The Basque Cheesecake, otherwise known as the Burnt Cheesecake, is identified with its burnt (aka chao tah-like) exterior, super-soft interior and being crustless.
This makes the top slightly bitter while the inside is sweet, when eaten forms an interesting contrast.
We are seeing these instagrammable cheesecake appearing in cake cafes and Spanish restaurants.
It is created by baking in the oven in higher heat so that the exterior will be burnt, and inside slightly molten. It was created many years ago in San Sebastian, and recently became trendy in the US and other parts of the world.
Some cafes in Singapore such as The Kins’ Specialty Coffee, Keong Saik Bakery, GRUB, The Bakery Chef, Fat Belly, Fluff Bakery, Cat and The Fiddle (entire cake), and Paris Baguette (certain stores), have started selling them. Though not all are molten, perhaps due to refrigeration and storage considerations.
Here’s more: (Note not all stores are opened for dine-in yet during “Phase 2”, and it is best to pre-order the Burnt Cheesecake with individual shops due to its limited quantity and popularity. Do check with the shops before heading down.)
Olivia Restaurant & Lounge
55 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089158
Opening Hours: Lunch 12pm – 2pm (Tues – Thurs), 12pm – 2:30pm (Fri – Sat)
Dinner 6pm – 10pm (Tues – Thurs), 6pm – 11:30pm (Fri – Sat)
Olivia Restaurant & Lounge is one of the first restaurants in Singapore to introduce this most talked about cheesecake in town.
Get the Olivia’s Homemade Creamy Cake ($14), an iconic dish prepared from the recipe of Olivia’s mother and sous chef Celina Franco.
This hand-crafted dessert took months to perfect and achieve that subtle and creamy texture.
Chalong – One Raffles Place
1 Raffles Place #B1-18 Singapore 048616
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2pm (Mon – Fri), 5:30pm – 8pm (Mon – Thurs), Closed Sat, Sun, PH
The first thing that stood out for me was that golden caramelised top and unmistakable sweet aroma (almost like butter scotch) when you first open the box.
Even after refrigeration, I was surprised to find that the centre still remained soft, but yet not overly-molten that the slice would collapse.
Take a bite and let that richness and creaminess linger in your mouth. Oh…..
The premium French cream used makes this cake creamier than usual as it has a higher fat content as compared to regular whipping cream. Sweetness has also been scaled down to suit local taste buds.
Available in 3 sizes – 5” for 3-4 pax, 6” for 4-6 Pax, and 7” for 8 pax or more ($24 for 5”, $30 for 6”, $38 for 7”). Chalong (One Raffles Place)
– Via https://chalongsg.myshopify.com
– $12 islandwide delivery from 11am – 6pm (Mon – Sat)
– Self-collection available from 11am – 3pm (Mon – Fri) only at One Raffles Place outlet (#B1-18), while stocks last. Do enquire with store before hand.
Bakery Brera & Fine Foods
8 Empress Road #01-05 Singapore 260008
Tel: +65 6492 5428
Opening Hours: 7am – 7pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
My main qualms for most Burnt Cheesecake is that it is not soft enough in the middle, but the texture of this was meltingly soft and satisfying.
Rich and ‘cheesy’, this is made with three different types of cheeses. There is also a touch of rum within.
Okay, more exciting things. They have also introduced Matcha and Hojicha Burnt Cheesecake, which I would anticipate should sell like hotcakes after news gets out.
While I thought that the Hojicha Burnt Cheesecake ($8.00) was a tad sweet because I was expecting the tea flavour to be more pronounced, there was still nuances of the tea that differentiated this out of the average. Bakery Brera & Fine Foods (Empress Road)
(Photo credit: Nicholas Tan @stormscape.)
The Kins’ Specialty Coffee
2 Jalan Mat Jambol, BIJOU, #01-08/09, Singapore 119554
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Thurs – Tue), Closed Wed
The highlight at Kins’ is definitely their Kins’ Burnt Cheesecake ($7.50), served with a dollop of sweetened whipping cream on its side.
This Basque Burnt Cheesecake may look like a failed product from the kitchen, with a burnt and rough top layer, an under-cooked oozy layer in the middle mixed a fluffy layer of cheesecake at the bottom.
But it really tasted better than it looked.
The Burnt Cheesecake was light on the palate, soft and moist at the same time, which resembled more of a Japanese cheesecake in terms of its texture. The Kins’ Specialty Coffee (Pasir Panjang)
Keong Saik Bakery
41 Keong Saik Road Singapore 089146
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 5pm (Mon), 7:30am – 8pm (Tues – Fri), 8am – 8pm (Sat – Sun)
What makes Keong Saik Bakery’s Burnt Cheesecake ($7.50) different is that it is made using four different types of cheese.
While I thought that the texture could have been a tad softer, the layered cheese flavours was quite appealing and would make you want to take small bites for the taste to linger.
Other than the original, the Matcha Burnt Cheese ($8) is also quite popular though the green tea powder may not be as distinct as you wished.
Available in limited quantities, the Two Face ($8.50) wins as it is a two-in-one cake, containing the creamy original cake at the top and matcha cheesecake at the bottom.
They have also just introduced a seasonal Mao Shan Wang (MSW) Burnt Cheesecake, featuring fresh durian puree from Ah Seng Durian.
Currently only for walk-ins (slice) or preorder now (slice/whole).
The Bakery Chef
161 Bukit Merah Central, #01-3711, Singapore 150161
Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 7pm (Sat – Sun)
While The Bakery Chef’s version is made with only one type of cheese, the texture was actually quite soft (though not considered molten).
What made it extra delicious was the added served of light cream with tinge of sea salt, that gave the cheesecake that added salty-sweet savour and moisture as you eat it with the cake.
1 Kim Seng Promenade, #01-155, Singapore 237994
Tel: +65 6708 9288
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 9:30am – 10pm (Sat, Sun, PH), Last Order 9:30pm
Available seasonally, PS.Cafe also serves up Burnt Rum & Raisin Cheesecake ($12), comprising of the quintessential burnt cheesecake recipe topped with macerated raisins, drizzled with burnt rum sauce.
While I would have preferred it to be more molten, the cheesecake was still soft and moreish, and the topping of rum-soaked raisins offered a subtle alcoholic flavour and textural component. PS.Cafe (Great World)
GRUB Burger Bistro
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, 510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569983
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat – Sun)
Other than the Basque Burnt Cheesecake, GRUB has also introduced Singapore’s first Kaya Burnt Cheesecake.
You can fragrant kaya paired with the rich cheese – a burnt top with slightly firm texture on the outside, and creamy on the inside.
896 Dunearn Road, Sime Darby Centre #01-11 Singapore 589742 (King Albert Park MRT Exit B)
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon – Tues), 8am – 10pm (Wed – Sun)
The Korean lifestyle café is owned partially by a Korean artist and avid yogini, who felt that the Bukit Timah area needed a quiet and chill place where people could relax and enjoy themselves.
I ordered a home-made Basque Cheesecake ($7.50) since it is the current trendy dessert. Would say that this is a decent version, though not particularly outstanding as it could have been more moist.
Sinpopo Brand Restaurant – Katong
458 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427671
Tel: +65 6345 5034
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Thurs, Sun), 12pm – 1am (Fri – Sat)
Sinpopo Brand Restaurant is a familiar restaurant-café located at Katong known for its heritage menu with a twist.
Burnt yet undercooked, this 500g Basque Burnt Cheesecake ($42 for 6”) is far from typical with its scorched edges and gooey centre that oozes lazily.
Made with just a few ingredients – cream cheese, eggs, sugar, cream – Sinpopo’s rendition of the Spanish-original is a mix of textural contrasts with its torched crust and light and soft center.
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