Pandan cake named Singapore's national cake

Pandan cake from local bakery Bengawan Solo.
Pandan cake from local bakery Bengawan Solo.PHOTO: BENGAWAN SOLO

The humble pandan cake made headlines recently, when it was named one of the world's 17 best cakes by the travel website of United States news outlet CNN.

Perhaps more surprisingly, it was listed as Singapore's national cake, an accolade it shared with neighbour Malaysia.

Describing the cake as "essentially a chiffon cake" infused with green-coloured juice from the pandanus palm, CNN's April 2 article said: "The radioactive hue of this cake belies its natural woodsy flavour. When married to fluffy- yet-moist chiffon cake, it's a revelation."

Singapore bakeries Pine Garden and Bengawan Solo received a mention, with Pine Garden's version of the pandan cake praised as being one of the best.


Meanwhile, kueh lapis, which CNN identified as lapis legit, was named Indonesia's national cake.

The popular red bean pancake dorayaki was named Japan's national cake, while Hong Kong's was malaigo, the traditional Cantonese steamed brown sugar sponge cake served in dim sum restaurants.

Other notable mentions included Turkey's baklava, Victoria sponge from Britain, tiramisu from Italy, pavlova from New Zealand and cheesecake from the US.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 20, 2017, with the headline 'Pandan cake named Singapore's national cake'. Print Edition | Subscribe