As much as I love this festive season, I’m not a big fan of the traditional Christmas cake. The thoughts of all that dried fruit, nuts, marzipan – even the alcohol – is just too much for me. The Yule Log, on the other hand, is right up my street. It’s much lighter and more delicate, as well as being a lot easier to make! I also think this makes such a beautiful centrepiece at teatime on Christmas Day.
To make a Yule Log, you can follow any basic recipe for the sponge and then add your own little touches. This is a perfect opportunity to get creative and have a little fun. For the filling, anything goes from fresh whipped cream to buttercream to even a simple spread of some good quality jam. I had a carton of frozen forest fruits on hand so after they defrosted, I folded them in to some whipped cream for a deliciously sweet and frothy filling.
Typically the Yule Log has a rich creamy chocolate icing that is manipulated with a fork to create a bark-like effect. To be honest, I usually find this icing on a Yule Log can a little sickly so I often finish off the log with just a simple dusting of icing sugar. For a little extra appeal, pop on some meringue mushrooms; a fresh sprig of holly; some red berries or even a fuzzy little robin!