Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on September 8, will not be complete without mooncakes. While traditional mooncakes are a common feature at Mid-Autumn Festival, the snowskin mooncakes have been crowd-pleasers for its interesting and exotic mooncake flavours.

This year, pastry chefs have once again outdone themselves to create new, unusual flavours and most lavishly packed mooncakes for this Mid-Autumn Festival. If you find the same ol’ tasty traditional mooncakes a bit too boring, the new and exciting new flavours will sure to tease and delight your tastebuds.

Here are our top 18 picks for the best new snowskin mooncakes in Singapore.

Black Thorn Durian Snowskin Mooncake (Limited Edition)

Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221; Tel: 6730 1867

Price: $48 for 2 pieces and $80 for 4 pieces
Availability: 25 July to 8 September 2014

If the cherished black truffle is referred to “the black diamond” in the culinary world, then this Black Thorn Durian Snowskin Mooncake from Goodwood Park Hotel is the “black gold” in the mooncake creations in the snowskin category. A relatively new breed discovered a few years ago, the black thorn durian is considered to be one of the most premium varietals and only available in limited quantities. Encased in a gold-dusted black charcoal snowskin, this starlet boasts creamy amber-hued flesh and it possesses an intense flavour that begins on a sweet note and ends on a bitter one.

White lotus with rose truffle snowskin mooncake (with alcohol)

mezza9, Mezzanine level of Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211; Tel: 6887 5492

Price: $69 for 8 pieces
Availability: 4 August to 8 September 2014

These snowskin mooncakes won’t just look pretty on the plate; once you take a bite into it, your tastebuds insist otherwise. Encased in this rosy hued snowskin mooncake is a delicate white lotus seed paste that envelopes an Ispahan rose truffle; infused with raspberries, raspberry liquor and the alluring scent of the Damansk rose.

Pandan with Gula Melaka Snow Skin Mooncake

Fullerton Cake Boutique, Lobby Level, 1 Fullerton Square, The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore 049178; Tel: 6877 8178

Price: $55 for 4 pieces
Availability: 25 July to 8 September 2014

The Fullerton Hotel’s new Pandan with Gula Melaka Snow Skin Mooncake will appeal to those of us who’ve grown up with a love of Peranakan sweets. It is a comforting blend of familiar local flavours. Encased in fragrant Pandan Snowskin, expect smooth white lotus paste richly flavoured with Gula Melaka.

Triple Treasures Snowskin Mooncake

Szechuan Court, Level 3, Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560; Tel: 6338 8785

Price: $58 for 8 pieces
Availability: 18 July to 8 September 2014

Nostalgic flavours are intertwined to create an interesting combination in Szechuan Court’s new Triple Treasures Snowskin Mooncakes (Mini Snow Skin Melon Seeds and Sweet Corn in Water Chestnut Lotus Paste). Unique combination of water chestnut and sweet corn, these delicate handmade morsels are filled with a textural mix of crunchy melon seeds and sweet corn enveloped in a water chestnut white lotus paste.

Mini Red Velvet Snowskin Mooncake

Lobby, Carlton Hotel Singapore, 76 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189558; Tel: 6349 1292

Price: $58 for 8 pieces
Availability: 21 July to 8 September 2014

Attention Red Velvet lovers! Talented pastry chefs at Carlton Hotel has improvised the recipe of its hotel’s signature Red Velvet cake into snowskin mooncake this year. With the sweet and smooth cream cheese paste enveloping the crunchy royaltines within the handcrafted snowskin, this trending flavour in the form of mooncake is sure to be the crème de la crème!

Black Sesame Snow Skin Mooncake

Available at all Bakerzin outlets.

Price: $56 for 8 pieces
Availability: 8 July to 8 September 2014

Lavish, delicate and tantalizing are all the words used to describe Bakerzin’s Black Sesame Snow Skin Mooncake. Each mouthful of this exquisite mooncake reveals the familiar taste of toasted sesame and a white chocolate truffle centre is filled with sesame flavoured ganache. The Bamboo charcoal powder skin is known to aid digestion and has anti-oxidant benefits.

Mini White Lotus Seed Paste with Lemon Mandarin Truffle Mooncake

Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant, Sheraton Towers Singapore, 39 Scotts Road, Singapore 228230; Tel: 6839 5623

Price: $56 for 8 pieces
Availability: 6 August to 8 September 2014

Refreshing on the palate, the new Mini White Lotus Seed Paste with Lemon Mandarin Truffle Mooncake from Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant defines an uplifting blend of citruses. With a subtle hint of sweetness from white lotus seed paste, you will be in for a treat as the fruity taste of the citrus and mandarin orange flavours burst forth with every bite.

Mini Snowskin with Japan Ippodo Matcha and Azuki Red Bean Mooncake

Majestic Restaurant, New Majestic Hotel, 31-37 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089845; Tel: 6511 4718

Price: $50 for 8 pieces
Availability: 25 July to 8 September 2014

Making its debut at Majestic Restaurant this Mid-Autumn Festival is the delightful Mini Snowskin with Japan Ippodo Matcha and Azuki Red Bean. Encased in a supple snowskin, this delicately fragrant mooncake has a refreshing light and mild sweet filling made with silky smooth green tea paste, pair with Azuki red bean.

Snowskin Mooncake with Green Tea Paste and Cranberry

Cherry Garden, level 5, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797; Tel: 6885 3081

Price: $65 for 8 pieces
Availability: 1 August to 8 September 2014

Taking centre stage in Cherry Garden’s premium snow skin selection this year is the Snowskin Mooncake with Green Tea Paste and Cranberry, a divine blend of refreshing green tea and cranberries, forming a perfect balance between sweet and tangy fruity flavours.

Mini Yam Snowskin Lotus Paste with Champagne

Hua Ting Restaurant, Orchard Hotel, 442 Orchard Road, Singapore 238879; Tel: 6739 6577

Price: $9 per piece
Availability: 1 August to 8 September 2014

This Mini Yam Snow Skin Lotus Paste with Champagne gives the right modern twist to the customary well-loved Snowskin Mooncake. The luxurious champagne-filled white chocolate shell centre blends perfectly with Hua Ting’s premium lotus paste and snow skin ground with top grade yam. Bite into the crispy sweet shell and be rewarded with a mouthful of champagne goodness.

Four Treasure Petit Snowskin Mooncakes

Hai Tien Lo, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard Singapore 039595; Tel: 6826 8240

Price: $60 for 8 pieces (2 pieces for each flavours)
Availability: 8 August to 8 September 2014

Enjoy a colourful Mid-Autumn Festival this year as Hai Tien Lo at Pan Pacific Hotel unveils four innovative flavours of snowskin mooncakes (Pistachio Nuts with Osmanthus and Chinese Herbs, Hazelnuts with Honey and Grapefruit, Almonds with Custard and Longan, Melon Seeds with Oolong and Chrysanthemum) in a box. Each flavour presents a divine combination of fruit, nuts and floral ingredients encased in a delicate pastel coloured snowskin. Created by Chef Lai Tong Ping, savour the subtle fragrance from Melon Seeds with Oolong and Chrysanthemum or the citrus accents of Hazelnuts with Honey and Grapefruit that is best complemented with Chinese tea. Alternatively, there’s also a creamier rendition of Almonds with Custard and Longan or Pistachio Nuts with Osmanthus and Chinese Herbs for a slight salty finish amidst the sweet combinations.

Luscious Earl Grey Mooncake

Available at selected Paradise Group outlets.

Price: $28 for 4 pieces and $50 for 8 pieces
Availability: 1 August to 5 September 2014

Tea lovers are in for a treat, as Paradise Group Executive Pastry Chef Fung Wing Sang has cleverly infused your regular cuppa into petite bites which will surely arouse your senses. This Luscious Earl Grey Mooncake will tantalise your tastebuds with a subtle hint of Earl Grey tea carefully balanced with sweet and smooth lotus paste, making it the perfect accompaniment to a rich meal and an ideal dessert mooncake.

Royal Topaz with Nougat & Chocolate Pops in Snowskin Mooncake

Available at Mooncake Booths at the following hotels under Park Hotel Group:
Grand Park City Hall, 10 Coleman Street, Singapore 179809; Tel: 6432 5888
Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857; Tel: 6603 8855
Park Hotel Clarke Quay, 1 Unity Square, Singapore 237983; Tel: 6593 8855

Price: $58 for 8 pieces
Availability: 7 July to 8 September 2014

Fusing both Asian and Western flavours with a burst of playfulness, the Royal Topaz with Nougat & Chocolate Pops in Snowskin Mooncake will excite your palate with a delightful crunch that will bring back fond, heartwarming childhood memories. You will be enchanted with the subtle sweet and texture of the white lotus paste that blends perfectly with the nougat and crunchy chocolate pops, giving each bite a delicious and healthy crunch.

Mini Snowskin Teochew Orh-Ni Pumpkin with Coconut Truffle Mooncake

Peony Jade @ Clarke Quay, Blk 3A Clarke Quay #02-02, Singapore 179020; Tel: 6338 0305
Peony Jade @ Keppel Club, Bukit Chermin Road, Keppel Club (Level M), Singapore 109918; Tel: 6276 9138

Price: $62 for 8 pieces
Availability: 15 July to 8 September 2014

Die-hard fans of Peony Jade’s flaky Teochew Orh Ni mooncakes will be in for a surprise this year. Instead of the traditional flaky skin, Peony Jade’s dim sum master chef Wong has created an interesting snowskin version, the Mini Snowskin Teochew Orh-Ni Pumpkin with Coconut Truffle Mooncake. The crowd-pleasing yam paste is pure comfort food, and as you get to the centre of the mooncake, all your senses will surrender to the pleasantly fragrant pumpkin and mellow melt-in-your-mouth coconut truffle.

Osmanthus with Pine Nuts Mooncake

Summer Palace, Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715; Tel: 6725 3239

Price: $56 for 8 pieces
Availability: 5 August to 8 September 2014

Touted to be good for the skin, this Osmanthus with Pine Nuts mooncake will be a hit with the ladies. The sweet-scented osmanthus flower serves as inspiration for this aromatic winner. Enveloped in delicate floral-infused snowskin is an aromatic blend of osmanthus flowers, velvety lotus paste and nutrient-packed pine nuts.

Mini Snowskin Snowy Flake Mooncake (Jasmine Tea)

Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel, Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350; Tel: 6213 4448 or 6213 4473

Price: $10.15 per piece and $66.35 for 8 pieces
Availability: 28 July to 8 September 2014

This Mini Snowskin Snowy Flake Mooncake (Jasmine Tea) from Shang Palace is infused with premium jasmine tea leaves from the high mountains of Sichuan province. Due to the altitude, the tea shrubs are often covered in snow; hence, the name of this mooncake. The tea leaves are harvested in spring to retain their delicate nature and rich aroma. The sweet and fragrant aroma of this tea-infused sweet treat will help you to relax and revive your body and mind.

Chocolate Royal Liqueur Truffle Mooncake

Yan Ting Restaurant, St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911; Tel: 6506 6887

Price: $70 for 8 pieces
Availability: 1 August to 8 September 2014

Chocolate lovers will be charmed by this new snowskin creation from Yan Ting Restaurant. Within the Chocolate Royal Liqueur Truffle Mooncake is the full-bodied liqueur and delightfully sweet chocolate paste, which complements each other flawlessly with a marriage of enticing aromas and bittersweet flavours. The divine chocolate melts in your mouth with a hint of liqueur with every bites.

Mini Soursop with Guava Mooncake

Available at all PrimaDeli outlets.

Price: $4.90 per piece and $42.80 for 9 pieces
Availability: 1 August to 8 September 2014

Herald in the cherished tradition of Mid-Autumn Festival and be dazzled by PrimaDeli’s fruity flavour mooncakes this year. One of the more exciting new snowskin creations has to be the Soursop with Guava mooncake. Adorned in a pristine white snowskin, this alluring mooncake is a combination of soursop and guava puree mixed with white chocolate, creating a delicate balance between the tartness of the soursop and sweetness of the chocolate.