Another efficacious tai-tai-in-training session, this time at chi-chi Royal Copenhagen Tea Lounge, one of the more popular hangouts for real tai-tais (unlike wannabes like me) in town; and more importantly, another successful bloggers’ gathering!
Eating with these foodies-friends means that there’s no worry of over ordering. “Too much” is not in our dictionary because there can never be too much. So in true tai-tai spirit, we got to tell the waitress “We want ALL the cakes except this and that”. And wow, the feeling was so fantastic! How I wish I can say this all the time!
I’ll start off with the cake I like most of all: Upside Down Pineapple Carrot Cake ($5.50++). Not the traditional American carrot with cream cheese frosting, this was very moist, nutty and fruity with a soft and dense texture. Love this lots!
Cranberry Almond Cake ($5.50++) came in a close second, just because I like the distinct tangy-sweet berries interspersed throughout the smooth sponge cake.
Spot the glorious specks of vanilla beans? The Danish Butter Cake ($5.50++) was very enjoyable with a not-too-rich custard filling sandwiched between not-too-buttery sponge cake!
Another cake I’m fond of is the epitome of beauty in simplicity: Orange Cake ($5.50++) which was very light and zesty, perfect for afternoon tea!
Though the Assiette of Citrus ($11.90++) scored high marks for presentation, I didn’t like everything on the plate. Lemonade sorbet on orange tulip basket was a tad too sweet to me (I like sour stuff) while the citrus almond sponge pudding was such a misnomer as it’s just a sponge cake that’s rather dry. The group’s favourite was the citrus tart which had a nice balance between sour and sweet!
No English tea can be completed without any scones! Though this holds the grand title of being “RC Signature Scones“($7.90++), it lacked a rich buttery flavour and texture wasn’t light and fluffy enough. I avoided the butter and whipped cream but the Danish fruits spread was great! If only I have better tasting scones to spread it on.
Almond Meringue Cream Butter Cake ($5.50++) was definitely more cream than meringue. Nothing exciting.
I’m finding it hard to be impressed by any chocolate cakes anymore because they are so everywhere now. Though it looked sinful and decadent, The Mudslide Royale ($5.50++) was too rich and dense to wow any of us.
Hands down, this is the most expensive slice of Banana Loaf ($5.50++) I’ve ever eaten. After trying all the other interesting cakes, the unanimous vote for this was “dull and boring”. I think if I were to have this loaf any other day without any distraction, I’d like this for its moistness and sweet banana fragrance.
The ugliest cake of the lot, the Cream of Layer ($5.50++) showcased the poor cake cutting skills of the RC’s staff. The only things I like are the berries on top, which goes to show how much I didn’t like the cake.
One thing about RC’s cakes is that most of them are based on almond/butter cakes, i.e. the classic old-fashioned English cakes which are surprisingly to my liking despite the heavy use of butter. Prices are so affordable that I’m definitely coming back for the English Tea Set and that elusive green tea cake which I want so badly!
Check out the other foodies’ write-ups:
Daniel from Memoirs of Food;
Harris from The Simplest Aphrodisiac;
Justin from j2k3blogs; and
Phoebe from For the Love of… Calories and Weighing Scales.
Royal Copenhagen Tea Lounge
2F Ngee Ann City
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