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

Back from Kuwait… Off to KL.. And a whole bunch of Parties after!

Yes that’s right, as the title says it all… just back, prepping to fly again and then a whole bunch of parties lining up for me!

For some reason, i’m doing a whole lot of 7YO parties in Feb this time. Everyone’s turning 7!

Anyway, just wanted to do a quick update here! M for Magic Season 2 is coming out… and i’m featured in one of the episodes! (i can’t rmbr which one!) Stay tuned and i’ll be posting that as soon as it is released! In the meantime, here’s a trailer!

Have a good Valentines! 😉

Kinetic Gal’s Recommendation: Metrocakes – Fabulous Custom Cake Shop in Singapore!

I have hosted many (MANY!) parties but when it came to looking for custom cake in Singapore, i was a bit lost myself! Luckily, i had some pointers and managed to find Metrocakes. We had them do a custom cake with five figurines of everyone in the office, The cake itself was a top hat (magicians – duh~) and there was a ring of ‘fire’ around the hat (birthday boy plays with fire in his show!). It was a beautiful cake and what really made us smile was how they really put a lot of effort into each figurines to make them as alike to us as possible. 🙂

Check out their webpage here to see what kind of custom cakes they have done!

Some examples here too!

Carz!

Star Wars

Pretty cool isn’t it? Metrocakes is on Facebook too, so if you’d like to look for them: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/MetroCakes/130673363630140

Next time it’s Kinetic Gal’s birthday, I want a CUSTOM cake too!

Kinetic Gal’s New Video – Featuring ONE and ONLY Kids Illusion Show for Events!

I know this is kind of delayed, however, I’ve really been wayyyyyyyy rushed out and woombazzled (Kinetic Gal’s new vocabulary of being stretched crazy to max out) by parties! Kinetic Gal’s new video is out if you haven’t already seen it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DldyTA7AFH0

I really really love the new video, which as you can see, is drastically different from the old one… It’s like how J C puts it, a coming of age video. I’m happy that my hard work these few years can be seen with the growth of Kinetic Gal and can be seen in the new video. 🙂

As in the video, my focus is now on kids illusion show which is something that has never been seen in Singapore. There are illusion shows, yes, but never for the kids. When my producer (J C) and i discussed about this, i fully agreed that there was a missing gap in terms of illusion shows for the kids and i took on the challenge of developing one under his production and direction. I’m glad i did, and so far it’s been working out. 🙂

With my graduation, Kinetic Gal is now a full-time performer and with the launch of the illusion show for kids, it means that I’ve had to cut down on my party packages due to the busy performing schedule. Hence, if you’d like to book a party package, do check with me early! Details of the party package can be found here:

http://mightymagicfactory.com/party.html

Oh, and just for fun, some photos of parties that i’ve done the past few weeks. I usually run parties alone, but due to the crazy schedule, i have on occasions had to get my trusty side-kick Ashraf the Magic Boy to act as crew… 😛

Change of Contact Number!

Hey everyone!

Kinetic Gal has changed her contact mobile to: (65) 9625 0380. 🙂 My website etc and all remains the same and you can always drop me an email if you can’t reach me… which may sometimes be the case since i’m always running around for parties! (You’d be surprised how many children have birthdays on a day *grin*)

Stay tuned for pictures and an announcement coming up! 🙂

Kinetic Gal..... In Halves! (And doing yoyo!)


The ‘End’ of a Journey, the Beginning of another!

Most people know that while i’m a family entertainer, I’m also an undergraduate in NTU, School of Biological Sciences. I have finally completed this leg of the journey and am going on to become a graduate in a few months time. 🙂 Finally, having completed my poster day (which is a presentation of my final year project), it means this is it. Save for one result, i’m almost there to wearing my convocation gown!

Some photos with friends on poster day…

And my poster:

Results of my blood, sweat and tears...

In any case, academic is finally (almost) over! In fact, i kind of ended with a ‘splash’ at the Prom Night. 🙂

Me posing with valedictorian for Prom Night..

It’s been one heck of academic madness, but now, it’s on to performing madness!

75% of the tickets are already sold… have you bought your tickets yet? 😉

So… It’s been a while!!!

Yep, it’s been a while some quick updates and why i’ve seemed to disappear from sight! =p

April 19 – 22

In Oman for show crew work for J C and Ning’s illusion show for Toyota and Oman Royalty! It was a great experience working with the professionals all over the world, and a great learning experience. I got to play in the sun for quite a bit (and turned two skin tones darker) even with work and studies. 🙂

Me with Ning and Joys at the Oman Hotel!

The show went very well and it was really a great learning experience!

April 23

Exams in school as well as submission of my final year project! Yes yes, I’m still an undergraduate (graduating this year, in the upcoming two months or so!) and so i have my projects to take care of! At the same time got a bad bad bad stomach flu, which confined me to my bed for almost all of the wkend and more..

April 24-28

Did shows for a MayBank roadshow, hosted birthday parties and tried to keep my body from crashing…

May 1 & 2

Hosted birthday parties and did some filming stuff for a program for OKTO. 🙂 If you remember, I’ve been on OKTO live before (Season 2!) and i might soon be appearing in something else too!

NOW…

The past few days were crazy rehearsals and preparation for something upcoming on May 30. Something is coming up… so stay tuned for just more info in a bit!

A little edited picture to keep you in suspense! 😛