Sweet yuletide treats

Sweet yuletide treats

Avant-garde Christmas cakes

Award-winning pastry chef Janice Wong is back this season with a new retail pop-up store at Gardens by the Bay.

For Christmas, Chef Wong gives the traditional log cake an abstract art-inspired look and subversive flavour combinations such as white truffle with smoked eggnog and salted caramel in the Truffle Dove (S$75) - a more predictable Chocolate Rocher is also available.

Her range of designer-looking cakes in cherubic spherical shapes (S$10) also comes in festive flavours such as Praline Christmas Ruby with dark chocolate, praline, cocoa nibs and raspberry or the Mistletoe which pairs mint, milk chocolate, gingerbread and chestnut.

Available at the JANICE WONG travelling pop-ups:

Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay from Dec 14-21.

ION Orchard Level One Atrium from Dec 22

Tel: 9712-5338

Pantler's French-Japanese classics

Tomoharu Morita and Matthias Phua met while they were working at Joel Robuchon Singapore and later partnered to open Japanese-French Pantler bakery in Oct.

Check out their Christmas repertoire: the signature Pantler Cheesecake (S$48), festively decorated, of course, is described by Chef Phua as "a cross between a Japanese cheesecake and American cheesecake because it's not that fluffy or dense".

Unlike the usual sticky-sweet brick packed with electric green candied cherries, Pantler's version of the fruitcake (S$24) incorporates orange confit and boasts a more sophisticated shape - it's taller and leaner.

They have also swopped their usual mango shortcake with a classic strawberry shortcake (S$62) using seasonal Korean strawberries.

While you wait for your Christmas cakes to be packed, tuck into Pantler's signature choux puffs that are piped with cream a la minute so the pastry remains crisp.

There are also bits of nougatine inside.

198 Telok Ayer Street

Tel: 6221-6223

Keeping it simple

One of the few festive cakes out there with no bells and whistles, the Chocolate Arc-en-Ciel from Lady M, is a simple quadruple-decker of sinfully moist chocolate cake layered with dark and milk chocolate mousse, a silky pour of ganache and cocoa powder dusting on top.

Lady M is a New York import which made its name as the pioneer of the world-famous Mille Crepes cake.

The Chocolate Arc-en-Ciel is not too sweet so you can easily have more than one slice plus it has achieved the perfect cake-to-mousse ratio - no small feat.

Only available in Dec.

S$8.50 per slice, S$85 for a nine-inch whole cake (needs three days' advance booking).

6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-103 Marina Square Shopping Mall

Tel: 6822-2095

1 Fullerton Road, #01-10 One Fullerton

Tel: 6820-0830

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