Why is the log cake only sold during Christmas? And why do we eat log cakes?

We did a little digging to find out the history behind log cakes.

This came from a tradition of burning the Yule log in the Nordic region during medieval times. An enormous log of freshly cut wood would be fetched, carried into the house and burnt on Christmas Eve.

While the ceremony was carried out, it was compulsory for all family members to sit on the log before it was burnt, and for people to sing Christmas songs and say prayers.




The burning of the Yule log was believed to bring good fortune for the family and to ward off evil spirits. After the Christmas celebrations, a piece of the Yule log was kept in a safe place to be used to relight the next year’s log.

Today, this tradition is now replaced by putting a small, decorated ‘log’ in the centre of the table as a Christmas decoration. The Yule log has become a traditional pastry people eat during Christmas.

A usual log cake is made with a chocolate sponge roll layered with cream and covered with chocolate to resemble a bark-covered log. But more bakeries have now come up with interesting twists and flavours to the traditional log cake.

Looking for a log cake in Singapore? Here are our picks for interesting and special log cakes in Singapore!

1. Truffle Yule Log from PrimaDéli

Touted the best-selling cake at PrimaDéli, their Truffle Yule Log comes in a luscious chocolate sponge cake filled with rich chocolate truffle cream.

Price: $44.80 (Regular) | $55.80 (1kg)
Website: primadeli.com

PrimaDéli Truffle Yule Log
Photo: PrimaDéli

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2. Hazelnut Choco Crunch Log Cake from Pine Garden

A magically perfect mix of chocolate cake with hazelnut praline cream and Valrhona’s crunchy chocolate pearls. Sinfully delicious! Get it for a celebration of merry and joy for your family and friends this Christmas.

Price: $44.91 (Usual Price: $49.90)
Website: pgcake.com

Cat Mountain King Durian Log Pine GardenPhoto: Pine Garden

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3. Ferraro Yule Triple Log Cake from Butter Studio

This artisanal delicious creation resembling a stack of wood fire logs is just the perfect treat for loved ones! Decadent handcrafted Valrhona Chocolate sponge cake filled with delicious chocolate praline, coated in luxurious, smooth chocolate ganache and decorated with a beautiful hand-piped Poinsettia buttercream flower.

Price: $68 ~ Approx. 1kg
Website: thebutterstudio.com

Ferraro Yule Triple Log CakePhoto: Butter Studio

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4. Lychee Champagne Log Cake from Cedele

Soft and tender vanilla cake laced with champagne. Rolled with lychee chunks and lychee-infused mascarpone cream cheese. A burst of pleasure with every bite.

Price: $68
Website: cedelemarket.com.sg

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5. Sofitel Sentosa Yule Log Cake

Inspired by the resort and tropical vibes, Sofitel Sentosa Yule Log Cake comes with passionata mousse, mango jelly and coconut bisquit.

Price: $68+
Website: sofitel-singapore-sentosa.com

Sofitel Sentosa Yule Log CakePhoto: Sofitel Sentosa

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6. Goodwood Black Thorn Durian Christmas Log Cake

Made with charcoal vanilla sponge and premium Black Thorn durian purée, this is one treat durian lovers will absolutely love!

Price: $88+
Website: goodwoodparkfestive.oddle.me

Goodwood Black Thorn Durian Christmas Log CakePhoto: Goodwood Park

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7. Swensen’s Santa Is Coming Log Cake

Swensen's Santa is Coming Log CakePhoto: Shopee

Enjoy the best of both worlds (cake and ice cream!) with Swensen’s Santa is Coming Log Cake. The 1kg cake is packed full of the all-time favourite Sticky Chewy Chocolate ice cream!

Price: $61.20
Website: Shopee

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