Friday, 18 December 2009

Chocolate Yule Log

These should be mandatory at Christmas. This was delicious and relatively easy to make. Just a bit time consuming. I recommend doing it with a friend :D



For the Sponge:

  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Sift the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.
  3. Mix together the wet ingredients, except the vinegar and mix into the dry.
  4. Stir in the vinegar, pour into the tray and put into the oven as quickly as possible.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes.
  6. As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, use the parchment paper to roll the sponge up. Set it to one side until it has cooled down completely. Don't stress over any cracks.
For the Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup shortening (known as cookeen or trex in the UK)
  • 1/4 cup soy butter
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  • 2 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp soy milk.
  1. Mix it all together until you have a thick and creamy frosting. Set aside until the cake is ready.
For the chocolate topping:

  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  1. Heat the soy milk in a pan until its nearly boiling.
  2. Take off the heat, add the chocolate and maple syrup and stir until dissolved.
  3. Set aside until cool and really thick.
To assemble the rest of the cake:

  • When cool, unroll the cake carefully and evenly slap the icing all over it.
  • Roll the cake off the parchment and onto a plate before covering with the chocolate topping. If there's any cracks you can just fill them all with icing.
  • Cover with decorations if you're feeling fancy (we did marzipan shapes) and serve!


8 comments:

  1. What a great chocolate log! I've never made one before, but I love chocolate cake and I love Christmas, so why am I waiting? I'll try out your recipe! Thanks!
    Penny

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  2. I'd only ever seen my mum make one lol, so rolling the sponge scared me, but it worked fine! I hope yours is just as successful :D

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  3. This looks great - I need to make a dessert for Christmas Day and this is the simplest one I've seen. I was just wondering if you could post the measurements in grams or ounces, I've always found American measurements quite confusing. And what size baking tray did you use? Thanks, Merry Christmas!

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  4. It's really hard to convert cups to grams and oz because it depends on what you're putting in the cups. Found this useful link though, which should help you:

    http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Cup-to-Gram-Conversions/Detail.aspx

    The other thing to try is that 1 cup is 250ml, so you could measure it all in a measuring jug.

    I'm not at home to measure my baking tray, but it's about the size of a large roasting tin if that helps. Sorry if this is a bit useless and I hope it works out for you!

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  5. I absolutely plan on trying this out! I am new to the game and am concerned about going to my parents for Christmas with all the non vegan items that will be prepared.. I'll be left starving. I've been looking for something to cook and take with me and I think this might be just the thing =)

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  6. I did today, and it's a brilliant recipe. thank you for the tip and have a great christmas! :)

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  7. Made this for my family the other day, and they loved loved LOVED it :-)) All gone now: might have to make another!

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  8. Glad you liked it! Watch this space! Making a chocolate salami today!

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