The war on sugar is on. The Health Promotion Board aims to shave Singaporeans’ sugar intake by 25 per cent by 2020. The good news is that you will have time to adjust. Some desserts here already contain less sugar, so it is a start. And the bonus is that less sugar does not mean it is any less delicious. Here are some lower-sugar snacks and desserts to check out.
#1: The Ugly Cake Shop
Address: 535 Kallang Bahru, #01-06 GB Point, Singapore 339351
Telephone: 8228 8300
Opening Hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 10am to 7pm
The Ugly Cake Shop says it uses less sugar than usual because it doesn’t want to overwhelm the palate with sugar. It doesn’t use fondant either. One of their star cakes – and one that has the least amount of sugar – is the Nicholas. This bittersweet chocolate cake is frosted with dark chocolate ganache (made with 70 per cent Cacao Barry dark chocolate) and then adorned with crunchy chocolate pearls and cacao nibs. You can get this in the form of a cake (from $60) or as a cupcake ($4.20).
Address: 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131
Opening hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 11pm; Wednesdays and Thursdays 5.30pm to 11pm
Afterglow specialises in raw food cuisine, so you can turn to them for healthier alternatives. It does not use processed sugar, dairy or any processed items in its menu. The popular choice on the menu is the Raw Chocolate Fudge ‘Salted Caramel’ cake ($12.50), made with avocado, raw cacao butter and a cashew nuts base. The ‘salted caramel’ is made from tahini with sea salt. This is great for guiltless indulgence.