Every time I go to Taiwan, I would lug back boxes of local snacks like pineapple cakes, sun cakes and varied types of prettily packaged sweets and chocolates. Well, you may say some are already available in Singapore, but the quality is just not quite the same with the exception of a few brands. (Read: Sophisca from Taiwan).

Noticed this Japanese-looking new confectionary Sweet Musings at The Star Vista, which sells the popular pineapple cakes, Fu Bell cakes and Egg Rolls! You won’t miss this huge machinery at the side with chefs at work, churning out goodies which show that the Taiwanese delights are not imported, but made fresh within the stores.

Everything from the artfully designed boxes, white outer packaging and look of the rectangular golden Pineapple Cake (each $2.50) immediately reminded me of SunnyHills at Raffles Hotel.

The ‘Lao Ban Niang’ Erica Wang at Sweet Musings says that she uses only high quality imported ingredients, such as a gluten-free ‘super-light’ flour from Taiwan to achieve the texture she wants. On my first bite, I thought that the pineapple jam was slightly bitter, not as sweet as I imagined to, and the outer layer was not too crumbly, making eating a lot less messy.

Perhaps I am used to the Sunny Hills version, I preferred their lighter sweet jam and buttery crunch slightly more. With that said, the Sweet Musings’ versions are still higher in quality and taste than the average brand, even those I bought from the Taiwan airports.

The ‘Tai Yang Ping’ Sun Cake is one the most typical souvenirs people buy from Tai Chung. Some of the Sun Cakes I had could be flaky or too hard, almost like a flat rock. Sweet Musings’ Sun Cake ($2 per piece) has a soft pillow-like outer layer, with chewy maltose fillings. You can imagine a couple sharing this by the sunset, full of romance and gentleness – probably one of the best offerings at the store.

Sweet Musings is like a real Taiwanese souvenir shop that you haven’t discovered yet – with Fluffy Honey Cake, Delicate Egg Pudding in Egg Shells, Panna Cotta Desserts, Mocha Mousse Cakes, Nougats (love this), 3Q cake and Taro cakes, full of little pretty snackish knick knacks to buy.

Plus the down-to-earth sincere friendliness of the Lao Ban Niang is what I miss about Taiwan so so so much.

Sweet Musings 一畝甜
The Star Vista Mall #02-05 (beside Buona Vista MRT Station)
Sweet Musings Facebook
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm

Other Taiwanese Entries
Blackball (Star Vista)
Bing Bian (Millenia Walk)
Hot Star Fried Chicken (City Square Mall)
SunnyHills Singapore (Raffles Hotel)
Sophisca (Taiwan)

109 COMMENTS

  1. What is that delectable-looking pillow-like pastry with a cream-encased strawberry within in the first picture?!?

  2. What is the name of the snack on the first pic with the strawberries- are they freshly made or imported?

    My mum will love EVERYTHING. she’s got a separate stomach for sweets and desserts 😛

  3. My mother definitely loves the ‘Tai Yang Ping’ Sun Cake as it will remind her of her sweet old dating days with my father =).

  4. OMG! Love it! My mother definitely would love it. its prefect for this coming mother's day treats. She always wanted to go to Taiwan but then no time to afford as in busy earning money to pay debt. So hope to win for her, for this coming mother's day.

  5. Even in Tai Zhong itself they have so many different brands and standards of Tai Yang Ping, it’s really hard to tell which is good and it’s all up to luck to buy the right one! So if now i can get good Tai Yang Ping here in Singapore, why not man! I’m sure my mom will super love it! 🙂

  6. My mom will like the ‘Tai Yang Bing’ sun cakes as she loves flaky pastries! I really really hope i can let her try this speciality of Taiwan! This will definitely add a sweet notch to her Mother’s Day this year! =D

  7. Mommy loves the Suncakes <3
    We love to "tong-bang" our friends to get them back when they head to Taiwan for holiday.

  8. My mother would definitely love the pineapple cakes! I hope to give the pineapple cakes to her on Mothers’ day to reward her for taking good care of us.

  9. My mum love ‘Tai Yang Ping’, Sun Cake. Whenever we bypass a outlet that sell Sun cake, she will make sure that she get to have them! PS: Liked and Shared the post. 🙂

  10. My mum love 'Tai Yang Ping', Sun Cake. Whenever we bypass a outlet that sell Sun cake, she will make sure that she get to have them! PS: Liked and Shared. 🙂

  11. My mum has diabetes but she has a sweet tooth! I am sure she will love the rectangular golden Pineapple Cake which is gluten-free and has a less sweet jam!

    Email: jacky.how [@] hotmail.com

  12. oh my god.. makes me miss Taiwan food.. 🙁 Andy Chua bring me go Taiwan eat! if not bring me go Star Vista!

  13. Congrats to Jeslin Lim, Nicholas Ng, Lim Bao Hui, Hazel Aimakan, Christine Low for winning a set of Mother’s Day gift of Pineapple cakes and Sun Cakes from Sweet Musings. Enjoy the treat with your mum!

  14. I tried their pineapple tarts n I like that it’s not that sweet. A plus with older folks! I bought the green tea nouggats. Pleasant! I’m thinking of trying the Sunny Hills ones… ^^

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