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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!
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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