This article first appeared on The Halal Food Hunter but edited by HHWT on 10 July 2018.
If there’s one food trend that will never get old, it has got to be cupcakes! From cupcake royalty–Red Velvet and Salted Caramel–to modern interpretations of traditional kueh like Ondeh-Ondeh and Badak Berendam, these good-looking babies are definitely here to stay. Luckily for us, grabbing a box or two is now easier than ever, as evidenced by the emergence of these places that offer them.
1. Twelve Cupcakes
Credit: @twelvecupcakes on Instagram
We’re sure there has been many times, prior to this year, when you walked past the Twelve Cupcakes shop and wished it was halal. Which is why we were over the moon that it finally received the much-awaited Halal certification! This one’s been around for many years but they definitely don’t take that for granted. Twelve Cupcakes constantly changes their weekly flavours, and have even added cookies and brownies to their list.
2. Fluff Bakery
You can’t talk about cupcakes without mentioning Fluff Bakery, right? Fluff Bakery is arguably a household name within the Malay-Muslim community in Singapore when it comes to halal cupcakes. Don’t quote me on this, but I believe Fluff might be the one that started the trend of cupcakes with contemporary flavours here. While the bakery has expanded its lineup to include cakes and tarts as well, its claim to fame is still its queue-inducing cupcakes.
3. Sweetest Choice By Yatie Karim
Credit: @yatiesweetestchoice on Instagram
Located in Joo Chiat Road on the same side as Hajjah Maimunah Restaurant, this humble shop was a surprise encounter while I was in the area. Unfortunately, it was closed that day but through the glass window, I saw cupcakes on sale as well as other traditional kueh and cookies. Do not be fooled by photos of wedding cakes on their social media feed–that’s probably their main business–you can definitely purchase cupcakes off the shelves here. If you’re feeling peckish after eating out or shopping at nearby Joo Chiat Complex and Geylang Serai Market, a cupcake or two here won’t hurt.
4. Julie Bakes
If you’re a fan of kampung cupcakes–traditional kueh in cupcake form–look no further than Julie Bakes. Julie Bakes is a relatively new bakery opened by Kak Julie who first started her baking business from home. The menu seems to have at least 2 kueh-inspired cupcakes daily, so you’re guaranteed something new every time.
Credit: @juliebakes on Instagram
Some of the kampung flavours I’ve seen on the menu include Badak Berendam, Onde Onde, Bandung, Cendol, and Pengat Pisang. Drooling yet?
5. Butter Studio
Credit: @sumakids on Instagram
Butter Studio’s one of the more successful ones in terms of accessibility (there are 3 outlets), and I’ve only tried their cakes once in the Jalan Besar bakery cafe. Embarrassingly, I do not remember much about that visit other than that their famous Salted Caramel Red Velvet Cake was murderously sweet. Maybe their cupcakes will fare better; I’m already eyeing their Salted Gula Melaka cupcake, and Milo Speculoos Fudge cupcake next.
6. Velvet Confectionery
Credit: @velvetconfectionery on Instagram
This was yet another surprise find while I was browsing the #halalsg tag on Instagram. It turns out Velvet Confectionery is a 100% Muslim-owned cafe and certified by the Singapore Malay Chambers of Commerce, so there’s no need to was-was about eating here. Their lineup of cupcakes consists of the usual suspects, although I wish they’d include more innovative flavours too. Regardless, its location itself makes it a brave contender in the expat-centric neighbourhood.
Address: 7 Rodyk Street, #01-30 Watermark @ Robertson Quay, Singapore 238215
Opening hours: 10.30 am to 6.30 pm (Monday), 10.30 am to 6.30 pm (Wednesday to Sunday)
Info: Facebook | Instagram | Website
7. D’elish Treats
Credit: D’elish Treats on Facebook
D’elish Treats is a grab-and-go bakery at East Village Mall, a haven for halal food. Bonus points for being close to Simpang Bedok too. The unit is small, with most of the space dedicated to the display case showing off the available bakes for the day. Cakes and cupcakes are the shop’s main offerings, although choices may be limited if you come in at a later time.
8. Zan’s Treats
Do take note that Zan’s Treats is first and foremost a baking studio, and not a full-fledged cafe or bakery. Hence, the cupcakes available for sale here are limited in quantity. When I was there, there were only about 15 cupcakes in total. They might be baking more in the kitchen. I’m also unsure if the cupcakes will typically run out if you come later in the day, so try to come early. As far as flavours go, Zan’s Treats has quite an impressive range.
9. Mad Batter
Credit: Mad Batter SG
Let’s take a minute to appreciate that perfectly round Ondeh-Ondeh cupcake above. It’s possibly the most photogenic one I’ve seen so far, and I’m willing to bet it’s possibly the tastiest one too. It’s so good that Mad Batter even conducts classes specifically for baking Ondeh Ondeh cake and cupcakes. The bakery also takes orders for bespoke cakes that are suitable for weddings and other events.
10. Bismillah Bake Shop
Credit: @bismillahbakeshop on Instagram
All the way in the west, this relatively new bakery stocks a decent number of cupcakes daily. The prices are very affordable too, considering how cupcakes at more established cafes can reach up to $4 each. I cannot comment on the quality as I’ve not tried them yet, but if there’s a cupcake shop at my void deck, I’d probably pop by daily. Bismillah Bake Shop may not have much of a presence yet, but it is this very reason that I urge all of us to try these underrated places at least once. Supporting local is one of the main aims of starting this blog, and I cannot stress how important how doing so will add diversity to our culinary options.
When I started this list, I perhaps only knew of half of them. Along the way, more and more cupcake shops appeared in my research and the list grew to what you see here now. Having said that, I believe that I’ve only scratched the surface. These 15 places are only the tip of the icing (haha!), and there must be more undiscovered places yet. Lest we forget, there’s also a growing list of home bakers who have attained quite a name for themselves online. If you know of other halal cupcake shops, online or otherwise, write to me here or share in the comments section below.