Chocolate log decorated with holly

Yummy chocolate log

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 10 mins

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Serves 8

A Christmas treat the kids will enjoy helping to make, with an unusual minty filling

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal552
  • fat32g
  • saturates18g
  • carbs64g
  • sugars54g
  • fibre0g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.32g
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Ingredients

    For the cake

    • 3 eggs
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    • 85g golden caster sugar
    • 85g plain flour (less 2 tbsp)
    • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
    • ½ tsp baking powder
      Baking powder

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    For the filling & icing

    • 50g butter
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    • 140g dark chocolate, broken into squares
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      Dark chocolate

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    • 1 tbsp golden syrup
      Golden syrup

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    • 284ml pot double cream
    • 200g icing sugar, sifted
    • 2-3 extra strong mint, crushed (optional)
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    • icing sugar and holly sprigs to decorate - ensure you remove the berries before serving

    Method

    1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.

    2. Grease and line a 23 x 32cm Swiss roll tin with baking parchment. 

    3. Beat 3 eggs and 85g golden caster sugar together with an electric whisk for about 8 mins until thick and creamy.


    4. Mix 85g plain flour (less 2 tbsp), 2 tbsp cocoa powder and ½ tsp baking powder together, then sift onto the egg mixture. Fold in very carefully, then pour into the tin.

    5. Now tip the tin from side to side to spread the mixture into the corners. Bake for 10 mins.

    6. Lay a sheet of baking parchment on the work surface. When the cake is ready, tip it onto the parchment, peel off the lining paper, then roll the cake up from its longest edge with the paper inside. Leave to cool.


    7. To make the icing, melt 50g butter and 140g dark chocolate together in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Take from the heat and stir in 1 tbsp golden syrup and 5 tbsp double cream from a 284ml pot. Beat in 200g sifted icing sugar until smooth.

    8. Whisk the remaining double cream from the 284ml pot until it holds its shape.

    9. Unravel the cake, spread the cream over the top, scatter over 2-3 crushed extra strong mints, if using, then carefully roll up again into a log.

    10. Cut a thick diagonal slice from one end of the log. Lift the log on to a plate, then arrange the slice on the side with the diagonal cut against the cake to make a branch.

    11. Spread the icing over the log and branch (don’t cover the ends), then use a fork to mark the icing to give the effect of tree bark. Scatter with unsifted icing sugar to resemble snow, and decorate with holly.

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    bookworm72
    3rd Dec, 2009
    I want to make this for christmas. Can any tell me how long it will keep for. Thanks
    emma_mawdsley
    24th Feb, 2009
    I do this quite similarly but fill it with marscapone instead of cream, it's very nice.
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    sarapb67
    6th Feb, 2009
    My daughter made this as pudding for a family Christmas Eve lunch. Brilliant. It looked great; so festive and tasted just as good. However, as a beginner my 12 year old didn't allow sufficient time for the butter and chocolate to cool before adding other ingredients and consequently ended up with icing resembling separated fudge! We used it as a learning experience, although I thought I'd mention it as something for other younger readers to watch out for.
    meiks80
    31st Dec, 2008
    Fantastic recipe and really easy to follow - everyone thought it was so difficult to make and I've been asked to make another! I found I had loads of icing which I put on really thick but it was so yummy.
    peskypeeza
    30th Dec, 2008
    4.05
    This tasted really nice and rich, but man, was it difficult making it into a log shape! Mine broke up into thin lengths of sponge - I am not a natural pastry chef. However, the yummy chocolate icing did a grand job of hiding the worst, a few sprigs of holly and some icing sugar snow and it was great!
    jaymaywin
    28th Dec, 2008
    5.05
    After a range of dried up shop bought yule logs,last years offerings were particularly bad. I decided to make my own again.I used the above recipe for over christmas. It was easy to follow and the only thing I done differently was I used whipping cream.This recipe will be following me wherever I go in the world.

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