Even before the pandemic, home bakers in Singapore have been quietly baking up a storm in their kitchens and creating successful businesses out of it. Some has even grown big enough to go on and start their own bakeries. The pandemic provided the perfect timing and conditions for this relatively undiscovered part of the local culinary scene to flourish and the number of home bakers have only continued to grow.

This means plenty of options for unique mouthwatering mooncakes during this Mid-Autumn Festival! Held on 29 September this year, the Mid-Autumn Festival (also known as the Mooncake Festival) is a great opportunity for home bakers in Singapore to get creative. These are some of the most interesting ones we think you should try!

Rainbow Teochew Orh Nee Mooncakes by The Patio Baker

The Patio Baker has been making their Rainbow Teochew Orh Nee Mooncakes for the festival every year since 2018 and has been featured on several publications. According to Yanting, the lady behind The Patio Baker, her Teochew-style orh nee mooncakes are baked fresh on a daily basis right before collection dates. This ensures that by the time it reaches the consumer, it remains fresh and fragrant. To ensure the quality of their product, they only focus on one single flavour. They all contain orh nee (yam paste) in a flaky rainbow shell, but with a few variants – no yolk, single yolk, and sugar-free versions of those options.

Aside from mooncakes, they mainly focus on beautifully crafted customized cakes for special occasions like birthdays and weddings. During festive seasons such as Chinese New Year, they would have some classic treats like pineapple tarts as well. 


Moon Crepe Cake by Two Bake Boys

When the pandemic shook the aviation industry, Kitty and her husband Phillip decided to turn to baking for an additional source of income. They started out by selling home-made Thai milk tea crepe cakes out of their kitchen, which grew into a takeaway store in Lavender before finally opening a full-fledged cafe in Bugis. For this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival, Two Bake Boys offers what they claim to be Singapore’s 1st moon crepe cakes. They come in a variety of flavours including MSW durian, Thai tea and yam, all wrapped in a beautiful snow skin. They also offer “kid-friendly” flavours such as chocolate and strawberry.

Mini Snowskin Mooncake Truffle by Kiato Lee

Originally exclusively made for just family and friends, Kiato is now selling these home-made mooncakes in limited quantities. Each box of six mini mooncakes includes three different flavours: Champagne Pine nuts, Baileys Tiramisu, and Hazelnut Crunch. Do note that only Hazelnut Crunch is non-alcoholic. Each mooncake, made by hand, contains only high quality ingredients such as low sugar paste, snowskin flour, truffles and pine nuts.


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Jelly Mooncake by Ou-kay Chef

Have you ever tried tang yuan-flavoured mooncakes? What about melon milk with fruits? If these flavours sound interesting, check out these jelly mooncakes by Ou-kay Chef. They offer one-of-a-kind flavours including Soya Bean Tang Yuan, Meiji melon milk, Korean Yuzu, and Mixed Berries Yoghurt. In business since 2021, their agar-agar jelly mooncakes promises a uniquely different experience than the typical snowskin or lotus paste variety.


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At BlockChef, we are on a mission to raise awareness on the many undiscovered culinary talents hiding right in our neighbourhoods. We never cease to be amazed by the variety of unique creations by these home chefs. Most of these home bakers produce on a small scale so it won’t be long before their pre-order lists are filled out, so if you’re planning to get any of these home-made mooncakes this year, don’t wait too long and miss out! Let us know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these, or if there any others you know about!

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