No one thought we would be celebrating Christmas in the midst of a pandemic, yet here we are. This year, things are a little different: We’re pulling our lens back to examine our year and shine the spotlight on little things over the next 12 days – both material and immaterial that one can either gift or savour now or in the next year. Here’s Day 6, for those looking for something delicious.
The traditional ritual of burning logs for the yuletide season has since been altered to what we know as log cakes today, but its meaning still remains. We gather round for the festive season to celebrate our love for one another, and to usher in a fresh start to the new year. Besides, the best way to celebrate anything is with some sweet treats, and we’re not letting anyone tell us otherwise.
Read on for all our favourite log cakes and desserts we’re digging into this Christmas 2020.
(Hero and featured image credit: Pan Pacific Singapore)
Apart from its crowd-favourite cakes, Shangri-La has crafted two new yuletide treats this year in the form of the Mango passion toffee log cake and the Cajette de Fraises. If you’re undecided, we suggest the Cajette de Fraises (which translates to a strawberry crate, just like how it looks like), a refreshing treat that’s layered with honey yoghurt mousse, strawberry confit and fresh strawberries.
The pastry team over at Pan Pacific Singapore is celebrating Christmas the best way they know how: with brand-new log cake flavours. Four distinctive cakes are up for grabs, including the Coco Pineapple Log Cake, a fluffy white cloud that’s made with pineapple cremeux, slow caramelised pineapple compote, roasted coconut feuilletine base and coconut dacquoise sponge. Those who like the matcha should also get a taste of the Matcha Hazelnut Log Cake, a rich, creamy number that boasts a crunchy feuilletine base, hazelnut sponge, smooth hazelnut crémeux and rich matcha mousse with chopped caramelised hazelnuts sprinkled within.
Neighbourhood bakery Pine Garden has always come up with unassuming, yet wonderfully-flavoured treats each season, and this Christmas is no less different. Apart from its popular Lychee Martini flavour, guests can indulge in other interesting varieties like the refreshing Yakult Soju Log and the White Rabbit Log, fitted with homemade white rabbit candy chunks.
You might not be able to grab Koma’s log cake on its own for delivery or takeaway, but you can always have it as part of a four-course meal with a partner. The Christmas meal begins with the Truffle Chawanmushi, then moves on to dishes like the “Celebrity Roll”, a sushi platter accompanied by king crab tempura, tuna, caviar and truffle unagi sauce. Finish off the meal with the yuzu log cake, a tangy number crafted with passionfruit mousse, raspberry jam and a crispy rice biscuit bottom.
If you haven’t already heard, Goodwood Park Hotel commemorates its 120th anniversary this year. To celebrate, the hotel has come up with three new log cakes that pay homage to the establishment’s heritage. We particularly enjoyed the Christmas Holiday Cabin Log Cake, a black forest flavoured number that nods to the hotel’s German beginnings in 1900 as the Teutonia Club. Here, snappy chocolate walls encase dark sweet cherries that have been prepared in a compote of cherry juice and red wine, layered with soft chocolate sponge and chocolate cream for the a perfect treat to wrap up the celebrations with.
If you’re not quite the fan of log cakes, make sure to grab the Elderflower Festive Ball from RWS instead. The Christmas Noël Ball inspired dessert is crafted by award-winning RWS Executive Pastry Chef Kenny Kong, and it comes with a red coconut praline shell that opens up to reveal a trove of delights like an elderflower-infused sponge, almond biscuits, crunchy nutty streusel, custard, a confit of red fruits and more.
We hope you enjoy Nutella as much as us because Mandarin Oriental’s Nutty Caramel log cake is a sweet number that we definitely won’t forget. Apart from a deliciously flaky caramelized puff pastry, the main body of the cake is a hazelnut pain de genes that’s coated with Catalan cream and Rum Bavarois, before being crowned with a thick Praline Nougatine on top.
Chocolate log cakes aren’t for everyone, and the team at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore completely understands. To cater to those who prefer lighter flavours, they’ve created the Lady In Red Log Cake, a refreshing number that’ll leave guests coming back for seconds. The Genoise Cake is flavoured with raspberry and rose, complete with fresh lychee bits to top it all off.
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport’s best-selling Taro Coconut Yule Log sees an upgrade this year with the Taro Mont Blanc Yule Log. Each slice of the fluffy cake is perfectly balanced with a combination of sponge cake, taro mousse, coconut cream mousse and then generously crowned with elegant ribbons of sweet potato mont blanc. Make sure to grab a serving of the Santa’s Igloo for the little ones — break the white chocolate igloo apart and you’ll find a mix of festive treats like gingerbread, Christmas pudding, stollen and fruit cake.