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

Advertisements

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! 😉

Little Tidbits about Chennai!

Since i’m heading to Chennai, i decided to find out more about the city! 🙂

Did you know that Chennai used to be called Madras or Madarasapatinam (whew! that’s a tongue twister!)? Chennai is the number 6 city in India with the most number of people! The number of people in the city as of 2011 is 4.68million! That’s almost the same as Singapore already! Singapore (as of 2011) has about 5million people. That’s why India is one the countries with the highest population – Chennai only ranks 6th and it’s only one of its many cities!

Chennai is the third most visited city in India after Delhi and Mumbai. I’ve actually stepped foot in Mumbai before – albeit only at the airport for a stopover! Some of my friends have told me that part of Chennai is along the beach and they have BEAUTIFUL beaches there!

Did you know too that Chennai has a snakepark within their National Park and it’s one of the major source of antivenom serum? Although i’m not too iffy about snakes, i’d prefer to visit a zoo (which they have too!) then a snakepark… :p

Can’t wait to be in Chennai! (Flying off tmr, at 920am!! Wheeeeee~)

 

PS. Chennai is two hours behind SG time, so i’m going to reach there at 11am in the morning although the flight time is almost 6 hours! How cool is that!

Kinetic Gal Heading to India for Library Launch!

Kinetic Gal has been booked to perform for a library launch… And it is in India! That’s right! I will be heading to India really soon (ie. coming Saturday!) for the launch of a library! 🙂

The library that will be launched is a model children’s libraryin the city of Chennai, India. The library is an initiative of Hippocampus Children’s Experience Centre and Max Mueller Bhavan as an open and safe public space for children and youth for learning, and communicating, while focusing on the informational, educational and recreational needs of younger generations.

The launch for the library is on the eve of children’s day – 13th November 2011, so there are going to be activities for the children and Kinetic Gal’s magic show is one of them! 🙂

Chennai is well connected and wifi is widespread so i’m sure i’ll be updating from there soon!

Filming for 3D TV…

Yes yes it seems to be loads and loads of filming for the last few weeks.

For this particular program, i make a special cameo appearance in one of the little segments where the host (ie. J C Sum & ‘Magic Babe’ Ning) come across a bunch people busking in Orchard… including myself, doing a spot of juggling!

Heading to shoot location just outside of ION Orchard.

Prepping for shoot. Later on after a few days, i complained to J C and Ning that i have no photo of us three together only (just for the cam, not in the action)…

Bet you did not know J C Sum could juggle! (look at Ning’s face looking on at the two of us! :p)

Prepping for another take

Fooling around while waiting… Pose looks familiar? 😛 (reminiscent of Kinetic Gal 2009!)

I was supposed to make another spot for cameo appearance for a grunge MV style shoot, but due to various reason, did not manage to be in there. I did have some fun playing around with the light staff i was supposed to do the shoot with. 😀 I loved martial arts since young, and have a little background in that, hence my staff spinning is really more martial artsy style. *grin*

Anyway, this program is shot very differently from the usual as it is a 3D TV program. (So yes, you have to have a 3D TV to watch it and appreciate in full) It is actually a 3D Show program featuring hosts J C Sum and ‘Magic Babe’ Ning. There are quite some magic in it, besides all the other cool stuff so i think the final product is really going to be awesome! I can’t wait to see it! BUT!

Who wants to sponsor me a 3D TV??? Anyone, pretty please? 🙂

Never Stop Learning… Going Shoot’s Lecture!

Though i’ve been learning, performing and practicing magic for a few years, I’m still far from knowing everything there is to know. As people say, the sea of knowledge is vast and we should never stop learning. On last Friday, i attended a lecture by Shoot Ogawa. Shoot is a great Japanese magician who is very skilled in his craft and i was really happy to have a chance to attend his lecture. Prior to the lecture i also had the opportunity to see him perform at IBM (no, not the computer. International Brotherhood of Magicians).

One of the earliest magic i learnt was the Linking Rings routine, and Shoot is a great performer of the Ninja Rings routine! 🙂

Starting of the lecture!

I enjoyed myself at the lecture thoroughly! Up to a point in time in the lecture, i simply decided that i’d stop taking notes and instead enjoy the master’s performance in front us.  The lecture is mainly for close-up – and as i love close-up and want to work that too, i really learnt some things there.

Here’s one more pic of me during lecture, being Shoot’s volunteer:

The funniest thing in the picture that is the attention grabber must be my Care Bear keychain! 😛 One of a friend commented that no matter they can see me or not, if they see that Care Bear poking out of my pocket, it must be me!

One last side note: I really loved the lecture, except for the temperature! I was freezing so much so that when Shoot got me up to help him, i was shaking so much that he actually noticed and lent me his coat… It must be a gal thing, because i have to admit: i was thinking what a gentleman Shoot is and i pretty much forgot all about the magic. LOL!