December 22, 2015

We’ve had our fair share of cakes at the NYLON office this festive season, and noticed something a little different: log cakes just aren’t log cakes anymore. Oh, we still love our fruit cakes, the more booze the merrier, and there are few things better than decadent layers of chocolate shaped into a tree stump. But hey, it gets old. Especially if you’re planning a party that’s meant to impress.

And while we’re fully aware that Christmas is literally days away, here are some timely options you need at your not-so-run-of-the-mill party. Give it up for the most interesting, still as yummy, log cake variations:

1. Poppy & Co’s Speculoos Cookie Butter Christmas Cake

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That brilliant idea of a caramelised biscuit spread now takes the form of a cake, all layers of fluffy chocolate sponge held together with sweet Speculoos cookie butter ganache, and topped with a crisp and sturdy milk chocolate feuilletine base laced with creamy Speculoos cookie butter. The flavour says it all – it’s a winning combination of classic and cult, and we’re sure you and your friends would go for a second serving.

$74.90 for 900g, available for pre-order at the service counter at Isetan Scotts Supermarket or Naiise. More info at poppyandco.me.

2. Sinpopo’s Gula Melaka Log Cake

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We love the utterly local twists that this restaurant serves on a regular basis, so how about combining traditional Peranakan flavours with something we least expect, a log cake? While the idea of a gula melaka cake isn’t new, and is already a bestseller on their menu, this jazzed up version emulates the cylindrical form of a log, combines gula melaka, moist cake and soft light cream, with each end topped with a homemade sesame dentelle. It’s sweet, but light and unique enough to serve at the end of a heavy feast.

$38, available at Sinpopo, 458 Joo Chiat Road. Call 6345 5034 or head to sinpopo.com for more. 

3. Swensen’s Red Velvety / Honey Manukadamia Ice Cream Log Cakes

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Yeah, an ice cream cake already makes for a treat, everyone loves ice cream! But, rather than serving your family or guests a melty mess, these look especially good as a table centrepiece, while the decor invokes traditional festive elements. Try the Red Velvety, with red velvet ice cream and fresh blueberries, blackberries, as well as white and dark chocolate, and a red truffle ball. All this is served with a light dusting of snow powder. If you’re up for something even more unexpected, try the Honey Manukadamia, with good-for-your-health Manuka honey ice cream paired with macadamia nuts, berries, chocolate and a red truffle ball.

$58 each, available at Swensen’s stores and for delivery up till 25 December. More info at swensens.com.sg.

4. Clinton St. Baking Company & Restaurant’s Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie / Pumpkin Butterscotch Pie

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The NYC “It” place is here to delight us with timeless American classics, and clearly, nothing’s more classic than (apple) pies. Tuck into their signature Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie ($64) – doesn’t the name already excite you – with a sweet short-crust pastry, Grade A Canadian maple syrup, and lashings of bourbon and chopped American pecans, topped with whole pecans. It has lots of chunky bite, and is sweet and sticky and sinful. Alternatively, we’d recommend the Pumpkin Butterscotch Pie ($60) as well, for those who like the creamier feel of pumpkin puree and butterscotch, jazzed up with some spices.

From $60, available at Clinton St. Baking Company & Restaurant, 31 Purvis Street, till 30 December. More info at clintonstreetbaking.com.sg.

5. Bloomsbury Bakers’ Dark Chocolate Baileys Crunch / Dark Chocolate Seasalt Caramel

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We’ve kinda left the most sinful, and yummy-looking one, for last. The Dark Chocolate Baileys Crunch looks like a lot, and by that, we mean a lot of good flavour – after all, it’s inspired by Hot Chocolate or Bailey’s Irish Cream at English Christmas Markets, hence, three moist dark chocolate layers, iced with Baileys buttercream and crunchy dark chocolate pearls, then finished off with a chocolate ganache drizzle and chocolate hazelnut feuilletine. As for the Dark Chocolate Seasalt Caramel, sigh, it’s filled and covered with maldon sea salt caramel buttercream, and topped with toasted walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds. How delightful does that sound?

$65 for 1kg, $95 for 1.5kg, available at Blk 30 Bendemeer Rd, #01-889 (last collection 24 Dec, 12pm). Order via email at orders@bloomsburybakers.com. More info at bloomsburybakers.com.