It’s probably not a coincidence that Korean bento-box cakes have been flooding my Instagram explore page as of late. Dressed minimally with a dream-like colour palette, these 4” cakes are easily recognizable and eye-catching, not to mention the latest craze in the baking world. Suitable for 2-3 people, these bento-box cakes are the perfect size to share with a few of your loved ones without having too many leftovers.
Whether you’re hunting for a celebration cake or just-because treat, these versatile and adorable cakes are a great alternative to traditional options. Here are some local bakeries creating these cute, Korean-style cakes in Singapore.
Three Petal Studio
Known for its simple and intricate designs, Three Petal Studios offers cakes ranging from 4” to 8” sizes. While its petite cakes come in two flavours, such as choco and vanilla, its larger cakes come in a variety of flavours (with an extra charge), including green tea, mocha, and choco peanut butter.
Consumers can choose from a variety of designs, which range from minimalist to vintage styles. Aside from its basic set designs, you can also opt for custom artwork or illustration for your cake order here.
Do note its website and order forms open on the 20th of each month — get your orders in quick as they are known to sell out fast.
Angst Bakes was started by EeRu, a self-taught home baker and mother. Her company is one of her proudest achievements, and she specializes in creating handmade bento cakes. Cake-lovers will notice her creations come in vibrant colours that will undoubtedly wow guests.
Its 3D-design bento cakes are a favourite among many, which feature adorable cake toppings in the shape of mini figurines. One of the most well-loved designs is a 3D frog sitting on the cake, which is a highly recognizable icon on social media. In addition to the classic vanilla and chocolate flavours, its cakes are also available in flavours such as Speculoos and Ovomaltine crunch.
Dough Re Mi
These dainty cakes are sure to win your heart, and your taste buds. Dough Re Mi was started in the middle of the pandemic because its founders, like many, found themselves suffering financially due to a loss of income. Refusing to dwell on the unprecedented circumstances, the founders took several courses and classes to hone their baking skills, and learned to create these minimalistic bakes.
One of our favourites from Dough Re Mi is its calendar cake — a twist on the traditional “Happy Birthday” signage cake. Its 4” cakes come in two shapes and two flavours: rounded and heart-shaped, and chocolate and vanilla. Add a personal touch to the cake by requesting a fully customised design for an additional cost. As it is a home-based baking business, availability is limited and order slots fill up quickly.
Made by Min
Influenced by Taiwanese tea culture, Made by Min offers delicate and refined cakes. Shermin, founder of Made by Min, graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in Singapore. She has worked in various restaurants, including Pantler and Lino, before starting Made by Min.
Her cakes are made-to-order and incorporate a variety of Asian flavours such as Oolong, black sesame, and fresh fruits. These cakes also range in size, from 5” up to 8”. The cakes here are minimal and simple, yet filled with various flavours and textures.
Started by a self-taught, home-based baker, Simply Bakez specialises in authentic Korean-inspired bento-box cakes. Besides bento box cakes, Simply Bakez also offers bigger cakes to cater to larger groups.
Choose from a wide range of colours and designs, depending on the occasion for celebration. You can also opt for a custom design for a more personalised touch. Cake sizes are available from 5” upwards, with a variety of flavours including Nutella, black tea, and coffee.
If you are looking for a unique cake, check out its lunchbox series: tasty cakes made with two layers of sponge cake, and covered in sweet, delicious buttercream.
If you’d rather have unique designs on your cake, rather than generic greetings, check out Eggyi Co’s unique bento-box cakes. While this cake shop does offer standard designs, its customizable options are much more fun and memorable. Its treats have featured all kinds of characters such as Totoro, Doraemon, Grogu (Baby Yoda), Disney characters, and more.
Choose between four different fillings such as vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and cookies and cream for any of the cakes. You can also opt for a heart-shaped cake for an additional charge too.
Galore Bake Studio
Instead of purchasing a Korean bento box cake, why not make your own? At Galore Bake Studio, explore your inner-cake decorator side, and create your very own bento cake with Singapore's first DIY Bento Cake Decorating Workshop.
This new boutique bakery offers both DIY and instructor-based workshops that specializes in burnt cheesecake, customized bento cakes, and birthday cakes. Dessert-lovers can add a personalized touch to their treat by decorating the bento cake however they fancy. The hardest part will be deciding what kind of design to go with.
Address: 371 Beach Road (City Gate Mall), B1, 70, 199597
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm-7:30pm, and closed on Mondays