Chendol Log Cake

ShareFood Writer

You asked for it and we delivered! 

We know how much you love Christmas log cakes in Singapore. So in November, we put up a poll on our Facebook page asking you to choose between Chendol and Orh Nee to see which Singaporean local flavour log cake you would prefer. And Chendol was the winner!

Many bakeries and hotels have their own version of the Chendol Yule Log Cake, however there are no recipes available online. Hence, we have tasked home cook Shartini of Shartinisfoodjournal to create a yule log cake recipe from scratch. Now, you can recreate your very own Christmas Chendol Log Cake from home!

Chendol Log Cake

Chendol Log Cake

Yule log cakes or Buche de Noels are renown for their light and fluffy texture which is achieved by whisking the meringue to the optimal consistency, in this case stiff peak, to incorporate air into the batter. 

With Kenwood’s Chef XL Titanium Stand Mixer, whisking and beating is made easier for us. This stand mixer unique fold function which mixes ingredients carefully without overbeating and variable speeds you can adjust for the ultimate control. 

Also, with the Spotlight function, a halo light that illuminates the batter perfectly, you’ll know just when to stop! Complete with high quality large steel bowls and tools, you can make at least three of this log cake recipe at one go without compromising the quality!

Chef Titanium XL KVL8300S Stand Mixer

Chef Titanium XL KVL8300S Stand Mixer

Here are the ingredients you will need: eggs, cooking oil, milk, plain flour, salt, Pandan paste, Chendol, cream of tartar, sugar, butter, cream cheese, icing sugar, whipping cream, gula melaka syrup, red beans, and atapchi.

The first step which is to prepare and bake the Pandan sponge cake.

Preheat your oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Begin with preparing the egg yolk mixture. To a mixing bowl, add the egg yolks, whole egg, cooking oil, milk mixed with Pandan paste. Beat until combined.

Egg yolk mixture for Chendol log cake in mixing bowl

Add egg yolks, whole egg, cooking oil, milk mixed with Pandan paste into a mixing bowl

Pandan egg yolk mixture for chendol log cake in mixing bowl

Beat until well mixed

Sieve in the salt and flour then beat until fully combined.

Sieving flour into a mixing bowl with a metal sieve

Sieve in the salt and flour

Beaten pandan egg yolk mixture

Beat until well incorporated

Now prepare the meringue. In a clean mixing bowl, add the egg whites and cream of tartar. Beat on high speed until frothy then add in the sugar in three batches.

Egg whites and cream of tartar in mixing bowl

Add the egg whites and cream of tartar into the mixing bowl

Pouring sugar into mixing bowl while whisking

Gradually add the sugar in three batches

Continue to beat the meringue until it reaches stiff peak. 

Stiff peak meringue on balloon whisk

Beat until stiff peak forms

Scoop 1/3 of the meringue into the egg yolk mixture and fold in gently. Repeat this twice until all the meringue is folded in. #Tip: be careful not to over fold the mixture or the cake will deflate after baking!

Adding meringue to pandan egg yolk mixture

Add 1/3 of the meringue to the egg yolk mixture and fold in

Folding chendol log cake batter with spatula

Gently fold in all of the meringue

Add the Chendol to the batter and carefully fold it in.

Adding Chendol to pandan cake batter

Add in the Chendol and fold it in

Pour the batter onto the lined baking tray and spread it out evenly with the spatula. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cake tester comes out clean.

Spreading cake batter with a spatula in a swiss roll tin

Pour and spread the batter onto a swiss roll tin evenly

Once the cake is baked, remove it from the tray and transfer to a clean baking sheet with the brown side up. Loosely roll up the cake with the baking sheet while still warm then let it chill in the fridge for 20 minutes. #Tip: this helps give the cake a memory of being rolled up for easier rolling later!

Rolling up pandan swiss roll cake with baking sheet

Roll the warm cake brown side up with baking paper

Next step is to prepare the frosting.

Add butter, cream cheese, and sieve icing sugar to a mixing bowl and beat. 

Sieving icing sugar into a mixing bowl

Add the butter, cream cheese, and icing sugar to mixing bowl

Gradually add in the whipping cream and beat at high speed until light and fluffy.

Pouring whipping cream into stand mixer

Add in the whipping cream gradually while whipping

Whipped cake frosting in mixing bowl

Beat until the frosting is light and fluffy

Next, assemble the log cake.

Unravel the cake and liberally spread the Gula Melaka syrup over the cake. #Tip: this keeps the cake moist and gives it more of that iconic Chendol flavour so don’t be afraid to add more!

Spreading gula melaka syrup on swiss roll cake

Spread the gula melaka syrup over the cake

Add some frosting to the cake and spread it out evenly.

Adding frosting to swiss roll cake with offset spatula

Add some frosting

Spreading frosting over swiss roll cake

Spread it out evenly over the cake

Alternatively add red beans and atapchi onto the frosting and spread them out with the back of a spoon.

Red beans and atapchi on frosted chendol cake

Add red beans and atapchi onto the frosting

Spreading red beans and atapchi on frosting with spoon

Spread them out with the back of the spoon

Carefully roll the cake up tightly then wrap it with the baking sheet and let it chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.

Rolling chendol log cake

Roll the cake up carefully but tightly

Rolled chendol log cake wrapped in baking paper

Wrap it up and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes

Lastly, cover the entire log cake with frosting and let it chill for another 20 minutes. #Tip: when frosting, spread with long even strokes for a nicer texture.

Frosted chendol log cake

Frost the cake with long strokes

Spreading frosting over edge of log cake

Cover the ends with frosting too

Decorate the cake with Christmas décor and your Chendol Log Cake is done! 

Christmas cake decor on chendol log cake

Decorate the cake with Christmas cake toppers

Chendol Log Cake

Your Chendol Log Cake is ready!

Get the recipe here!

Chendol Log Cake

Servings 6-7 people

Prep Time 40 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

Log cake

  • 90g egg yolks
  • 1 medium eggwhole
  • 32g cooking oil
  • 36g milk
  • 87g plain floursieved
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2tsp pandan paste
  • 100g chendol

Meringue

  • 153g egg whites
  • 2g cream of tartar
  • 90g fine granulated sugar

Frostings

  • 180g unsalted butter
  • 180g cream chesse
  • 180g icing sugar
  • 75g whipping cream

Condiments

  • 50g gula melaka syrup
  • 80g red beans
  • 100g atapchi

Instructions

Step 1 - Prepare and bake the sponge cake

  1. Preheat oven at 180°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Add the Pandan paste to the milk and stir to mix well
  3. Into a mixing bowl, add in the egg yolk, whole egg, cooking oil, and milk with Pandan paste and beat until combined. Add in the salt and flour, beat it until fully combined then set aside.
  4. In a clean mixing bowl, add in egg white and cream of tartar. Beat on high speed and add sugar in 3 batches. Continue to beat until stiff peak.
  5. Gently fold the meringue into the egg yolk mixture in 3 batches, using ⅓ of the meringue at a time until combined. #Tip: be careful not to over fold the mixture or the cake deflate later!
  6. Add and fold in the Chendol until evenly mixed.
  7. Pour the batter into the lined baking tray. Bake for 15 mins or until the cake tester comes out clean.
  8. Carefully flip the cake onto a baking sheet and roll it up loosely. Let the rolled cake chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.

Step 2- Prepare the frosting

  1. Beat butter and cream cheese until fully incorporated.
  2. Sieve icing sugar in to avoid lumps and mix.
  3. Add in whipping cream gradually and beat at high speed until light and fluffy.

Step 3- Assemble the log cake

  1. Unravel the cake, spread the gula melaka syrup over it. #Tip: this keeps the cake moist and gives it more flavour!
  2. Spread some frosting on the cake and evenly scatter red beans and atapchi then carefully roll it up again into a log.
  3. Spread the rest of the frosting over the log and use the spatula to create straight lines.
  4. Let the cake freeze in the freezer for 10 minutes, then decorate the cake as you like and serve!

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