As the festive season approaches, there’s a sweet anticipation in the air, and what better way to indulge in the spirit of Christmas than with delectable desserts that epitomise the joy of the holidays?
The year-end holiday often means that hotels, restaurants and bakeries have a tantalising array of log cakes, panettone, and assortment of sweets that promise to elevate our celebrations to new heights.
From traditional favourites to innovative confections, these delectable delights are poised to make this Christmas season a truly unforgettable one for your taste buds.
Below, discover the perfect sweet companions for your Yuletide celebrations.
Making a fiery statement this festive season is Pan Pacific Singapore’s new creation — the Strawberry Yuzu Log Cake, which resembles a bar of bubbling baubles studded with stars. The log cake pits the tanginess of the yuzu curd against the sweet strawberry mousse and vanilla sponge.
Its popular Mao Shan Wang & Gula Melaka Log Cake is back with luscious durian paste slathered in between vanilla sponge, which is dressed up in coconut crème. For traditionalists, take comfort in the Chocolate Log Cake with chocolate buttercream and chocolate sponge.
Available till December 26; $88 to $98 for 1kg. Order at the hotel’s festive booth or panpacificsingapore.oddle.me/en_SG.
Adorably charming and a sweet treat for the holidays, this Nutcracker Piñata by Shangri-La Singapore will make the perfect centrepiece on your desserts table.
Crafted with precision and culinary artistry, this entirely edible creation is meticulously composed of rich, high-quality chocolate and adorned with intricate details using fondant.
But the magic doesn’t end with its charming appearance; the Nutcracker Piñata contains a sweet surprise waiting to be unraveled. It comes complete with its own hammer, allowing you to partake in the traditional piñata festivities.
This festive treat is not just a feast for the eyes but an entertaining experience for the entire family, especially if you have young ones. Whether you’re looking to add a whimsical touch to your dessert table or searching for a unique and memorable gift, the Nutcracker Piñata is a sweet sensation that captures the spirit of the season.
Available till December 26; $88. Order online at boutique.shangri-la.com or the hotel’s boutique.
Get into the Christmas spirit with Grandeur Blue Yule Log from The Lobby Lounge at InterContinental Singapore. Ditching the traditional flavours and hues of Christmas — along with the shape of a yule log altogether, this blue-tinged longhouse brims with tropical accents. Inspired by local desserts, it comprises a pandan genoise sponge layered with coconut mousse and tangy mango-passion cremeux, intermingled with sweet, chewy attap seeds (palm seeds) for a touch of delightful textural contrast.
Available till December 22; $108 for 1kg. Order online three days in advance at intercontinentalshoppe.sg or the hotel’s boutique.
For a fitting taste of la dolce vita — Italian for the sweet life — this Christmas, look no further than stalwart Italian chain Da Paolo Gastronomia, which has a boozy log cake dressed up to resemble a wintry snowscape. The envelope of crisp white chocolate shavings gives way to an underlayer of lightly tart white chocolate yoghurt Chantilly cream. The vanilla sponge is studded with white chocolate pearls, and a decadent housemade morello cherry compote spiked with rum.
Available till December 31; $89 for 900g. Order online three days in advance at gastronomia-foodtoorder.dapaolo.com.sg.
Savour the essence of Christmas with Chef Makoto Arami’s unique interpretation of the classic panettone in two delightful variations: Original and Espresso Chocolate.
Both versions boast rich and distinctive flavours. While Chef Makoto introduces his own creative twist to the desserts with a touch of Japanese culinary artistry, he remains faithful to tradition by employing time-honoured techniques, such as the unique process of hanging these delicate breads upside down after baking to preserve their iconic dome shape and airy crumb.
For the Original Panettone, Chef Makoto infused dried raisins, orange, and lemon with Grand Marnier and Cointreau for weeks before baking. The result is a harmonious blend of sweet and fruity elements, with the alcohol providing a delightful contrast.
For those yearning for a modern twist, the Espresso Chocolate Panettone offers the chef’s imaginative take on the classic Espresso Martini. Ethiopian single-origin coffee beans offer an aroma of dark chocolate and a caramel undertone, while Kahlua-soaked dried fruits, Haku vodka, and chunks of Valrhona 40 percent milk chocolate ensures that each bite unfolds with a velvety chocolate taste, enhancing the overall coffee flavour profile.
Available till December 31, 2023. The Original Panettone is available for $72nett/600g, while the Espresso Chocolate Panettone is priced at $76nett/600g. Order at take.app/amipatisseriesg.
Taking its design cue from the traditional Christmas tree topper of a gold star, Goodwood Park Hotel’s Snowy Splendour Log Cake comes crowned with shimmering gold foil. The elegant cake also leans traditional in its flavours, featuring a velvety chocolate mousse set against raspberry confit on a base of moist chocolate fudge sponge. Profiteroles filled with more chocolate mousse, dark chocolate leaves and gold foil add a luxe finishing touches to the festive bake.
Available till December 26; $99 for 1kg. Order at goodwoodparkfestive.oddle.me or the hotel’s boutique.
Making its debut this year at Carlton Hotel Singapore is the Golden Bird’s Nest Yule Log, a luxurious masterpiece that promises a captivating medley of flavours and textures. A fragrant osmanthus sponge cake is harmoniously paired with a velvety osmanthus vanilla crémeux, sous-vide water chestnuts, and a fresh mango compote, all enveloped by the richness of luscious dark chocolate. The crowning glory of this indulgent creation is the inclusion of premium bird’s nest, which definitely elevates the dessert.
Elegantly finished with a lustrous copper sheen, this yule log isn’t just a treat for the taste buds but a visual spectacle that adds an opulent touch to any celebratory occasion.
Available till December 25; $78 for 1kg. Order at celebrations.carltonhotel.sg, or email email@example.com.
Indulge in the epitome of festive decadence with Conrad Singapore Orchard’s Vanilla, Truffle and Chestnut Log Cake. The delicate Almond Truffle Sponge provides a light and nutty foundation, complemented by layers of rich Chocolate Truffle Sable that add a satisfying crunch.
The pièce de résistance is the Madagascar Vanilla Opalys Chocolate Mousse, a velvety blend of the finest vanilla and opulent chocolate. Each layer unfolds a symphony of flavours, creating a dessert experience that transcends the ordinary. This log cake is not just a treat for the taste buds but a visual delight, adorned with a presentation that befits the grandeur of the season.
Available till December 25; $123.20 for a large cake. Order online at conradsingaporeorchard.oddle.me or at Dolcetto, located in the lobby of Conrad Singapore Orchard.
The Starry Chocolate Log promises to illuminate your holiday celebrations. Adorned with an array of 70% grand cru chocolate stars, dusted with the elegance of red velvet biscuit, this enchanting creation is a visual spectacle that sets the stage for a truly magical dessert experience.
The log is generously filled with a decadent combination of creamy caramel, a harmonious blend of clementine marmalade, and the velvety richness of crème brûlée. But that’s not all – woven into this culinary tapestry are soft fir honey cookies, adding a delightful touch of sweetness and an exquisite textural contrast.
Available till 3 January 2024; $88 for 1kg. Order online at star-studded-feastival.oddle.me/en_SG
Rather than venturing down the traditional path of sinfully decadent Christmas yule logs, boozy liqueurs and heady chocolate overtones, JW Marriott Singapore South Beach has decided to take a different approach with its centrepiece pastry.
Executive pastry chef Edina Si has left the visual of the classic log behind, opting instead for a minimalist pastel-yellow slab adorned with a green template bearing the word “Christmas”. In line with its colour palette, Japanese-centric flavours underscore the log cake, with zesty yuzu and mango balanced out by a luscious core of earthy matcha cream.
Available till January 1, 2024; $78 for 1kg. Order at shopatjw.oddle.me.
Make a beeline to the Santa-themed yule log from The Westin Singapore if you’re looking for a festive treat that’d be equally well received by the young and young at heart. Santa Claus, snow-capped houses, reindeers and other classic motifs of the Christmas season take centre stage for the hotel’s Valrhona chocolate, strawberry and passionfruit-tinged number. Amid the local-themed delights, it offers a refreshing yet classically Christmassy take that promises to please at convivial family gatherings.
Available till December 25. $89 for 1kg. Order two days in advance online at idem.events/v/the-westin-singapore/products/yulelogcake or the hotel’s boutique.
A signature masterpiece, Alice’s Christmas Log Cake is sure to light up the Christmas table. The rendition this year is a brilliant harmony of layers; pistachio mousseline, molten pistachio praline and red berries compote – a delightful blend of cranberry, strawberry and raspberry, and a base dipped in a delectable mixture of dark chocolate and feuilletine. For the crowning glory, the cake is topped with a marron, chocolate crumble and the notable 3D Alice squirrel made from orange dark chocolate mousse. This charming log cake is
Available till December 28; $96++. Order online at aliceboulangerie.com.sg/product-category/christmas or call +65 8874 3300.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is offering a menagerie of localised takes for the yuletide season . We’re talking roasted turkey inspired by fiery hawker noodle favourite laksa, a slow-roasted pork belly served with fluffy lotus leaf buns for shades of local kong bak bao, and of course, a trio of new locally inspired log cakes for a sweet finish.
The tropical mango, pomelo, yuzu, and passionfruit-filled yule log makes for a refreshingly zesty festive treat, while the coconut snow pandan yule log is perfect for anyone looking to bring a white Christmas to Singapore — though the star of the show is surely the utterly beautiful bandung-inspired yule log layered with lychee creme, rose-infused raspberries, vanilla bavarois (egg-based custard) on a bed of raspberry chiffon. Just the pastel-cake cake to bring if you’re going for any Barbie-themed Christmas parties, we’d reckon.
Available till December 27. $82 for 900g. Order four days in advance online at shop.fullertonhotels.com or the hotel’s boutique.
This post was first published in The Peak.