modified from Chocolate Roll in the Fanny Farmer Cookbook
- 10 eggs, separated
- 2 + 1/2 c confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350F [180C]
- Line two 10.5 x 15.5" jellyroll pan with wax paper
or foil & butter it.
- Beat the egg yolks until they are pale & thick; set
- Sift the sugar & cocoa together onto a piece of wax paper.
- Beat the egg whites until they are foamy; add the salt & continue to beat
until they hold soft peaks.
- Fold the sugar & cocoa into the whites.
- Gently fold 1/3 of the egg white mixture into the yolks, then lightly fold
in the remaining whites.
- Spread evenly in the pan and bake about 20 minutes, until a toothpick
comes out clean.
- Turn the cake out onto a clean kitchen towel.
- Let cool about a minute, then remove the wax paper or foil and trim off
any crisp edges.
- Roll the cake up with the towel from the long side, like a jellyroll,
and let it cool.
Assembling the Yule Log
- Unroll logs and fill with with white buttercream frosting, or whipped cream.
- Roll one log, and add the second at the edge of the filled spiral of the first, making a nice fat log.
- Trim off the ends (a) to make smooth & even and (b) so the proportion is pleasing.
- Take a bit of the stuff you've trimmed off [this should be about 3" or so, at
minimum] & roll it into a smaller bit about 1.5" in diameter.
- After the big log is frosted, take the branch stub & cut it at an angle, and
"glue" it into place near the top of the log, frost it completely [this is a bit
tricky; you might want to use your fingers to paint the frosting on].
- 4 Tbsp. butter, softened
- about 7.5 cups confectioners' sugar
- 6-8 Tbsp. cocoa powder
- opt dash salt
- Beat till a bit fluffy; spread on cake.
- When frosting the thing, use a small spatula and broad strokes to slather on
chocolate frosting to resemble bark.
- Garnish cake with holly, greenery and meringue mushrooms; meringue mushroom
caps, cut in half, look really cool stuck on to look like bracket fungus.
- Dust the top of the roll with more confectioners' sugar sifted through a
strainer. Although it makes sense to sprinkle on the powdered sugar "snow" right
away, if it has to sit under plastic wrap overnight, the "snow" will, in fact,
"melt" & have to be renewed before serving.