Café-Hopping Diaries: Playground Cake Bar

Café-Hopping Diaries: Playground Cake Bar

After seeing some foodie friends of mine posting about this place, we decided to come and try it for ourselves. Located on the 2nd floor within a single row of shop lots, Playground Cake Bar is surrounded by the quiet neighbourhood of SS22. It’s certainly not a bustling, happening place like SS2, so it was pretty deserted when we entered just after their Sunday opening time at 1 pm.

playground cake bar entrance

To enter, just look for the bright yellow-orange doors to the left of 99 Speedmart. Climb up to the 2nd storey and you’ll see the glass panel overlooking their kitchen area.

The first thing you’ll have to do is to take off your shoes before entering through the sliding doors. The interior is simple and cosy. There are around 4 tables for groups of 2-3 and 1 bigger table that probably seats up to 8 people. We sat at the far corner with bean bags and a low table that can fit around 6 people. We liked that the overall ambience was chill and welcoming. The seats were cosy, but the downside is that it might be too close for comfort with strangers.

Playground Cake Bar menu

Their menu is simple. There are drinks, Croyaki, their signature pound cakes, and a small selection of cakes. Out of the three categories of drinks they serve, Einspänner looked most interesting as it comes with a fluffy whipped cream topping. For those who are lactose-intolerant, switching to Oatside Oatmilk for RM3 is an option. Their cakes, drinks, and croyaki range from RM8 - RM19 each.

Playground Cake Bar drinks

We ordered an Iced Houjicha and tried the Einspänner versions of Iced Chocolate, Houjicha and Genmaicha. The flavour was just strong enough, and it wasn’t too sweet. The cream topping on the Einspänner versions made the drink a tad fuller, and did I mention that it's handmade?! It might seem a little hard to digest with so much dairy in one meal, but there are always non-Einspänner drinks available. I usually consume drinks really slowly and have a hard time finishing them, but I actually hit the bottom much earlier than expected!


Playground Cake Bar environment

After “shooting the breeze” for a while, our Coffee Peanut Pound Cake, Houjicha Cornflake Pound Cake, and Wakatake Matcha Adzuki Croyaki were served. Unfortunately, we couldn’t try the Lemon Poppy Pound Cake as they were out of it.

Playground Cake Bar pound cake, croyaki

Food? So good! Everyone loved the moist and flavourful pound cakes. Having it warm also wins the approval of the “Asian granny”, who believes that food shouldn't be cold. While we girls loved the Houjicha, Jason preferred the Coffee Peanut. Admittedly, we were slightly biased as we initially thought it was chocolate-flavoured, not coffee!

playground cake bar croyaki

The Wakatake Matcha Adzuki Croyaki was heavenly! It came with a croissant + taiyaki fish-shaped pastry with matcha cream, red beans and a layer of mochi/injeolmi. The croyaki was crispy, and the amount of cream was just lovely. It was so, so good that we ordered another croyaki, Salted Caramel Banana, which was really good too. But it couldn’t beat that combination of matcha, red beans, and gooey goodness!

Playground Cake Bar environment

I attempted to tapau their signature pound cakes, which came in a cute paper cup and transparent plastic cover. To recreate the warm pound cakes served, they recommend heating it to 170 degrees for a few minutes via oven or popping it into the microwave for a bit. The staff patiently explained that it must be refrigerated and gave reheating tips and instructions. Kudos on telling me this before I asked!

Playground Cake Bar environment

It’s a place I’ll definitely want to return to for dessert. It’s a pity it only opens in the afternoon and is not located near public transport. It’s also in a quiet area where you wouldn’t want to walk 1km from Taman Paramount LRT, the nearest station.

 playground cake bar

What’s the verdict?

Will we go there again? Yes, definitely!

Is it worth the hype? Oh yes! It’s a simple, no-frills kind of place, but their desserts are *chefs kiss*!

Ambience 🌕🌕🌕🌖
Food 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌖
Drink 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗
Location 🌕🌕🌗
Service 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌕


Playground Cake Bar

12 pm - 7 pm (weekdays)
1 pm - 7 pm (weekends)
Closed on Tuesdays

20A, 1st floor,
Jalan 22/49, Seksyen 22,
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor



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