoming too sweet. #01-41/42 Liang Court, 177 River Valley Road. Tel: 6338 9248
Flor’s strawberry shortcake draws on the best of both French and Japanese ingredients. Airy yet moist sponge cake is made with French butter, and flour and sugar from Japan, then topped with Chantilly cream and sweet strawberries. This season, their strawberries are sourced from the U.S. and New Zealand. A thin layer of crisp pastry lends the cake a slight crunch, making for a textural mouthful. #01-01, 2 Duxton Hill. Tel: 6223 8628
AH TENG’S BAKERY [CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS, TILL MID-2018]
Their strawberry shortcake brims with fruits – not just strawberries, but blackberries and blueberries too – that add bursts of sweetness to the cake. The cake’s not big on sponge, and so it sinks in easily. But what this cake lacks in structure it makes up for with great flavours: doled out in generous amounts, the cream is light, smooth, and pairs well with their medley of fruits. A sprinkling of almond flakes add some crunch to the cake. 1 Beach Road. Tel: 6412 1816
Simply and unpretentiously presented, the appearance of The Providore’s strawberry shortcake belies its solid construction. While its layer of strawberries is sparse, the berries themselves are sweet and fresh. We were also won over by the moist, fluffy sponge, and the smooth, milky whipped cream. #02-05 Mandarin Gallery. Tel: 6732 1565