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When it comes to holiday desserts, nothing is more classic than a delicious Yule log! This chocolate Yule log is the perfect rich, chocolaty treat to satisfy your guests after a hearty holiday meal. Plus, it’s a great excuse to kick off the new year by testing out your baking skills!
- 3 eggs
- 4 1/2 ounces caster sugar, plus more for dusting
- 3 1/2 ounces flour
- 1 ounce cocoa powder
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup whipped heavy cream
- 1/3 cup crushed graham crackers
For outer icing
- 3 1/3 ounces of butter
- 3 1/2 ounces dark chocolate
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 14 ounces icing sugar
- 3/4 cup of milk
- Preheat the oven to 390°F and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a mixer, whisk together eggs and caster sugar for around 10 minutes or until thick. Then, fold in the flour and cocoa powder.
- Pour mixture into baking tray and spread it out evenly with a spatula. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
- While the cake bakes, make the filling. In the bowl of a mixer, soften the cream cheese, then add sugar and cocoa powder. Fold in whipped heavy cream.
- Get a clean, damp tea towel (it should be wet to the touch but not dripping) and dust with caster sugar.
- Once the cake is done, tip the cake onto the tea towel as soon as it’s out of the oven, and peel off the paper that it was baked on.
- Roll the cake and towel into a Yule log shape, holding them tightly together. Leave it to cool completely.
- To make the chocolate icing, melt the chocolate and butter together in a bowl in the microwave, and stir to combine. Then, stir in vanilla, icing sugar and milk. Leave it to cool in the fridge so it thickens.
- Once the cake is cooled off, unroll it from the tea towel. The cake should feel moist. Spread your filling over the unrolled cake using the back of a spoon or an icing spreader. Be careful not to poke any holes into the cake! Sprinkle some graham cracker crumbs across the filling.
- Re-roll your cake.
- Once the chocolate icing is thick enough, spread it over your cake.
- Dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar. Enjoy!
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