Pulut hitam, or black glutinous rice, is usually made into a pudding with rich coconut cream drizzled on top.
Pine Garden’s Cake in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 has turned it into a Pulut Hitam Cake. Soft vanilla sponge cake dotted with black rice is sandwiched with pulut hitam mousse. The cake is topped with the luscious black rice pudding, which manages to stay on the cake instead of sliding right off it.
It’s quite a feat and the result is a light and yummy cake that is a refreshing take on an old-time dessert.
Just as good is Cocotero, with an ever so slightly salty coconut custard pudding sandwiched between vanilla sponge. It’s like a cross between a classic Nonya kueh and a heavier version of a chiffon cake. The custard is shot through with strips of young coconut that add some texture and there’s more sprinkled on top. People who are put off by desiccated coconut, relax. This is quite different. Fresh young coconut just can’t be beat.
A 500g cake costs $24, and a 1kg one is $35. Call the above number at least 2 days in advance to order.