I am not keen on Christmas Cake, and really dislike marzipan, so I make an alternative a Yule log, light fluffy chocolate sponge smothered in Chocolate buttercream 😍 This one is for work colleagues, as it’s my birthday on Thursday and I won’t be in work from tomorrow.
I use this base recipe from Nigella.com Yule Log and tweak it to make it easier.
I start by separating 6 eggs into my 2 Kitchen Aid bowls, I put the whites into the metal one, which I have rubbed round with some lemon juice to ensure it is grease free.
Whisk the egg whites till they peak, then add 50g of caster sugar and continue to whisk till they are fluffy and glossy.
Mix the egg yolks with a teaspoon of vanilla bean paste, 100g caster sugar and 50g of cocoa powder till this is a mousse like consistency, then fold in a quarter of the egg whites to loosen the mix up.
Then, by hand add the egg whites to the Chocolate mix, gently cutting in till blended, you wan to keep as much of the air in the mix without having lumps of egg white.
Then spoon into a lined Swiss roll tin, even out and put into a preheated oven at 180 for 17-20 mins.
Whilst this is cooking, I start of the butter icing – into my Thermomix bowl, I add 175g of broken up dark chocolate and wiz at speed 10 for a few seconds, then scrape the bowl down and heat at heat 50, speed 2 for 4 minutes till melted. Leave to cool for a couple of minutes (about 37 degrees) then add 250g icing sugar and 250g of unsalted butter and mix for 3 minutes, no heat at speed 3. I then put this into the fridge to firm for 10-20 minutes.
When you remove the Swiss roll from the oven, place onto a cooling wrack for a couple of minutes then turn out into a piece of baking parchment, and I roll it up to ensure it doesn’t crack when cooled.
When it is cool, unwrap the ‘roll’.
I use a palette knife to spread an even layer over the cake.
I then cut off a third of the cake, at an angle,
to make a ‘branch’ which will need to be stuck on with butter cream
Smother in butter cream.
then release your creative side and turn into a Log, I,ve gone for a glittery frost effect, but go wild 😜