Hello! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! Before Christmas season is out completely, here is a post for the Yule Log that I made this year! Christmas pudding is nice, but Yule Log wins every time. I fancied having a go at making my own this year. Here it is……
For the sponge you need:
150g caster sugar
75g plain flour
2tbsp cocoa powder
25g melted butter
Preheat the oven to 190C and grease and line a swiss roll tin. They suggest a tin 26cm x 35cm. Mine was a bit smaller than this so I used the mix to make one big roll and one little one to use as the branch on the log.
Put the eggs and sugar in a bowl and whisk for about 6-8 minutes. The mixture should become surprisingly thick.
Sift the flour and cocoa over the egg and sugar mixture and fold in with a metal spoon. Next fold in 2tbsp of hot water and drizzle in the melted butter. Fold everything in until completely combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and spread evenly. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Once out of the oven turn out onto a sheet of baking paper, sprinkled with caster sugar. Peel the paper off the top of the sponge and use the paper underneath it to roll the sponge up while it is still warm. Start from the short end. The paper should be kept inside the roll. Leave to cool rolled up.
For the filling:
150 g butter
150g icing sugar
55g cocoa powder
Beat the butter until it is soft and then gradually beat in the icing sugar and cocoa powder. Once fully cooled, carefully unroll the sponge and spread with buttercream. Then roll up again using the greaseproof paper to help. Don’t worry about any cracks in the sponge.
For the icing:
100g icing sugar
200ml double cream
150g plain chocolate
Pour the cream into a pan and gently heat. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate, stirring until it is melted. Beat in the icing sugar. You should have a lovely smooth mixture. This needs to set a bit before you can spread it, so put it in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Then spread evenly over the cake. To get the branch on the log you can either make a separate roll for it, or cut the end from your log on a diagonal and use icing to attach it to the main log. Use a fork to make bark patterns in the icing.
And now the fun bit…..decorate!! I attempted to make chocolate snowflakes with my cutter, it was harder than I realised, so I stuck with icing in the end!
Happy New Year!!