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Durian Fiesta 2015 @ Goodwood Park Hotel

Durian Fiesta at Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore is an annual event which I almost never miss. A self-declared durian aficionado, I have a great weakness for the king of fruits and because of its seasonal nature, I usually always have to contain my excitement till the months of April to August arrive.

Well, I am happy to announce that it is that time of the year again and in this latest instalment of the fiesta, the hotel’s pastry chefs have rolled out a whole new range of durian-centric goodies, on top of their well-loved signature delights- all in celebration with our nation’s momentous jubilee.

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Available from 16 March to 2 August 2015 at the hotel’s Deli, fans of this yearly affair can look forward to exciting new items such as the gorgeous eye-catching Durian Rainbow Ice Cream Cake $11.75 that tastes as lusciously-good as it looks, the Durian Carrot-Walnut Cake $11.75 per slice; $72.75 for whole cake (1.4kg), which teased with its layers of creamy thick durian pulp in between layers of moist carrot walnut cake and finished with toasted almonds on the top, Mini Durian Chocolate Wafer Rolls $32.10 for 10 pieces which appeared the least exciting in appearance but surprisingly packed a punch in the first bite, and the Durian Macarons $22.45 for 6 pieces which I highly recommend for those like me who love macarons and durian- the ultimate combination that was thoroughly satisfying.

HOUSE@Dempsey Launches New Dessert Menu

A dining experience at HOUSE is always a pretty affair. Subtle vintage touches, dainty crockery and the polished vibe makes one feel pampered and a tad luxurious just by walking through those floor-to-ceiling- glass doors. I have long been a fan of HOUSE’s Vintage Hi-Tea Party which is only available on Thursdays and Fridays for $30++. The gorgeous display of cakes and pastries in such an elegant fashion with scores of scrumptious treats to feast on like there is no tomorrow, it is little wonder why reservations are mandatory and the last minute ones do not stand a chance.

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But! For those of you cannot get off on the weekdays or find Dempsey a wee bit inconvenient to get to, I am super excited to share the good news that HOUSE has recently revamped its ala-carte dessert menu with 8 brand new offerings which you can enjoy everyday and even some at the Skinny Pizza branches. From good ol’ American pies to simple comfort fare of toasted brioche with salted caramel, this refreshed menu is not for the faint-hearted but so irresistible on the eyes that everyone will find it hard to say no.

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Starting with the cakes, the Lemon Curd Cheesecake $9.50 though appearing seemingly plain, was a delightful tangy surprise with its layer of thick velvety lemon curd beneath the surface. Smooth and creamy, with its sourish notes, the curd cut through the richness of the cheese so effortlessly. The Mango Coconut Passionfruit Cake $9.50 on the other hand, with its elaborate pipings of cream and lashings of coconut flakes was such a pretty picture but a clash of flavours within.

Mean Bean & Wicked Grind

Inspired by her two month long holiday in Europe, 23 year old Kimberley Yeo made her dream a reality when she opened Mean Bean & Wicked Grind at The Plaza last month. Selling primarily what she is most passionate about- coffee and dessert, this quirky and vintage-themed cafe features a selection of cakes and pastries from various bakeries, making it your one-stop shop for all things sweet. And being a perfectionist herself, you can be assured that Kimberley only puts quality delectables on display for sale all while keeping prices affordable- even if it means lowering her profit margin.

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Seeking to bring variety and diversity to the table, the assortment of desserts changes every week as Kimberley rotates her suppliers. To keep things exciting and interesting, the young owner shares that even she does not know what to expect till Monday morning. Regulars do keep close tabs on the cafe’s social media platforms though and are willing to come down specially just to buy their favourite baked goods when Kimberley posts up what is on sale for the week.

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And if you like the crockery that you are having your cake or éclair from or even the light bulb hanging over your head, simply ask Kimberley for the price- they are all for sale. Every cake stand, fork, clock, plate to even the tea cups and saucers you see in the cafe have all been thoughtfully picked out by Kimberley herself. She does have an eye for pretty things, if I might add.

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Cupcakes here are $3.50 for the regular sized ones (flavours include Peanut Butter, Mocha Chocolate, Kaya, Pineapple Tart, Red Velvet and Salted Caramel). If you find the combinations familiar, this week’s cupcakes supplier is Kisses Bakery! Special mention goes to the festive Pineapple Tart flavour which paid a good tribute to my favourite CNY snack.

The Dispensary

The Tiong Bahru enclave welcomes a new quirky tenant which effortlessly blends the new and the old by reviving an abandoned Chinese medical hall and turning it into a Western cafe/bakery. All cakes and cupcakes are baked in-house with prices starting at $3 for the latter and $6 for a slice of cake.

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The Dispensary, located along Tiong Bahru road catches the eye with its bold Chinese characters, monochrome colors and oriental touches in architecture which the owners have insisted on preserving, to retain its authenticity. Medicine cabinets and a traditional Chinese weighing scale are some of the antique tools still used in the cafe and many, especially the older folk can relate and reminisce about the old times while enjoying a cup of house blend from Spinelli.

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12 flavors of cupcakes are available every day with the usual favorites of Death by Oreo, Lil’ Red (Red Velvet) and Lemon Meringue while new ones such as Kaya Cup, Lychee Indulgence and Violet Dream sure piqued our interests. While $3 may appear affordable for a cupcake, it is also worth noting that cupcakes here at The Dispensary are sized smaller than the regular ones from say Plain Vanilla.

Cake Spade @ 1 Tras Link, Orchid Hotel

Say ‘Cake Spade’ too quickly and people might assume you were referring to British fashion label ‘Kate Spade’ instead. But this misunderstanding is set to change in the near future as the cake shop’s name- Cake Spade eventually catches on with its signature cakes winning the hearts of many.

Opened by an enterprising young lady, online baker turned cake shop owner- Zenn Eng turned her hobby of baking into a business with this 300 ft small quaint space at level 1 of Orchid Hotel. We stumbled across this place one afternoon as we were on a search for a good dessert place along Tanjong Pagar and we were certainly in for a sweet treat.

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Zenn’s specialty is actually in her Tofu Cheesecakes which she sells whole, slices ($5.90) and in 3 different flavors- Strawberry, Mango and Peach. Alas, because of our lack of prior research, we missed out on ordering those cakes during our rather spontaneous visit.

Instead, we had a Lemon Tart $4.20 with a buttery crumbly crust and smooth thick lemon curd which flowed. The flavor was intense in this one and will definitely be favored by those who love a good zesty and citusy kick in their desserts.