Chocolate Christmas Log Cake
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Chocolate Christmas Log Cake

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Level

easy

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Cooking

15 min

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Preparation

90 min

Ingredients

Servings

6
Cake
Caster Sugar
110 g
Self Raising flour
65 g
Cocoa Powder
50 g
Eggs
4
Honey
2 tbsp
Strawberry Italian Meringue Buttercream Filling
Eggs
3
Strawberry Puree
1 cup
Unsalted Butter
room temperature
225 g
Fine Grain White Sugar
90 g
Water
2 tbsp
Chocolate Ganache Frosting
70% Dark Chocolate
chopped
300 g
Heavy Whipping Cream
300 g
Fine Grain White Sugar
2 tbsp

How to cook

Prepare the strawberry Italian meringue buttercream filling

  • Prepare the sugar syrup by heating the sugar and water in a pot and bring it to boil - remove from heat when the sugar is fully dissolved.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the eggs until soft peaks form.
  • Pour the cooled sugar syrup into the eggs and beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Add in the butter and mix well.
  • Fold in the strawberry puree, mix well and set aside.

Prepare the chocolate ganache frosting

  • Heat cream in a pot, add in sugar and bring to boil.
  • Put the chopped chocolate into a bowl and pour in the cream mixture, mix well and set aside.

Prepare the cake

  • Preheat your oven to 200°C.
  • Grease and line a Swiss roll tin with baking paper covering all corners.
  • Sift and whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and honey.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until pale and frothy.
  • Gradually add the sifted flour mixture and gently fold it into the wet ingredients until just combined - do not let too much air escape.
  • Pour the cake batter into the tin and bake for about 10 minutes, until well-risen and firm when you touch it.

Assemble and serve

  • Let the cake cool completely before spreading the strawberry Italian meringue buttercream.
  • Holding one end of the cake with both hands, carefully roll the cake into a log while removing the baking paper at the same time.
  • Using a metal spatula, spread the chocolate ganache frosting all over the cake.
  • Run a fork down the length of the cake to add tree bark patterns on the cake.
  • Dust with sifted icing sugar and decorate with strawberries or your favourite plastic decorations, like reindeer and holly leaves.
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