This is a Christmas classic for all those who appreciate chocolate and buttercream… ;-)
I had so much fun decorating it with the cake decorations kindly sent from the UK by my Mum. For although the Germans are famous for their cakes and tarts, they don’t have Christmas cakes and don’t decorate their stollens with plastic ornaments… I wonder how and when the tradition began in England! (Any ideas anyone?)
You don’t think I went over the top with the decorations, do you?
I loved the snowman – he looked so real. (Can a snowman look real?)
But Father Christmas and Rudolph were pretty cute too!
This was surprisingly easy and didn’t take me as long as I thought it would.
Chocolate Yule Log
You will need:
- 75g caster sugar
- 3 free-range eggs
- 70g (1/2 cup) self-raising flour
- 5g (1 tsp) cornflour
- 3 tbsps cocoa powder
- butter/flour for greasing pan
- 100g (7 tbsps) softened butter
- 100g (4/5 cup) icing sugar
- 75g (3 0z) milk chocolate
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 6 tbsps blueberry (or any other) jam
Preheat oven to 200°C/400F and grease and flour a 23x30cm (9 x 12 inch) swiss roll tin.
With an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar in a large bowl until pale and fluffy – about 5 minutes. Gently fold in sieved flour, cornflour and cocoa powder. Pour mixture into pan and bake for 7-10 mins until just coming away from the edges of the pan and springy to the touch.
Prepare a sheet of greaseproof paper a little larger than the pan and turn the cake onto it. Roll up tightly straight away, in the paper, from the short side. Leave to cool.
Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a bain marie, or in a dish over a pan of boiling water. Allow to cool a little. Beat the sifted icing sugar and butter together until very smooth. Beat in the melted chocolate and cocoa.
Now unroll the cooled swiss roll and spread the jam over it. Then spread a quarter of the buttercream over that and roll the cake up again with the join at the bottom. You could now slice a little off the end at an angle to put at the side as a branch. Place on your serving dish and then carefully spread the rest of the buttercream all over the roll. Finally, use a fork to create the effect of the bark on your log. Then chill for a good two hours.
Now you can decorate it with whatever takes your fancy… after all, it IS Christmas! Sprinkle a little icing sugar over it too, for a snowy effect.
(As you can see, we did! ;-) )
Do you go over the top at Christmas? Do tell!