Okay. I start by saying food listicles are always contentious, and a Chocolate Cake guide will probably leave some feeling heaty.
While I have previously written a number of cake guides from Basque Burnt Cheesecake, Strawberry Shortcakes, Carrot Cakes, Ondeh Ondeh Cakes and Tarts, Chocolate Cakes are particularly tricky (though I think Durian Cakes will potentially be harder).
One of the reasons why, is it is difficult to get your hands on some (always sold out or hard to order), and many are not available in sliced versions. That means I really got the whole cake, and I don’t encourage food wastage (which mean I did finish the entire Lana Cake).
There are also varying styles, from the old-school type at Jane’s Cake Station, Dino Cake House, Choc.A.Bloc; to newer ones found in cafes. I also try to avoid including a supplier brand, but those baked in-house.
36 Greenwood Avenue, Singapore 289239
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Tues – Fri), 10am – 5pm (Sat), Closed Sun, Last collection 30 min before closing
Chocolate Fudge Cake ($55 for standard size, 6.5″ x 9.5″, 1150g)
When you talk about the “best chocolate cake in Singapore”, the name “Lana Cakes” will usually surface.
The family-owned and operated business started with Mrs Violet Kwan, and her son has taken over the business.
Getting the cake is not the easiest process, as the shop is located at Greenwood Avenue Bukit Timah.
And you cannot buy a single slice, but the entire cake in which the standard size and serve about 12 to 16 slices. If you dine alone, there’s a lot of chocolate cake.
But you see, people grow up eating her chocolate cake and this has been part of many birthday celebrations across the years.
While some have commented it is not quite the same as before, I still like this classic cake which has this rich fudge layer, very deep-chocolatey flavour with moist and soft chiffon cake layer. Old school (which brings back good memories) and still delicious.
APOC A Peace Of Cake
Chocolate Fudge Cake ($49 for 5”, $69 for 6”, $89 for 7”, excludes $15 delivery charge)
Of all those listed here, this is the only Chocolate Cake from a home-based bakery. But APOC came highly recommended from readers and friends, and even Kit Chan and Chef Willin Low consider themselves as fans.
Ordering was considered fuss-free – you conncect via their Instagram DM, settle payment via Paynow, and delivery comes at a stipulated window (10am – 1pm, or 4pm – 7pm).
The signature is the 70% Guanaja Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake, made using premium French dark chocolate, French cream and French butter.
The ‘magical’ moment came when you open the box, when the chocolate mirror glaze was so reflective you could almost see your face (drooling) over).
I loved that the cake was moist with a thick layer of dark chocolate ganache. But there were parts that I preferred better – the soft velvety fudge (close to the glaze) compared to the centre. I totally understand why people would turn APOC converts after having this – it was luxurious tasting compared to the usual old-school styles.
Eating recommendation: it is best to consume the cake fresh; and if you need to refrigerate, let it sit at room temperature for about 1 to 2 hours before consumption without opening the cake box.
Bukit Timah Plaza #02-K47, 1 Jalan Anak Bukit Singapore 588996
Tel: +65 6466 4000
Opening Hours: 9:45am – 7:30pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Signature Chocolate Fudge Cake ($44 for 800g, 6-8 pcs)
Accordingly, owner Vicky Tan is niece of Violet Kwan from Lana cake, thus you would therefore find some certain similarities between the two cakes.
At least you can get sliced cakes over at this non-descript shop on Level 2 of Bukit Timah Plaza.
I wonder if it is psychological or not, but I still prefer Lana’s a tad due to the fudge. The sponge of Vicky’s didn’t seem as moist comparatively.
However, with all that said, this is still a not-too-sweet and rich chocolate cake with some of the nostalgic, rustic chocolate cake savour.
53 Amoy Street Singapore 069879
Opening Hours: 12pm – 6:30pm (Mon – Fri), 12pm – 4pm (Sat – Sun)
Chocolate Truffle ($8 for slice, $80 for whole cake)
While LUNA Patisserie is already quite known for its Orh Nee Cake, you almost forget that they have this Chocolate Truffle cake.
Get the whole cake and you can almost see your reflection in that shiny glaze.
Beneath this smooth, dark chocolate glaze lies a light and fluffy choco-buttermilk sponge cake.
A gentle slice reveals a luscious ganache made from Valrhona Guanaja 70% couverture chocolate, the first in the word to reach 70% cocoa.
Indulge in this chocoholic dream, capturing the original taste of cacao beans.
The Dark Gallery
Great World #01-117/118, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994
Tel: +65 6235 4582
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Signature Dark Chocolate Cake ($9 per slice, $55/6inch whole, $75/8inch whole)
The Dark Gallery at Great World Singapore’s first dark choco-centric café and boutique concept.
Their most popular is the Dark Chocolate Cake made with flavourful and velvety 66% dark chocolate mousse layered with rich chocolate sponge.
They use premium butter, French cocoa powder and Valrhona dark chocolate couvertures for the cake; plus it is not overly sweet.
If you find their sponge cake sufficiently moist, that is because they use brown sugar in the sponge cake to keep it moist. The cake is also topped with fruity single origin Pahang cacao nibs and crunch dark chocolate pearls – so you get a variety of textures.
Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, #02 – 09A, Singapore 238871
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Double Chocolate Blackout Cake ($$17.67 per slice, $58 for 15cm 1.5kg, $90 for 20cm 3kg)
Of all the Chocolate Cakes featured in this guide, PS.Cafe’s Double Chocolate Blackout Cake stands up for being different. It is called “double” for a good reason.
This is a PS.Cafe classic and has been the top seller for many years having been on the menu since the early days of the café.
Made of tower of two moist, chocolatey cakes layered and smothered with rich dark chocolate ganache.
If you order it by slice in store, it is served slightly warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream – much needed to balance out that ultra-richness.
Yes, this is a very dense and indulgent cake, that you can feel the sin just trickling down the throat
If you order the whole cake, there is a mega 3kg version for all the chocolate you ever need.
Outlets at Changi Village, 313@somerset, Jurong Point, Jewel Changi Airport, Kallang Wave Mall, Northpoint City, Bugis Junction, United Square
Specialty Original Chocolate Cake ($7.80 per slice, $39.80 onwards for whole)
Chocolate Origin offers cakes with two promising choices – subtly sweet original and bitter dark.
For the original, what you get is two generous layers of chocolate truffles enveloped between two thin and light layers of chocolate sponge cake, finally coated by a luxurious chocolate ganache.
While most commercial cakes have thick layers of sponge, Chocolate Origin’s stands out with a higher percentage of chocolate mousse made with Belgian dark chocolate with no extra sugar, colourings or preservatives.
The slice literally melted in the mouth, though can be a little rich for some to handle. I personally find this one of the better ones in terms of chocolate specialty commercial cakes.
Laurent Cafe & Chocolate Bar
The Pier at Robertson, 80 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239013
Opening Hours: 2pm – 11pm (Tues), 1pm – 11pm (Wed, Thurs, Sat), 1pm – 11:30pm (Fri), 11am – 10pm (Sun)
Pure Chocolate Cake ($73 for whole cake, $11.40 per slice)
Laurent Café is considered an under-rated café located at Robertson Quay, where you can have a cake, coffee and watching people go (or cycle) by.
Their signature Pure Chocolate Cake is made from a pure origin dark chocolate, using the finest cacao bean from South America.
There are two layers of moist chocolate sponge, dark chocolate creamy heart and dark chocolate mousse. Plus there is no alcohol, or gluten added.
Also recommended is their Lola’s Cake with luscious fillings though I thought the sponge layer was slightly on the dry side.
Greenwich V, The Star Vista, VivoCity, Marina Bay Link Mall, 313@somerset, ION Orchard, Raffles City, Tampines 1, Suntec City, Novena Square, Great World, Jem and Marina Bay Sands
Super Stacked Chocolate Cake ($78 for whole, $7.90 per slice)
Awfully Chocolate is best known for its signature All Chocolate Cake with dark roast flavour. Of course, there are also the Chocolate Banana, and Chocolate Rum & Cherry Cake.
There is also this Super Stacked Chocolate Cake which is inspired by the traditional Southeast Asian Lapis Cake.
Each cake layer is baked one at a time, so a completed cake with six layers of cake and fudge (twelve in total) takes almost four hours to complete.
You can say this is a richer and denser version of the signature All Chocolate Cake. When I ordered a slice in store, they offered to heat it up which made the centre a lot moister.
Can almost feel the chocolate overload in the throat, but that’s precisely why some would love this.
5 Simon Rd, Singapore 545893
Opening Hours: 10am – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Lola’s Chocolate Cake (from $50 for 8″)
Residents staying near Hougang should be familiar with Lola’s Café, which is the to-go-to brunch place in that area.
Known for its unpretentious food, it is typically packed with groups of families and friends during the weekends, especially for the brunch hours from 10am to 3pm.
I happened to notice its Chocolate Cake during a recent visit, included with dark chocolate sponge, Belgium chocolate Italian meringue buttercream, hazelnut feuilletine, dark chocolate ganache, and chocolate hazelnut cubes. (Their Seasalt Chocolate Tart is also quite popular.)
The sponge area would have been slightly moister, but I liked there was a varying textures especially the soft cube at the top.
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