Last-minute it may be, but the festive season’s not complete without some sweet endings.
It’s that festive time of year and you’ve scored a precious house party invitation. The host’s cooking up a storm and you’re tasked to bring dessert. What are your go-to sweets? Short of making it yourself, here are 10 well-presented Christmas cakes and sweets to the rescue.
Dreaming of a White Christmas
SPRMRKT at STPI’s Christmas chiffon cake ($86) may elicit some oohs and aahs when unveiled; its pristine alpine visage created with coconut shavings and white chocolate matcha pine tree toppers belies a light bourbon-infused chocolate chiffon within.
Level 1, 41 Robertson Quay. Tel: 97364032
Vino Yule Love
If there are going to be more than a few wine lovers at your party, maybe a pit stop at The Fullerton Boutique at either The Fullerton Hotel or The Fullerton Bay Hotel is in order. New this year’s a Pinot Noir yule log cake ($69) with blackberry mousse, Pinot Noir wine jelly, Valrhona almond praline crunch; and a Sauvignon Blanc yule log cake ($69) with peach mousse, Sauvignon Blanc wine jelly, Valrhona Opalys white chocolate crunch and vanilla dacquoise.
1 Fullerton Square. Tel: 6877 8943. shop.fullertonhotels.com
A Christmas bouquet is the theme for Goodwood Park Hotel’s yuletide blossom log cake. Almost too pretty to eat, much time and skill went into hand-piping buttercream flowers atop a a white chocolate, strawberry chiffon sponge cake, yuzu-infused pear and a crunchy hazelnut Breton sable within.
22 Scotts Road. Tel: 6737 7411
A Taste of the Season
Handcrafted by chef Kenny Kong, who incidentally led Team Singapore to its second-place finish at this year’s Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg, this box of five mini log cakes ($78) anticipates stomach space filling up, no matter the different compartment for dessert. The petite log cakes represent five Resorts World Sentosa restaurants, namely Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora, Osia Steak and Seafood Grill, Syun, Forest森 and Fratelli Trattoria. We liked the combination of flavours in the Syun one (centre) best, made with soya bean biscuits, caramelised pumpkin seed crunch, kumquat jam exterior and yuzu custard.
Sessions’ Festive Kiosk at Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway. Tel: 6577 6567
Pastry chef Benjamin Siwek of The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore takes inspiration from the North, South, East and West nodes of a compass this Christmas. Most significantly, the North log cake conjures up the chilly climes of the North Pole, where Santa and his elves are hard at work, and snowy weather reigns supreme. Chestnut biscuit, berry croustillant and blackcurrant jelly make up the flavours of this cake, while the South, East and West log cakes each offer something a little unique.
Level 3 Colony Bakery, The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore. Tel: 6434 5111
Tarts for Treats
This Christmas, Tarte by Cheryl Koh brings you an array of sweets, cookies, and of course, tarts (small $10, medium $45 and large $75) to tide you through the festive party season. Go for the spiced caramel mixed nuts tart, or one of their seasonal tarts such as Maple Pecan featuring pecan on maple syrup with 70 per cent dark chocolate, or the Clementine with fresh clementine on a light vanilla cream. Otherwise, go for one of their festive hampers which promises a bit of everything. The Bless bundle ($57) for instance, comprises spiced caramel mixed nuts (small), Florentine biscuits, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate rocher and Christmas tree cookies. Download their catalogue here or find their outlet information below.
#02-12 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road. Tel: 6235 3225
Floored by the Selection
Flor Patisserie‘s Christmas Collection 2018 comes packed with options such as Xmas Chitose shortcake (from $58.85) featuring Chitose strawberries from Hokkaido; Very Chocolate Cake (from $55.64); double fromage (matcha) (from $35.31); and Noel du Framboise, featuring a biscuit cuiliere sponge base with French raspberry jam cream topped with tousled spaghetti strands of raspberry purée cream and tropical fruits.
42 Siglap Drive (see website for other branches). Tel: 6243 0813. https://cakeflor.com.sg/shop/
Chocolate lovers are bound to enjoy Awfully Chocolate’s Christmas cakes. Pick from decadent choices like the black forest cake ($98), salted caramel chocolate cake ($98), dark chocolate bundt ($78) and Christmas fruit cake brownie ($78). Our personal favourite is the decadent black forest cake boasting dark and sour cherries between soft chocolate sponge and bursts of chocolate fudge with Kirsch cream. If you’re looking for something less rich, try the bundt cake, glazed with espresso ganache.
131 East Coast Road (visit website for other outlets). Tel: 6345 8212.
Farrer Park Delights
Looking for a log cake that looks as good as it tastes? You’ll be hard-pressed to find something better than One Farrer Hotel’s chocolate hazelnut yule log ($58 for 1kg). Designed to resemble Santa’s belly, the log is coated in a gorgeous bright red hue, and adorned with a belt and dusted with edible golf dust for that magical sparkle. For those who enjoy their desserts with a little boozy kick, be sure to try the Christmas lychee ginger fruit cake ($28 for 500g) handcrafted with lychee martini-infused fruits. Alternatively, get the festive stollen with coconut almond and dried pineapple with Malibu ($28 for 650g).
1 Farrer Park Station Road. Tel: 6705 7828. www.orders.onefarrer.com.
Unleash your creativity and be inspired this festive season with pastry chef Janice Wong’s The Holiday Gift Collection, comprising three limited edition festive hampers (from $150). Specially curated for those who are young at heart, the hampers include the newly released Chocolate Paint Jar Sets—a selection of coloured chocolate paint in a variety of flavours, paint brushes, and an acrylic board so you can create your very own edible art. Another fun addition is the Crayon Box, featuring chocolate crayons in multiple colours and flavours, as well as a canvas and edible rice paper. Other delicious treats packed in the hamper include cookies, chocolate pralines, nougat, and teas. The larger hamper comes with a bottle of Bottega sparkling wine.
Janice Wong Singapore, #01-06, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road. Tel: 97125338. janicewong.online.
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