Every Timber Has Its History, Even a Log Cake
Have you started noticing bakeries displaying fantastical Yule log cakes across their shopfronts? How did this elaborate dessert become such an iconic centerpiece in every Christmas spread?
Well, originally an European custom, this story dates back to before the medieval period. To celebrate the end of Winter, people would feast and perform ceremonies to usher in a flourishing Spring season. This included the main activity of choosing a special piece of log, cutting and burning it. They believed burning the log brought good luck, purified the air and welcomed Spring.
Before burning, families would decorate the Yule log with holly, pinecones, ivy, and even wine and salt. The ashes were believed to be medicinal and could protect the family from evil and their wooden houses from lightning strikes. As homes grew smaller and fireplaces started to disappear around the 1600s, Yule log burning was replaced with cakes on the table, imitating the wooden log. Thus, the Yule log cake was born.
Also known as bûche de Noël, this elaborate pastry was popularized by the French in the 1900s. It is usually made of rolled sponge cake filled with buttercream and frosted with chocolate cream to look just like a log, and decorated with marzipan mushrooms, holly sprigs and more.
To usher in good health and happiness for the new year, make sure to get your fill of delicious Yule log! Here are some of the most delicious and creative cakes this season.
Royal Chocolate Log Cake
Chocolate lovers rejoice! The Royal Chocolate Log Cake is mercilessly chocolatey. From soft sponge to thick ganache within and around, get ready to indulge in rich Belgian chocolate in every layer. It's worth every indulgent bite. Enjoy 500g of the Royal Log Cake for an affordable $25, or 1kg for $40.
Yuzu Raspberry Log Cake
Who says log cakes can’t be white? An elegant chocolate shell on the outside, with yuzu-infused cream and raspberry compote between moist vanilla sponge inside, it’s going to be a white Christmas! This refreshing and light dessert comes in 500g or 1kg for $30 and $45 respectively.
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Polar Puffs & Cakes
Merry Malt on the Log
Be reminded of good ol' childhood days when you taste Merry Malt on the Log and all its milo goodness. Enjoy how every spoonful of chocolatey sponge and cream simply melts in your mouth. This is one creative, nostalgic and sweet take on a festive tradition that will surely appeal to your kids (and the kid in you)!
If you love strawberry shortcake, Strawberry Yule is a must-try. It features a smooth cream cheese mousse and light vanilla sponge rolled around sweet and tangy cubes of strawberry jelly, accented with smooth chocolate and chopped almonds for a nice crunch.
Bonus: Whimsical Tree Stump Cakes
The Greatest Gift
Your guests will love this adorable stump cake made of moist layers of melt-in-your-mouth flourless sponge and rich chocolate mousse. Be in awe of the pretty panels of dark chocolate bark and meringue mushrooms - each hinting at how addictively decadent this cake will be.
If you prefer little treats to surprise friends, go for the single-serve Pinecone Delight. Made of soft sponge and bettercreme in chocolate or vanilla, they look fabulous and go incredibly well with a mug of hot cocoa.
Get the Early Bird Special at 25% off. Applies to all Polar Puffs & Cakes Christmas items except Pinecone Delight, Love Joy Peace, Christmas Turkey Ham Sandwich & Festive Pastries. Promotion period:14 November to 11 December 2019.
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For the ultimate party hit, explore Swensen’s range of ice cream log cakes! Ho-Ho-Ho, one of the six exciting flavours, features Butterfly Pea Flower Milk Tea Ice Cream. This cake is designed with Santa’s belt around it, and finished with a beautiful red glaze.
Probably the cutest of the season is Santa’s Home. It’s composed of a dark chocolate brownie along with Swensen’s famous Sticky Chewy Chocolate ice cream. Enjoy a slice while Santa Claus sneaks into the chimney.
Both Ho-Ho-Ho and Santa’s Homes are worth $65 each (1kg). Swensen's members and selected bank card holders can enjoy up to 20% off from 1 November to 10 December 2019*.
*Price quoted is inclusive of GST (takeaway) and subject to service charge (dine-in). Discounts cannot be combined with other special offers, promotions or discounts.
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Truffle Yule Log
The Truffle Yule Log is PrimaDéli’s best-selling Christmas creation for a reason. Not only is it beautiful to look at, it is made of moist chocolate sponge cake and rich chocolate truffle cream. It’s everything you want in a chocolate cake! Grab this delight for only $55.80 per 1kg or $44.80 for the regular size.
Strawberry Cream Cheese Yule Log
If you’re looking for something that’s light and refreshing, go for Strawberry Cream Cheese Yule Log. The vanilla sponge is fluffy while the strawberry cream cheese filling is smooth and velvety. Bring this showpiece to a house party and you will get lots of brownie points! You can get 1kg of Strawberry Cream Cheese Yule Log for $55.80, or the regular size for $44.80.
Grab PrimaDéli’s Christmas cakes at 25%^ off during the Early Bird period from 22 November to 15 December 2019, and 15% off from 16 to 25 December. For regular-sized Christmas Cakes, enjoy 15% off from 22 November to 25 December 2019. Terms and conditions apply.
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Now that you know the millennia-old history behind the Yule, enjoy your bûche de Noël and think of the tradition behind it!