Gooey-good treats too yummy to resist

Toasty, cheesy and creamy, it's easy to see why the rampant appeal of the ugly-but-delicious Basque burnt cheesecake has become such an undeniable one in Singapore.

Bakeries, restaurants and patisseries here have caught on with the unabating trend and are now offering their own versions of the coveted Basque Country contribution to the pastry world. Here, we list down some of the best ones in town.
 

Basque Kitchen by Aitor


When it comes to deciding which is the best Basque burnt cheesecake in Singapore, leave it to a Spanish native to set the standard. And at one-Michelin-starred Basque Kitchen by Aitor, you can expect just that. Chef Aitor, with his familial roots grounded in Basque Country, offers a classic take on it, using buttery, smoky Idiazabal cheese. It's $78 for a whole cake, or $16 a slice for takeaway and delivery.
 

Keong Saik Bakery


Those looking for local or creative spins on the burnt cheesecake can find it here. The quaint bakery was already known for offering Singaporean favourites like kaya toast paired with a fragrant cuppa kopi. But many now come for their Burnt Cheese Cruffin ($5.50), Original Burnt Cheesecake ($7.50 a slice), as well as seasonal flavours such as matcha and pandan. Try their Mao Shan Wang Burnt Cheesecake (walk-ins and preorders only) too, made using fresh durian puree from a local fruit store.
 

Maison Atlas Bakery


Want your burnt cheesecakes gluten-free? Look no further. These guys retail whole cakes online only, and in an assortment of unique flavours. There's the sure-popular Green Tea ($80), Dark Chocolate ($80) and Yuzu ($90) variants, but we're rather fixated with the savoury and crusty Tomato & Basilco ($62) one too. And as mentioned, all their burnt cheesecakes are prepared fresh in their own gluten-free facility.
 

Olivia Restaurant & Lounge


Oozingly creamy, made using piquant blue cheese and sporting a soft, crumbly crust for an amazing bite, it's little wonder why Olivia's take on the burnt cheesecake is so popular. Buy them home by the slice ($14), or in 5-inch ($45) and 8-inch ($76) sizes depending on how greedy you think you're gonna be. They've got a toothsome chocolate variant too ($88 for 8-inch), for all you cocoa fiends out there.
 

Paparch


What started as a home bakery business has now spawned a cult following for their meltingly-good burnt cheesecakes. Some call their Original Burnt Cheesecake ($49 for whole cake) the best one in town, while their new Matcha Burnt Cheesecake ($55 for whole cake) has its own legion of fans too. And based on how their pre-released monthly delivery slots get filled up so fast each time they're opened up, we think the craze isn't dying anytime soon.
 

Sinpopo Brand


While they're best known for their decadent take on cakes with a local spin, such as their Gula Melaka and Pulut Hitam cakes, their Basque Burnt Cheesecake ($42 for 6-inch) has managed to shine too. Go for this one if you're not into the OTT gooey, sinful renditions like the others have done. Theirs is light and soft, yet still cheesy enough and boasting a nicely torched top for a good balance of smokiness and richness.
 

Txa Pintxo Bar


An establishment within The Alkaff Mansion started with Basque natives in the kitchen, expect the famed culinary region's roots to run deep here. And at Txa, it's their Original Burnt Cheesecake ($45 for 5-inch, $70 for 8-inch)—or as they call it in Spain, the Tarta De Queso "La Vina"—that you want. They follow the original recipe as it was first created in San Sebastian way back when, resulting in a cake that is fluffy and toasty, yet smooth and creamy all at the same time. It's also one of the least cloyingly-sweet ones in town, so it doesn't feel too heavy indulging in more than one slice.