Wooden cake mould in the shape of a key

This is a wooden mould in the shape of a key used by the Katong Co. Bakery and Confectionery for making cakes. While many cake moulds were decorated with traditional Chinese motifs, the newer designs also began to reflect Western influences, such as the one seen here. The Katong Co. Bakery and Confectionery was better known as the Red House Bakery due to the red exterior of its shophouse at East Coast Road. The Red House Bakery was popular for pastries such as curry puffs, Swiss rolls and barbecued pork buns. It was also a gathering place for local bands during the 1960s, as well as dating couples and matchmaking sessions. The bakery practised a payment system based on trust, the norm among old establishments. Customers would choose and eat the pastries and cakes that they fancied, and then proceed to make payment.

Late 20th century
Object size: L53.6cm x W32cm x H1.3cm
Accession No.
Collection of
National Museum of Singapore
Credit Line
Gift of Mr Tan See Fang
Folklife Collection

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