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 the 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.

Here are our picks for interesting and special log cakes in Singapore!

#1 Truffle Yule Log from PrimaDeli

Best-selling flavour of luscious chocolate sponge cake filled with rich chocolate truffle cream.

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

primadeli

Photo: PrimaDeli

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#2 Cat Mountain King (CMK) Durian Log from Pine Garden

Lots of bitter sweet CMK durian flesh between vanilla sponge and topped with freshcream. 0.8kg log includes 2pcs of CMK Durian Choux, and 1.2kg log includes 5pcs.

Price: $88
Website: www.pgcake.com

Cat Mountain King Durian Log Pine Garden

Photo: Pine Garden

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#3 Chocolat De Beau from Bakerzin

A delectable blend of textures, the Yule log is dressed with rich chocolate slats and a shimmering dusting of icing sugar. Each slice comes with crunchy rice krispies and a soft marshmallow centre for an addictive classic sure to delight your guests.

Price: $45.42 U.P. ($50.46) ~ Approx. 1.2kg
Website: www.bakerzin.com

Chocolat De Beau from Bakerzin

Photo: Bakerzin

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#4 Yule Log Cake Stack from Butter Studio

This artisanal delicious creation resembling a stack of wood fire logs is just the perfect treat for loved ones! Decadent handcrafted Sea Salt Valrhona Chocolate sponge filled with delicious chocolate praline and coated in luxurious, smooth chocolate ganache. The best way to spread holiday cheer this season!

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

Yule Log Cake Stack Butter Studio

Photo: Butter Studio

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