The festive period means one thing: log cakes are back on the menu—here's what our talented chefs came up with this year

Christmas won't be the same without log cakes (also known as bûche de Noël). These delectable confections were created in France in the 19th century to represent the logs that families burned to keep them warm on Christmas eve. The tradition of serving log cakes during the festive period has caught on around the globe and is still very much alive today. But the chefs keep it interesting by coming up with novel flavours to keep our palates piqued. 

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1. Ondeh Ondeh Yule Log

If nostalgia had a taste, one would find it in One Farrer Hotel’s executive chef Marcus Tan’s ondeh ondeh yule log—a reimagination of the popular ondeh ondeh dessert. As Tan puts it: “We wanted to distill the essence of local flavours and refine them in a contemporary presentation.” Indeed, this festive offering retains the well-loved flavours generations of Singaporeans have grown to love. The sponge cake is made with a blend of pandan juice and meringue and embedded with a rich mixture of gula melaka and desiccated coconut. The log cake is finished off with a thick coating of gula Melaka whipped cream and a generous sprinkling of crunchy desiccated coconut for extra crunch. Order here.

2. Reindeer Yule Log

Conrad Centennial Singapore executive pastry chef Richard Chew Teck Heng loves infusing his creations with local flavours, and the reindeer yule log is a perfect example. Instead of crafting a traditional chocolate-flavoured sponge, Heng has updated the batter with the addition of crushed pistachios. It makes for a crunchy and nutty base, which is only enhanced with layers of mango mousse, mango jelly and coconut cream. Heng states that the fusion of flavours ensures that each bite is packed with the tanginesss and sweetness of the mango, richness of the coconut milk, and nuttiness of the pistachio-flavoured base. Order here. 

3. Mao Shan Wang Durian Christmas Log Cake

Goodwood Park Hotel’s durian-flavoured log cakes have always been a well-loved special every Christmas. Executive chef David To shares, “We have always been offering D24 durian Christmas log cake as part of our Asian-style festive treats and we decided to introduce a Mao Shan Wang option after receiving requests from guests.” This year’s version features their classic vanilla sponge cake; baked until moist and sweet, it is slathered with copious amounts of fresh and creamy Mao Shan Wang durian pulp before it is rolled up and finished with a durian-flavoured whipped cream. Order here.

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4. Strawberry Pavlova Log Cake

Known for its extensive tea selection, TWG Tea is introducing its Jade Temple green tea to its festive offering of strawberry pavlova cake. In this east-meets-west creation, the pastry team employs classical French techniques in baking the joconde (light almond) sponge base, and lays it with a generous serving of mascarpone Chantilly cream and strawberry confit. The vanilla mousse infused with green tea, brings in an oriental touch as well as citrus and floral notes to balance out the sweetness of the cake. For additional texture, this pastry is coated with a crisp meringue souffle and topped with fresh berries. Available at TWG outlets.

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5. Matcha Yuzu Log Cake

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore's executive pastry chef Siddharth Prabhu drew influences from the flavours of Japan to come up with his new creation—matcha yuzu yule log cake. The delicate sponge is infused with matcha, and this is elevated with a matcha sponge, vanilla ivory praline. Yuzu crème is added into the mix to give the cake a wonderful citrus touch. Order here.

6. Noël à la Singapourienne

Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa pastry sous chef Kelvin Kan wants you to celebrate Christmas, the Singaporean way, with this Asian-inspired log cake. This dreamy festive treat features a snowy white coating flecked with coconut flakes, and a luscious filling of pandan gula Melaka. Order here.

7. Cherry and Earl Grey Chocolate Yule Log

Nothing looks more festive than Mandarin Oriental, Singapore’s bûche de Noël. This year’s rendition is a delicious combination of tea-infused chocolate cake and cherry-flavoured cream. It makes for the perfect centrepiece for your holiday spread. Order here.

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