Christmas is never quite complete without the festive log cake.
According to definitive culinary encyclopedia New Larousse Gastronomique, the Christmas Yule Log cake is a fairly recent creation (estimated to be after 1870) by “Parisian pastrycooks” that was inspired by “the real logs that used to be burnt in the hearth throughout Christmas Eve”.
These days, most log cakes no longer have the traditional “tree bark” finish and the sky is the limit when it comes to the creativity of modern pastry chefs.
Raffles Singapore brings you two distinct log cakes flavours this year. The Kaya & Pineapple Log Cake ($85) is an exclusive creation by Tai Chien Lin, the Executive Pastry Chef of Raffles Hotel Singapore. The log cake incorporates coconut dacquoise, kaya Chantilly, pineapple compote and coconut crumble to create the perfect Christmas log cake with a Singaporean twist. The Chocolate Log Cake ($85) on the other hand is assembled from chocolate roulade sponge sandwiched with rich chocolate buttercream, chocolate Chantilly and matcha crumble. Available for collection and delivery from 19 – 27 December 2020.
The Christmas Holiday Cabin Log Cake ($76.64) looks just like a cosy little log house and is available in the classic blackforest flavour. The log cake features a soft chocolate sponge layered with chocolate cream and dark sweet cherries prepared in a compote of cherry juice and red wine. The Traditional Christmas Chocolate Log Cake ($63.55) is beautifully decorated and features a yule log stump decked in dark chocolate ganache, mushroom-shaped meringues, redcurrants, and icing powder – making it look like a scene from the calming woods during wintertime. Both log cakes are 1kg and they both contain alcohol. Goodwood Park Hotel will also donate 10% from the sales of Christmas log cakes to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. Available for self-pickup or delivery.
Goodwood Park Hotel is embracing Singapore flavours with its durian-inspired log cakes this year. The Goodwood “Mao Shan Wang” Durian Christmas Log Cake ($110.28) features creamy ‘Mao Shan Wang’ goodness within layers of vanilla sponge. If you love durian but need your chocolate fix as well, the Goodwood Black Thorn Durian Christmas Log Cake ($82.24) is perfect for you! The log cake is made with premium Black Thorn durian puree and charcoal vanilla sponge. The stunning golden stars on the log cake are made from dark chocolate, creating the most decadent blend of flavours. This log cake is 500g while the former is 800g. 10% of the proceeds from the sales of these log cakes will be donated to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel brings you three new exclusive log cake flavours this Christmas! All three log cakes are 1 kg and are going for $68. You can order the log cakes here or head here to check out the other log cakes available. The last day for pre-order is 21 December 2020 at 9 p.m. and the last day for collection is 25 December 2020 at 7 p.m.
The Connoisseur Concerto (TCC) brings you three decadent log cakes to celebrate the Christmas season. If you’re a chocoholic, the Nutty Choco Fantasy Log Cake ($55/ 1kg) will be your dream come true with its thick Valrhona milk chocolate mousse peppered generously with caramelised peanuts and crunchy hazelnuts. The Snowy Wonderland Log Cake ($55/ 1kg) also features milk chocolate in its exterior which is also infused with earl grey, while its filling consists of mixed berries, yuzu marmalade and praline crunch. Lastly, the Choco Coffee Surprise Log Cake ($45/ 750g) has a cute Santa-themed exterior and is made with decadent Valrhona dark chocolate infused with only the finest Arabica coffee beans, all weaved lavishly between a sea salt caramel curd and a crunchy base.
The log cakes are available at both TCC and The House of Robert Timms outlets. Place your orders by 11 December 2020 and get a 10% early bird discount.
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium brings you its annual Christmas favourite – the Chocolate Banana Log Cake ($88). The mouth-watering dessert features Executive Chef Chua Yew Hock’s secret recipe and has been hailed as a crowd pleaser so much so that this is the first year it’s available for takeaway so you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home! The log cake is perfect for eight to ten persons.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is serving up festive treats with a local twist this year such as the Ondeh Ondeh Lamington Yule Log Cake, Teh Tarik Yule Log Cake and the Mango Sago Pomelo Yule Log Cake. The Ondeh Ondeh Lamington Yule Log Cake ($69) features Gula Melaka mousse and coconut crème with shredded coconut layered between pandan chiffon sponge cake, perfect for everyone with a sweet tooth! The Teh Tarik Yule Log Cake ($69) incorporates the distinctive local milk tea flavour, making it a must-try. If you prefer something a little more fruity and light, the Mango Sago Pomelo Yule Log Cake ($69) is perfect for you. The log cake is inspired by the popular Singapore dessert, Mango Sago and features sweet mango alongside juicy pomelo and sago pearls. All three cakes are 900g.
Swensen’s is combining traditional Christmas log cakes with its well-known ice cream cakes to give you mini ice cream log cakes! The Confetti Fireplace ($19.80) is shaped just like wood for the fireplace and is made with cereal ice cream and coated in chocolate ganache. The Sticky Chewy Log ($19.80) on the other hand is a mini log cake coated in chocolate ganache as well. Both mini log cakes are 350g and will be perfect for all chocolate lovers!
Available for both delivery and self-pickup at all Swensen’s and Earle Swensen’s outlets. Place your orders or find out more information from the catalog here. Orders must be placed two working days in advance while orders for 24th and 25th December 2020 must be placed as least three working days in advance.
Check out these unique log cakes by Mandarin Orchard Singapore. The Raspberry Namelaka Yule Log is going at $80 for 1kg, while the Soursop and Lychee Yule Log is going at $85 for 1kg. If you’re looking for a log cake that does not look as traditional, try the bright green Tropical Fruit and White Chocolate Yule Log, which costs $85 for 1kg.
Available for delivery of self-pickup until 31st December 2020. You can place your orders here.
Mandarin Orchard Singapore
Level 5, Coffee & Crust, 238867
Tel: 6831 6320/ 6831 6272
Check out this beautiful cake by the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore. The brand new creation is sure to usher in the Christmas spirit with its snowflakes and colours, reminiscent of Christmas in wintertime. The Raspberry Litchi Rose Yule Log costs $85 and is 800g.
By Xie Huiqun + Muneerah Bee / Some text adapted from The Peak / Additional Reporting: Kirstie-mae Baptist, December 2020
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