Christmas is never quite complete without the quintessential 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.
End your Christmas party with a delicious and festive log cake with our roundup of the best ones to order this year:
Text: Elizabeth Liew, Xie Huiqun / Additional text from The Peak
Popular homegrown bakery chain PrimaDeli is serving up a new log cake flavour this year — fluffy vanilla sponge cake filled with velvety smooth strawberry cream cheese. It’s certainly a refreshing take on the typical chocolate log cake!
However, fans of their bestselling Truffle Yule Log (from $44.80) won’t be disappointed, as the bakery is bringing it back for Christmas this year too.
Available until 25 December 2019, at all PrimaDeli stores islandwide. Order by 15 December to enjoy an early bird special of 25 per cent off Christmas cakes (except regular-sized ones).
This chocolate chiffon cake from Breadtalk is perfect for the chocolate lovers in your family. It’s stuffed with layers of 55 per cent chocolate mousse and pistachio cheese mousse that offers a hint of candied orange, and then topped with a decadent sea salt ganache made with 64 per cent Valrhona chocolate.
If you’re craving something lighter and fruity, opt for their Rosy Berry Snow Log which features their signature Hokkaido snow white roll with raspberry mousse and a raspberry rose coulis base, topped with fresh strawberries.
Pre-order between now and 15 December 2019 to receive an $8 voucher! Do note that other terms and conditions apply.
Available at all BreadTalk outlets except Singapore Cruise Centre and United Square.
Put a tropical spin on your Christmas feast this year with this fragrant Cempedak Log Cake (1kg) that comprises a green velvet sponge cake filled with cempedak custard cream (with real fruity bits!) and a light whipped cream frosting.
Available now until 25 December 2019* (order three days in advance), from Sky22 at Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena. Call 6738 2002/2031 or email email@example.com to order.
*Do note that last orders are on 20 December 2019, 12noon.
Milk tea fans, Swensen’s is rolling out a delectable new ice cream cake that’s right up your alley. The creamy, milk tea-infused cake with butterfly pea flower is sure to colour up your dining table with its bright red glaze and decorations made to resemble Santa’s belt!
There are five other yummy log cake creations to choose from if milk tea isn’t your thing, such as Santa’s Home ($65) made with their perennial favourite Sticky Chewy Chocolate ice cream and diced almonds, and even a Frozen-themed varient, Frozen In Time ($65).
Enjoy a 10 per cent discount if you make your purchase with Citibank, Diners Club, HSBC, Maybank, OCBC, Standard Chartered and UOB Credit & Debit cards.
Available until 17 December 2019 (via phone and online), and 18 December 2019 (for walk-in orders), from Swensen’s or Earle Swensen’s outlets islandwide. Call 6788 8128 (9am to 5.30pm on weekdays, excluding PH) or online here.
Mod-sin restaurant Baba Chews, known for serving up unique festive takeaways inspired by local foods, is serving up their crowd favourite bakes this year, one of which is this coffee chocolate cake for the caffeine addicts.
Available until 25 December (order 3 days in advance). To order, visit their website or Baba Chews at Hotel Indigo, 86 East Coast Rd, Katong Square, Singapore 428788.
Also known as the “fourth chocolate”, ruby chocolate the newest type of chocolate in existence. Unlike dark, milk and white chocolate, it has a slightly fruitier taste and smoother texture. If haven’t tried it yet, here’s your chance. Crowne Plaza is introducing two new log cake creations this year, including this Pink Ruby Yule Log which comprises a raspberry puree and pink ruby chocolate mousse filling, interwoven with layers of vanilla cream cake and white chocolate feuilletine.
The other new log cake they’re rolling out is the Chocolate Banana Yule Log ($68+) that’s sure to be a hit with the kids! There’s also their bestselling Taro Coconut Yule Log ($65+) for a Japanese-Asian twist.
Available until 31 December 2019. Order online and enjoy 25 per cent off festive takeaways and more, or pick it up from Lobby Lounge at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, 75 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819664, tel: 6823 5367
Yule logs at The Fullerton Cake Boutique are given a local spin this year. Satiate that sweet tooth with the Ondeh Ondeh Lamington Yule Log, which packs Gula Melaka mousse, coconut creme and shredded coconut between layers of pandan chiffon sponge cake; or relive those childhood memories with the Strawberry Lychee Bandung Yule Log. Here, raspberry chiffon sponge cake is paired with lychee mousse and strawberry jelly infused with rose essence.
Available until 30 December 2019 (please allow three days between date of order and date of collection or delivery). Order online here or at The Fullerton Cake Boutique, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Lobby Level, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178, tel: 6877 8943.
Durian lovers, get your fix with Pan Pacific Singapore’s new rendition of the log cake that features the king of fruits, as well as palm sugar for a truly Singaporean Christmas. Other new flavours to try include the decadent Jivara Milk Chocolate Pear William and Caramel Nut Log Cake which features a sweet-salty-tangy combination of pear cubes, pear curd and crunchy caramalised hazelnuts, the tropical and fruit Coconut Mango Calamansi Log Cake.
Available till 26 December online or at Pacific Marketplace (Level 1), Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039595, tel: 6826 8240.
The Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium is serving up a decadent chocolate-y log cake made with hazelnut-infused Gianduja chocolate, latte cream and smooth sponge with a crunchy feuilletine base. For a more tart option, consider their Cempedak Yule Log Cake ($78) too.
Available until 26 December 2019, with collection from the festive booth at Level 4 concourse, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, 317 Outram Road, Singapore 169075. Visit their website to order.
If you’re looking for a healthier option, the White Christmas log cake (right) from InterContinental Singapore is made with sugar-free chocolate mousse and cinnamon apple compote to help you watch your sweets intake. Otherwise, there’s also the Letter To Santa cake (left) which looks like a mailbox, and comprises a light strawberry cheese mousse glazed with lingonberry confit.
Available online and at the Festive Shoppe located at the entrance of InterContinental Singapore (from Bugis Junction), 80 Middle Rd, Singapore 188966. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6825 1132 to place your orders.
For something light and refreshing, indulge in this handcrafted specialty log cake by pastry chef Benjamin Siwek which is made of a madeleine biscuit base with almond puffed rice, as well as a silky honey milk mousse with hints of mandarin jelly.
There’s also a “Naughty” variant, which is much more decadent, featuring a dark chocolate mousse-covered cake with a brownie base, lime and chilli cremeux and Morello cherry jelly filling.
Available until 1 January 2020, from Colony Bakery (Level 3) at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina Bay 7, Raffles Ave, Singapore 039799. Call 6434 5278, email email@example.com or visit this website to order.
Dazzle your guests with this exquisite creation from Goodwood Park Hotel. Inspired by a wintry wonderland, this showstopping log cake is glazed with white chocolate and decorated beautifully with shards of pastel milk chocolate and rock sugar crystals that make it look straight out of a fairytale.
Inside, it comprises a delicate almond sponge layer with creamy mascarpone, apple mousse and lingonberries with a milk chocolate hazelnut fudge base.
Available at The Deli until 26 December 2019 (order five days in advance). Call 6730 1867/68, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website to order. Do note that last orders are on 19 December 2019, 12 noon.
Celebrate with Santa and his reindeers with this indulgent ice cream log cake that feeds six to eight people. It features Cold Stone Creamery’s Chocolate Hazelnut ice cream, mixed with crunchy pecan nuts and toasted macadamia, before being wrapped in a layer of rich fudge ganache. Plus, pay with Mastercard to enjoy a 15 per cent discount!
Available online and at Cold Stone outlets: #B1-K13 Waterway Point, tel: 6284 1692; #02-K1 VivoCity, tel: 6376 9352; #01-01 HillV2, tel: 6710 7262.
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.
Available until 24 December 2019 (order 3 days in advance) online or at Festive Desk (Lobby Level), Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, 190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646. You can also call 6831 7253 or email email@example.com to order.
Instead of a log, why not go for a whole tree this Christmas? 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.
Available at Antoinette outlets: 30 Penhas Road, tel: 6293 3121 and #01-28 Millenia Walk, tel: 6235 5109. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
For something more sumptuous, pop by the Dolcetto by Basilico Festive Booth at the Regent where you’ll find a range of delicious log cakes that you won’t be able to find elsewhere, including this apple tarte tartin treat that’s essentially a reinterpretation of the traditional French dessert. It features a sponge cake wrapped with caramelised apples, on a crisp pastry base.
Other options include the Marcona Almond Willamette Raspberry Log Cake ($98) which comprises milk chocolate sponge, raspberry marmalade, white chocolate and Marcona almond mousse, as well as the gluten-free Buckhwheat Milk Chocolate Christmas Cake ($98) with a tropical compote of tropical fruits.