Christmas In Candyland

by Nida Seah

Now that you’ve dined on the perfect roast, it’s time for dessert. While you can’t go wrong with a traditional log cake, these new flavours deliver unique twists to the festive staple and will thrill anyone with a sweet tooth.


Try a festive dessert with a local twist – the Ondeh Ondeh Yule Log Cake ($58). Be nice as you dig into a slice made with pandan coconut dacquoise and gula melaka buttercream, or be naughty with other treats such as the Lemon & Blueberry Stollen drenched in red wine ($22), and Golden Longan & Pecan Nut Fruit Cake with Grand Marnier ($28).


Fairmont’s sweet offerings are given a whimsical touch this year, and they taste as good as they look. The Mushroom Toadstool with Hazelnut Financiers ($120) are decked with sugar Santa figurines and will transform your festive celebration into a fairytale fantasy. A pair of adorable Santa’s Booties ($42) houses bite-sized French macarons that are infused with local flavours like lychee and rose water. fairmontathome. com/collections/christmas-at-home


Sure, there’s the Classic Chocolate Log, Gingerbread House and Rich Fruit Cake, but with three new tantalising flavours, you will be in for a sweet surprise. Opalys Dream ($68) is a citrusy creamy treat; Gianduja Yuzu Cocoa ($68) has Gianduja mousse and yuzu cremeux wrapped in cocoa sponge; and White Forest ($68) is a delightful combination of vanilla mousse, Kalingo dark chocolate cremeux and sour cherry gelee.


The hotel’s pastry team presents not one or two but four new log cake flavours. Strawberry Lemon Log Cake ($83.46) wows with its stunning hue of red and a refreshing flavour combination of Valrhona strawberry chocolate mousse, strawberry compote, lemon curd and a hint of white wine. The Hazelnut Praline and Yuzu Gateaux ($87.74) may look simple but is a decadent treat with yuzu crémeux, yuzu peel and hazelnut jivara milk chocolate mousse on a crunchy feuilletine base. Other two flavours include Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Tart and the tropical Vanilla Mango Passion Log Cake.


It’s a fruity Christmas at Goodwood Park Hotel. The White Enchantment Log Cake ($88) is a tangy dessert on a Sablé breton base, with pistachio sponge, pear mousse, yuzu cream and white chocolate baubles, while the Assorted Berries Baked Cheese Loaf is generously topped with blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. But the most striking is the Festive Fruity Mousse Cake ($78), a vibrant pink cake shaped like a Christmas wreath. Homemade raspberry jam is layered between Viennese sponge cake, lychee-whipped white chocolate ganache, and apple mousse.