Shinjuku cakes at 105 yen a piece08 February, 2012 by Chad
We came across this small cake shop called Maplies Collection in the basement of Shinjuku Station. It’s main draw seemed to be that it sold cakes for only 105 yen (SGD$1.70) a piece. Tempted, we decided to grab a few to try.
Maplies Collection’s location is prime for people to pick up a few cakes before heading home. It seems to open till later than most other cakes shops too. Size-wise, their cakes were smaller than competitors but this is offset by the low prices of only 105 yen, possibly some of the cheapest you’d find in Tokyo.
Expectantly, Maplies Collection’s cakes are inferior in not just size. Here we tried their Matcha, Chocolate, Cheesecake and Strawberry Spongecakes. While still pretty, all of them turned out to be rather dry and floury.
The closest comparison would be the type of cakes you get from neighborhood bakeries in Singapore. But while I have a certain sentimentalism for the old school bakeries, Maplies’s cakes pale in comparison to the sheer number of options available in Tokyo.
Not recommended. You can pretty much pick any cake shop in Tokyo and (while slightly pricier) almost certainly find a more satisfying treat.
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