Thursday, December 9, 2010

Chocolate Yule Log

Every Christmas my mother in law lovingly bakes this beautiful yule log to celebrate a family birthday that falls on Christmas day. It's a light sponge cake, rolled with coffee flavoured chocolate cream and iced with butter cream frosting.

Sponge Cake:
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp instant coffee
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs, separated
Method:
  1. Beat together egg yolks and sugar until light and creamy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Beat egg whites until stiff. fold into egg yolk and sugar mixture.
  3. Sift together flour, instant coffee and cocoa. Gently fold into egg mixture.
  4. Pour into a wax paper lined small cookie sheet or 13x9 cake pan.
  5. Bake at 400ยบ for 10-12 minutes, or until wooden tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Place a clean sheet of wax paper on counter and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
  7. Carefully turn out cake onto wax paper. Peel off lining paper. While cake is still hot roll up cake and wax paper together. Cool.
Filling:
  • 2 squares semi sweet chocolate
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee granules
Place ingredients in a small sauce pan. Over medium heat stir until chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth. Cool.

Beat the following ingredients together until soft peaks form. Fold cooled chocolate mixture into whipped cream.

  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
When cake has cooled unroll and spread with filling. Carefully lift roll onto serving tray.

Butter Cream Frosting:
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa, sifted
Beat together all 5 ingredients until mixture is light and fluffy. Frost yule log and decorate with a piping bag and tip.
Suggestions for decorations: large shards of chocolate, slices of kiwi, maraschino cherries, or candies fruit, chocolate covered coffee beans.





17 comments:

  1. I have always wanted to make one of these! They are so pretty!!! Maybe this year will be the year! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  2. [sigh]
    Buche de Noel.... one of the traditional pastries for this time of year. YUM!

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  3. this looks so nice...and one can always make meringue mushrooms and dust them with chocolate...

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  4. This looks great. So much simpler than the bouche de noel, which I normally mutilate.

    Girls, I used Anneliese's sugar cookie recipe from 08 last night with my grandkids. How do you want me to handle the recipe when I include it in my blog? Shall I do a link or the recipe with the attribution?

    Love,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  5. Sharon, glad to hear you had a fun baking day with your grands. I will be doing that tomorrow. Go ahead and post it on your blog and link back to us. I have used that same cookie recipe for years and I'm sure it has been baked with many little helping hands. Enjoy the season! Merry Christmas Kathy

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  6. I've been thinking about making one and your recipe sounds yummy....Barb

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  7. What a beautiful cake for a Christmas birthday!

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  8. I love these kind of rolls! So glad the recipe is here! I know it's good.

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  9. Wow, this looks divine! I might have to make it!!!

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  10. What a fun tradition to look forward to Kathy. It really is pretty! My kids had to make one of these for their French class Christmas party in high school. Buche de Noel...

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  11. This looks really delicious and would be so special for Christmas. I think I'll try it this year!

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  12. That is one gorgeous looking Buche de Noel. That pic is worthy of a place in any cookbook.

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  13. I have to try this...I never did it...I also like your blog, hugs and belssings...from Italy, ciao Flavia

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  14. Do you take the paper off of it when you unroll the cake before putting on the filling?

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  15. It is so pretty . ..I really need to make this one. . I wonder if it freezes well? Is it best made just the day ahead?

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  16. So Fabulous! My first Yule Log ever and it turned out delightful. Thank you for a fabulous recipe.

    A couple comments from a 'beginner cook'who learns by trial and error:
    - I used wax paper like you say to in the recipe and ended up with a house full of smoke. In the End I had to use tin foil since I didn't have parchment paper like 'google' suggested:)
    - I bought all the ingredients before reading the instructions. I bought the 'cream'. When I got to the part in the directions that say to whip it until it turned to whipping cream... I whipped... and whipped... and whipped... Then after some research, learned that I should've bought whipping cream:)

    In the end, I made 3 Yule Logs that are definitely the best Yule Logs ever! The trial and error was worth it for the end result!

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  17. So Fabulous! My first Yule Log ever and it turned out delightful. Thank you for a fabulous recipe.

    A couple comments from a 'beginner cook'who learns by trial and error:
    - I used wax paper like you say to in the recipe and ended up with a house full of smoke. In the End I had to use tin foil since I didn't have parchment paper like 'google' suggested:)
    - I bought all the ingredients before reading the instructions. I bought the 'cream'. When I got to the part in the directions that say to whip it until it turned to whipping cream... I whipped... and whipped... and whipped... Then after some research, learned that I should've bought whipping cream:)

    In the end, I made 3 Yule Logs that are definitely the best Yule Logs ever! The trial and error was worth it for the end result!

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