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  • Kelvin Eng, Devon Z.

The Baking Cloud, The Offshore

Chocolate and cake are a match made in heaven, but what if you throw in a shot of whisky or soju into the mix?

That was the question that was on owner Nicole’s mind when she opened The Baking Cloud. Like us, Nicole is a fellow foodie with a particular passion for desserts. Before starting The Baking Cloud, she ran a home baking business she called Nicolebakes for nine years. What’s especially admirable about her is that she opened The Baking Cloud while pregnant—definitely no easy feat.

Located on the ground floor of The Offshore, The Baking Cloud can be a bit hard to miss—make sure to look out for an open black door with the cafe’s name cursively written on it in chalk. Walk through the door and you’ll get to indulge in The Baking Cloud’s selection of alcoholic desserts and drinks. When ordering any of the alcoholic items on their menu, you have a choice between Jack Daniel’s, Bailey’s, or soju.

It's never too early for alcohol - start off with a cup of their Alcoholic Latte ($8.90 for hot, $9.90 for cold). We had ours with a shot of Bailey’s, and we found this latte to be a fine balance between the nutty creaminess of milk coffee and whisky. Neither flavour overpowered the other, and it was a pleasant cuppa joe overall.

Follow up your alcoholic dessert journey with their seven-piece Alcoholic Choc Shots ($12) (pictured as only two). Each dark chocolate ball is served with a shot of alcohol of your choice, making for a very indulgent treat indeed.

If you’re feeling a bit more peckish, try their Alcoholic Chocolate Cupcake ($5.50). Each of these cupcakes comes with a shot in the middle, so it’s best to have yours in one hearty bite. Warning: Be prepared for a messy, delightful surprise!

The Baking Cloud also serves Alcoholic Cake Jars ($18), perfect for the seasoned alcohol connoisseur. Topped with a single chocolate piece, these cake jars are layered with crumble at the bottom plus alcohol-soaked cake and chocolate mousse. As the alcohol content of these cake jars is quite high, they are best enjoyed by those who appreciate the heat of a strong alcoholic beverage.

Non-alcoholic drinks are also served at The Baking Cloud, and their Hot Chocolate ($5.90) is truly a hit. It all starts out as a chocolate heart rimmed by red and pink sprinkles in a cup. As hot milk is poured into the cup, the heart melts and out bursts a marshmallow surprise. Mix it all up and you’ve got yourself a comforting, delicious treat that’ll warm you up. As it is visually appealing, it definitely makes it one of The Baking Cloud's IG-worthy desserts.

And now we come to the pièce de résistance: The Flaming Surprise ($28). As its name suggests, expect a show-stopping performance involving the use of fire when this dessert is served.

It all begins when the lights are turned off to set the mood. Lightly warmed soju is set ablaze and poured onto a Yakult Soju Ice Cream Cake Bombe Alaska to caramelise its outer surface. The cake itself was light and fluffy, complementing the sweet Yakult soju that had underlying hints of grape in its flavour profile. The blowtorched parts of the cake are slightly bitter, so feel free to leave these out if you aren’t a fan. Another piece of art that is not only Instagrammable, it's a real treat!

Overall, we give The Baking Cloud a rating of 4/5. This is definitely a lovely place to check out if you’re in an adventurous mood and want to try something else instead of the conventional cakes and pastries served in standard cafes. The Baking Cloud 12 North Canal Road, Singapore 048825 Opening hours: 8:30am-9pm, last orders strictly at 10pm (In adherence to current regulations.)

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