Cupcakes @ 51 FiveOne Degrees

Hey everyone!

Most of you might have read about the downfall of Crumbs Bake Shop (based in the United States and was once the largest cupcake company in the world) and how the gourmet cupcake trend has been on a decline over the past few years. Fortunately, most if not all of the cupcakeries I patronise in Singapore are still surviving even though queues have significantly shortened and some (the more indie ones) have also pared down their operating hours.

As an ardent lover of gourmet cupcakes, I’m always on the lookout for spectacular cupcakes that are sold in physical stores (so that I can try some flavours without having to meet the minimum order, unlike buying from online shops) and recently, I came to know about this cupcakery at Toa Payoh North (just across SPH building) which has already got me hooked and had me return for the second time (despite staying in the extreme west of Singapore). It may not be the most convenient place to get to, but trust me, the cupcakes are worth the 15-minute walk from the nearest MRT station under the scorching hot sun! And the calories.

So if you guys haven’t heard of 51 FiveOne Degrees, it’s about time you do. Apparently, it’s quite a well-known cupcakery too, having featured on The Straits Times, herworldPLUSThe Smart Local and many others I believe I have yet to stumble upon.

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Shop front

My first box of 51 FiveOne Degrees cupcakes was given to me by my boyfriend who discovered the gem one fine day when he decided to make a detour to his workplace. It was one of the best gifts from him ever.

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So pretty and summer-isque! I didn’t note down the name though because we were in a hurry 😦

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More cupcakes!

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They sell tarts too!

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And more tarts!

At S$3.80 per cupcake, prices are generally higher than those sold in mainstream cupcakeries like Twelve Cupcakes. 51 FiveOne Degrees, however, offers a discounted rate of S$20 for a box of 6. You’d be so tempted to buy more than you can stomach simply because it’s way cheaper to purchase in quantities. (It’s okay, you can always share them with your loved ones!)

With a wide variety of flavours to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice! It took me some time to finally decide on the 6 flavours because everything on display looked so appetising and ravishing, especially the swirled frosting and the carefully crafted candy glass!

Here’s what I ordered and a brief review on each of them:

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My cupcake selection 🙂 Top row (from left): Speculoos Cookie Butter, Cookie ‘n’ Cream, Lemon Grey // Bottom row (from left): Forest Berries, Red Velvet, Salted Caramel

Speculoos Cookie Butter is a classic vanilla bean cupcake with Speculoos cookie butter filling topped with buttercream, cookie crumbs and a fraction of a caramalised biscuit.

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Speculoos Cookie Butter cupcake (S$3.80)

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Speculoos cookie butter filling

A must-have for cookie lovers, this is the best cupcake flavour hands down and also my top favourite which I’d always pick as one of my 6 choices. The thick and creamy Speculoos cookie butter filling is the reason why the cupcake is so crunchy and addictive. It’s so good, it just makes you beg for more!

Forest Berries is a classic Madagascar vanilla bean cupcake baked with forest berries and topped with blackcurrant buttercream.

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Forest Berries cupcake (S$3.80)

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Forest Berries cupcake

The presentation is gorgeous and I especially love the little fondant flower placed on the swirls. The cupcake is slightly sour due to the forest berries that are fused into it, as well as the blackcurrant frosting. But on the overall, it’s alright to give this a miss because there are better-tasting flavours!

The Red Velvet cupcake is an all-time favourite classic made with a hint of cocoa and topped with vanilla cream cheese frosting.

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Red Velvet cupcake (S$3.80)

Moist and soft, it was baked to perfection with a vanilla cream cheese frosting so divine. But it would have fared better on my charts if there was filling in the cupcake.

Cookie ‘n’ Cream is a vanilla bean cupcake blended with cookie crumbs garnished with rich Oreo biscuit buttercream.

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Cookie ‘n’ Cream cupcake (S$3.80)

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Cookie ‘n’ Cream cupcake (pardon the terrible lighting)

I’m a huge sucker for anything Oreo (I love my Fried Oreo, Oreo Cheesecake, Oreo Milkshake, Oreo McFlurry, well, you get the gist) so this was one flavour I had to try. Visually, it looked stunning and appealing. But taste-wise, the absence of filling made it less memorable and the Oreo biscuit that was tucked into the frosting was already soggy by the time I ate it. The cupcake was perfectly moist and fluffy nonetheless and a (surprise!) full piece of Oreo biscuit was also baked into the bottom of the cupcake. On the overall, it’s worth a try but I wouldn’t buy it again.

Salted Caramel is a classic Madagascar vanilla bean cupcake filled with a Fleur De Sel caramel core and topped with buttercream.

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Salted Caramel cupcake (S$3.80)

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Fleur De Sel caramel core

I sank my teeth into the cupcake and felt the thick and gooey caramel filling oozing into my mouth. It was incredible and of course, sweet. The core was relatively big and it occupied most of the middle of the cupcake, enough to satisfy any caramel lover.

And finally, we have Lemon Grey, an Earl Grey cupcake with a lemon curd core topped with lemon buttercream.

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Lemon Grey cupcake (S$3.80)

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Beautiful icing rose

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Lemon curd core

Taking a short break from the usual sweet treats, this cupcake has got nice and refreshing citrusy flavour which would instantly perk you up from your post-lunch slump (thus making it an ideal choice for your takeaway dessert during the workdays). It is tangy and perfectly balanced by the mild sweetness of the Earl Grey cupcakes. Definitely worth a try! 🙂

Apart from cupcakes, people also flock to 51 FiveOne Degrees from all over Singapore for their chiffon cakes which apparently are their best sellers! Widely adored for their soft and cottony texture, these chiffon cakes come in 3 flavours – Premium Chocolate, Orange and Pandan – and they typically sell out by noon. We bought the Pandan one for S$13.50. Not sure if the same price applies to the other two flavours.

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Pandan Chiffon Cake

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Pandan Chiffon Cake

By the way, did you know that this cupcakery is owned by a 23-year-old Singaporean girl? Her baking skills are truly astonishing especially at such a tender age. I will definitely return again to try the filled tarts and more cupcakes. New flavours for the latter are introduced every now and then and I’m pretty excited to find out what great flavours are in store! The catalogue on its Facebook page and website isn’t up-to-date though, so they only way to know all the flavours is to visit the physical store.

That’s all for this review 🙂

Thanks for reading! ❤

51 FiveOne Degrees
203 Toa Payoh North
#01-1113
Singapore 310203
Tel : 6526 9328
Operating hours: Mon-Fri – 11:55am – 8:55pm
Sat – Sun – Closed
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Cupcakes @ Fluff Bakery

Hey everybody!

During my staycation a few months ago at Hotel Clover, Bf and I walked past a stretch of road that leads to Haji Lane and Kampong Glam and we saw this super long queue formed outside a shop called Fluff Bakery. The time was a few minutes past noon and the queue was so long that it extended all way to the next small road beside it. We were both intrigued by the long line so we did a quick Google search about the bakery on the spot.

Apparently, it’s a very famous bakery well-known for their cupcakes and they’re often sold out within a few hours! And many a times, there’d be people who’d queue for 30 minutes only to realise that everything was gone the moment it was their turn to order. We didn’t want to risk queueing so long under the scorching sun. It was also partly because we were famished and we needed food right then, so we gave the bakery a miss and went to have our lunch at Pastamania (which was awful by the way).

We didn’t expect to walk that same stretch of road again 3 months later (to celebrate my birthday again at Hotel Clover) and this time we were early!

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I guess the hype has died down a little because the queue was seemingly shorter now but yay, that means first-timers like me would get the opportunity to try their famed cupcakes! The waiting time was less than 10 minutes and I managed to get all the flavours they had. Like Twelve Cupcakes, they have different flavours every week.

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This was the menu for the week of 17 November!

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One of their regular flavours is Nutella Red Velvet

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Another regular: Salted Caramel

Looking at the pictures can already make me drool! The beautifully decorated cupcakes are just too enticing. Who would be able to resist them, you tell me?!

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Nutella Red Velvet and Crème brûlée

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I’ll introduce them one by one in awhile!

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Here’s what I got! Top view 🙂

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Top row (from left): Explosive Cookie Butter Latte, Nutella Red Velvet, Crème brûlée // Bottom row (from left): Pecan Orange Salted Caramel Liquid Cheesecake, Salted Caramel, Ispahan

I only realised that I had forgotten to take pictures of them individually (except for Ispahan) today. Bummer 😦 Anyways…

Salted Caramel is described as a vanilla cake with salted caramel filling, vanilla Mascarpone frosting and salted caramel drizzle.

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Bf isn’t a fan of Caramel so I got to devour the entire thing, woohoo! However the caramel tasted like Werther’s Original caramel flavoured sweets so I’m not sure if it’s hand-made by the people at Fluff (or did they just conveniently melt the sweets? But I choose to believe everything was D.I.Y). The filling was really thick which made the cupcake overly sweet in my opinion. *reaches out for a cup of water* But I’m sure caramel lovers would love this to death!

Explosive Cookie Butter Latte is described as a light and fluffy coffee cake with Speculoos cookie butter filling, Speculoos cookie butter frosting, cookie crumbs and an explosive white chocolate shard. You must be kiddin’ me.

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OH MY GOD.

This is it. Ladies and gentlemen, I have found my new favourite cupcake flavour. I’m usually a sucker for Red Velvet but this just takes the cake (no pun intended hehe). I love this so much that I regretted not buying a few more of this because this was one of their limited edition flavours! NOO! Hey Fluff, when are you bringing this back again? I will be first in line just for this 😦

This cookie-flavoured cupcake has a good mix of crunchiness (from all the cookie crumbs, yum!) and softness. What I like about Fluff’s cupcakes is that everyone of them is filled with sweet and savoury fillings that surprise you with every bite. It ensures the moistness of the cake and makes you crave for more!

And why explosive, you ask? Because the popping candy that coated the white chocolate shards would fizz and pop in your mouth! I’m not sure if you guys are old enough to know what the candy is but during my time, it came in a form of a foot-shaped lollipop like this:

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source: alibaba

Oh my God, they are so creative I love it! Who would have thought of incorporating something like that into a cupcake? It made eating cupcake so much more fun haha. Now if you see any cupcake described as “explosive” by Fluff Bakery, you know why!

Crème brûlée is described as a light and fluffy vanilla cake with a creme brûlée filling, topped with Mascarpone frosting and burnt sugar shards.

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I must really take my hats off to Fluff Bakery for being able to bake crème brulée into a cupcake. Every keen baker would know that making and perfecting the taste of crème brulée aren’t easy. Heck, you don’t even need to be a baker to know that because Masterchef shows you everything that happens in the kitchen haha. But their ability to fuse a casual dessert with one of higher-end is definitely very admirable.

I like that the cupcake is soft and creamy, but I don’t fancy that burnt sugar shards at all. Granted, they were burnt intentionally, but they were just too bitter for my liking. You can do without them because everything else was perfect 🙂

Nutella Red Velvet is described as a red velvet cake with Nutella filling and cream cheese frosting.

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It’s heavenly *_*

A cupcake shop is never complete without the crowd’s favourite Red Velvet cupcake. To me, it’s one very important flavour to have because my final verdict of the cupcakes depends very heavily on it. Hence my eyes were already set on their Red Velvet cupcake before I stepped foot in the shop. And I wasn’t disappointed at all.

It is fluffy, moist and its sweetness is just right – exactly what I’m looking for in Red Velvet cupcakes. To top it off, it’s filled with everyone’s favourite chocolate hazelnut spread which complements the overall taste. It’s basically a major crowd pleaser that’s bound to sell out before the rest. But fret not, this is a permanent flavour so it’s available every single day!

Pecan Orange Salted Caramel Liquid Cheesecake is described as a light and fluffy vanilla cake with liquid cheesecake filling, orange salted caramel frosting and caramelised pecans on top.

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I don’t really like nuts but I must say that they’re necessary here because they gave the cupcake the extra crunch! It’s really good, light and tasty. It felt like eating a real cheesecake because of the generous amount of filling.

I love to eat but I’m also very weight-conscious at the same time. I usually avoid eating (too much of) the frosting of cupcakes but I actually don’t mind sacrificing a few pounds (just run more rounds lor) for the frosting on Fluff’s cupcakes, especially this one! It’s so one-of-a-kind and delectable and I’d kill myself if I wasted it!

Last but not least…

The Ispahan cupcake is described as a light and fluffy rose cake with a lychee filling and raspberry frosting.

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SO BEAUTIFUL (erm btw, the rose flower is inedible)

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This is another unique flavour that really stood out but somehow isn’t very popular (last to sell out every time). I guess it’s an acquired taste? But I ABSOLUTELY love it! The lychee filling really upped the game. It’s something that you can hardly find elsewhere (in fact, you seldom see fruit-flavoured cupcakes, do you?). It’s thick, flavourful yet not too sweet at the same time. I got the orgasmic feel biting into the cupcake. It’s AWESOME! Unfortunately, it’s not included in this week’s menu 😦 I hope it’ll make a comeback!

Each cupcake costs S$4. Quite a hefty price tag but I say it’s worth it! Also, it’s HALAL so it’s practically for everyone!

It opens at noon on most days and queues would already start forming before that. I’m not a morning person so I’m not sure when I’ll go back again 😦 Plus, it’s so far from where I live! Fluff Bakery, Y U NO DELIVER?

That’s all for this post! Thanks for reading guys 🙂

Fluff Bakery
12 Jalan Pisang
Operating hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 12pm ’til sold out (around 3-4pm)
Nearest MRT station: Bugis
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