I have never been to Olio Dome before despite hearing them having good coffee. Anyway, was very thirsty and thus decided to try their cakes instead and for those who have been following the blog, our choice is clear...
Having ate several carrot cakes, I understand why some people are so addicted to them. Apart from chocolate cakes, carrot cake seems to be another that never goes out of style due to its simplicity of the ingredients used. It seems like a carrot cake with rich, soft and moist texture is easily achieved due to the addition of carrots and vegetable oil but whether it is fantastic depends on the spice used, the type and grade of toasted nuts used and its cream cheese frosting.
In this case, Olio Dome has their carrot cake served with walnuts, coconut and pineapple and topped with a rich layer of cream cheese frosting and shredded coconut. Each slice of Carrot Cake costs $5.90 and is subjected to 7% GST and 10% service charge. Citibank, UOB and OCBC credit cards are entitled a 10% discount.
Be it the frosting and the cake itself, this is definitely not as good as Cedele's Walnut carrot cake, Room for dessert's Summertime Carrot Cake and Calendar's carrot cake. The cake has a very dry exterior which gives me an impression that either it has been re-heated a couple of times or it has been kept in the fridge for quite some time. The cake itself is denser than any of the mentioned carrot cakes and generally has a coarser texture when compared to Room for dessert and Calendar. It is also sweeter when compared to all 3.
In terms of dried fruits and nuts, it is too finely chopped and not as generous as Cedele's and Calendar's.
The frosting is mixed with grated coconut and is extremely sweet that we skipped it all together. In short, it is not too bad if you are not picky with carrot cakes but once you have eaten better once, I guessed the choice is obvious.
Having eaten so many carrot cakes, it appears to me that to make a good layer of cream cheese is not that simple. Its either too sweet or too buttery. This one is no exception. It is too sweet with slight taste of cream cheese. Nonetheless I think the uniqueness of this carrot cake is the chewy burn sides of the cake. Apart from that, I think this is just another ordinary piece of carrot cake.
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