Festive Chocolate Yule Log
Prep Time 35 min
Use Within 4-5 days
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Lightly grease a 33x23cm/13x9in Swiss roll tin, and line with non-stick paper or baking parchment, pushing it into the corners.
For the sponge, in a large bowl whisk the eggs and sugar using an electric hand whisk until the mixture is pale in colour, light and frothy. Sift the flour and cocoa powder into the bowl and carefully cut and fold together, using a spatula, until all the cocoa and flour are incorporated into the egg mixture. (Be careful not to beat any of the air out of the mixture).
Pour the mixture into the lined tin and spread evenly out into the corners. Bake in the middle of the preheated oven for 8–10 minutes, or until well risen and firm to the touch and the sides are shrinking away from the edge of the tin.
Place a piece of baking parchment bigger than the Swiss roll tin on the work surface. Dust with icing sugar generously. Carefully invert the cake onto the paper and remove the bottom lining piece of paper.
Cut a score mark 2.5cm/1in in along one of the longer edges. Starting with this edge, begin to tightly roll up the sponge using the paper. Roll with the paper inside and sit the roll on top of its outside edge to cool completely.
While the cake is cooling, make the ganache topping. Heat the cream in a pan, just so you can keep your finger in it. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate & ManiLife Rich Cocoa Peanut Butter, stirring until melted. Cool to room temperature, then put into the fridge to firm up (this icing needs to be very thick for piping).
Unroll the cold swiss roll and remove paper. Spread whipped cream on top, and re-roll tightly.
Use a palette knife to spread the ganache over the cake, then use a fork to score lines all over.
Dust with icing sugar and garnish. Enjoy!
Serves 8-10 people
- Chocolate sponge:
- 4 large free-range eggs
- 100g caster sugar
- 65g self raising flour
- 40g cocoa powder
- Chocolate ganache:
- 300ml double cream
- 300g dark chocolate
- 3 tbsp ManiLife Rich Cocoa Smooth Peanut Butter
- Cream filling:
- 300ml double cream, whipped