Grin Affair @ 3 Everton Park
Located at the void deck of a HDB flat, Grin Affair is one to be elusive. You would almost never spot it or even pass by this place if you did not come here deliberately. We had heard many good things about Grin Affair for a while now and made a special trip down about a month back just to try out the cakes in jars. Unfortunately, the place was closed for the day and it was sort of a wasted trip. We were however not disheartened and this time, we made sure we called up a day prior and even made reservations for the specific cakes we wanted so as to avoid all forms of disappointment. We came very prepared.
Opened by environment enthusiast and self taught baker Jody Ang, the novel concept behind Grin Affair is in serving up cakes in glass jars unlike the conventional methods of serving a slice on a plate! Think of a parfait without the ice-cream, and instead, fresh ingredients of fruits, cake, nuts and even ganache used in the layers. Definitely a less messy affair when eating cake since it’s all compact and contained in a jar!
All 12 flavours offered at Grin Affair are displayed on homemade decorated boards in the shop, giving a very homey and rustic feel to the customer. Most of them are own creations by Jody and many get sold out pretty quickly so you might want to get in early if you have specific preferences of flavours you would like to try!
After much difficulty, we finally decided on 5 out of the 12 selections and the gang was getting very impatient holding their spoons in anticipation as I took my shots. Gotta give it to them for their self control and patience with me!
The Kiwi Cheesecake is said to be one of the best sellers! $5.50 for layers of cream cheese with fresh kiwi slices and moist vanilla cake, topped with a later of crunchy nut praline, this was a pretty sight! Loved how the bright green colour of the kiwi fruit contrasted against the yellow vanilla cake and dark brown praline. Felt like an excited little kid rubbing my hands in glee as I waited for my turn to put the spoon into the jar to scoop out the layers.
We also tried the (NEW!) Lychee Passionfruit with Sea Salt Pistachio which was also $5.50. Luckily we had reserved our share because when we had reached, this cake was already sold out! No surprises there. With the myriad of different tastes of sweet lychee mousse, sour passionfruit and salty pistachios, this was one cake catered to many taste buds. The only gripe I had with this one was that the sea salt was slightly too overpowering.
The Dark Chocolate was a real steal at $5.50. This is definitely one for all dark chocolate lovers but a little too bitter and rich for my liking. Special mention to the sea salt dulce de leche that was so smooth and the crunchy chocolate ganache dome at the top of the cake. Very delicately done and simply a work of art.
Honey Lavender and Blueberry was chosen because it sounded special! One of the slightly cheaper options at $4.80, this was a simple yet delicious combination. The subtle lavender smell and sweetness of honey with moist vanilla cake, this tasted very light and refreshing on the palate.
And we kept the tasting of the Durian for last simply because to say that that taste of durian is overpowering, is an understatement. For $5.50, we had rich durian mousse with baked crust and moist vanilla cake, topped with a dollop of fresh durian. This reminded me a little of the Durian Mousse Cake from Goodwood Park Hotel but in a much cuter and compact version. While I would have liked the durian taste in the mousse to be a little stronger, the dollop of fresh durian at the top was a nice touch and reaching to the bottom with the crumbly baked crust was a lovely crunchy surprise.
As quoted from their website and as a ‘banner’ hanging in their shop,
“we stand for a slower pace & quality of life. we use fresh, natural ingredients to make food worthy of celebration. we ensure minimal waste & promote use of recyclable & reusable materials. we believe in products crafted in a way that respects the environment as much as the people involved. we love to eat, celebrate & adore handmade cards.
we love more to give you grin affair.”
Grin Affair is definitely one of a kind and a trip worth making down. These lovely cakes in jars make for pretty and unique gift ideas as Jody covers each glass jar with pretty recyclable paper and string. Each jar also comes with a tag that you can collect and exchange for goodies as Jody encourages you to return the glass jars to the shop in exchange for an extra tag.
Delicious and aesthetically pleasing cakes in glass jars and an owner with a heart for the environment? It’s much too easy to fall in love and have an affair with Grin Affair.
3 Everton Park
Tel: +65 8282 7375
Mon–Sat: 12pm – 8pm
(Closed on Sun)