Whether you are a beginner baker or a seasoned pro, these are the baking & cake decorating supplies stores (physical and online) that you must know in Singapore.
For baking or daily essentials...
Daiso is a Japanese-owned $2 dollar store that has many outlets in Singapore. Shop here for tupperware containers, baking or cooking utensils, organisers, stationery, handicraft materials... the list goes on and on. The biggest outlet is located at the IMM Mall in Jurong, and DIY freaks (like myself) can easily spend a few hours there.
Also sometimes known as RedMan, Phoon Huat is a Singapore institution that has been selling baking & cake decorating supplies since 1947. The company probably has the most number of outlets out of all of the baking supplies companies in Singapore, spread out all over the island, with a huge product range that caters for pretty much anyone. The biggest outlet is located at Buona Vista MRT station.
A decent alternative for those of us who live in the East, United Bakery Supplies sells baking supplies at competitive prices. Their core brands include Philadelphia, Belcolade chocolate and PME (cake decorating supplies brand). They also sell Sweetapolita's beautiful sprinkles from the USA.
For getting a good deal...
Shopee or Lazada (online / app)
If you are not in a rush, Shoppee or Lazada are good platforms to source for the bits of bobs of baking & cake decorating supplies like spatulas, cutters, etc. Prices are generally cheaper compared to those in physical shops. Delivery within Singapore is usually pretty fast as well, although it depends on the seller.
Lim Siang Huat is one of the longest-running F&B wholesalers in Singapore. If you can find what you want here, it will be reasonably priced. Being a wholesaler, the quantities tend to be larger but recently the company has started selling products that cater to regular consumers, such as large bottles of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and fresh produce too.
Your Local Market
Of course, don't neglect your local or neighbourhood market for the freshest produce including fruits, herbs & spices, eggs & so on. I also get empty fruit trays or egg trays from my fruit sellers for free, & use them as flower formers when I make sugar flowers. Flower formers are wavy or curved trays (or they sometimes come in cup form), & are used to support the petals of sugar flowers as they dry hard in your desired shapes.
If I feel like treating myself...
While it's more of a place for baking tools than for baking supplies, Crate & Barrel stocks a myriad of beautiful & useful items that anyone would be proud to have in their home. Expect to find lust-worthy items that range all the way from cute aprons & spatulas to solid marble utensil holders & stunning containers, jars & other storage solutions that you will want to treasure forever.
Located in Henderson Industrial Park, Euraco stocks a wide range of gourmet & imported foods with quite an impressive selection for bakers & pastry chefs. They also have the biggest selection of Valrhona chocolate that I've seen in Singapore so far.
Pantry Haiku (online)
Pantry Haiku specialises in premium cake decorating supplies & tools. Shop here for premium ingredients like Valrhona or Callebaut chocolate, Sweetapolita's sprinkles, Faye Cahill edible lustre dusts, dried edible flowers and more.
A favourite haunt of pastry chefs & amateurs alike, Sun Lik is another Singapore institution that you must be aware of if you love baking. Their only shop is situated in Seah Street, Chinatown, and you can find baking tools & equipment as well as professional grade baking supplies. They also stock premium ingredients such as Callebaut & Valrhona chocolate, Tahitian vanilla pods & various types of French butters.
TOTT is a baker & cook's idea of culinary heaven, as they stock a wide range of utensils & appliances from premium brands including Cuisinart, Nordic Bakeware, Jamie Oliver, Le Creuset & much more. They now have two outlets - one in the city (Suntec) and another in the East (Tampines).
One of (if not the biggest) zero-waste grocery store in Singapore, Scoop Wholefoods sells a wide range of organic and gluten-free flours, grains, nuts, seeds, dried fruit that are all great for healthier recipes. Their product range is wide, and it's all done with a sustainable company ethos.
Spotlight has a kitchenwares department that stocks quality bakeware (baking trays, muffin tins, cake tins, etc.) from American brands. You could also pick up some handicraft or DIY materials from their other departments at the same time, although I find that their prices tend to a bit high.
If I'm in a rush & I can't find it in a nearby store...
Carousell Singapore (online / app)
Most people think of Carousell as a place to buy & sell secondhand goods. However there is quite a large number of small sellers that sell baking & cake decorating tools like cutters, cake boxes, utensils and so on (not fresh ingredients). I have found Carousell quite useful occasionally, especially when I need something in a rush & I can't find it in a nearby store.
If I feel like a slightly different experience...
Ailin Bakery House is an old-school baking supplies store locate in Tanjong Katong Complex. It's a fun place to visit especially if you love baking local desserts such as pineapple tarts and mooncakes, as they stock a wide range of cutters, tins & baking supplies that tailored for local desserts.
Bake with Yen is a good choice for those who live in the East of Singapore, with branches in Joo Chiat & Tampines. While their product range is not as wide as Phoon Huat, they do stock some items that can't be found in Phoon Huat, such as large-sized sprinkles & their prices are competitive.
A small shop tucked away inside Kensington Square Mall, Mold Mart has an impressive variety of cake decorating tools & supplies ranging from silicon molds, candles, cake boxes, cake stands, flavourings and many more. Most of their products are sourced from China so the quality may not be the best, but chances are that you will still be able to find something useful.
If I can't find it in Singapore...
Ali Express (online / app)
If you are really not in a rush, you can check out Ali Express, which is the online shopping app that belongs to Alibaba. The product range is HUGE - if you can think of something, you can probably find it here. The downside is that shipping is usually not free & delivery can take a very long time (sometimes 1-2 months or maybe even more), so you should check local stores or online shopping apps like Shopee or Lazada first.
Because the delivery times take so long, I've had instances where I never even received the items (although Ali Express' customer service has always refunded my money whenever this happens). So yes while I have been able to get some things here that I just couldn't find anywhere else in Singapore (like specific flower cutters & veiners) and their prices are generally cheaper than Amazon, I would only recommend shopping on Ali Express if you absolutely can't find what you want anywhere else & you don't mind taking a bit of risk.
Amazon is obviously a good place to search for baking supplies if you can't find what you want in Singapore. If you qualify for free shipping with Amazon.sg, even better. My personal experience has been that the delivery is usually much faster & more reliable than Ali Express, even though the prices might be a little higher.
Do you have a favourite store or resource for baking supplies or tools? Let me know in the comments below!