1. Black Beauty: The Joy of Buah Keluak Cooking Class, $210
Sure, the old lady is probably already good at whipping up traditional dishes, but what about a mod Sin-inspired cooking lesson centered around the earthy buah keluak? Think Buah Keluak Scotch Eggs (see main pic), Spicy Seafood and Buah Keluak Nasi Goreng, plus a classic sambal using the black seed. These original recipes will be demonstrated by veteran cookbook author, food journalist and culinary instructor Christopher Tan. Psst, Chris is also conducting a pandan chiffon cake baking class at the same school if mummy prefers sweets.
Various dates, register at www.thekitchensociety.com.
2. Orient Cake, $9 (for 6cm); $45 (15cm, pre-order a day in advance for larger size). Available till mid 2018.
Salted egg lava goes French in this dainty cake. A molten core of the briny fave comprising salted egg yolk, sugar and milk is nestled within a sponge cake layer, light and creamy white lotus seed mousse, and underscored by a crunchy salted peanut and sesame feuilletine. A unique east-meets-west treat.
Antoinette, two outlets including #02-33/34 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road S238897. Tel: 6836-9527.
3. Wolfberries and Rose Wine Butter Cake, $26 (approximately 650g). Available year-round.
If ma favours simple, retro bakes, get her this homely butter loaf generously studded with sweet, fragrant wolfberries soaked in Chinese rose wine. There are five other flavours to choose from this new range of cakes, including the Original Butter Cake ($18) and Red Dates and Walnut Butter Cake ($22).
Old Seng Choon, www.oldsengchoong.com.