Holiday Log Cake

This week’s cake for the heavenly cake bakers was the Holiday Pinecone Cake. I decided early on that I was going to make a holiday log, rather than a pine cone, because I wanted to make meringue mushrooms to go with it. This post is late, and rushed, because I’m at my parents’ for the holidays. Between computer problems yesterday and running around helping Mom out with various things today, I haven’t had time to write this up. Sorry for the lack of details or clever commentary (not that you normally find clever commentary here, anyway)!

I first started by making the fondant for covering the cake about a week ago. On the actual day of baking, I started by making the ganache, since it has to rest for a couple of hours before using.

Ganache Mise en Place
Ganache Mise en Place

Process the chocolate until finely chopped.

Chopped up Chocolate
Chopped up Chocolate

Scald the cream, and add it to the chocolate with the processor running. The result is a perfectly smooth creamy ganache.

Completed Ganache
Completed Ganache

Next step was making the biscuit roulade. While the oven was preheating, I toasted my almonds for the ganache.

Toasted Almonds
Toasted Almonds
Chopped Nuts
Chopped Nuts
Mise en Place for Biscuit
Mise en Place for Biscuit

The biscuit starts by beating together egg yolks (and a couple of whole eggs) with sugar until they’re thick and light in colour.

Thick and Fluffy Egg Yolks
Thick and Fluffy Egg Yolks

Then you add the cocoa that has steeped in hot water, then add the flour in a couple of additions.

Adding the Flour to the Yolks
Adding the Flour to the Yolks

Set the above mixture aside, and make the meringue (after you’ve cleaned your bowl & whisk attachment).

Components for Meringue
Components for Meringue

I think I may have overbeat my whites, but that didn’t seem to bother anything.

I think it's stiff.
I think it's stiff.

After carefully folding the whites into the egg mixture, spread the batter in your prepared pan.

Buiscuit Roulade ready for the oven
Buiscuit Roulade ready for the oven

I took a bunch of pictures of the cake when it came out of the oven, because I wasn’t convinced it would ever look this pretty once I took it out of the pan.

Baked Biscuit
Baked Biscuit

It came out perfectly! And I successfully rolled it up to cool!

I can't believe it came out of the pan
I can't believe it came out of the pan

Ok, so now I’ve got everything ready. Cooled biscuit, half the ganache with almonds in it, half without, meringue mushrooms, and chocolate fondant. The division of the ganache was an idea Hanaa had suggested in a comment on Marie’s blog. Leave some of the ganache without nuts, to keep them from poking through the fondant.

Ready for Assembly
Ready for Assembly

First, spread the almond ganache on the unrolled biscuit.

Spread with Ganache
Spread with Ganache

Next, roll it up. I think maybe I should have chilled it a few minutes here to keep it from running out.

Too much Ganache?
Too much Ganache?

Cover the roll with a thin layer of ganache, to give the fondant something to adhere to.

Ready for Fondant
Ready for Fondant

Roll out the fondant. I use a Wilton mat that I got for one of the Wilton decorating courses I took.

Rolled Fondant
Rolled Fondant

Cover the log with fondant. I had a few wrinkles, but I wasn’t too worried about it, because I was planning another thin layer of Ganache.

Fondant Covered
Fondant Covered

Here is my finished cake. I did the final assembly at my aunt’s house, because she’d mentioned that she’d managed to get everything done for Christmas, except for dessert. So, Christmas afternoon, I brought her a treat. ๐Ÿ™‚

Finished Cake!
Finished Cake!
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9 thoughts on “Holiday Log Cake

  1. Oh, very nice! The mushrooms are just the right finishing touch. I’ve admired pictures of Yule Log cakes with meringue mushrooms for years and never made one–if I ever decide to use this recipe again I’m stealing your idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Jenn, the mushrooms are really easy to do. I’ll post the instructions after I get home frommy parents’ place in New Brunswick. It’s been a hectic week!

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  3. Looks fantastic. A great idea to make a log instead of the pinecone! And I second Jenn on your mushrooms being beautiful.

    Great job, and glad that you found the time to post. Your Aunt would have been so impressed with that as her Xmas present.

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