Try these expert techniques for baking a super-rich chocolate Yule log. To keep the sponge light and airy, skip the flour and use a good-quality, pure cocoa powder for the best flavour and colour. Making a very thin sponge helps create a tighter spiral for a stunning final result.
Add mixed spice and ground ginger for a sprinke of extra-festive flavour, then fill the sponge with a rich brandy butter-infused buttercream. Cover your cake in an indulgent chocolate ganache – the same mix used to make truffles.
Make some showstopping decorations by coating bay or organic rose leaves in white chocolate, then finish with a dusting of icing sugar and dash of edible gold lustre for a shimmering, snowy effect.