BREADTALK | Among BreadTalk's log cake options, we like the Berry Choco Log (chocolate chiffon cake, dark chocolate mousse, chocolate glaze with strawberries and raspberries, $48, serves six to eight people). For a Christmas cake the little ones will love, opt for the Merry Santa-licious, a cluster of vanilla chiffon cake towers filled with cocktail fruits and strawberry jam and topped with icing and strawberries. A Santa figurine sits on the cake amid chocolate swirls ($48, serves six to eight). Available from 20 to 25 December 2013. Pre-orders have begun.
AU CHOCOLAT | True to its name; this bakery-cafe at Marina Bay Sands offers up a host of chocolate-filled Christmas goodies, from cookies to log cakes. Charm the little tots with an assortment of chocolate lollipops shaped like Rudolph the Reindeer ($8.90), Santa Claus ($5.90) and Frosty the Snowman ($5.90). Don’t miss out on the Au Chocolat Log Cake, made with chocolate sponge and chocolate buttercream frosting ($68, serves eight to 10). Available until 31 December 2013.
SHANGRI-LA HOTEL | Shangri-La’s pastry chef Herve Potus creates an array of buche de noels (French yule log cakes) for the festive season. There are flavours such as caramel, earl grey with blackberry, strawberry with lime, carrot cake, and yuzu creme brulee with mascarpone, hazelnut nougatine and chestnut cream (each $55, serves six to eight). What appeals to us the most is the Vintage 72 Per Cent (digestive cookie fondant base packed with raisins and roasted almond flakes and a 72-per-cent chocolate mousse, $50, serves six to eight). Available till 25 December 2013.
DA PAOLO GASTRONOMIA | Italian gourmet deli and fine food purveyor Da Paolo Gastronomia sells its Yule Log in a set of three. For $89, you get one each of the ground almond cake with crispy chocolate hazelnut feuilletine centre, chocolate cake with caramel cream studded with crunchy Valrhona chocolate pearl, and Valrhona chocolate cake with brandied dark chocolate ganache. The three cakes together can serve up to 15. Available until 31 December 2013.
PRIMA DELI | A special for Christmas this year is the Salted Caramel Log Cake. A fluffy vanilla sponge cake layered with salted caramel cream and almond spread, topped with crunchy chocolates pearls ($36.90, serves six to eight). For chocolate lovers, there is the decadent Truffle Log Cake or the milder Black Forest Log Cake ($59.90, serves six to eight). Available until 25 December 2013. Last date for placing orders is 20 December 2013.
BAKERZIN | Family-friendly Bakerzin has created three unique log cakes that will appeal to all in the family. The Strawberry Mousse Log Cake is made with mascarpone cheese mousse and strawberry jelly sandwiched between soft sponge, coated with mirror glaze ($58, serves six to 10). There is also the Hazelnut Dacquoise Log Cake (hazelnut sponge, cointreau-infused cream and hazelnut mousse, $68, serves six to 10) and the traditional Chocolate Log Cake ($52, serves six to 10). Available until 25 December 2013. Last date for placing orders is 19 December 2013.
TUXEDO CAFE, CARLTON HOTEL | Impress your family and friends with the Flame Valentino Log Cake. Inspired by Tuxedo Cafe’s bestseller, the red velvet cupcake, this new creation is crafted with red velvet sponge layered with cream cheese and sour cream, topped with fresh lemon zest frosting ($60+, serves six to 10). You cannot go wrong with the classic chocolate log cake with hazelnut praline cremeux, dark chocolate cream and moist sponge cake ($50+, serves eight to 10). Available until 25 December 2013.
CROWNE PLAZA | What stands out from this hotel's offerings is the exotic Lemongrass-infused Milk Chocolate Log Cake, filled with layers of almond and hazelnut meringue, luscious butter cream, decadent milk chocolate crunch and lemongrass-infused mousse. The log is topped with three chocolate cakes in the shape of ball ornaments ($62+, serves six to 10). Available until 30 December 2013.
MANDARIN ORCHARD | For an extravagant Christmas, look no further than the Dulcey Yule Log made with a combination of French dulcey chocolate cremux, hazelnut, fourless cocoa sponge cake and praline mousse ($75, serves six to eight). New this year is the Strawberry and Cheesecake Brulee Yule Log, Grand Cru Chocolate and Passion Cream Yule Log, and Mandarin Rock & Roll Yule Log ($75, serves eight to 10). Available until 31 December 2013.
INTERCONTINENTAL, SINGAPORE | Chef Steven Ong works the finest flavours into his festive creations. The star offering is the Gula Melaka Chendol Log Cake – a great combination of sponge soaked in gula melaka (palm sugar) with sweet red beans wrapped in rich coconut cream ($68+, serves eight to 10). Available until 25 December 2013.
GOODWOOD PARK HOTEL | Go extravagant this year with Goodwood Park’s Christmas desserts. We recommend the Blonde Chocolate Florentine Log Cake, an intricate layered beauty filled with hazelnut mousse, blond dulcey 32-per-cent chocolate mousse, and dark cherries covered in white chocolate ($68, serves eight to 10). Available until 26 December 2013, orders need to be placed by 20 December 2013.
BREAD SOCIETY | Inspired by the traditions of a Nordic Christmas, Bread Society produces three lovely Christmas goodies. There is the Merry Kouglof (traditional European brioche cake stuffed with blueberries and whole almonds, $6.80) and the Holly Berawecka (loaded with sweet pears, dried apricot, dried figs, preserved ginger with honey almonds, walnut, cherries, and spiced with star anise, $3.80). Or try the plum brioche with sweet custard cream and fresh dark plums. Available until 31 December 2013.
TOAST BOX | Go local this Christmas with Toast Box’s holiday gift sets and sweet treats. A great present for kopi (coffee) and kaya (coconut jam) lovers is the Christmas Gift Pack containing Toast Box’s own blend of traditional Nanyang coffee powder, a coffee brewing set, a jar of its special Hainanese kaya spread and a $5 gift voucher ($28.80). Available from 25 to 31 December 2013.
HAAGEN-DAZS | For a sweet finish to your Christmas dinner, grab a pint each of Haagen-Dazs new festive flavours. The two new luxurious offerings are the Marc de Champagne Truffle, and Pralines & Cream ($14.50). Also new are the Marc de Champagne Truffle ice-cream macarons ($30 for a box). These bite-sized icy treats are exclusively available in Singapore at Haagen-Dazs’ pop-up ice cream shop outside Wisma Atria. Available till 30 December.