Dr Leslie Tay •
23 Nov 2011 • 249 reviews • 562 followers
What's the difference between a cupcake and a muffin? Like many things in life, it may be hard to differentiate the two. But when you see a muffin, you know it’s a muffin. If you asked me what the real difference is, I'd say a muffin is a bit lighter than a cupcake, whereas a cupcake has the texture and density of a butter cake. A muffin is more akin to a sponge cake. Perhaps the bakers can further enlighten us on the differences?
Anyway, I am always out and about looking for great food and value for money. So, ‘hotel quality muffins at hawker prices’ appealed to me. I am not big on muffins, so if you asked me before where the best muffins in Singapore were, I wouldn't have a clue. But now, I can say there’s one that had left quite a good impression on me.
So what’s so special about the muffins at this stall? Well, the lady behind the whole thing happened to be the pastry chef of the now defunct Lighthouse restaurant. Her vision was to make quality muffins available at very affordable prices. And for that price, she sure didn’t skimp on the quality of the ingredients. One of the most popular muffins would be her double chocolate chip muffins which she used some exotic chocolate from France. My favourite part of the muffin was the crispy rim of the crust. It was so crisp and just slightly sticky from the caramelised sugar. The inside was light, yet buttery and fragrant. When it comes to muffins, I normally stop at one, but I was very tempted to take at least two or three of these at the stall that day. Of course, waiting in the queue for several minutes and smelling the aroma of freshly baked muffins did whet the appetite to a large extent!