Some might argue that log cakes are just swiss rolls in disguise.
Regardless, if you're thinking of getting a log cake for Christmas but have not fixed a budget, here are five comparisons that might help you decide.
1) St Regis vs. Four Leaves
The St Regis Hotel is retailing its Chocolate Decadence Log Cake for S$85.
Weighing 1kg, the cake is made of chocolate buttercream, dark chocolate cream, rich chocolate sponge and dark chocolate crunchy pearls.
Alternative: The X'mas Log Cake from Four Leaves, which retails at S$39.90 (or S$35.90 on sale).
A nice chocolate-looking log cake, decorated with Santa.
Being a Japanese bakery, Four Leaves' products typically has cream and light sponge.
Click here to place an order online.
2) Fullerton Hotel vs. Gin Thye
The Fullerton Hotel sells a Tropical Yule Log Cake made of vanilla chiffon sponge, mango pineapple compote jelly and mango passion mousse.
It is currently retailing at S$69, but is only available for orders placed between now till Dec. 30, 2019.
Alternative: Taiwan Jelly Bubble Milk Tea Log Cake from Gin Thye, which is a milk tea swiss roll with QQ milk tea blancmanges, jelly bubbles and milk tea fresh cream.
The cake is currently retailing at S$29.80 on Qoo10, down from its usual price of S$58.
Orders must also be placed at least one day in advance.
3) Grand Hyatt vs. Yume Patisserie
The Grand Hyatt Singapore has a Coconut, Praline & Yuzu flavoured Christmas Log Cake going for S$64.80 (current sale price).
Alternative: Raspberry Lychee Rose Ispahan Log Cake from Yume Patisserie, going for S$48.
The cake is made with fluffy sponge, chantilly cream, lychee mousse, rose and raspberry curd, as well as lychee bits.
Do note that Christmas orders must be made seven days in advance and the last order is on Dec. 15, 2019.
4) Ritz Carlton vs. Bread n Better
This festive season, the Ritz Carlton's rendition of this dessert is called the Naughty Log Cake (S$78).
The red-hued log cake is made of brownies, dark chocolate mousse, morello cherry jelly, lime and chilli crémeux.
However, do note that this cake is only available for orders placed between now till Jan. 1, 2020.
Alternative: Christmas Chocolate Log Cake from Bread n Better, made of 64 per cent Belgian chocolate, chocolate mousse and crunchy pearls.
The log cake is going for a listed sale price of S$45 on Qoo10, down from S$69.
Bread n Better has a physical store that can be located in Admiralty.
Here are more designs from them:
5) Goodwood Park Hotel vs. Yours Sincerely Bakery
Looking for a colourful, pastel version? It exists in the form of the Crystal Glacier Log Cake from Goodwood Park Hotel — you can get yourself one at S$82.
The 1kg cake consists of milk chocolate hazelnut fudge, an almond sponge layer filled with creamy mascarpone, apple mouse and lingonberries, as well as pastel milk chocolate shards.
Do note that the last online order date for the log cake is 12pm on Dec. 19, 2019.
Alternative: Rainbow Christmas Log Cake from Yours Sincerely Bakery, which retails at S$34.90.
Due to the year-end peak, customers are advised to make orders as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Delivery costs at least S$20, so if you would like to avoid that, you can choose to pick up your order in Upper Changi.
Top image via Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore and Yours Sincerely Bakery