I would always make this yule log for New Year’s Day dinner. The recipe is long, but it’s easy to make and looks very impressive. Oh, and it tastes good too!
- 2/3 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 squares unsweetened chocolate
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 pint whipped cream
- 2 tablespoons icing confectioners' sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup butter
- 2 cups icing confectioners' sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 15 x 10 inch jelly roll pan, and line with waxed paper. Grease waxed paper.
- Mix flour, soda, and salt together.
- Beat eggs in a small mixer bowl at high speed, until thick and light - about 5 minutes.
- Gradually add the sugar, and beat until thick.
- Melt the chocolate and water together, and add to the egg mixture.
- Fold in the dry ingredients, and mix gently but thoroughly.
- Spread in prepared pan, and bake for 15 - 17 minutes, until the cake springs back when lightly touched.
- Remove from oven and turn out immediately onto a tea towel that has been sprinkled generously with !icing sugar.
- Remove waxed paper, and trim of any crisp edges of the cake.
- Begin at the narrow end, and roll up the cake and the tea towel together. Allow to cool.
- Whip cream until soft peaks form. Stir in icing sugar and vanilla and whip until stiff.
- Unroll the cake when cool, and spread the top with the whip cream.
- Re-roll, without the towel.
- Cut a thin slice off of each end of the roll, to make them even Icing:
- Soften butter. Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth and of good spreading consistency.
- Use the centres of the ends you sliced off the cake to make "bumps on the log": Use a little of the icing to affix the bump to the side of the cake - one on each side.
- Ice the entire cake with the icing, including the ends and the bumps.
- Run a fork along the icing so that it resembles tree bark.
- Sprinkle with icing sugar, and decorate with holly or other Christmas decoration leaves.
- Store in refrigerator.
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