No party is complete without cake, and at this time of year, the Yule log cake reigns supreme. With talented pastry chefs getting more creative year upon year, it was impossible to decide on our favourites. So in no particular order, we present our top picks of Yule log cakes for 2021. We also toss in a smattering of non-log-shaped festive sweets for variety — the more desserts, the merrier, right?
1. Coffeelicious – Regent Singapore
Coffee lovers should make a beeline for Dolcetto by Basilico. The pastry team delivers new creations like Bianco Natale and Coffeelicious (top). The latter lives up to its moniker with extra bitter chocolate fudge biscuits, walnut Florentines, sea salt caramel mascarpone curd, and a caramel latte glaze. Bonus: they come in three sizes to suit any party.
From $15 nett at www.regentsingapore.com.sg
2. Christmas Tree Velvet – Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
This Christmas tree hides moist cocoa-based green and red velvet sponge meticulously layered with indulgent cream cheese. The confection is then intricately hand-piped with matcha buttercream and adorned with chocolate pearls and pistachio crumb. Finally, a sprinkling of gold leaves and a golden star crowns this tabletop showstopper.
$108+ at bit.ly/FS-ToGo (10% off till 25 December)
3. Berry Chocolate Cheese Log – Royal Plaza on Scotts
Calling fans of the trendy Basque burnt cheesecake! For a special treat, consider the Berry Chocolate Cheese Log by Gourmet Carousel’s Executive Pastry Chef Choo Eng Tat. It showcases a combination of a smoky burnt cheesecake and the classic Valrhona chocolate crème log cake. A hint of berries ties it together perfectly.
$65+ at www.royalplaza.com.sg (20% off with PayNow and selected credit cards)
4. Black Forest Pot with Dark Cherry – Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Sofitel Singapore City Centre’s Executive Pastry Chef Sam Leong showcases French flair with the Black Forest Pot with Dark Cherry. Paying homage to traditional home-style cookware, it comes in the shape of a cast iron pot. Within, a luxurious combination of dark chocolate cacao berry, dak cherries soaked in liqueur, dark chocolate mousse, and vanilla cream.
$83+ at sofitelsingaporecitycentre.oddle.me (25% off till 20 December)
5. Guanaja Dark Choc Morella Cherry Log Cake – Furama Riverfront
Spring a sweet surprise with the Guanaja Dark Choc Morella Cherry Log Cake from The [email protected] The dark Valrhona Guanaja blend complements the tart Morella cherry to perfection, making for a rich and moist mouthfeel. If your family loves a classic chocolate log cake, you won’t go wrong with this one.
$58 nett at bit.ly/festivefurama2021 (20% off till 9 December)
6. Black Forest Tree Cake – Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
The classic black forest cake undergoes a makeover into a mesmerising tree cake with an interactive pull-me-up feature. Deliciously moist dark chocolate fudge cake sits atop the chocolate board tiers with Morello cherries and redcurrants all around. Here is the fun part: gently pull up the clear cake collar at the top and watch the magic unfold, as cream cheese frosting cascades dramatically over the edge of the cake.
$88+ at bit.ly/cp-estore-2021 (25% off for a limited time)
7. Galette des Rois – PAUL
Usually served in January to commemorate Epiphany, the day the three wise men visited baby Jesus in Bethlehem, PAUL has imported the King’s Cake or Galette des Rois earlier this season. The puff pastry cake is made in France and sent to PAUL tea-rooms worldwide. It is filled with almond frangipane and a hidden feve or mini charm made of clay. Find this feve in your slice of cake and become king for the day. Everyone else who got a slice will have to do as you say. You get to wear a golden crown too (included with the cake)!
$39 nett at www.paul-singapore.com
8. Christmas Tree Log Cake – Origin + Bloom
Recreate a magical European Christmas at home with a selection picture-worthy treats from Origin + Bloom. They are crafted in-house with premium ingredients such as Piedmont hazelnuts and chestnuts from Naples. The star of the show is the Christmas Tree Log Cake, a grove of individual trees. Perfect for these social-distanced times, each mini cake is made of hazelnut dacquoise and lemon mousse with yuzu crémeux.
$98 nett at www.marinabaysands.com (20% off for Sands Rewards LifeStyle members)
9. Vanilla Mont Blanc Yule Log Cake – The Fullerton Hotels Singapore
One of three new festive creations from The Fullerton Hotels is the Vanilla Mont Blanc Yule Log Cake. It boasts a delicate composition of vanilla crème chantilly, vanilla praline, and candied Sabaton chestnut. Surprisingly light on the palate, it’s an elegant festive update to the classic Mont Blanc. Miss having a snowy white Christmas? This might be your answer!
$75 nett at shop.fullertonhotels.com
10. Jolly Wishes – PrimaDéli
Create new memories of Christmas this year with PrimaDéli’s ‘What I Love About Christmas’ festive collection. At its centre is the Jolly Wishes cake, featuring a vanilla sponge cake with fresh vanilla cream. Within the tri-coloured confection is a filling of dark sweet cherry. Remember to make a wish before cutting the cake!
$58.80 nett at www.primadeli.com (15% off till 25 December)
11. Ruby Chocolate Yule Log with Raspberry – Resorts World Sentosa
Add an alluring pop of red to the dining table with the Ruby Chocolate Yule Log with Raspberry. Inspired by red baubles on a Christmas tree, it’s made using Ruby cocoa beans for a fresh berry fruitiness and smoothness. Raspberry mousseline cream, crunchy almond coated with rose berry sponge, and raspberry confit seal the deal.
$65 nett at www.rwsentosa.com/tasteofjoy (30% off Mastercard purchases till 12 December; 20% off thereafter)
12. White Enchantment Log Cake – Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore
Goodwood Park Hotel delivers an alluring White Enchantment Log Cake. Two layers of pistachio sponge nestle a delectable pear mousse with morsels of poached pear for texture. Enveloping this is a tangy yuzu cream atop a sablé breton base. Finally, long white chocolate shards and glittering white chocolate baubles put some some extra magic in the air.
$88 nett at www.goodwoodparkhotel.com (20% off till 12 December)
13. Strawberry Vanilla Yoghurt Igloo – Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Complete your celebration on a sweet note with a delicious mix of recipes from Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel. While the Champagne Rose Cheesecake and Pear Belle Helene Yule logs will please the ladies, we believe it is the playful Strawberry Vanilla Yoghurt Igloo that will melt the hearts of young and old.
$69 nett at www.celebratorydelights.com (20% off till 20 December)
14. Chempedak Log Cake – Orchard Hotel Singapore
Looking to add a tropical trifle to your party? How about fragrant vanilla genoise sponge filled with fresh premium chempedak, Tahitian vanilla, and crunchy Valrhona chocolate balls? Low in sugar, this handcrafted log cake will please even your older family members. Shop this and more at the larger-than-life Christmas Goodies House at the Orchard Hotel lobby.
$68+ at www.orchardhotel.com.sg (15% off till 21 December)
15. Strawberry Lemon Log Cake – Pan Pacific Singapore
With a stunning hue of red, this new Strawberry Lemon Log Cake (left) from Pacific Marketplace is sure to delight. It offers a refreshing flavour combination of Valrhona strawberry chocolate mousse, strawberry compote, and lemon curd. There’s even a slight hint of white wine at the end for an extra joyous experience. Cheers!
$78+ at panpacific.com/ppsin-festive2021 (up to 25% off)
16. Royal Celebration Cake – Janice Wong Singapore
Singapore’s pastry queen delivers a selection of new Christmas cake creations to brighten up any festive table. The pièce de résistance is the Royal Celebration Cake, a snow-white vision with intricate floral detailing. Creamy vanilla chantilly mousse encases decadent layers of pistachio sponge, mango compote, Cointreau oolong tea mousse, and Cointreau jelly.
$112 nett at www.janicewong.online
17. Santarina’s Log Cake – Carlton Hotel Singapore
With its lovely quilted pattern, this gorgeous log cake looks too pretty to eat. But you’ll miss a fruity and refreshing tropical treat if you don’t. Inside are layers of fragrant coconut mousse, coconut sponge, and coconut dacquoise. Beneath you’ll find a luscious dulcey soft sea salt paste, avocado crémeux, and strawberry and yuzu confit. Santarina for the win!
$68 nett at celebrations.carltonhotel.sg (15% off till 25 December)
18. Chocolate Sriracha Bacon Log Cake – The Pine Garden
Spread festive cheer with heartland-boutique bakery The Pine Garden this season. Out of three new creations, the showstopper this year is certainly the Chocolate Sriracha Bacon Log Cake. Not for the faint of heart, the big, bold flavours of roasted honey bacon bits adds a touch of savoury to the chocolate cake, while the slow burn of Sriracha slowly kicks in.
From $63 at www.pgcake.com (15% off till 10 December)
19. Coconut Blackberry Igloo Cake – Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong
As always, Baba Chews Bar & Eatery aims to spice up Christmas with Mod-Sin flavours. This year, their new star is the Coconut Blackberry Igloo Cake. The adorable igloo-shaped coconut lime sponge cake will certainly bring cheer to any party. Within are tiers of coconut mousse and blackberry lime gel for refreshing flavour with every mouthful.
$65+ at www.babachews.com.sg (10% off till 16 December)
20. Chocolate Speculoos Log Cake – The Marmalade Pantry
The indulgent Chocolate Speculoos Log Cake from The Marmalade Pantry is a textural love affair. It combines light and airy chocolate sponge cake with velvety smooth chocolate buttercream frosting. It resembles a traditional Yule log, but within hides a crunchy caramel cookie, as well as coffee and hazelnut cream.
21. Lychee Rose Champagne Log Cake – The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
Befitting of any celebration, the Lychee Rose Champagne Log Cake (right) features an almond sponge laced with hints of Champagne. Lychee crème, lychee ganache, rose mousseline and lychee fruit fills the inside, while the exterior is glazed in white chocolate. It sits atop a crisp almond financier base with red choux puffs filled with Champagne cream.
$98 nett at colonybakery.oddle.me (15% off till 30 December)
22. Chocolate De Beau X’mas Logcake Made with KITKAT® – The Hainan Story
Need a break? How does The Hainan Story Chocolate De Beau X’mas Logcake Made with KITKAT® sound? The traditional festive treat of chocolate sponge cake is layered with dark and milk chocolate cream with KITKAT® wafer bits, mascarpone cheese, KITKAT® spread, and chocolate pearls. A final layer of dark chocolate icing is the, well, icing on the cake!
$68 nett at thehainanstory.oddle.me (25% off self-collection till 25 December)
23. Truffle Chocolate Mille Crêpes – Lady M
Fans of Lady M‘s Chocolate Mille Crêpes can look forward to a sublime adaptation just for the season. Its delicate layers are elevated with an ethereal dark chocolate-truffle cream whipped with real truffle oil. Chocolate feuillantine and cacao nibs add crunch and an earthy bitterness, while a velvety Caribbean chocolate ganache envelops it all. Bundle it with the Merry and Bright Advent Calendar for the ultimate gift.
$120 nett at www.ladym.com.sg
24. Cherry and Earl Grey Chocolate Yule Log – Mandarin Oriental Singapore
In bright, festive colours, the Cherry and Earl Grey Chocolate Yule Log from Mandarin Oriental Singapore is decked to impress. The combination of flavours and textures will please tea, berries, and chocolate lovers too. Think layers of chocolate raspberry génoise, cherries confiture, Manjari chocolate crémeux, and Earl Grey soft ganache.
$95 nett at singapore.mandarinorientalshop.com
25. Dark Forest Hut – BreadTalk
From BreadTalk’s ‘A Christmas Tale’ collection comes a charming centrepiece (left) with a base of classic dark forest cake. Within, chocolate chiffon sandwiches chocolate hazelnut cream and dark sweet cherries coated in dark chocolate mousse. For the roof, a layer of finger sponge cake covers vanilla white chocolate cream. The house then gets a fresh coat of chocolate ganache and a flourish of embellishments including gingerbread windows and doors.
$48.80 nett at www.breadtalk.com.sg (15% off till 15 December)
26. Opalys Mont Blanc – Sheraton Towers Singapore
Bring merriment to any gathering with the new Opalys Mont Blanc cake from Sheraton Towers Singapore. Reach sugar highs with this sensational creation reminiscent of pristine snowcapped mountain peaks in winter. It boasts ivory chocolate mousse and chestnut sponge enhanced with candied chestnut bits.
$75+ at shopatsheratonfestive.oddle.me (20% off online orders till 16 December)
27. Opalys Dream – PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay Singapore
If you have a sweet tooth, Portman’s Bar eShop is debuting four new festive desserts you’ll love. One of them is this stunning green confection called Opalys Dream. It comprises Valrhona Opalys white chocolate citrus mousse with citrus and praline cream. These are layered with almond sponge and set on a dulcey crunchy base.
$70+ at bit.ly/PRSMB-Festive (15% off till 26 December)
28. Xmas Japanese Chestnut Mont Blanc Cake – Châteraisé
With elegant swirls of chestnut cream frosting, the Xmas Japanese Chestnut Mont Blanc Cake is made with high-grade chestnuts from Ibaraki Prefecture. Japanese chestnut buttercream and kanroni (chestnuts in heavy syrup) pair beautifully with custard fresh cream, almond crunch and cocoa, as well as vanilla sponges. Specially imported from Japan, it is one of Châteraisé’s 2021 Christmas collection, comprising nine new cakes to discover.
$58 nett at chateraisesg.getz.co
29. Black Truffle Intense Noir – Shangri-La Singapore
Shophouse by Shangri-La has everything you need for that cosy family home celebration with your nearest and dearest. Among returning log cake favourites is a mysterious, dark new stranger. The Black Truffle Intense Noir (front) is positively irresistible, combining dark chocolate mousse with luxuriant black truffle and velvety cream.
$80 nett at bit.ly/sls-enchanted-wonders
30. Christmas Log Cake – KOMA Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Surprising us all with this Japanese take on a Yuletide tradition is KOMA Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar. Manjari dark chocolate mousse and Madagascan vanilla crémeux are brilliantly pear-ed with a light burst of Nashi pear jelly. Bet you’ve never thought of sweetening your Christmas party with a log cake from a Japanese restaurant till now!
$68++ at www.komasingapore.com
Have a sweet, sweet Christmas season ahead with our top picks of Yule log cakes for 2021, everyone! And may 2022 be a much, much sweeter year to follow.
Featured image: PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay Singapore