Good food, great company, happy music – what else do you need for a memorable Christmas party? A deliciously unforgettable log cake to end the gathering on a sweet note of course! The Superbly team celebrated Christmas early with a taste test of yule logs to find the most delectable ones in Singapore.
Strawberry Glazed Logcake, from Wildseed Cafe & Bar
This cake garners our Most Photogenic Cake Award, for there is a heart-shaped strawberry in almost every slice of the cake. So pretty! And we are glad its beauty is more than skin deep. The layers of vanilla sponge, strawberry cream and jam, and of course, the fresh strawberries, culminate into an alluring dessert that is sweet and tangy. Mini sugar balls and a puff pastry base give bite and crispness, and completes this IG-friendly creation with aplomb. This is one cake scored highly on both aesthetics and taste – one of our top favourites.
Place order at least 3 days in advance. Last day of order: 31 Dec 2018. Last day of collection: 3 Jan 2018. For special requests, contact Wildseed Cafe & Bar at 9643-9116.
Log Cake White Night, from Mad about Sucre
$89 (small, serves 4-7); $130 (medium, serves 8-10)
The most elegant cake in our line-up, it is stunning in its simplicity and flavours. There are just two layers – yuzu cream and white chocolate, both smooth and refined. The intoxicating blend of fresh citrusy and milky notes left us wanting more. Posh it may be, but its understated glamour (it evokes a Japanese-Parisian feel) did not alienate the kids, who made a beeline for the white chocolate reindeers and marshmallow twigs on the log. And they polished off their sweet-tangy slices fast, and asked for seconds. Keep this snowy yule log in the freezer after purchase, and thaw it in the chiller for an hour before serving. Remaining portions should be frozen, but we are quite sure that there will be none.
Place orders at least 3 days in advance, subject to availability. Last day of order: 29 December 2018. Last day of collection: 31 December 2018. For special requests, contact Mad about Sucre at 6221-3969.
Mont Blanc, from Flor Patisserie
$81.32 (25cm, serves up to 10)
It’s alcoholic. It’s strictly for adults. And it’s one of the best chestnut cream cake we have ever tasted. Simple in concept – Cointreau-infused chestnut cream snuggly rolled within genoise sponge and topped with strands of more chestnut cream, but hard to get it so right. The sponge is delicate and refined while the velvety cream fresh and smooth, and not too sweet. Even the chestnut perched on the cake is rum-infused – so boozy! If you have teetotallers and kids in the party, consider Mont Blanc’s cousin, Noel Du Framboise (from $48.15 for a 20cm log that serves 6-8), a sponge roll cake with raspberry jam cream and more raspberry puree cream and topped with fruits like kiwi and strawberries. We were hard-pressed to choose between the two, for they were equally good. Mont Blanc won out as it was hard to find a similar varietal as impeccable as this one.
Place order at least 2 days in advance. Last day of order: 29 Dec 2018. Last day of collection: 31 Dec 2018. For special requests, contact Flor Patisserie at 6223-8628.
Gula Melaka Log Cake, from Sinpopo
$62 (1kg, serves 8-12)
With its glistening glaze and golden decorations, this upsized log fits right into a royal feast with the likes of champagne and roast beef. Pomp and ceremony aside, this regal sponge roll glitters with an intense Gula Melaka flavour rich with caramel notes, tempered by lighter milky tones of coconut and cream. Kids will enjoy the unadulterated toffee-like nuances from the palm sugar rush. Its modern Asian take puts it in good stead even at parties with local fare like curry and popiah, although you will need a pot of sharp tea to balance the indulgence. Opulent in size and taste, it will impress effortlessly at any party.
Place order at least 3 days in advance. Last day of order: 28 Dec 2018, 12pm. Last day of collection: 31 Dec 2018. For special requests, contact Sinpopo at 6365-1772.
Matcha Yuzu Log Cake, from Patisserie G
$60 (1.1kg, serves up to 12)
This is another minimalist log that belies the complex flavours within. The first surprise is the melt-in-the-mouth jelly-like glaze on the cake. It adds not just a sheen of sleekness, but also a refreshing tart flavour. It’s accentuated by the citrusy aroma and notes from the yuzu curd and mousse, and complemented by the zing of the strawberry and raspberry compote. Completing the symphony of flavours is a nutty and milk-chocolatey base. Even though the matcha flavour of the sponge is indiscernible, the exhilarating blend of the other ingredients more than makes up for it.
Place order at least 1 day in advance. Last day of order: 30 Dec 2018. Last day of collection: 31 Dec 2018. For special requests, contact Patisserie G at 6338-7578 (Millenia Walk) or 6222-0390 (Downtown Gallery).
Rovaniemi Forest Log Cake, from Dolcetto by Basilico at Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons Hotel
$98, (1kg, serves 8-10)
We could not have enough of this gorgeous log – and the layers of Earl Grey sponge and mousse and berries compote within. The avant-garde combination worked surprisingly well, as the tang of the raspberries and strawberries cuts through milky sweetness of the tea-flavoured, light chocolatey mousse. The base of almond and hazelnut crunch very nearly stole the limelight, with its toasty crunch. One taster proclaimed, while scraping up the last bits of the nutty base, “These are the only nuts I will eat, ever.” Its attractive and addictive embellishments – tiny 3cm-long chocolate Swiss rolls (so light and fluffy), caps of chocolate mousse lightly coated with matcha powder (kids were enamoured by the mossy green) and pistachio bits – were polished off fast. One of our top scorers in this taste test!
Place order at least 3 days in advance. Last day of order: 21 December 2018 (online). Last day of collection: 1 Jan 2019. For special requests and assistance on festive orders between 21 to 25 Dec 2018, contact Dolcetto by Basilico at 6725-3244.
Yuletide Blossom Log Cake, from Goodwood Park Hotel
This floral log makes an impressive centrepiece. The delicately-crafted leaves and flowers made of buttercream perched on the log is a piece of artwork – we loathed to deconstruct it, but the kids could not wait to dig into the sweet and creamy blooms. The white chocolate mousse within is just as fine and silky, and the strawberry chiffon sponge light and airy. Pieces of purple-coloured pear (yuzu-infused and poached in red wine) at the core of the cake surprised us, although the fruity sweetness goes down pretty well with overall flavours.
Place order at least 5 days in advance. Last day of order: 19 Dec 2018, 12pm. Last day of collection: 26 Dec 2018. For special requests, contact Goodwood Park Hotel at 6730-1867/68.
Logging it again, from The Patissier
$64.20 (500g, serves 6); $128.40 (1kg, serves 12)
It is one thing to enjoy a log cake slice with a cuppa, but after tasting numerous portions of many cakes (and we ate lots because so most were so good), some of us were secretly glad for one that is less sweet but not bland. This roll cake has a light and earthy charcoal chiffon sponge that balances the fresh sweetness of chestnut cream and candied chestnuts. The props atop the log – smooth fresh cream, nutty clusters and chocolate Christmas trees – are testament to quality and the attention to details. This is a rare log that is premium, yet down-to-earth without being boring.
Place order at least 4 days ahead. Last day of order: 20 Dec 2018. Last day of collection: 24 Dec 2018. For special requests, contact The Patissier at 6737-3369.