Butterknife Folk – Humble Cakes & Gelato Cafe With Arresting Bakes
Every now and then, a bakery café opens in Singapore that can get you enthusiastic once again. The last was Mad About Sucre?
Butterknife Folk is a new patisserie along River Valley Road, right across Mohamed Sultan.
While the shop boasts of a relatively small space and is mainly a takeaway concept (you can sit by the counter at the back which can occupy 3 to 4 people), there are glimpses that has reminded me of Adriano Zumbo’s bakes.
Before I talk about Butterknife Folk itself, the owner shared a testimonial she heard in church…
A 12 year old girl wanted to get into SOTA but her PSLE results was considered average. During the school’s portfolio presentation for admission, she brought doodling and sketches, while the other students had artwork in professional cases.
She prayed, and described her situation as using a “butter knife in a battle”, and eventually got a space in the school when she impressed the panel with confidence.
The owner felt that starting a café in a competitive market at this young age, was also like fighting a battle with a butter knife.
”While other chefs have impressive tools and knives from their bags, I hope to show the world what we can do with our ‘butter knife’.”
Their bakes I tried have been arresting.
Top on my list is the Marletti’s Mountain ($8), the name a tribute to the owner’s favourite Pâtissier from Paris – Carl Marletti.
The cake with hazelnut dacquoise, toasted almond nib, candied chestnut, chestnut mousse and mascarpone chantilly, is a play on the familiar Mont Blanc, but presented in a lighter, softer measure.
Delicate, almost like savouring cottons of clouds.
However, do note that as there is very little gelatine using in the making, the cake does not survive well in the heat, and may not be that favourable for takeaways.
The show-stopper was the Fruit Loop ($8), looking like a glossy-donut version of the favourite cereal type.
The real surprise comes when you cut across the lemon mousse cake, revealing a strawberry jelly centre, seated on pistachio sponge.
I thought that the lemon-flavour came across moderately strong, but I know of people who would actually appreciate this tangy-finish.
Accordingly, the most popular cake so far is the Frasier ($8). The layered cake has fluffy genoise partially soaked in strawberry juice, giving the sponge both that reddish colour and natural strawberry sweetness.
Everything from the cakes, gelato, viennoiseries, muffins to cookies are made in house, showing the team’s dedication into every detail.
The sweet treats are made in limited quantity and may be sold out by late afternoon.
Butterknife Folk is certainly very promising. I do think they can afford to be more experimental and fun to push that boundary, and this ‘battle’ is for theirs to win.
238 River Valley Road Singapore 238296
Tel: +65 6734 7855
Opening Hours: 12pm – 8pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
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