Do you know that Strawberry Shortcakes are sold as “Christmas Cakes” in Japan? Additional fun-fact: June 14 is “Strawberry Shortcake Day”.
The Strawberry Shortcake is one of the most popular cakes in Japan, and what we have here in Singapore is generally adapted from the Japanese style.
A Strawberry Shortcake would generally include layers of sponge cake, soft cream fillings, fresh strawberry slices, and frosted with whipped cream.
Seems rather simple but it is all about the freshness. This is also one of those light cakes to have when you want a sweet dessert, but yet guilty about the richness.
Here are 12 cafes and bakeries in Singapore where you can get delicate Strawberry Shortcakes:
Blk 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #02-44, Singapore 082001
Opening Hours: 11am – 5pm (Tues – Sat), 11am – 4pm (Sun), Closed Mon
Chef Yamashita Masataka trained in Tsuji Culinary Institute in Osaka Japan, was previously taking charge of the kitchen at Glace and Flor Patisserie (2 other fantastic places to get cakes).
The patisserie may be at a slightly obscure shop on the 2nd level of Tanjong Pagar Plaza, but fans of Japanese cakes know where to head to.
There are limited seats, so most customers come for takeaways.
Have a go at the soft and fluffy Ichigo ($6.50) a Japanese-style light sponge cake with sweet strawberries and fresh soft cream.
Sponge soft and fluffy like a cloud, and the winning part was the cream that had just the right delicate sweetness.
474 River Valley Road Singapore 248359
Tel: +65 6221 6223
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 6:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Pantler’s Head Chef is Tomoharu Morita, who was part of the award-winning pastry team at Grand Hyatt Tokyo for close to a decade. Chef Tomoharu was also part of the opening team for Joël Robuchon Singapore.
The classic Strawberry Shortcake ($9.50) turned out to be light, fluffy, complete with fresh Isigny cream just slightly sweet for that extra touch of comfort.
If you have noted that the strawberries are different from the usual, these are actually Chitose strawberries what have that succulence and natural sweetness.
Various outlets around Singapore
Châteraisé is the well-known patisserie chain from the Yamanashi Prefecture Japan (a land rich in nature), which collaborates with Japanese farmers to use high quality ingredients for their cakes and desserts.
The number one best-selling Fresh Cream Cake ($5.10 per slice, $40 for 18cm, $45 for 21cm) is made with Japanese strawberries picked at the height of their freshness.
Topped with Hokkaido fresh cream, the airy and fluffy sponge cake is layered with a luscious strawberry confiture for sheer indulgence.
My OLs friends love the variety and aesthetics of the cakes, and somehow always get their Strawberry Shortcake as a choice of birthday cake.
Henri Charpentier Singapore
181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central 01-18, Singapore 238896
Tel: +65 6634 4608
Opening Hours: 11am – 10:30pm (Mon – Sat), 11am – 10pm (Sun)
Henri Charpentier’s Strawberry Short Cake was actually crowned “Best Short Cake” in Japan on a well-known Japanese television programme.
This is also its Number 1 best seller in Singapore.
Compared to other cakes, the whipped fresh cream filling has a richer milk taste, but is still melt in your mouth. The sponge was just slightly on the dry side for me, but overall a delightful version.
124 Hougang Ave 1, #01-1444, Singapore 530124
Tel: +65 6383 0803
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Ciel Patisserie is quite a hidden find, inconspicuously located at Hougang Ave 1. But it is quite popular among residents around for their cakes, bakes and tarts.
The Strawberry Shortcake ($5.80 for slice, $34 for 6” square, $45 for 8” square) is one of their top sellers, and is sold out quite early in the day.
What you get is a square cake with two layers of fluffy and soft sponge, sandwiching fresh seasonal juicy strawberries and signature lightly-sweetened vanilla Chantilly cream.
Rosettes of Chantilly cream are piped over the top to finish it off, giving it a great balance of flavour and sweetness.
This is soft and light, and shows that good desserts can also be found in our neighbourhoods.
TripleOne Somerset, 111 Somerset Road #01-K1, Singapore 238164
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Newly opened at TripleOne Somerset, cafe goers can look forward to their signature Jardin ($8.50 per piece, $65 for whole 6 inches cake), a strawberry shortcake which was the very first cake created on the menu.
Named after a vibrant and beautiful town in the mountains of Colombia, the word “Jardin” means “Garden” in Spanish, reflected in the slices of strawberries neatly layered in between the sponge and cream.
Probably one of the most memorable strawberry shortcake I had eaten of late, the sponge layer was memorably soft and moist, with a milky taste light and refreshing.
The layered strawberry slices added a citrus punch to the overall taste. Note that this cake is more on the moist side, compared to the usual more Japanese fluffy styles around.
9 Raffles Place, #B1-09 Republic Plaza Singapore 048619
Tel: +65 6536 0169
Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun, PH
Japanese cake lovers should be familiar with this shop, helmed by Chef Tomoko who makes gorgeous-looking and moderately priced Japanese pastries.
It is hard to walk past without being drawn to beautiful temptations.
Also look out for the popular Strawberry Shortcake, Rare Cheese Mango, Mont-Blanc, Fruit Crepe, Hazel Dazzle, Choco Renga, Banana Hill and Green Tea Tiramisu.
Their signature cake is the Strawberry Shortcake layered with light cheese, soft sponge and sweet strawberries in fresh cream. Rich and refreshing.
They said this would bring back fond memories of your travels in Japan.
7 Raffles Place, Singapore 048625
Tel: +65 6533 1352
Opening Hours: 8am – 10:30pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 6pm (Sat – Sun)
The Providore’s Strawberry Shortcake ($8.50 per slice, $48 for 14cm whole cake, $58 for 16cm whole cake) is produced fresh daily at their central pastry kitchen.
Worthy to mention is that the cream is made from Lescure whipping cream from France, which has a milky-creamy taste which complements the thin strawberry slices.
The shortcake sponge is made from Japanese flour for a fluffier texture, and I enjoyed that there was a certain pillow-like lightness to the overall texture.
Capitol Singapore, 13 Stamford Rd, #01-11, Singapore 178905
Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
You may not know but Flor Patisserie is a locally-grown brand, and cakes are made without artificial colourings or chemical agents.
Their confections feature largely fresh fruits, and are lighter in flavour than conventional French pastries.
Flor’s signature Strawberry Shortcake ($8.60 per slice, $56.71 for 15 cm whole cake) uses Japanese Chitose strawberries.
They make the genoise sponge by hand, using local eggs and Japanese flour without any chemical raising agent or additives.
After which, they would carefully balance out the softness of the sponge and sweetness of the strawberries with Candia 35% fat fresh cream.
Also available is the Strawberry Souffle Cake (pictured above), and I enjoyed the cream that was smooth and not too heavy.
Rive Gauche Patisserie
3 Temasek Boulevard #B1-K2 Suntec City Mall Singapore 038983
Tel: +65 6238 0882
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
When you walk past Rive Gauche at the basement of Suntec City, you may find their cakes hard to hard to resist, especially their signature Guanaja bitter sweet chocolate cake with a crispy bottom layer.
The name of the cake shop actually refers to the left bank of Seine River in France, and has been a hit with customers since 1992.
With a selection of French and Japanese pastries, one of the best sellers is the Strawberry shortcake, in signature Japanese light and fluffy style.
What you get is a sweet delight of sliced strawberries and freshly whipped cream sandwiched by two layers of sponge, complete with fresh strawberries on top.
181 Orchard Road #01-27 & #02-07 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Tel: +65 6509 3673
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
While New York based Lady M is better known for its Mille Crepe cake, you can also have a go at their classic Strawberry Shortcake ($10 per slice, 9” cake $104 online / $117.70 in boutique).
Lady M’s version is created with superfine flour imported from Japan, which produces a vanilla sponge cake that gives it a fluffier texture and purer taste.
Coupled with sweet strawberries (from Australia and Korea) precisely studded among clouds of whipped cream, this is a great-to-have afternoon tea dessert.
Level 1, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard Marina Square Singapore 039595
Tel: +65 6826 8240
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
(No dining in yet for “Phase 2”)
If you are looking at whole cakes, Pacific Marketplace at Pan Pacific Singapore offers quite an indulgent and gorgeous looking Strawberry Pistachio Shortcake ($62, 1kg).
The classic strawberry shortcake is given a spin with fluffy pistachio sponge, complemented by smooth whipped mascarpone cream and a ring of fresh strawberries.
For the health-conscious people, a lower sugar option is also available upon special request.
Note: 1 day advance notice is required for order of this item, kindly place order before 4pm.
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