Popular bakery Olsen Bakehouse opens in a gorgeous Joo Chiat shophouse with orh nee & pulut hitam cakes

by Christabel Tan

Got a craving for cake, cake, and nothing but cake?

Popular family-run bakery Olsen Bakehouse, best known for their locally-inspired chiffon cakes, has finally made its way to one of the most happening neighbourhoods in the East (hooray).

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Formerly at Crawford Lane, the bakery has found its forever home at an IG-worthy all-white conservation shophouse along the iconic Joo Chiat stretch populated with some of my favourite cafes, eateries, and restaurants (think Petit Pain, Tigerlily Patisserie, Mr & Mrs Mohgans Prata, and many more)

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The bakery, decked out in wooden accents and calming neutral tones, is, unfortunately, a takeaway-only concept, but you are more than welcome to bask in the tranquil space for a bit.

Although not halal-certified, they are a family-friendly vegetarian and vegan bakery — their bakes do not contain pork, lard, gelatin, or alcohol.

Everything at Olsen Bakehouse is lovingly prepared using all-natural ingredients from local halal-certified suppliers with no additives, artificial seasonings or flavourings. All cakes are also siew dai (less sweet) — score!

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Prices start from S$56 for a 5.5-inch cake suitable for 6 to 8 pax, but you can also purchase slices in boxes of 2, 4, or 8–10 (from S$16).

Fans of taro and orh nee must try the signature Orh Nee — homemade orh nee filling sandwiched between two layers of pandan chiffon cake and coconut buttercream, topped with coconut shreds and rose petals.

Photos: @olsenbakehouse/instagram

Another local dessert-inspired number is the Pulut Hitam, a light and fluffy signature pandan chiffon cake layered with homemade pulut hitam (black glutinous rice) filling, coconut buttercream, and a sprinkle of shredded coconut. The nostalgic-tasting Milo is a Milo lover’s dream with a base of malt chiffon cake, Milo filling, Milo nuggets, and chocolate drizzle.

Other flavours include Ondeh Ondeh, Sesame Yuzu, and Kopi, Kaya & Peanut Butter, all of which are worth a try.

olsen bakehouse
Photos: @olsenbakehouse/instagram

Olsen Bakehouse also has a line-up of unique bakes catered to specific dietary restrictions or preferences, such as the salt and sugar-free Baby-friendly Banana Cake (S$48).

Their vegan options, namely the Chocolate Fudge (from S$56), Lemon Coconut Cake (S$14), and Banana Cake with Homemade Hazelnut Spread (from S$62), are no less decadent than their regular counterparts.

Orders can be placed via the website or by contacting +65 8891 5819 (call or Whatsapp).

Olsen Bakehouse
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📍 301 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427552
🕒 9am–4pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mon

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