Christmas is here in our house and so it made sense to do a Christmas bake and what better than a chocolate yule log which is a sponge with achocolate ganache, whipped cream and chocolate buttercream icing.
This is not an ordinary sponge as there is no butter. This makes the sponge very dense but in a nice way.
This was a bake had lots of steps. To start you bake your sponge in a very shallow tin (this is so you are able to roll the sponge). Once the sponge was baked you had to roll it up whilst it was still hot if you did this when cold the sponge would crack. Then you had to unroll the sponge once it had cooled down and a layer of chocolate ganache spread onto the sponge and topped with whipped cream. Then you re rolled the sponge, wrap it in cling film and put it in the fridge to let it set.
Once the cake has cooled it is in chocolate buttercream. I added a bit of a twist to my yule log but making a chocolate orange buttercream. This was nice as it gave it a slight edge.
I enjoyed rolling up the sponge but obviously the best bit was eating while sitting next to the fire with a cup of tea.