Plain Vanilla Bakery
CRUMBS OF COMFORT Our story is simple – Plain Vanilla Bakery was borne of an earnest desire for some good old-fashioned cake. We’ll make no bones about how we love our European pastries – give us some cream-filled choux pastry and we’ll happily wolf it down. But there are days when all we want is cake. A slice of warm apple pound cake drizzled with caramel; tall layers of light sponge cake and buttercream; or just three or four mouthfuls of a cupcake smothered in enough frosting with leftovers for licks when the cake’s all gone. So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to bring it back to basics. We take what our grandmothers and mothers were made of and we make it even better. We’re talking childhood-reminiscent flavours made from seasonal ingredients worthy of a home kitchen, only the treats are scrummier and more comforting than you remember. We’ve all felt that warm fuzziness – stirring in the hours of late morning to the wafting scent of freshly baked butter sponge, or quietly traipsing to the kitchen fridge at midnight when the tummy rumbles for that last slice of pound cake. Remember all that simple goodness? That’s what you’ll find with us.
Tip: Go early to avoid disappointment as they sell out really fast.
I first tried on at a flea market in the National Museum. It was the mint-green logo that caught my eye. But it was the taste that turned me into a zealot. Upon trying the cinnamon brown sugar cupcake, my life was changed forever. It was like biting into a flavourful cloud that was neither too moist or dry but a delicate balance in-between. The fragrance of the cinnamon melded together with the soft sweetness of the brown sugar and as you chewed, you realised that the cupcake god was born and her name was Vanessa, that's the owner by the way. I don't know how she does it but she turns all other cupcakes to stodgy, cloyingly sweet sponges. So far there's only been one other brand that's matched up, but that's a story for another day.
Plain Vanilla manages to create the perfectly balance, no, symmetry, of flavours, fragrances and textures needed in a perfect cupcake and the icing used has never disappointed either. It never overwhelms but brings out the flavours of the cupcakes. While their flavours aren't the most innovative, they are the best of each.
Be sure to try my other two favourites as well! The earl grey lavender and the salted caramel: Pinnacles of perfection.
Plain Vanilla Bakery is anything but plain. I love their cupcakes, and they come in many flavours that are unique and innovative. I especially love one of the classics though - the red velvet cupcake never fails to send me into a sugar rush/sweet high.
The simple decor and layout make for a rather uncluttered buying experience, although the crowd messes it up a bit - but I suppose they are just that good. I don't mind the wait, even if it stretches for half an hour (the longest I've waited for a box of their cupcakes).
My family loves these too, and I'm always seen as a super filial daughter whenever I arrive home bearing these, so if you have someone you want to placate, pick up a box!
Again, I was proven to be wrong when I first heard about Plain Vanilla. Located conveniently at Holland Village, this little shop has no lack of customers - me included. I vividly remember this time when I was there and the staff was out for lunch. I waited for a good half an hour, only to return to a long queue which continued down the stairs.
Other times included me heading to Plain Vanilla at 7PM only to find them closed, much to my disappointment. My absolute favourite would have to be the red velvet - it's such a classic. However, don't take my word for it - go try it out for yourselves! The cupcakes are moist and yummy, making every bite a delight.
P.S. I still hate muffins.
Perhaps I'm not the fairest critic, after all I am severely handicapped and my knees go weak by the mere scent of batter and cream cheese frosting. This is why my favorite is the red velvet, followed by the cinnamon cupcake. I usually pick those, and a random few of others to fill up half a dozen's worth. What? A bigger box containing more cupcakes always looks better no?
They've since expanded and opened another outlet in Tiong Bahru, and this time there is seating available. The outlet at Tiong Bahru sells other baked awesomeness other than cupcakes. Fortunately for me though, my taste buds are loyal to only cupcakes.
Nonetheless, nothing beat my favorite peanut butter-chocolate chip cupcakes. The icing was so finely blended that it tastes like I’m being spoonful of peanut butter. Delicious yet not sinful. How am I going to resist all the temptations of eating their cupcakes? However, I have to think twice whenever I want to eat. Not only due to the high calories of eating desserts and the cost of buying a cupcakes that cost $3.50. Not economic friendly to my wallet though. Perhaps, the only way out, would be to wait for them to hire part-time bakers: D.
I also like the minimalist and simple take away cardboard box with sits 4 cupcakes. There will be a rope tied to the box for you to hold the box with. Unlike the take-and-go outlet at Holland V, the outlet at Tiong Bahru is a store that allows you to sit in and enjoy their range of cupcakes, drinks and desserts! I had a cupcake there last week and I really liked the overall ambience of the place. It is clean, bright, not overly noisy and as a nice baking aroma wafting around the place. The staff are always friendly and helpful and if are very happy to recommend you their special bakes and popular cakes! Highly recommend all their cupcakes except for the red velvet ones.
Cookies and cream, isn't that the classic love? I recommend keeping it refrigerated for a couple of hours or overnight, because it helps the icing to set again, so that it won't be a melting mess when you take a bite. My first bite tasted like heaven! Their cupcakes are so moist, and they're not overly sweet.The amount of icing is in perfect ratio to the amount of batter. With those little cooking crumbs at the top, it just finishes the look!
It's a wonderful gift to give to your friends, or grab as a perk-me-up! Surely a brilliant Valentine's present too, if your girlfriend is one for sweet treats! I'm definitely going back for more!
For one, I'm a person who doesn't fancy creamy icings or cream cheese. The icing on Plain Vanilla's cupcakes are perfect for me, because they melt in the mouth as soon as you bite it. It's more of a sugary frosting than leaning towards the creamy end, and I am extremely grateful for that.
As for the cupcakes themselves, the texture is wonderful. They're moist, but still chewy. My personal favourites are the Red Velvet and the Cinnamon. But I know of many who love the Strawberry White Chocolate.
In short, the frosting and cupcakes go extremely well together, and I would recommend Plain Vanilla to every cupcake lover.
The milk chocolate banana was a little disappointing as the banana did not go well with the frosting and the cake itself. The cookies and cream one was heavenly. A chocolate cupcake served with cookies and cream frosting with a small piece of oreo as garnish. Take the circle line to Holland Village and try these cupcakes yourself to see why they are rather outstanding in terms of taste and location!