Birthday Cakes in Singapore 2012 – updated

Some time ago, i wrote an article on birthday cakes… The different types of cakes there were then, and what was ‘in-fashion’. I thought it was time to update the article and also give a few referrals!

For ANY birthday party, the birthday cake is always one of the focus (besides the kid himself, of course!). Depending on how you want the party to be remembered, there are always various different cakes for the occasion! Having been to so many different birthday parties, let me just share a few interesting ones that i remember with you… and where you can find them!

1. The photograph-printed birthday cake

The cakes are in this case, custom ordered as the parents had sent in the birthday kid’s photographs to the cake shop. Several shops in SG do offer this, but it is pretty expensive!

I believe Bengawan Solo offered this service for a while, but do not know if they still do!

2. The Cartoon themed cakes

These are the normal cakes that you see with cartoon prints and so on. Kids love these but they sometimes fight over the cartoon figurines on the cakes, so be forewarned!

You can get this at most cake shops in Singapore. Some are printed cakes, some have figurines on them, but these are generally not the 3D ones.

Prima Deli: http://www.primadeli.com/shopatprimadeli/category.asp?CaID=30

3. The 3D Figurine Cake

These cakes never fail to WOW people when they are taken out. Some are in the form of the barbie doll 3D (yes, i have seen one like that before!) while some are in the forms of cars, trains etc. The only thing to note is that these kind of cakes do pose a challenge to however is cutting the cake as they tend to have odder shapes (eg, i have had once when the parent was having a headache trying to divide the cake, because the cake was triangular in shape)

Fantastic and one of the most recommended for 3D Cakes (E-creatives): http://www.ecreative.com.sg/

Also very established and known (Smiling Orchid) : http://www.smilingorchid.com/client/listing.php?categoryid=4&subcategoryid=12&color=

4. Ice Cream Cake

One of the hot favorites of the ice-cream lovers. Perpetually all kids LOVE ice-cream, so they are guaranteed to come back for a second serving. Take note however that young kids are advised not to take too much ice cream cake, and ice cream cakes have to be kept in the freezer up to the point when it has to be cut. Sometimes it takes a fine balance indeed for I have seen parents struggling to cut the ice cream cake as it was frozen too hard too.

Swensons: http://www.swensens.com.sg/order.html

Haagen Dazs: http://www.haagendazs.com.sg/SG_Home/

5. Cup cakes

These used to be less commonly seen, but have gained popularity in recent years. Most of the time, parents prepare a slightly bigger cake for cutting, but give out the cup cakes instead. It used to be that the cup cakes are mostly decorated nicely with smiley face and creative decorations. However, nowadays, most can be customized so it looks really awesome!

It is a good idea to have these if they are a lot of kids since it will be much easier to give out the cake and save the hassle of cutting and dividing the big birthday cake! (Save the birthday cake for family members!)

http://www.cupcakeobsession.com/

http://www.yummyumkins.net/

7. Custom Figure/ Novelty Cakes

These cakes are now the ‘in-fashion’ cakes. For these cakes, customers can request ANYTHING that they like. Send in photos etc, and they will be able to create the cake with custom figures on it! I’ve tried this for my friends birthday myself and got a cake that is in the form of a magicians’ top hat, and all four figurines that look like all of us on the cake!

You have to make the effort to bring photographs and go down to meet the cake chefs personally though, if your cake is super custom!

Bear in mind too, these cakes are usually couture cakes – not so good if you’re looking at not too sweet cakes!

My pick (Metrocakes) : http://metrocakes.com.sg/contact-form.php

8. Traditional Classic Cakes

Usually not the choice for kids! However, classic cakes can be extremely lovely. Some older kids also prefer this if they feel they are ‘adults’ and no longer want kiddy cakes. Can be more atas and very classy. Up-side is that there are a lot of medium priced cakes that are fairly good. Unlike custom cakes, which are generally on the expensive side.

Classic and known place to get the cakes: Bengawan Solo

http://www.bengawansolo.com.sg/Default.aspx

9. Durian Cakes

Durian, for the uninitiated, is the local king of fruits. I personally LOVE durian so i wouldn’t mind having it for my birthday! This is very seldom seen though because i host many parties where the friends and families may not be local. Durian can smell pungent to non-locals who are not familiar with it! But if everyone loves durian, why not go ahead with this!

Emicakes specializes in Durian Cakes: http://www.emicakes.com.sg/

& Others: http://www.angiethechoice.com.sg/shop/item.asp?itemid=51&catid=7

10. Halal Cakes

There aren’t many cake shops certified Halal, although cakes are generally Halal.

Certified Halal – Eatzi Gourmet: http://www.eatzi.com.sg/bakery-online

The list i’ve given is of course, not the full list! There are many many many cake shops in Singapore. And most shops nowadays have expanded to include the many specialty cakes i’ve listed above. My personal favourite cake shops are:

The Patissier: http://www.thepatissier.com/

Metrocakes: http://metrocakes.com.sg/

Well, that’s about it that I can recall from the parties that I have been hosting. Occasionally too, there are some two tiered birthday cakes, but those are rare, only if there are a lot of kids around! Sometimes, it is good to ask your kid for his/her preference for the cake, since it is afterall his/her birthday!

Sometimes it is also good to weigh your options based on budget. While a super customized cake is really nice, if you want to allocate budget for entertainment and food, perhaps a 3D cake or a cartoon character will do? Discuss with your child about it… and it could even be a little financial planning lesson on budgeting!

As long as everyone ends up happy and had fun, all’s good! :D

An EXTREMELY Busy Week for Kinetic Gal! :)

It has been an extremely busy week for myself, and many parties over the week and weekend! 🙂 It is really tiring, but the kids enjoyed themselves and so did I!

Here are some pictures from the various parties that i hosted over the weekend!

Getting ready to watch the show!

Getting ready to watch the show!

Me with Emmy!

Me with Emmy!

Happy Birthday, Emmy!

Happy Birthday, Emmy!

More parties next!

Genevieve's Birthday!

Genevieve's Birthday!

Happy happy happy!

Happy happy happy!

Genevieve and everyone singing her: Happy Birthday!

Genevieve and everyone singing her: Happy Birthday!

These are really just some pictures i have – there are too many to upload! 😛 In fact, i just finished my last party a few hours ago and it was great! The kids were really surprised to find their magician a ‘girl magician’ as they call me, but it was very apt, since most of the children were girls, and our birthday child was Nadya, girl of course! They are right in a sense, for there is one and only one female magic juggler in Singapore – that’s yours truly, Kinetic Gal! At the end of the party, a little girl gave me a little bumble bee that she was holding. It was a small gesture, but i really thank her a lot, for it is times like these i know i have done a good job and the kids are happy!

It’s been a great fulfilling week for Kinetic Gal!

Here’s wishing Genevieve, Nadya, Angel, Josh, Lucas, and Emmy a happy happy birthday!

Party at Toa Payoh for 3 year old Zi Ning!

Last Saturday, I hosted a birthday party for a cute but shy little girl, Zi Ning.

Birthday Girl and Sister's Room

Birthday Girl and Sister's Room

Interestingly, the little plaque on her room wrote ‘NING’, just like ‘Magic Babe’ Ning! Haha! In any case, she is a really cute and pretty girl (are all girls called Ning so pretty?) and I could just so totally felt her parents’ love for her! =) It is great to see the family so loving!

It was a small and cosy gathering, but fun for all! They enjoyed the little magical cake cutting that I had for Zi Ning too!

Magical Cake cutting!

Magical Cake cutting!

Zi Ning produces candles!

Zi Ning produces candles!

Happy Birthday Zi Ning!

Happy Birthday Zi Ning!

After the cake-cutting, Zi Ning had the chance to ‘detonate’ our very special Balloon Bomb! She was a little afraid and unsure of what to do, so, her mummy helped her out here:

Balloon Bomb in action!

Balloon Bomb in action!

And the balloon bomb bursts!

'Aftermath' of the balloon bomb detonation!

'Aftermath' of the balloon bomb detonation!

The kids enjoyed themselves and I did too! Steven and Audrey were also very kind to invite me for dinner! I had other parties though, so I couldn’t stay, but thank you all the same!

Birthday Parties over the weekend for Julian and Tricia!

Kinetic Gal hosted some parties this weekend with one for a one-year old boy turning two years old and another for a little girl turning four! The little boy, Julian was really REALLY cute! (and shy!) His parents had seen me performing before and got me for his two years old party! The family look really really sweet together, and even though I had no camera man for the party, i managed to snap a shot of the family taking photo.

Aww.. Sweet moment!

All together now: Aww.. Sweet moment!

Julian had a really cute hairstyle for the day too, with his little cockeroo-like standing hair! In fact, the hairstyle reminded me of J C! =p

The function room was very tastefully decorated, even though it wasn’t too elaborate…

Simple decorations for Cake Cutting backdrop.

Simple decorations for Cake Cutting backdrop.

Balloon tower!

Balloon tower!

It really made my day when one of the ladies attending the party thanked me and said that the show was very entertaining. Woohoo! 😀

Tricia’s mum, Rose got yours truly to host her little girl’s birthday party as well just a few hours ago! 😉 She was just telling me that she was extremely surprised to find a GIRL performing and hosting parties. Indeed, Kinetic Gal is Singapore’s only Magic Juggler! We had a little conversation before the party started and she was just telling me that she was really happy to find me for her little girl’s party because she just found it apt that a girl should be hosting the party for her little girl’s birthday! 🙂 I hosted a BIGGER package party for Tricia which included a games segment as well and was really glad everyone enjoyed themselves! *GRIN*

Just before ending the day, I went to the shops to grab a little something for my juggling rings. Instead of the plain old rings, now this is the ‘new’ rings that the children are going to see!

'New' Rings!

'New' Rings!

Yup, I’m always on the lookout for new things and improvements to be made to my show! Previously, I had always found the rings a little plain – and it just isn’t apparent when the rings are spinning! Now with this little addition, i think the rings look a lot ‘cool-er’ and have just that bit more of character! What do you think? 😉

In fact, Kinetic Gal’s going to have a new set of clubs in a few days! And i’m dying to play with the new clubs too!

Till then!

Kinetic Gal had a BUSY Weekend with Birthday Parties!

Happy Moo Year!!

Happy Moo Year!!

Happy Moo Year! I saw this very interesting taxi on the road while running parties so i decided to share this on the blog! This weekend was really busy with parties and walk around juggling!

While most people were busy with Chinese New Year celebrations, some kids were having their birthdays, and it was great fun for them with New Year celebrations and birthday celebrations at the same time! (Double the ang-pows!) Of the few parties that i hosted this weekend, i saw some very nice decorations at one of the party! Here are just two of the pictures:

Mr Balloon Stickman!

Mr Balloon Stickman!

Pretty Balloon Decorations!

Pretty Balloon Decorations!

The customer had asked for a recommendation from me about balloon decorations, and I recommended Balloon Barons. These guys are great at balloon decorations and you can get them for your party decorations and they have a wide range of decorations that they can do, depending on your budget.

I hosted another party for a 6 year old boy, Prithvi too, at Jervois Lodge! Even though his mum, Shawna related to me that it was the first party that they have done, it definitely did not look like so! The kids really enjoyed themselves (and they LOVED the balloon bomb) and the party was very well-ran! 🙂

Food Time!

Food Time!

Here’s wishing all Aahana, Zhijun and Prithvi a Happy Birthday!

Happy Lunar New Year to one and all too!

PS. I have received quite a few emails asking about how and where to get party bags, so i shall be sharing about that soon! =)

Kinetic Gal Hosts a Birthday Party for Ayesha in Joo Chiat!

Today, Kinetic Gal hosted a party for 7 year old Ayesha at Joo Chiat! The party was held in her house and from afar, we could see balloons up in the air! The sweet birthday girl was dressed in fairy costumes and even had fairy wings on her! This time round, i unfortunately do not have any pictures as i was handling the show alone. 🙂

Fairy Wings
Fairy Wings

Ayesha’s birthday cake was really special as it wasn’t one BIG cake. Rather, she had many many cupcakes on a 3 tier level and it looked really nice. The cake was baked by her mother and i thought that it was a fantastic idea! If you’re thinking of organising a party, this is one idea to explore too, as it saves the trouble of cutting and giving out the cake. Also, the kids love it as they get to choose which cake they wanted with the icing pattern they liked; and it makes for easy giving away to the guests as well after the whole party!

Picture from ShopBakerSnook.com as i did not have the chance to take photos of the beautiful cake!
Picture from ShopBakerSnook.com as i did not have the chance to take photos of the beautiful cake!

No one at the party was aware of it, but I actually wasn’t feeling too well… BUT! This is something I have learnt from my most respected mentors before… called professionalism! Yes, no matter what, the show must go on and the standard must never be compromised. I’m really glad because I did do just that – the show went well and the kids were enjoying themselves! I simply love the smiles and laughter from children (and adults!). In fact, Ayesha’s grandmother came to thank me for the show after the party and insisted on me having some food after! (Thanks so much!)

Happy 7th Birthday Ayesha!

Kinetic Gal Hosts Party at Goodwood Park Hotel and Private House!

I had a pretty busy day today with two birthday parties, separately at Goodwood Park Hotel for Ye Qin and a private house for Ryan! Here are some pictures of the party going-ons! 🙂

party-items
Party Items
Me going through the programme with the parent!
Me going through the programme with the parent!
Kids Enjoying the Show!
Kids Enjoying the Show!
Cake Cutting!
Cake Cutting!

Kinetic Gal hosted the party for Ye Qin who turns 21 today and after a slight break, I went on to host 1 year old, Ryan’s birthday party! He had a really awesome party decoration too!

Balloon decorations!
Balloon decorations!

This is really one of the simplest and nicest way to decorate your birthday parties! Many many helium balloons with different colours and tada! A very festive party decoration!

Ryan's birthday cake!
Ryan’s birthday cake!

Ryan’s birthday cake – he turns one today!!

Show starts!
Show starts!
WHere's the rabbit?????
WHere’s the rabbit?????

Kids trying to find Mr Magic Rabbit – almost creating a havoc in the meantime!

Balloons before cake-cutting!
Balloons before cake-cutting!

Alrightey… that’s it for the picture for now! Here’s wishing Ryan and Ye Qin a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!