Lights, camera, dessert! 10 dramatic desserts in S’pore we can’t take our eyes off

There’s plating… and then there’s drama. So if you’re into over-the-top plating that almost (but not quite) overshadows the dishes themselves, keep reading. We’ve tried (and loved) and now bring to you the 10 dramatic desserts in Singapore that deserve an Oscar for overacting!

Do these desserts taste as good as they look? Find out for yourself.

1. Cotton Candy CrazyShake® by Black Tap

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Blacktap’s Cotton Candy CrazyShake® (S$24) is what I imagine unicorn droppings would look like. This strawberry shake is respectably pink inside the glass but morphs into an explosion of hot pink, dazzling white, and baby blue pearl chocolates. Not to be outdone by anyone, anywhere, it then adds a huge pink lollipop, cotton candy and rock candy, too.

Shockingly pink drama.

10 Bayfront Ave #L1-80, Bay Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018972
+65  6688 9957
Mon to Fri: 12pm – 11pm
Sat & Sun: 11am – 11pm
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2. Shiro Kuma by Baristart Coffee

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Is it animal cruelty to eat this kawaii fluffy white Shiro Kuma (S$9.80) bear? Just look at all that fluffy, cutesy Hokkaido shaved ice fur! And those pleading down-turned chocolate eyes?

If your stomach overrules your heart (you beast), you will enjoy its drizzling of Hokkaido BIEI Jersey Milk over vanilla, coffee, strawberry, mango or green tea ice-cream. It all sits on a bed of sweet fruits, including orange, mango, white peach and strawberry.

Drama level: PETA investigation

65 Tras Street, Singapore 079004
Daily: 9am – 9pm
40 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 098996
Daily: 9am – 5pm
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3. Flaming Rum Baba with Chantilly Ice-Cream by FOC

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The flame of FOC’s Flaming Rum Baba with Chantilly Ice-Cream (S$14) lasts only for about 5 seconds but the spectacle of flaming spiced rum engulfing the French brioche bread is completely worth it. And so is the taste— FOC’s Chantilly ice-cream is ever so light and airy, and combined with the cake to create a texture somewhat similar to bread and butter pudding, albeit a very atas one. I also loved that it was not very sweet. 

Drama level: Hellfire

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40 Hongkong St, Singapore 059679
+65 6100 4040
Tue-Sat: 12pm – 3:30pm, 6pm – 10:30pm
Sun: 6pm – 10:30pm
Closed on Mon
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4. Churro Choco Taco CrazyShake® by Black Tap

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Blacktap clearly doesn’t understand what glass brims are for since their desserts take ‘overflowing’ to another level entirely.

The Churro Choco Taco CrazyShake® (S$24) begins as a regular shake but goes on to add cinnamon toast crunch, then adds a choco taco, and two churros before topping it off with whipped cream and dulce de leche drizzle.

Gigantic levels of drama.

10 Bayfront Ave #L1-80, Bay Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018972
+65  6688 9957
Mon to Fri: 12pm – 11pm
Sat & Sun: 11am – 11pm
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5.  Applewood Smoked Waffle by Up in Smoke

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As if the SCDF’s job wasn’t hard enough already! Now, where there’s smoke, there can also be waffles and ice-cream. Up in Smoke’s Applewood Smoked Waffle (S$10) is smoked in sandalwood then covered in a jar to dramatise the smoky reveal. Push the theme even further with a topping of smoked cheese ice cream, the Scamorza Gelato (S$5).

Drama level: Call 999 (or is it 995, I always forget)

1 W Coast Dr, #01-67 NeWest, Singapore 128020
+65 9738 8360
Daily: 11am – 10 pm
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6. Original Pancakes Stack by Beyond Pancakes

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Avoid if you’re afraid of heights and take it as a personal challenge for your engineering skills. This stack of 10 is made up of Original American Pancakes— Medium (S$8.90 for 4 pcs) and Tall (S$10.90 for 6 pcs). Toppings (‘bottomings’ in this case) are Strawberry (S$2.90) and Blueberry (S$2.90). Vanilla ice-cream (S$2.50), butter and maple syrup complete the journey.

Drama level: Eating Tower of Pisa

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Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, #03-131A, Singapore 039594
+65 69090799
Mon to Fri: 11am – 9 pm
Sat: 10am – 10:30 pm
Sun: 10am – 9pm

City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, #02-35/36, Singapore 208539
+65 69096265
Daily: 9am – 10pm
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7.  Bonzai by KOMA

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After all that drama, let’s end with a dessert that’s apparently designed to bring the balance of Zen back into your life. This is the Bonzai ($17) by Koma at Marina Bay Sands, a restaurant which itself is so drama that it has a bridge inside. Everything on the Bonzai plate is edible— the pot is rich, bitter-ish praline, the soil is dark chocolate and the leaves are green tea sponge. Chocolate mouse and vanilla ie cream are served on the side.

Drama level: So high you bought a bonsai

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The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave, # B1 – 67, Singapore 018972
+65 6688 8690
Daily: 11:30am – 3pm (Lunch), 5pm – 12am (Dinner)
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8. Cloudy Waffles by Monday Blues

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The Cloudy Waffles (S$14.80) from Monday Blues are its biggest draw. Each comes with a double scoop of your choice of 16 ice-cream flavours and the cotton candy cloud costs an extra S$1. Have it in a cone for an additional S$1 or add toppings such as chocolate rice, rainbow sprinkles, and almond flakes at S$0.50 each.

Sky-high drama.

749 Geylang Road, Singapore 389655
+65 8201 3144
Daily: 1pm – 3am
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9. Uji Matcha by Roji Monster Ice Cream

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Good news and bad news, guys. Bad news: Oscar the Grouch was run over flat. Good news: He has been made into ice-cream. So it seems with Roji Monster’s Uji Matcha ($12.90). It’s actually thin sheets of ice-cream made from real green tea, then topped with dango and azuki bean paste, followed by Wang Wang egg biscuits. Icing sugar completes the asymmetrical googly eyes look. 

Drama level: Sesame Treat

52 Tg Pagar Rd, Singapore 088473
+65 6223 1023
Tue – Sun: 1pm – 10:30pm
Closed on Mon
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10. Chocolate H2O by 2am :dessertBar

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Fancy yourself some edible abstract art? Head down to 2am: dessertbar and sample the Chocolate H2O (S$22). The design is inspired by corals (I can imagine Nemo in the colourful mix) and is a heavenly combination of chocolate water mousse, salted caramel, yuzu sorbet, yuzu calamansi sauce, chocolate soil, and burnt caramel parfait. It is surprisingly light and airy, and a truly artistic dessert in appearance.

Drama level: Finding Nemo… eaten

21A Lor Liput, Singapore 277733
+65 6291 9727
Tues – Sun: 1pm – 12am
Closed on Mon
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And there you go— our line up of favourite dramatic desserts in Singapore. Which of them would win your award for best costume?

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