Christmas cakes are hard to ignore during this Yuletide season. It's the only time our sweets come with holly. It seems like everyone has a log cake to offer. Here are some that made me go 'ho ho ho'.
The idea of a Peranakan-inspired log cake was intriguing and the taste lived up to my initial curiosity.
InterContinental Singapore's Heritage Peranakan Log ($70) reminds me of kueh lapis, with layers of lime-coconut mousse and pineapple-ginger compote wedged between pandan sponge and pandan kueh lapis.
And it tastes light, which adds to the appeal. It's one of the must-tries for this season.
Call 6825-1008 to order.
It's also available at the hotel lobby till Christmas Day.
PARKROYAL ON PICKERING
The Chocolate Cremaux with Crunchy Hazelnut Feuilletine ($29 for 500g) by Parkroyal on Pickering is a fancy name for a simple chocolate log.
But it is a good cake that got all the chocolate lovers in the office excited.
It has texture and the chocolate is dense.
It is now available at Lime, Parkroyal on Pickering.
CROWNE PLAZA CHANGI AIRPORT
If you're looking for a log cake with a twist, this Yuzu Infused Log Cake ($62) by Crowne Plaza Changi Airport might just be up your alley.
It has layers of meringue sponge, caramel crunch and yuzu-infused Valrhona Dulcey chocolate. The yuzu cuts through the creamy chocolate for a balanced bite.
To order, call 6823-5367.
Another one that I like is Bakerzin's Tropical Christmas cake ($62).
They are generous with the coconut, from the mousse to the desiccated coconut. There's also a layer of salted caramel mousse.
Order online at www.bakerzin.com or at the outlet. You have to give them up to three working days to process your order.
An unusual offering this Christmas is the Teochew Orh Ni Mousse with Pumpkin Creme Brulee Log Cake by Peony Jade.
The cake looks like your usual western log cake, but its filling is a nice blend of traditional Asian flavours. The yam mousse is light, while the pumpkin provides the subtle sweetness.
Only 100 will be sold, at $62. The cake can serve 15. Call 6276-9138 to order.
If you're indecisive when it comes to flavours, the Mr Bean Party Platter ($22 for 16 pieces) might be what you need. It features bite-sized Yuzu Mousse, Matcha Red Bean, Strawberry Mousse and New York Cheesecake.
And since these are soy cakes, you won't feel as guilty for indulging.
You will need to pre-order this from any Mr Bean outlet.
For something more traditional, go for the Santa's Macadamia Noel ($63.15) from O'Coffee Club.
It has everything that we have come to expect from a log cake: A macadamia sponge base with macadamia pieces for crunch, and chocolatey mousse (praline mousse with Gianduja chocolate).
Order at any O'Coffee Club outlets. Last day of order is on Dec 22.
If cakes are on your list of forbidden eats, but pastries are acceptable, Bread Society may have something for you.
The Merry Kouglof ($6.80) has healthy components like blueberries and whole almonds.
The festive-looking Merry Berry ($7.80) is a Danish pastry with custard within, decorated with strawberries, blueberries and red currants.
Santa's Surprise ($7.20) - Bread Society's version of the King's cake - is cinnamon-filled dough with orange peel and white chocolate. The pastries are available at Bread Society outlets at Ion Orchard and Suntec City.
This article was first published on Dec 3, 2014.
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