Category Archives: Christmas

Gluten-Free Tiramisu Log Cake

Gluten-Free Tiramisu Log Cake
Cedele Depot
Website: http://www.cedeledepot.com/home/xmas07.asp

Great news for those who are intolerant to gluten and have to avoid the delicious log cakes every year! Cedele is proud to introduce the limited edition gluten-free Tiramisu Log Cake this year. Savour the smooth gluten free log cake with satiny mascarpone cheese and pistachios. Made with Belgian couverture chocolate and an indulgent thick layer of chocolate truffle in the middle, anyone can enjoy this log cake, including those who are not gluten intolerant. Always thinking for the customers, Cedele makes this cake with no trans fat and only using organic unrefined sugar so it is not so sweet.

This cake costs S$65 for 1.1kg.

Centre Ps

Centre Ps Cakes at Centre Ps
Centre Ps (pronounced as “Centrepiece”)
78 Guan Chuan Street
Unit No. 01-43
Tel: 6220 1285
Opening Hours: 10am to 8pm, Mon to Thu; 10am to 9pm, Fri & Sat; closed on Sun
Website: www.centre-ps.com (Under Construction)

When Steven Ong, one of Singapore’s top pastry masters, set up shop in Tiong Bahru a few months ago, there was no fanfare saved for the gorgeous French-styled pastries and cakes that made its debut in this very much lived-in colonial estate.

They became the new talking point among neighbourhood foodies who have been raving about the hawker food at the nearby food centre and the czecha eateries.

The shop’s named Centre Ps (stands for “Centrepiece”) cos that’s what Steven specialises in – big, stunning pastry centrepieces for weddings, birthdays, company and business functions.

But like any pastry chefs trained in the French tradition, Steven has to produce medallions of macaron, that petite confectionery which is devilishly difficult to make, to pass muster. He has concocted up to 17 flavours so far, both common and uncommon – mint; violet; caramel with fleur de sel; pistachio; cafe creme; chocolate coriander; matcha; lemon; apricot; rose; champagne; cherry; lychee; lavender; chocolate; black sesame and olive.

The super-thin fragile crusts collapsed into airy, soft chewiness. But Steven’s macaron could be enjoyed with just two bites and the natural flavour is intense without being too sweet. The grainy texture of the sponge of almond meal, sugar and egg white somehow overwhelmed the flavour and the cream sandwiched in between the discs.

Steven’s range includes some with shocking techno shades of metallic blue, silver and copper. Air brush does the trick, said Steven, who’s highly inventive to those familiar with his works previously at Conrad Centennial Singapore and Inter-Continental Singapore where he established a regional training centre for pastry in South East Asia.

His decadent Chocolate Royal Hazelnut Crunch Cake was Conrad’s signature cake for nearly a decade while a fusion-style Manjari Chocolate and Lemongrass Gateaux won him third place at the World Pastry Team Championship 2004 in USA.

Surely third placing means among the world’s best. A creamy, fruity cake I ordered from Steven a few years ago for a child’s birthday was a big hit with many guests who wanted extra helpings and to know where the cake came from. And one of my pals think his dreamy Orchid Cake was the most sensational he’s ever eaten. Yeah, it’s made with edible orchids.

Today at Centre Ps, the Chocolate Royal Hazelnut Crunch, renamed Grand Cru Royal, remains the top favourite among the big cakes. Taking 2nd spot is a dark and white chocolate cake, Ebony & Ivory, made with tanariva and ivoire chocolate and scented with espresso beans.

The 3rd most popular cake is L’Orient, layered with almond paste mousse, praline and kumquat cremeaux with pain de genes.

As for smaller cakes, the Mont Blanc of chestnut and meringue, at Number 1, is spectacular. The next favourite is Douce Fraise, assembled with strawberries and bergamot earl grey flavour.

Don’t just restrict to macarons and cakes at CentrePS. Ask for his eclairs, chocolate tarts, sable cookies, etc.

Note: This review was extracted from ST Foodies Club.
Post-Makan Note:

I visited Centre Ps on 21 November 2007 and bought some macarons.  Five (5) of these cost me S$10! If you buy a box of 10 macarons, it’ll set you back S$18! They are all pre-packed, so you can’t choose whichever flavour you like.  If you want that, perhaps you can call in advance to order.

They do have not much variety on display/sale.  Check out the menu (Centre Ps Menu) and my advice is to order in advance if you don’t want to be disappointed.

If you want to order their cakes for Christmas, check out their Christmas menu (Centre Ps Christmas Menu).

My verdict? I tried the cherry flavoured one and I like the crunchy pastry.  The filling is very chewy and too sweet! Coming from a sweet tooth like me, you can imagine how sweet the filling is!

Bluespoon

Blue Spoon Cauli Shepherd Pie
Bluespoon
Blk 21 Ghim Moh Road #01-213
Tel: 6455 6455
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm, Tue to Sun; closed on Mondays and Public Holidays
Website: http://www.bluespoongourmet.com

Still low-carbing? You might want to check out these low-carbohydrate pies from Bluespoon, a cafe in Ghim Moh that serves light meals and sells frozen gourmet food.

It has come up with a lamb curry pie ($6.90) and chicken or beef shepherd’s pie ($6) topped with mashed cauliflower instead of carb-heavy mashed potato. The result is a much lighter pie topping that complements the savoury fillings very well. I happen to like cauliflower, especially if it’s steamed and mashed with a bit of butter. Bluespoon adds low fat milk, and the result is delicious.

Just be sure to eat the pie when it’s hot. The sulphuric pong of cold mashed cauliflower is not appetising at all.

The complete list of frozen gourmet food and prices are available from their website.  Their menu can also be viewed from there.

Check their Christmas menu.

Pateli’s Crave

Photo Cupcakes Birthday Cupcakes Wedding Cupcakes
Pateli’s Crave
Blk 608 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 #01-2783
Tel: 6452 0383
Opening Hours: 7.30am to 3.30pm, Mon to Fri; 7.30am to 1pm, Saturdays; closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Website: www.pateliscrave.com

Heaven forbid you lose that svelte figure.  Fortunately, you can stuff your face and still maintain your waistline with the incredibly light, fluffy Holy Muffins and cupcakes from this store.  Elizabeth uses corn oil instead of butter so they’re healthier and still pretty palatable.  The cupcakes taste better without the icing, though, which lacks richness and is too greasy.

You can also have your photos printed on the cupcake (see 1st picture above).  They also do wedding-cupcake-in-a-box (see last picture above), which is great for your guests to bring home instead of the usual ho-hum presents. Cupcakes start from S$2.50 onwards, depending on the designs.

Click here to see the Christmas cupcakes available.  Cost is S$38 for 9 X’mas cupcakes (mixture of vanilla and chocolate flavours) and 4 X’mas toy decors (upon availability only).

Blue Magnolia

Mini Pastries
Blue Magnolia
439 Macpherson Road
Tel: 6284 4227
Opening Hours: 11am to 8pm, Tue to Fri; 9am to 5pm, Sat & Sun; Closed on Monday
Website: http://www.bluemag.net/

Blue Magnolia sells gourmet food and beverages including mini savoury pastries and cakes and has a tea and coffee shop.

Mini savoury pastries comes packed in a box of 6 (for S$9.40; you get to choose only 2 flavours) or 9 pcs (for S$14.45; you get to choose 3 flavours). You can choose amongst the 4 Choices:-

  • Appreciation Choose either Azuki Green Tea Cake, Chocolate Almond Cream Puff or Quiche Lorraine

  • BeautifulChoose either Chocolate Fudge Cake, Fruit Tartlet or Cheese Cream Puff

  • CosmopolitianChoose either New York Cheesecake, Molten Chocolate Cake or Chicken Pie

  • Delicious Choose either Opera, Blueberry Cake or Vol-Au-Vent

You can also opt for the 16 pcs (S$25.70) or 20 pcs (S$29.95) of mini savoury pastries.  They also sell whole cakes, cookies, gourmet tea/coffee or lapis.

Delivery service is available at S$12 per trip within Singapore.  Delivery hours are between 11am to 6pm, Tue & Fri and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.  There are no deliveries on Mondays, Sundays & Public Holidays.  Place your order at least 2 days in advance.  A surcharge of S$15 will be imposed for deliveries to Sentosa, Jurong Island and other restricted areas and also for deliveries outside delivery hours.  Click here for the order form.

  • If you pay using your HSBC credit card, you get 15% off ala carte menu This offer is valid until 30 June 2008.

  • If you pay using your OCBC credit card, you get 10% off all pastries and cakes.  OCBC Titanium Exclusive & Platinum cards gets 15% off all pastries and cakes.  This offer is valid until 30 June 2008.