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. Let us take a look at the delicious flavours for 2019 and other delectable treats!
Add a touch of Asian flavours to your Christmas with The Fullerton’s original creations Ondeh Ondeh Lamington Yule Log Cake ($69) and Strawberry Lychee Bandung Yule Log Cake ($69) to make the season extra sweet and merry!
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Available from Nov 1 to Dec 30. Allow three days between date of order and date of collection or delivery.
How about a bubble tea-flavored Christmas cake? Ho-Ho-Ho ($65) features creamy milk tea ice cream infused with nuances of butterfly pea flower with a vibrant red glaze. We love how the cake resembles Santa’s belt with its buckle and strapmade out of fondant! Other super cute frosty treats include Santa’s Home ($65); complete with a dark chocolate brownie chimney!
Pre-orders from Nov 1. Last day for orders is Dec 17 (via phone and online), and Dec 18 (for walk-in orders).
Swensen’s or Earle Swensen’s outlets islandwide. Tel: 6788 8128 (9am to 530pm on weekdays, excluding Public Holidays) or online here.
Named after the iconic fashion locale in Paris, the Champs-Elysées cake channels the snow-covered streets of its namesake. The layering of blueberry compote and vanilla crème between coconut dacquoise provides contrasting textures beneath a snow of mascarpone infused with ivory chocolate and yuzu.
There’s also the Avenue Montaigne which captures the essence of the fashion houses and ateliers of the famed Parisian shopping district. Held in place by a distinctive leather buckle, the chocolate entremet is comprised of rich 70% Valrhona Guanaja crème brûlée, citron confit and flourless sponge cake over a crispy base of hazelnut feuilletine.
Orders must be placed a minimum of three days before collection. Last Order: 29 December 2019.
This pretty pale purple Taro Coconut Log Cake at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport made with a light purple yam sponge roll and filled with yummy coconut cream ($65) makes a great festive treat. Fans of green tea might also want to check out their Pink Ruby Yule Log ($68) which has raspberry puree and pink ruby chocolate mousse filling, interlaced with layers of vanilla cream cake and white chocolate feuilletine. They’ll be cheerful additions to your dinner table.
Available from Dec 1 to 25. Order online here and enjoy 25 per cent off festive takeaways and more, or order from:
Lobby Lounge at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
75 Airport Boulevard, 819664
Tel: 6823 5367
No lavish Christmas feast is complete without exquisite sweets to end the meal. These Salted Caramel and Chocolate Yule Log and Mont Blanc Yule Log are perfect to round off gatherings with beloved friends and family! Or indulge in other yuletide offerings such as the Valrhona Delicious Dulcey Yule Log or Coconut and Almond Praline Yule Log.
The weather outside might be frightful, but pastry chef and Le Cordon Bleu graduate Audrey Yee’s tropical take on the yule log, the Coconut Mousse with Calypso Mango Yule Log will keep the feasting mood bright and summery. Otherwise, you can never misstep with the classic and luscious Manjari Chocolate with Amarena Cherry Yule Log.
Always one to turn on the dessert theatrics, Antoinette brings a stunning log cake to the table this year. The White Christmas reimagines the Christmas tree into a white chocolate ganache-coated centrepiece made of layers of white chocolate vanilla mousse and finger sponge cake with white peach coulis, mango bits and passion fruit cremeux. It’s not technically log-shaped, but nobody’s complaining.
30 Penhas Road, 208188 and #01-28, Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard , 039596
Tel: 62933121 (Penhas outlet) / 62355109 (Millenia Walk outlet)
Or send your orders in to email@example.com
For the parties where a regular yule log just won’t do, the Limited Edition Christmas Signature Carousel Cake from Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, in all of its elaborate splendour, will dazzle and impress. A motley crew of festive characters, handcrafted from fondant and chocolate, sit on a carousel made with pain d’epices (French spice cake), orange marmalade and jivara bavaroise chocolate for a truly Instagram-worthy piece. The cherry on the icing: there are just 50 pieces available and each comes packaged in a crimson box with a unique serial number, which means you get bragging rights too if you manage to snag one.
Why opt for a regular yule log, when you can amuse your guests with a mushroom-shaped cake complete with a shiny red-glazed cap? The Valrhona Azelia Mushroom Cake comprises distinct layers of Azelia milk chocolate mousse, chocolate sponge cake and apricot jam, studded with milk chocolate almond nibs.
It’s all about decadence with Pan Pacific Singapore’s new log cake renditions this year. In particular, a Mao Shan Wang (a type of durian) and Gula Melaka (palm sugar) Log Cake promises to be quite the flavour bomb, while the Jivara Milk Chocolate Pear William and Caramel Nut Log Cake combines pear cubes, pear curd and caramelised hazelnuts for a treat that’s equal parts sweet-salty and tart.
Embrace the festive spirit and delight your loved ones with a new selection of dainty log cakes at the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, including the Peanut Butter Speculoos Praline Log Cake, Brandy White Chocolate Chestnut Log Cake and Pandan & Mixed Berries Chiffon Log Cake. Not feeling adventurous? Stick to the Signature Chocolate Fudge Log Cake.
Get your guests gushing over these cute Noel-themed creations on your table this year. The Letter to Santa Log Cake is made of light strawberry cheese mousse, lingonberry confit, blueberry genoise and blackberry custard, while the Nisse Log Cake is a hazelnut sponge with noisette mousseline and crispy feuilletine.
Or go healthy with the sugar-free White Christmas log cake – crafted with bands of luscious chocolate mousse and cinnamon apple compote.
Impress your Instagram followers with this intricately bejewelled cake, crowned with pastel milk chocolate shards. A delicate almond sponge layer filled with creamy mascarpone, apple mousse and lingonberries sits on a base of milk chocolate hazelnut fudge — making it a dazzling visual masterpiece.
You can also contact the Christmas Call Centre at 6730 1867 / 68 from 10am to 6pm daily, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Impress your holiday guests with TheJellyHearts’ adorable selection of handcrafted goodies. Tempt them with their egg-free jelly cheesecake shaped as a reindeer ($68). The crunchy digestive biscuit base holds luscious chocolate and matcha cream cheese, topped with coconut jelly and desiccated coconut.
Want to add more holiday fun to your Christmas dessert table? You can’t go wrong with their yummy milk-flavoured Santa jelly cake ($48)!
Christmas treats can be healthy too. These special edition gluten and grain -free biscottis are great as a small gift for your friends and family. Made with almonds as a base and lightly-sweeneted with coconut sugar, you can also enjoy them as a delicious snack with a cup of afternoon tea. Choose from two flavors — Chocolate Hazelnut or Cranberry Pistachio.
Available online here.
By Xie Huiqun + Muneerah Bee / Some text adapted from The Peak, updated November 2019