S’pore Pandan cake is one of CNN’s favourite cakes from around the world. Okay. Sure.

It's an honour we share with Malaysia.

By Guan Zhen Tan | April 19, 2017

Get ready for long, long queues outside Bengawan Solo anytime soon, because it’s official — the Pandan cake has made it to the CNN‘s list of favourite cakes from around the world.

This is along the likes of Japan’s Doriyaki (Doraemon’s favourite snack), Turkey’s Baklava and Germany’s Black Forest Cake.

Given its “radioactive” green hue and unique taste, it’s a fascinating type of cake that, in fact, has its roots in western cooking.

Photo via Andrea Nguyen on Flickr


This is because Pandan cake is essentially chiffon cake, which originated in the USA in the 1920s, and popularised in the 40s and 50s.

The juice of the Pandan leaves (Pandanus amaryllifolius, or Screwpine, for that matter) goes well with the moist and light cake — in CNN‘s words, a” natural woodsy flavour” that turns out to be a revelation.

No one is really 100 percent sure how it came about, however — a few sites here and there think that there is a possibility that the chiffon cake was brought over during colonial times.

The chiffon cake was then somehow combined with the use of Pandan leaves, commonly used for kuehs and curries — even up till today.

Given the vague origins of the cake and our shared food history with Malaysia, it’s probably the reason why the honour of it being one of the most delicious cakes in the world was shared with Malaysia in the article.

Screenshot via CNN
Photo via ProjectMahattan on Wikimedia Commons


History aside, we’re pretty sure we’re just as happy to enjoy Pandan cake for what it is today.

Oh, they also did recommended cake and pastry franchise Bengawan Solo for being a convenient last stop at Changi airport for tourists looking to get their Pandan cake fix.

Time to celebrate with slices of Pandan cake, then!

Photo via Andrea Nguyen on Flickr



Top photo via Andrea Nguyen on Flickr

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About Guan Zhen Tan

Guan Zhen is a serial doodler with multiple pens with her wherever she goes. She loves listening to Visual Kei bands, Jamiroquai and random songs from the future-funk genre.

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