An X’mas must-have you need at your festive table is the crowd-pleasing log cake. But rather than the conventional flavors of chocolate, vanilla and the like, why not switch things up with these alternative options. Time to give your family festive feast a Singaporean spin!
Offering not one, but two new local flavors of log cake this year is Caffe Pralet. The restaurant has whipped up their Matcha Salted Egg Black Sesame log cake that while sounds overwhelming initially, might just warm you up with its clever combination of matcha mousse, a salted egg center and black sesame bits. Alternatively, their Kueh Sarlat is a sweet mix of kaya custard and blue pea – yum! Both priced at $68.
Caffe Pralet, #01-04, Eng Hoon Mansions, 17 Eng Hoon Street, Singapore 169767, +65 6223 5595, https://caffepralet.com.sg
What’s a local take on dessert without a punch of durian? Balancing the powerful taste of the king of fruits is the addition of Pandan sweetness in Pan Pacific’s one-of-a-kind log cake. Priced at $70 for 1kg, the dessert will charm durian-lovers of all ages. Who knows – it might even convert those that still might have reservations about the polarizing delicacy to become new converts!
Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039595, +65 6826 8240, http://www.pacificmarketplace.sg/
For a Peranakan-styled Christmas meal, get your log cakes from Baba Chews. Their standout this year is the Ubi Manis Log Cake ($62 for 1kg) – a mixture of purple sweet potato sponge, blueberry confit, whipped ganache, and topped with white chocolate pearls – giving it the perfect texture balance of smooth and crunchy. Traditional dessert fans can also take comfort in their Chendol Yule Log Cake.
Baba Chews, Katong Square, 86 East Coast Road, Singapore 428788, +65 6723 2025, http://babachews.com.sg/
Trust pastry chef Pang Ji Shuang of House of MU to come up with a Singaporean take on the log cake that will tantalize the senses. Boasting a smooth and satisfying yellow exterior, the Mango Chendol Log Cake tastes as good as it looks. As part of their Christmas offerings, this sweet fix is the exquisite marriage of mango mousse and chendol pudding, completed with a dash of passionfruit.
House Of MU, 11 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239010, +65 6732 1011, https://www.facebook.com/theHouseofMU/
Sinpopo has perfected their signature Gula Melaka cake over the years, which has made it a hot favorite among many. It’s no surprise that they’re also available in a festive log cake form for $62, which would make for a sweet addition to any Christmas party. Perfect to hit that sweet spot for all ages, the Gula Melaka Log Cake will give everyone a welcome sugar rush to wrap up the festivities on a high.
Sinpopo Katong, 458 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427671,+65 6345 5034, https://sinpopo.oddle.me
Sinpopo Paragon, #B1-33, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859, +65 6365 1772
If one flavor simply isn’t enough to satisfy your dessert cravings, then Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel has got your back. For $68/kg, their Raspberry Gula Melaka Coconut Log Cake features unapologetically sweet gula melaka drizzled atop a coconut sponge cake, with a tangy spread of raspberry jam for a good balance of flavors. Pre-orders are accepted at least three working days before collection, so reserve yours early!
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865, +65 6831 4708, http://www.singaporemarriott.com/christmas/
Log cake enthusiasts would have likely heard of the All Time Favorite Grandma Yule Log Cake, and those seeking an alternative take will rejoice with their Chendol With Coconut and Red Bean spin ($70) on it this year. Filled with gula melaka and coconut cream, savor the burst of red bean with every bite too as you dig in together with your family and friends.
Shangri-La Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350, +65 6213 4769, http://www.shangri-la.com
A homegrown brand that has been dishing out top quality cakes and pastries since 1985, Temptations cake shop is a mainstay in the dessert scene. Their Christmas Premium Durian Log Cake is rich and chock-full with creamy goodness, complete with gold nuggets and crunchy biscuit balls for toppings. Whether you’re getting it as a gift or a treat for your home, it’s definitely an option Durian-lovers will be thankful for!
Temptations, 42 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427766, +65 6440 9200, https://www.temptationscakes.com.sg
The Pine Garden’s signature dessert, their Pulut Hitam cake is getting a festive makeover! The best-selling dessert takes on the classic Christmas log cake form, which means there’s even more of the Indonesian-styled dessert sandwiched in between sponge cake to go around. The killer combination of glutinous rice and coconut makes for a great post X’mas Feast treat so it’s time to get your orders in!
The Pine Garden, multiple outlets, +65 6457 6159, https://www.pgcake.com
Thinking of leaving the food and refreshments to a caterer for your upcoming Christmas gathering? Then consider Neo Garden Catering, who will take care of your Christmas spread. In addition, their Ondeh Ondeh Log Cake ($68) is a must-try this season. The bite-sized nonya kueh is elevated into a bright green log cake, with pandan sponge cake complemented with coconut shavings and macarons. Trust us, you’ll be sneaking in second helpings at the dining table!
Neo Garden Catering, 1 Enterprise Road, Singapore 629813, +65 6896 7757, https://www.neogarden.com.sg
Header photo credit: Pacific Marketplace Facebook
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