The 7 Best Matcha Cakes in Singapore
Just like lunchbox cakes, matcha has popped up almost everywhere in recent years. It used to be found exclusively in tea shops but now you can find it almost anywhere—in places that serve lattes, milk teas, cookies, doughnuts, ice cream, and even brunch cafes.
Matcha is a Japanese green tea powder created from finely powdered dried tea leaves. It has a slightly bitter, vegetal flavour and a brilliant green hue due to the high chlorophyll content in the leaves. It’s been a staple of traditional Japanese tea ceremonies for generations, but its health advantages have recently made it popular in Singapore.
Today, we will talk about matcha in the most well-loved dessert on earth and possibly in the universe—cakes! Here are the 7 best Matcha cakes in Singapore…
The 7 Best Matcha Cakes in Singapore
Matchaya – The Cathay
Location: The Cathay, #01-08/09, 2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233
Operating Hours: Sunday to Thursday, from 11 AM to 10 PM, Friday to Saturday, from 11 AM to 10:30 PM
Matchaya takes the first spot on this list for many reasons, but mainly because it’s a one-stop cafe for every craving you might possibly have.
If you’re just looking for a place to eat brunch, you can depend on the huge menu of Matchaya. Offerings range from beef stew to fish and chips. They serve Japanese Chicken Katsu Curry (S$15.90) if you’re in the mood for that or some Osaka Fluffy Pancakes (S$16.90)!
Moving on to their dessert selection… Matchaya has an entire section for their tea desserts named Tea+ssert™!
Patrons and new customers love their Signature Matchaya Yuzu Cake (S$10) and Pâte à Choux (S$6).
You can never go wrong with the Matcha Azuki Roll Cake (S$6.50). This 100% activated charcoal sponge cake is made with ceremonial matcha Chantilly cream and Japanese red bean.
These matcha-flavoured desserts are best paired with their Cold Whisked Matcha Milk (S$7) or the Uji Matcha Soft Serve Tub (S$14.90).
If you’re looking for a quiet place in the Cathay area to enjoy your matcha cakes, then you should check out Matchaya!
Locations: 30 Victoria Street, #01-04/05 Singapore 187996
Operating Hours: Daily, from 12 PM to 9:30 PM, last order at 9:20 PM
The Hvala has four locations in Singapore and one in Indonesia. This should be enough proof that this place is loved by many across the country.
Hvala is a big name in Japanese tea culture in Singapore. The flagship store looks exactly like a Japanese tea house—minimalist and yet elegant.
Unlike Matchaya, Hvala’s huge menu offers desserts and pastries from top to bottom. Understandably, their popular selections vary from savoury to sweet.
You should try their dairy-free waffles drizzled with maple syrup, with a sprinkle of fragrant genmai (toasted rice), served alongside a scoop of oat milk or matcha °1 (lighter intensity of matcha) gelato. It’s vegan and costs only S$12.9!
Another popular item on the menu is the Chaffogato (S$7.9), made with a choice of oat milk or matcha °1 gelato with an intense shot of matcha or hojicha for that perfect harmony of hot and cold.
Hvala boasts moist and supple cakes that taste heavenly. The best options will be Chocolate Truffle, Goma (black sesame) Slice, Yuzu Cake, and Honey Early Grey Hazelnut, all at S$8.9 each.
Hvala also has a huge selection of drinks from ice blends, cold and hot brews, and lattes.
If you want to treat your tea-loving heart, Hvala is the place to go!
Location: 53 Amoy Street, Singapore 069879
Operating Hours: Sunday to Thursday, from 12 PM to 6:30 PM, Friday to Saturday, from 12 PM to 9 PM
The inside decor is lovely and modern, however, there is limited seating inside, so expect to queue. The pastries are all delicious, with complex textures and tastes, and the drinks are appropriate for any occasion. It’s a good spot for coffee and dessert after a meal at one of the numerous nearby restaurants.
Their signature is the Orh Nee Cake (S$8.56)—a vanilla sponge layered with velvety yam ginkgo paste, topped with coconut Chantilly cream, white chocolate pearls, and desiccated coconut—which patrons and new customers love.
You might also want to try their LUNA 2.0 (S$9.63)—a chocolate mousse made with Valrhona Guanaja 70%/ and embellished with hazelnut sponge and a dark chocolate glaze, hiding a crunchy core of crushed hazelnuts, salted caramel, hazelnut dacquoise, and dark chocolate-coated feuilletine.
Matcha Opera is also a recommended item on their menu—a matcha chiffon sponge filled with matcha mousse and matcha ganache, topped with matcha powder and Chantilly cream.
LUNA is a compact cafe with decorative pastries and desserts in a relaxed setting.
Lady M Confections
Location: 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central #01-27 & #02-07 Singapore 238896
Operating Hours: Sunday to Thursday, from 11:30 AM to 10 PM, Friday to Saturday, from 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM, last order for dine-in 30 mins before closing and for take-out 15 mins before closing
Lady M is the brand that sparked the renowned Mille crepe cake craze in 2005, and Singapore is one of Lady M’s first international markets. Today, Lady M has 5 established locations in Singapore.
Lady M @ Orchard Central, which is located on levels 1 and 2, has a stunning interior design. With its four-story-high ceiling and brilliant space in between, the Lady M is the cafe with the most spectacular interior on Orchard Road, if not all of Singapore.
Lady M’s most popular crepe cake is the Green Tea Mille Crepe (S$9.50), made with over 20 layers of paper-thin crepes.
Another must-have is their Strawberry Shortcake (S$9.50), which features a vanilla-infused sponge cake, made using a fine flour imported from Japan, and studded with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.
Pair these cakes with the refreshing hot cafe latte (S$5.50) and iced green tea latte (S$6.50).
Overall, Lady M Confection at Orchard Central Is a stunning restaurant in the heart of Orchard Road. If you want a place to have your afternoon break, check out their shop!
Keong Saik Bakery
Location: 41 Keong Saik Road Singapore 089146
Operating Hours: Daily, from 8 AM to 8:30 PM
Through their trendy bakes and coffee, Keong Saik Bakery offers a glimpse of traditional sentiments.
Kopi-o and teh-o are available for individuals who prefer classic coffee. Traditional blends can also be extracted using an espresso machine for a darker roast variation of “flat white” dubbed kopi-susu.
Their signature pastry, Sor Hei (S$5), was born as a tribute to the Majies—– traditional women who worked as domestic workers and vowed not to get married—of Keong Saik Road. The black and white Danish pastry with chocolate chip, shaped into the shape of hair combed in a bun, symbolized this.
Now for the matcha options, they have the Matcha Swiss Roll (S$7.50), Matcha Burnt Cheese Cruffin (S$6.70), Matcha Almond Croissant (S$4.80), and Matcha Almond Brioche Loaf (S$9.30).
At $5, Keong Saik Bakery offers an all-day breakfast set that includes a choice of bread, coffee, and two soft-boiled eggs.
Location: The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street #B1-09 Singapore 059817
Operating Hours: Daily, from 12 PM to 9 PM
It’s in the name, this shop offers what might be one of the best tiramisus in Singapore.
Their Matcha Tiramisu is the epitome of east meets west cuisine. This cake is made with biscuits that have been soaked in the finest Japanese green tea. While this cake has the same flavour as a tiramisu, it is lighter and more refreshing. Another must-try recipe.
Owner Judith learned to make tiramisu in France, not Italy, as people may think. She met her spouse in Paris, where she spent several years learning the ropes.
This was a family recipe passed down through the years, but she tweaked it with new flavours.
L’Atelier’s Tiramisu’s physical store is a hidden gem on Eu Tong Street and finding them might just be the highlight of your Singapore dessert experience.
Location: 53 Tras St, #01-01, Singapore 078992
Operating Hours: Monday to Saturday, from 12 PM to 10 PM, Sunday, from 12 PM to 6 PM
Nesuto is known for its lovely cakes that are light and tasteful. Its cakes are not heavy or too dense, just perfect balance in every bite. Desserts inspired by Japanese and French cuisine are available on the menu.
In case you’re undecided on which pairing to get, their menu has recommendations for desserts and drinks matches!
A wonderful blend of matcha mascarpone and azuki red beans is sandwiched between the light matcha cotton sponge in their Japanese Matcha Azuki Cake.
Note that there includes a hint of rum to enhance the matcha flavour, while the rum flavour is barely discernible.
Signature items include Suzette (S$9.80), Blush Berry (S$9), and Yuzu Raspberry Cake (S$9).
There you have it! The best matcha cakes in Singapore offer truly indulgent and sophisticated flavours that go well with the mild bitterness of matcha. They are also quite affordable, provided you are willing to spend a few dollars for a sweet treat.
And if matcha cake isn’t your thing, don’t worry, we have also put together a list of the eight best cake cafes in Singapore too!
As always, if you feel like there are some hidden gems in the list, feel free to leave a comment below. Maybe you can also let us know where you like to go for matcha cakes and what your favourite flavour and store are!
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Wow, I had no idea that matcha has so many health benefits! I’m definitely going to start drinking it more often.