Tested: Singapore’s best cheesecake

A few weeks ago, I had a real cheesecake run. First, on Wednesday, trying the best rated cheesecake in Singapore: Cat & Fiddle bakery. On Sunday, I also tried  Japanese style cheesecake for the first time, and two different Ben & Jerry’s cheesecake flavored ice cream. A quadruple whammy!

Cat-&-the-Fiddle

This post is my evaluation of The Cat & Fiddle. Online praise for this place is massive, and they are known for their daring flavors. So of course I had to try two different pieces to form an opinion!

Now, I consider myself a bit of a cheesecake connoisseur. I’ve tried Cheesecake in multiple continents and countries. I have baked hundreds of them during the last 7 years or so, slowly perfecting my method while experiencing with many different proportions and ingredients. So, going into the stand up against Singapore’s best – I was confident.

I tried the salted caramel piece, and a chocolate mousse piece.

Texture of filling

The chocolate mousse one was slightly too “whipped creamy” for my taste. I personally enjoy a thick, dense and rich NY style filling. This one was more like a semi-solid pudding.

The caramel one though, was excellent. Nice and firm!

Crust

One of the make-or-break parts of any cheesecake. The chocolate one didn’t have what I call a valid cheesecake crust. It was more like a sponge cake bottom. Soft, but not moist enough to be a delicious brownie. Disappointing.

The caramel piece lived up to the expectation of a crust. It’s crust was crunchy enough and sweet enough – but suffered from a very common cheesecake crust fail: way too thin. Too bad, because it was delicious. When I make cheesecake, I always double or even triple the amount of crust in a recipe. Killer tip right there.

Overall opinion

I wasn’t impressed by the chocolate one. Questionable if it even deserved to be called a true cheesecake. The salted caramel one was good though! Great texture, delicious (but thin) crust. It also fell a bit short on the topping. It was some sort of transparent gelatin layer. It was very thin and I couldn’t even make out what flavor it had. Too bad. When it comes to cheesecake, timidness is not the way to go. Baking a great cheesecake requires that you pull out all the stops and enter full blown decadency mode. Go bold baby!

I’ll also note that the take away packaging wasn’t exactly designed for eating on the go. I had a very hard time getting the cake piece out of the protective plastic. I came very close to dropping the pieces in the process of trying to unpack them to eat.

Price vs. size

The Cat & Fiddle fall short big time in this area. The pieces are pricey, while being ridiculously small. Guys, close up for a few days and take a business trip over to The Cheesecake Factory to watch and learn.

Conclusion

I win. My own perfected recipe beats The Cat and Fiddle ANY day. Bring it on 🙂

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