Sweet Eats: Cake Spade at Orchid Hotel, 1 Tras Link, Singapore 078867

It was a spontaneous desire to eat cake that brought me to the relatively new cake shop at Tanjong Pagar yesterday afternoon, named quite cleverly Cake Spade as the play on the infamous fashion brand in Singapore, Kate Spade.

Speaking of infamous, do you know that the phrase "Let them eat cake!" was in fact a wide misattribution to Marie Antoinette? She was only 9 at the time it appeared in some autobiographer's book that talked about a "great princess" who said the peasants can have brioche instead of bread. In any case, the imagery of Marie with her shoes and cakes have stuck in popular culture.

Well, Cake Spade is one of the 4 cake shops that are located within walking distance of each other in Tanjong Pagar. It's true because we counted! Someone should do a Walking Cake Trail, that should be fun.

The shop is really tiny - it's just a small square shop facing Tanjong Pagar Road at the Orchid Hotel (Exit A, Tanjong Pagar MRT). When we visited it was filled. It can seat 4 + 2 inside, and outside 4 + 4. Perhaps it is more of a takeaway cake shop then!

Still, there are themed decor to the shop which makes it pleasant.

7 cakes were available that day!

Here are the list of items. Quite extensive for a small shop don't you think? Unfortunately the salted caramel tart was sold out that day, and the flavours for the cupcakes vary.

Well we ordered 3 cakes for the 3 of us, as well as a cup of Twinnings Rooibos ($3.20) and English Breakfast tea ($3.20).

The Red Velvet ($5.90) was the crowd favorite for the shop, so we had to order it. It's a rich dark purple red chocolate cake, covered with a generous layer of cream cheese. Quite a good rendition, but I think I preferred the one from Cedele. The chocolate taste was not strong enough, and the cream cheese was smooth but did not feel rich enough. Basically, there's still room to dial up on the sinful factor.

Apologies for the photo quality, I had to take it from my iPhone 5 as I did not bring out my camera!

Next, the Hummingbird Cake ($5.90)! It is a mixture of strange ingredients which when the shopkeeper told me I was a bit apprehensive. It is banana cake with coconut flakes and pineapple. That's strange right? But I decided to give it a try anyway. As you can see, it is a "coarse" cake just like the red velvet or a carrot cake. I was a bit disappointed with it though because even though I can taste the banana, and there were coconut flakes, the pineapple did not come out. Perhaps that's a good thing, because I liked it as a banana coconut cake! It went very well with my tea.

Lastly, the cake that made everything worth it. The Strawberry Tofu Cheesecake ($5.90)!
It was such a surprise to sink your fork into the cake. I don't really know how to describe it, but the cheesecake portion was just so dense and smooth yet light at the same time. You have got to try it. I really liked this rendition of the cheesecake, and the tart strawberries and crumbly digestive biscuit base were a great complement to the cheesecake.

Go for the Tofu Cheesecake. Else, all other cakes were pretty decent as well, and a perfect way to answer a weekend afternoon's tea time craving.

Cake Spade
#01-06, Orchid Hotel, 1 Tras Link, Singapore 078867
+65 64443868
Mon - Thu: 12:00 - 20:00, Fri - Sat: 12:00 - 22:30
Closed on Sundays

  1. hey alexis! im glad someone covered their shop! I ate there with my girlfriend once because we thought the play on words was quite smart.

    then we spoke to the owner and she said cake spade is not a play on the word kate spade! it's in reference of the tool used to distribute the cake, the cake SPADE (see the 2nd img on your post). that's interesting right? haha

  2. hello,

    was wondering where the other 3 cake shops are? i'm assuming one would be baker's story, in the same building, but not sure where the other two are!

    thanks! :)

  3. helloo! there's flor patisserie and bonheur patisserie, and also quarter to three!