Christmas 2022: Deck the halls with the 10 best Christmas desserts this year

Cakes, cookies, chocolate, cream and Christmas! After all the discipline you’ve practiced this year, it’s finally time to indulge. Here are the 10 best sweet treats and Christmas desserts from across the island, compiled in one place.

Beware, my friends, severe temptation lies ahead!

1. Pistachio Cherries Nougat Log Cake ([email protected] Singapore)

What better place for a taste of la dolce vita than Dolcetto at Regent Singapore? This authentic artisanal Italian bakery and gourmet mercatino‘s festive desserts are a wonder of culinary and artistic creativity.

Dolcetto Pistachio Cherries Nougat Log Cake
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Topping our list is the tricolour Pistachio Cherries Nougat Log Cake (S$78 for Medio, S$148 for Grande) inspired by the Italian flag. It contains two inherently Italiano ingredients: pistachio and Amarena cherries. Rich and creamy nougat mousse, fluffy pistachio sponge, tart cherry confit and whipped pistachio ganache, all in one bite? Truly la dolce vitta!

Dolcetto Chocolate Caramel Hazelnut Log Cake
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Chocolate is always the safe bet but the Chocolate Caramel Hazelnut Log Cake (S$72 for Medio, S$138 for Grande) is an especially decadent choice. Dolcetto’s rendition of this Christmas classic has silky smooth Guanaja dark chocolate mousse around a rich caramel crème brûlée centre, all sitting on a crunchy praline feulletine base.

Dolcetto Lime Cream Cheese and Apple Log Cake
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Red alert! For a flurry of disparate but complementary flavours, watch out for the Lime Cream Cheese and Apple Log Cake (S$72 for Medio, S$138 for Grande). Its light almond lime sponge, tangy lime curd shortbread and soft cream cheese mousse make for a trio of irresistibly delicious flavours in one.

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All 3 cakes are available for dine-in and takeaway here.

1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715
+65 6733 8888
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2. Festive Afternoon Tea Set (Conrad Centennial Singapore)

The Conrad’s famed Afternoon Tea gets a Christmas makeover to become the Festive Afternoon Tea, which you can enjoy at their Lobby Lounge and The Terrace, or have delivered straight to your home.

Conrad Afternoon Festive Tea
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Some of these creations are (almost!) too intricate and artistic to eat. This includes Santa’s Hat (Evocao 72% Whole Fruit Chocolate Mousse) and Sacher and Manjari Ganache Christmas Tree (Yuzu Curd, Azuki Bean and Matcha Mousse). Equally enticimg are Candy Cane (Strawberry Mousse, Wild Strawberry Compôte, Yogurt Crémeux) and Little Baubles (Cassis Crémeux, Milk Chocolate Cassis Mousse and Sacher and Manjari Ganache).

No high tea is complete without scones and there are both Classic Scones and Raisin Scones, served the traditional way accompanied by Clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam.

There is also a savoury selection in this set. It includes Duck Rillette with Homemade Piquillo Marmalade, Homemade Basil Cream and cheeses on Tartlet, Skewer of Duo Bread with Smoked Salmon, Avruga Caviar, and Prosciutto Ham on Baguette with accompaniments.

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Diners enjoy a selection of teas and coffees with their high tea.

The Festive Afternoon Tea (from S$49++ per person for dine-in, from S$96.30 nett per 2-person set for takeaway) is available daily from 23 Nov 2022 to 6 Jan 2023.

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2 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038982
+65 6334 8888
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3. Peach Oolong Yule Log Cake (PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering)

Lime on the Go from Lime Restaurant at PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering brings the best and sweetest imaginations from their innovative desserts kitchen straight to your home. Their collection of Festive Goodies featuring Yuletide desserts is available from 15 Nov 2022 to 1 Jan 2023.

PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering log cakes
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This Peach Oolong Yule Log has me dreaming of a white Christmas. No, really. The pristine white colour aside, it looks like a bunch of snowmen having a grand old party!

Fortunately for us, the Peach Oolong Yule Log contains more than just plain, tasteless snow. White is the theme as white chocolate mousse, white chocolate Feuilletine and the freshest, springiest vanilla sponge create more luxurious flavour than their most colourful counterparts.

The Oolong flavour in every decadently extravagant bite doesn’t come from just any tea but fine Oolong leaves from TWG. The highlight for me was the peach jam, which gave this classic Yule log an exquisite touch.

While the Peach Oolong Yule Log was our favourite, the other 2 log cakes also made an impression. Visually, the striking scarlet hue of the Cherry Pistachio Yule Log is a prelude to the flavourful ecstasy of cherry marmalade infused with amaretto liqueur, pistachio sponge, mascarpone mousse and white chocolate feuilletine that awaits inside.

If you are a fan of classic favourites, the Chocolate Pear Yule Log will easily top your list. Sitting atop a crunchy hazelnut base, the supremely soft chocolate sponge ensconces a voluptuous medley of pear confit and dark chocolate.

Make the best of the Festive Takeaways Exclusive with a 15% early bird discount from 15 Nov to 30 Nov 2022 when you pay with your UOB, Citibank, Amex or DBS credit cards. A 10% discount is applicable from 1 Dec 2022 to 1 Jan 2023.

PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering desserts
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Want to turn your indulgence into an occasion? Lime Restaurant’s holiday-inspired Festive Afternoon Tea is a mesmerising parade of dainty treats that will do the trick. 

Your sweet tooth will thank you for the Reindeer Mont Blanc & Festive Tree Cake, Minted Dark Chocolate Eclair and Traditional Christmas Chocolate Yule Log. There is also Spiced Chocolate Christmas Pudding Flambé, Gingerbread Ice Cream & Orange Anise Star Compote among a host of other sweet and savoury delicacies.

The Festive Afternoon Tea is available daily from 1 Dec 2022 to 2 Jan 2023 at:

S$88 with unlimited Bacha coffee and TWG tea
S$102 with unlimited Bacha coffee and TWG tea and 2 glasses of sparkling wine
S$122 with unlimited Bacha coffee and TWG tea and 1 bottle of sparkling wine
S$198 with unlimited Bacha coffee and TWG tea and 1 bottle of champagne

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For a full list of festive offers, opening hours and contact numbers, refer here.

3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289
+65 6809 8888
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4. DIY Gingerbread Merry Round Town Cake (Cold Storage & CS Fresh)

Cold Storage desserts
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If experience and longevity are signs of a good company, you just can’t go wrong with 120-year-old Cold Storage and their new premium supermarket, CS Fresh. Besides their extensive array of in-store seasonal products, the homegrown grocer boasts one of the widest ranges of Christmas products anywhere in Singapore.

Cold Storage’s 2022 ‘Sublime Desserts’ collection features Log Cakes of different flavours, Bread & Butter Pudding with Custard and also a 1-kilogram Pear Frangipane Tart. Our pick of the mix, though, is the DIY Gingerbread Merry Round Town Cake (S$55).

It was a tough decision but this cake won because it embodies the spirit of the season so perfectly. There’s nothing like the joy and laughter of family and friends coming together, and this DIY project calls for all hands on deck!

Cold Storage DIY Gingerbread Merry Round Town Cake
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You get to assemble your own gingerbread house as the centrepiece, stick gingerbread houses onto the sides, and then add cream to the sponge. Everything you need is delivered as a set that includes 3 decorated gingerbread house cookies, 3 plain gingerbread house cookies, cake decorations and icing.

Best of all, this 800 gram cake serves 6 to 8 persons so you can all eat the rewards of your labour.

Cold Storage Valrhona Blond Cassis Yule Log
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A close second was the exquisitely blue and mesmerizingly-shaped Valrhona Blond Cassis Yule Log (S$60). It is an almond sponge cake with cassis confit and cassis crème anglaise on a crunchy Orelys base, topped with Blond chocolate Orelys mousse.

Both products are only available for in-store collection. You can order these desserts as well as Turkey, Ham, Roast Meat, Seafood, Entrees, Sides and Wine directly from Cold Storage. Shop online or on the CART mobile app and have your bounty delivered or collect it yourself at participating stores.

Please keep in mind that Cold Storage experiences a high volume of orders during the festive period so do place your orders early! The last day to place your Christmas food order is 20 Dec 2022.

For a full list of locations, opening hours and contact numbers, refer here.

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5. Lychee Champagne Tiramisu Log Cake (Cedele)

Call it ‘Sir-dell’ or ‘Sir-dell-ee’, you’re going to have to call Cedele’s Christmas desserts line-up absolutely fantastic.

Cedele Lychee Champagne Tiramisu Log Cake
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Our favourite was the Lychee Champagne Tiramisu Log Cake (S$75). It was incredibly light and soft and the touch of Champagne was just perfect. Together with the lychee compote and whipped mascarpone cream cheese, this was one of the best festive cakes I’ve ever tasted.

Cedele Blackforest Block Cake
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Imposing and seductive, the newly-minted 9-layer, 7-inch BlackForest Block cake (S$95) is 9 decadent layers of chocolatey mousse, kirsch cream and morello cherry compote. The ‘fence’ of chocolate shards ringing the cake really look like forest trees, too!

Right there from Day 1, twenty-five years ago, the Flourless Chocolate Log Cake (S$65) has stood the test of time and taste. It is moist and tender, though baked with organic unrefined sugar. The log of chocolate truffle in the middle is a chocolate lover’s fantasy.

Cedele Strawberry Maple Mascarpone Tart
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Not just cakes, there are festive tarts on the Cedele menu, too. Our pick is the Strawberry Maple Mascarpone Tart (S$72) of maple-sweetened mascarpone cheese and strawberry compote in a nutty almond crust, all with a roof of fresh strawberries.

If there’s time for tea, there should be time for biscotti, too. Cedele’s Biscotti tin (S$32 for 1, S$60 for 2) contains 7 pieces each of the twice baked crunchy wonders in Pistachio Almond & Rosemary Sea Salt, Mexican Chocolate Walnut and Cranberry Almond flavours.

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You can view Cedele’s complete festive menu and place your order directly here.

For a full list of locations, opening hours and contact numbers, refer here.

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6. Triple Chocolate Christmas Tree Cake (LUNA)

One of the most successful homegrown artisanal patisseries, LUNA prides itself on its aesthetically pleasing, delicate desserts. Their pair of 2022 Christmas specialities align perfectly with that philosophy.

LUNA Triple Chocolate Christmas Tree Cake cut
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The first is Triple Chocolate Christmas Tree Cake (S$82), shaped and coloured to invoke images of the snow-dusted conifers synonymous with the festive season.

Far from being just aesthetically-pleasing, this is a masterpiece both inside and out. Three layers of chocolate— bitter dark chocolate mousse, sweet caramel milk chocolate mousse, and tangy yoghurt and cream cheese white chocolate— sit atop an almond sponge and crispy feuilletine base. Paradise!

LUNA Sweet Celebrations Christmas Set
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Perfect as a gift, the Sweet Celebration Christmas Set (S$39) is a collection of 4 festive treats available only as part of this set. The Hazelnut Paris-Brest, Coffee Chestnut Tart, Orange Cherry Pistachio and Apricot Pear Bauble are each a wonder of creativity in their own right, and absolutely spectacular together.

You can place your order directly at LUNA and opt for store pick up or islandwide delivery.

53 Amoy Street, Singapore 069879
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7. 3D Entremets (Alice Boulangerie)

Homegrown but internationally-renowned Alice Boulangerie makes our list with a stunning series of four 3D entremets that are veritable pieces of art. We don’t use that term lightly— here are the photos to prove it.

Alice Boulangerie
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First on the list is Acorn (S$13), a hyper-realistic creation that would probably fool a chipmunk. Its deep brown shell is 70% dark chocolate. Removing it and unveil the treasure within: layers of chocolate mousse, yuzu crémeux, almond dacquoise and almond walnut praline with salted caramel mousse.

It’s time to fool the Smurfs next. Mushroom (S$9) favours a local palette, using gula melaka Chantilly cream and coconut pastry cream complemented with gula melaka caramel built around classic choux puff.

Striking notes of calamansi crémeux with lime jelly, lime cream cheese and pistachio dacquoise complement mascarpone mousse to create the bright and sunny Summer Cheese (S$10).

Geometry meets abstraction in Cocoa Ananas (S$10). Manjari (64% chocolate) chocolate mousse, flourless chocolate sponge, salted crumble base and pecan brownie come together in a spiral of bittersweet chocolate and pineapple compote.

Alice Boulangerie Mixed Berries Coconut Croissant
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Alice Boulangerie’s festive series also includes a new design of the bi-coloured viennoiseries for which the brand is known. Mixed Berries and Coconut (S$7) is white chocolate-glazed pastry ensconcing coconut pastry cream, berry compote and fresh berries. House-made marshmallows and red velvet crumble complete the enticing look.

This collection is available in-store from 13 Oct 2022 in limited quantities.

What’s Christmas without log cake? Alice Boulangerie puts a mesmerisingly creative twist on the classic with Alice’s Christmas Log Cake (S$85). Taking pride of place on the log is a 3D orange dark chocolate mousse squirrel. The log itself is moist chocolate flourless sponge layered with chocolate mud biscuit, fruit crémeux, caramelised banana and hazelnut praline crunch.

You can place your order directly online or call +65 8874 3300.

12 Gopeng Street, Icon Village, #01-05/11, Singapore 078877
+65 8874 3300
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8. Starry Night Shortbread Selection Projection Tin (Marks & Spencer)

British retail specialist Marks & Spencer (M&S) brings you a delightfully delectable range of treats with a whimsical twist.

MS Starry Night Shortbread Selection Projection Tin 350g
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Nothing embodies this better than their ever-popular light-up gifts, led by the Starry Night Shortbread Selection Projection Tin, 350g (S$44.90). Enjoy a delicate rendition of Deck the Halls as Santa and his reindeer circle above you against a rotating starry night. But yes, it’s the delectable all butter and chocolate chip shortbread inside that cements its place on the list.

There’s festively-shaped all butter shortbread in the Shortbread Light Up Lantern, 230g (S$29.90) as well. They are the perfect addition to any room if you want to invoke the soothing aura of a starry night.

All butter mini gingerbread men live in their Magical Gingerbread Musical House Tin, 115g ($24.90), doling out a festive tune on command.

MS Percy Pig Piggy Bank Post box
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This one’s certain to be a kids’ favourite. Introduce the little ones to lovely Percy Pig and the concept of saving with the Percy Pig Piggy Bank Post-box (S$14.90). But first, they’ll have to gobble up all the pink Percy pennies hiding within!

M&S Chocolate Topple Towers 390g
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M&S Chocolate Topple Towers, 390g (S$39.90) make both winning and losing fun with blocks of milk, dark, white and blond chocolate blocks to test your hand-eye coordination.

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Your attempts at the tower may be sabotaged by the Red Mulled Wine (S$29.90), but it will be totally worth it!

For a full list of locations, opening hours and contact numbers, refer here.

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9. Claus is Comin’ (Swensen’s)

It would be a surprise if Swensen’s didn’t make the cut on a list of sweet treats. The desserts specialist has a long list of sweet bombshells to unleash for Christmas.

Swensen's Claus is Comin
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Get right into the holiday spirit with the all-new Claus is Comin’ (S$12.63) that blew us away with its extraordinarily creative concept. Coming at you are 3 scoops of festive-themed ice cream— Biscoff Cheesecake, S’mores and non-alcoholic Tiramisu ice cream, so even the kids can enjoy.

Swensen's Turkey Crackles
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Turkey Crackles (S$15.84) is another treat created just for Christmas 2022. A turkey drum-sticky of Sticky Chewy Chocolate ice cream tops this cup of indulgence that contains a flood of crunchy coco rice drenched in cold fudge.

Swensen’s also has a range of Christmas Ice Cream Cakes and Log Cakes.

Swensen's Speculoos Holiday
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The all-new Speculoos Holiday ($48.00, 500g) is a Biscoff Cheesecake with Speculoos ice cream topped with milk chocolate ganache, fresh rosemary and walnut. I went to town with this one— the sweet, sticky ganache is truly irresistible.

Sweet and simple Merry Giftmas (S$59, 1 kg) is the all-time favourite Sticky Chewy Chocolate Ice Cream. Enchanted Holiday (S$59, 1 kg) is Black Forest Ice Cream and Chocolate Ice Cream topped with dark cherries, transforming a classic flavour to modern tastes.

Best of all, Swensen’s members get a 15% discount on all orders placed until 11 Dec 2022. You can sign up for their free membership here.

For a full list of locations, opening hours and contact numbers, refer here.

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10. Dark Cherry Meringue Log Cake (Awfully Chocolate)

Awfully Chocolate Dark Cherry Meringue Log Cake
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There are log cakes and then there is the Dark Cherry Meringue Log Cake (S$88) from Awfully Chocolate. It may be at number 10 but it’s a perfect 10 in our books (and mouths!). Hidden inside the exquisitely intricate finish that makes you not want to not cut it (after a while, my chocolate greed won out), there is dark chocolate diplomat and sour cherries to infuse a sophisticated tang.

At 9″ and 560g, it’s just right for 8 to 10 people… or 2 to 3 people like me. Now’s the time to order this slice of paradise— rom 15 Nov to 6 Dec 2022, all pre-orders of the Dark Cherry Meringue Log Cake will come with a free pint of Awfully Chocolate’s Dark Chocolate Hei Ice Cream. This promotion will continue while stocks last.

Awfully Chocolate Yuletide Praline Cake
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The Yuletide Praline Cake (S$113) is perhaps the only contender from Awfully Chocolate that tempted me nearly as much as the Dark Cherry Meringue Log Cake.
8″ and weighing 2.6kg, this cake was made for sharing its gold-dusted blackberry and bay leaf Christmas toppings. Orders of the Yuletide Praline Cake are also eligible for the free pint of chocolate promotion.

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