Where to get log cakes for your Christmas party in 2019
Nobody goes to a Christmas party for the log cake. But get it just right, and the night ends on a note that’s just that much sweeter. Head to these trusty purveyors to bring home a head-turner or two.
Four Seasons Hotel
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.
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.
Always one to turn on the dessert theatrics, Antoinette brings two stunning log cakes to the table this year. The Le Papillon, a Grand Crus dark chocolate mousse cake of cocoa finger cake, orange marmalade, salted caramel, caramel parfait and hazelnut crisp – all adorned with beautiful rice paper butterflies – is a true show-stopper. For something more traditional, 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.
For the parties where a regular yule log just won’t do, the Limited Edition Christmas Signature Carousel Cake from Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, in all of its elaborate splendour, will dazzle and impress. A motley crew of festive characters, handcrafted from fondant and chocolate, sit on a carousel made with pain d’epices (French spice cake), orange marmalade and jivara bavaroise chocolate for a truly Instagram-worthy piece. The cherry on the icing: there are just 50 pieces available and each comes packaged in a crimson box with a unique serial number, which means you get bragging rights too if you manage to snag one.
Why opt for a regular yule log, when you can amuse your guests with a mushroom-shaped cake complete with a shiny red-glazed cap? The Valrhona Azelia Mushroom Cake comprises distinct layers of Azelia milk chocolate mousse, chocolate sponge cake and apricot jam, studded with milk chocolate almond nibs.
It’s all about decadence with Pan Pacific Singapore’s new log cake renditions this year. In particular, a Mao Shan Wang and Gula Melaka Log Cake promises to be quite the flavour bomb, while the Jivara Milk Chocolate Pear William and Caramel Nut Log Cake combines pear cubes, pear curd and caramelised hazelnuts for a treat that’s equal parts sweet-salty and tart.