Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Chocolate Yule Log

I am a little late with posting the cake that I made for the volunteers at Basildon Park last week, but here are some pictures so you get the idea!

No tricks with the cake last week, although I did add in a dose of chocolate chips to the cake mix!

The tin was great as it did all the hard work, but boy did it take a looooong time to cook the cake, 55 minutes in the end.  I was worried that it would be hard and burnt on the outside by the time it had cooked, but it was fine.  So I was quite relieved about that.

 
 
 
 
I was asked how I transported the cake.  I don't have a container large enough to put such a big cake in, so I put the cardboard base onto a baking tray for stability, then I poke cocktail sticks about a third of the their length into the cake, top with cling film and voila!  One sputnik....  I place the whole thing in the boot of my car on a rubber mat and it seems to travel quite well.


Amy

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  1. Oh that's lovely Amy, and such a clever trick with the cocktail sticks.
    Kate x

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  2. Hee hee! It does look a bit odd doesn't it Kate, but it does the trick! Shortbread biscuits this week, so much easier to take with me! xx

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  3. What a yummy looking cake, I bet that went down well, clever way to transport too

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    1. Everyone said that it tasted great which was very nice of them. It is funny when you think of making things like this you never think of how you will move them until you have to actually move them! It seemed to work though - phew!! xx

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    2. Lucky volunteers - it looks delicious, I bet it didn't last long! XX

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    3. No! Nothing to eat lasts long. However, it goes even quicker in my husbands office!! xx

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  4. It certainly looks very festive. Thanks for the cocktail stick tip.

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    1. Give it a try - it would probably be useful for you! xx

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  5. Oh my this looks so good I could eat a piece right off my screen! Nicely done-also with the transporting, very clever!!
    xo

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    1. I wish that we could share a slice Shari! xx

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  6. That looks impressive!
    My birthday is in February, I always asked my Mum for a Yule log for my birthday cake because I loved the way they looked!
    Jane x

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    1. Great idea for a birthday cake for that time of year Jane! I bet that it was yummy!! xx

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  7. Oh no Amy more food, well I should say more delicious looking and beautifully home made food-how fabulous.

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    1. Sorry Suzie! Are you hungry? It is not good seeing food on blogs when you are wanting to eat something is it! xx

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  8. Wonderful. It looks delicious. I bet you're popular at Basildon Park.

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    1. Well, I hope they like me anyway Jo, but cake has to help hey! xx

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  9. Looks delicious! :)
    I tend to stick to squares when baking - easier to hide the mistakes!!

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    1. Tins like this make it easy Sara, no icing needed, just turn it out and dust with icing sugar - or cocoa if it is not a chocolate cake of course! xx

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  10. this look delicious ! Amy love your mold! :))

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  11. Thank you Gloria! Nothing as good as your cakes I bet, but it went down pretty well. xx

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  12. It looks amazing and your method for transporting it safely to work was ingenious. I normally smother my Yule Log in icing but you don't need any on yours so it's much healthier. :-) x

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    1. Thank you Gillian. If I made a rolled up one I would ice it, but now having compared the two I liked this one better. I thought that if I filled it with chocolate chips that would make up for the no icing! xx

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  13. Did It taste as good as it looked? Every year I think I will have a go at making a Yule log but I still havent got around to it!

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    1. Well every scrap was eaten Anne, so I can only assume that it tasted good - reports were good! You don't need a yule log anyway with that lovely Christmas cake that Tony made! xx

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  14. Corrr, what a FAB cake, nothing beats home made eh,
    Hope you're well
    Best Wishes
    Sue

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    1. Thank you Sue! Hope that all is well with you too. xx

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  15. Amy it is gorgeous! WOW! I am amazed that you were able to get it out of the tin without any cracks!!! I am sure they all enjoyed it!!! Who can turn down chocolate with chocolate chips!!! A very lovely day to you friend!!!

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    1. Those nordic ware tins really are amazing for turning things out well, much better than any others I have used I have to say - all credit to the tin, not me! Hope that you are having a great week Nicole. xx

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  16. Hello Amy, Wow your cake is amazing espeically the icing snow - just perfect. My mouth is watering at
    the thought of your cake.
    luv
    irne
    xxxx

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    1. Who could resist cake with a snowy top hey Irene! I wish that I could have sent you a slice, but I'm not sure that sponge would post well!! xx

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  17. Looks wonderful Amy and very YUMMY to ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  18. Yummmmmmmmmmy - that looks delicious - and what a nifty trick with the cocktail sticks! I bet it went down very well x Jane

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    1. Amazing how useful a cocktail stick can be isn't it Jane! I use them for all sorts, but not cocktails!! xx

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  19. It looks really nice. I've never tried that kind of cake pan before but it came out very nicely shaped for you.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. When you next need a tin, I would highly recommend the nordic ware ones (I'm not on commission here, I promise!) they are so good. xx

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  20. That looks good and the cake tin really works.
    Sarah x

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    1. Yep, that tin is definately a keeper Sarah! xx

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  21. That is one big log, Amy!!! hahaha!
    I am sure your c0-workesr enjoyed it!
    Guess what???
    It is snowing here!!! Surprise, surprise!
    Enjoy your evening♥
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. It seemed to go down well Linda! Now, about this snow, you realise that although I asked you not to send it over here, you are supposed to share with the rest of Canada and America! You can't keep it ALL to yourself! Hope that you are OK and that you have managed to get out though. xx

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  22. Great looking yule log cake Amy. I make a yule log at Christmas too, but I do it the old-fashioned way with a jelly-roll cake, filling & icing. Seeing Jane's comment above reminded me of when I made a yule log cake for my own daughter's birthday years ago. We did a "camping" theme sleepover party, and log cake seemed the way to go. Her birthday is in February too. Wendy x

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    1. It is a great idea for a camping themed party Wendy! Must be the thing for February birthdays. I've made the roll up kind of yule log too, but I think that now I have this great pan I will just use this in future. If you weren't transporting it you could cut it in half or layers and put some frosting in! Hope you are having a good week and that you are not too snowbound. xx

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  23. Wow, what a fantastic looking log and very clever way to move it, your workmates must love your baking days :) xx

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    1. Thank you Cheryl! I hope that they like it, it is nice to have people to bake for, especially at this time of year. xx

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  24. What a lovely Yule Log, Amy. I am glad it came out of the tin ok! My only experience with a fancy tin like this was a disaster and I ended up piecing it together to its approximate shape, holding the pieces in place with lots of chocolate icing...
    I just discovered your blog via Elaina's "A little bit country" I will pop back in again when I have more time to read. Christina x

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Christina, I will pop over to you as soon as I can! The secret if it is one with the tins is to use lots of cake release spray in all the nooks and crannies of the tin, to use a good quality heavy tin, and to leave the cake to cool in the tin for about 20 - 30 minutes before you turn it out. I hope that you have better luck the next time you try a fancy cake ! Hope to see you again. xx

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  25. Fantastic yule log- well done. It looks delicious. x

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    1. Thank you Jill - this tin is definately my new favourite! xx

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  26. This looks fabulous Amy and I am sure it was loved by all. How good of you to do this all!! xoxo

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    1. It is nice to have people to bake for isn't it Hannapat! I know that you enjoy baking, so you will know what I mean. xx

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  27. What a piece of art do we have here! I'm sure it tastes as fantastic as it looks!

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    1. Apparently it tasted good Kelly - I had good reviews!! xx

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  28. Hi Amy,

    Your yule log log looks really good!!! More chocolate chips, please!!!

    Zoe

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    1. Everything is good with chocolate chips hey Zoe! xx

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