There are pandan cakes. And great pandan cakes. Like everything else, not all pandan cakes taste alike though the ingredients are similar for most.
As someone who has tried baking pandan in my teens, I know that while the recipe seems simple, getting it right is not so easy. After several attempts, I decided that it’s better to buy than bake — eating a good cake makes the calories more worthwhile.
At a recent celebration, I was intrigued by a huge chiffon cake. One bite and I was sold.
So, I had to find out more about it and order it for my family to try.
Turns out it’s called The Giant Chiffon and home-baked by Mama Soh.
According to the website, they “work with local suppliers to source the freshest and most authentic ingredients, and use old-fashioned techniques to ensure the highest quality. The ingredients we use in all our cakes are 100% natural, with no preservatives, no chemical.”
“Our goal is to make your tastebuds happy and your belly dance,” it read.
I like that. I’m no belly dancer but it
We ordered one only — the cake costs S$35 plus $13 for delivery — but couldn’t wait so went to pick it up ourselves.
Here’s what I like about the cake:
- Light and fluffy — Getting the cake baked right takes lots of know-how. If not baked properly, pandan cakes can turn out dense or have the bottom denser than the rest of the cake. This cake is just right.
- Pinchable — I love it that the cake can be pinched without being squashed.
- Rich taste — My tastebuds were certainly happy.
- Lovely smell and colour — What’s a pandan chiffon cake without pandan, right? The smell is just nice, without being too overwhelming. And the colour is the right shade of green — neither too light nor dark.
- Lasting — Since it doesn’t use preservatives, the cake is best eaten fast. But with its ginormous size, it does require quite an appetitie even for my family of four plus helper to finish it at one or two gos. Even after a few days in the fridge, it still tasted just as good.
At S$35 per cake, it is pricey compared with others in the market. But with all that goodness and the sheer size, this cake is really worth every cent.
Overall, I give this my double thumbs up (top rating). You can order it from The Giant Chiffon to check this out yourself.