Brighten up your day with a slice of rainbow. In hot demand as celebratory cakes as well as sliced cakes in cafes, rainbow cake is all the rage now. This colourful, cheerful-looking cake usually comes in six layers of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Some people have complained that rainbow cakes are merely a case of style over substance; they look more impressive than they taste. We conduct an anonymous taste test of five highly-raved-about rainbow cakes in Singapore, to see if they are worth the attention:
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DELCIE'S DESSERTS & CAKES| Vegan cake shops are rare in Singapore; Delcie's is every vegan’s dream with their no-egg, no-dairy bakes. They even do gluten-free and diabetic-friendly cakes upon request. So for this vibrant vegan rainbow cake ($9.80), plant-based colours are used. This rainbow cake is also the only one in this review that has seven layers (the rest have six layers). As much as we wanted to like this vegan-friendly creation, its unpleasant gummy texture left a strange after-taste. It's a no from us for Delcie’s rainbow cake.
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THE COFFEE DAILY | The Rainbow Cake is one of The Coffee Daily’s signature items. At $10 a slice, it is the priciest cake in this review. The tall cake is composed of six layers of pretty pastel hues, and frosted with a delicious cream cheese frosting. It comes beautifully plated with chocolate ganache and rainbow sprinkles that say, “Somewhere over the :)”. The cake is quite moist, but rather dense and heavy. Unfortunately, there was a lingering artificial taste that is not too pleasant. We struggled to finish our slice.
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LYNN'S CAKES & COFFEE | They call this 'Rainbow Beauty'. Indeed, it is the first item on the cake counter that catches your attention the moment you walk into this brightly-lit café bakery. The Rainbow Beauty ($8.50) is a tall, stunning cake made up of six vibrant neon-like layers frosted with fluffy, whipped cream. At first bite, the cake was a little rough, but the moistness and lightness of the cake came through as we chewed. There was also a subtle but pleasant tinge of lemon that offset the richness of the cake. Unfortunately, the cake left a weird plastic feel on the tongue.
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LE CHOCOLAT CAFE | One of the most raved about rainbow cakes ($7), Le Chocolat’s creation is truly a sight to behold. The exterior of the cake – frosted in silky chocolate ganache – looks deceptively plain. But its exterior is a spectacular sight – six layers of striking colors with dark chocolate trickling down its sides. The cake is neatly assembled, with even layers of pound cake sandwiched between even layers of whipped cream. The cake is a little on the dry and sweet side. If not for the bittersweet chocolate ganache frosting, this rainbow cake would be boringly one-dimensional.
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THE BAKERY CHEF| Opened just a few months ago, this unassuming neighborhood patisserie cafe charms us with their surprisingly elegant creations. Their rainbow cake ($5.80) tastes just as good as it looks. Made up of six thin layers of pretty pastel shades, the soft sponge layers boasted fine, delicate crumbs. Lightly sprinkled with passionfruit syrup, the moist cake had pleasing bursts of sweetness and tanginess that danced on our palate. The mascarpone cream cheese frosting is scented with real vanilla bean and has just a hint of sugar. The overall result was very pleasant and light, and didn't leave a cloying sensation. This is one rainbow cake we’d absolutely want to eat again.