Out Of The Cake Box – Surprising Mango Sticky Rice, Chendol and Watermelon Cakes At Our Tampines Hub
You may just miss this unassuming cake shop Out of the Cake Box at the basement of the new Our Tampines Hub at Tampines Ave 4.
With desserts like Chendol Fudge, Mango Sticky Rice, Watermelon Cake, White Rabbit (yeah, that nostalgic sweet), Rose Lychee, Matcha Yuzu Cheesecake — not only are they creative, they may please picky sweet-tooth looking for a unique dessert fix.
True to its name, the cake shop with its first outlet at Block 45, Telok Blangah Drive really did think ‘out of the box’.
Let’s start with the obvious hit, the Mango Sticky Rice Cake (per piece $6; whole cake $24.80 to $96).
My favourite Thai dessert in a cake form. Geng mak!
What you get is a square slice of layered coconut glutinous rice, mango jelly, pandan mousse, topped with Thai Honey Mangoes.
Surprisingly, they showhow just got the proportion right, it also felt like eating a Nonya Kueh Kueh with a Western slant.
The Watermelon Cake (per piece $5.50; whole cake $40) was a simple blend of scooped watermelon balls and cream, pleasantly sublime.
Light and juicy with a hint of rose scent, it will probably be a favourite with those who do not like their cakes too jelak.
Ironically though, the rose scent got a tad heavy (and sweet) towards the end.
Lovely touch with pieces of sliced grapes though, still a choice to pick after a heavy meal.
I was understandably excited to try the Chendol Fudge (per piece $5.50; whole cake $22.80 to $88).
Chendol flavoured items like ice creams, when done well, elevates the local treat.
It was decidedly Chendol-y, but rather expected, after the surprises of the mango sticky rice and watermelon. I would have also liked it to be more moist, like tiramisu-moist.
The biggest surprise came in the form of the Takoh Belle (per piece $6.50; whole cake $50).
This famous Thai dessert-inspired treat is a deft blend of coconut custard, baked pandan cheese cake and sweet corn mousse.
The top layers were melt-in-your-mouth sweet goodness, coupled with a well done biscuit base. It was also a prettily constructed, perfect to complete your Instagram quota for the day.
Other interesting ones I will like to try next time include their Matcha-Yuzu Cheesecake (per piece $6.50; whole cake $50), Earl Grey Shortcake (per piece $5.50; whole cake $23.80 to $140) and the interestingly named Sayang ($6) that is a home-cooked Thai lime curd with Gula Jawa glaze.
Perhaps slightly more accessible than their first Telok Blangah Drive outlet, I felt that the outlet could do a little more to shout-out about their interesting flavours in the basement of this new Tampines Hub.
Probably invest in a few bigger posters – without which, these wacky little cakes will remain hidden away behind their glass enclosures, lost in an area of standard bakery fare.
Out of the Cake Box
Our Tampines Hub, #B1-43 (Between Old Chang Kee and Polar Puffs), 51 Tampines Ave 4, Singapore 529684 (Near Tampines MRT)
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm Daily
* Written by Wilson Ng @wilsoniscurious who spends his time between cafe hopping and writing Little Short Stories. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.
March 28, 2017