Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Log Cake

Making swiss roll is always intimidating for me, it is something that i rarely do and i always envy some of you who can make swiss rolls that are always so perfect looking. At least this time is not that bad, even if the roll cracks or get disfigured in any form, i can still cover it with frosting and nobody can see it.

Decorating is never a fun thing for me though i say i need to practise more on decorating and piping but it never happens! So here what i did was just simply cover the cake with frosting and used chocolate shavings to  'decorate' the cake .

 JoyceZoe and myself will be baking cookies on our next bake along on the 6th January 2014 and since Chinese New Year is just a month away, we would like to invite anyone of you who will be baking cookies for Chinese New Year to share it with us on our next Bake Along. It will run for 3 weeks starting from the 6th January up till 27th January, 2014.

Recipe ( from 孟老师的美味蛋糕卷 , idea inspired from here )
in a 36cm x 26cm tray
Ingredients for chiffon roll
egg yolks 85gm
caster sugar 25gm
vegetable oil 45gm
milk 45gm
low protein flour 85gm

egg whites 170gm
caster sugar 85gm

Method :
1. Using a hand whisk, beat egg yolks and sugar till sugar dissolved. Slowly add in milk and oil and using the whisk, mix well into the egg yolks and sugar mixture.
2. Add in flour and lightly fold in using a whisk. Set aside.
3. Beat egg whites till frothy and gradually add in sugar and beat till medium stiff peaks form. Add 1/3 of the egg white mixture into the egg yolks batter and mix. Then add in the rest of the egg whites into the egg yolks batter . Spread onto the baking tin lined with baking paper and bake in a preheated oven at 175C for about 12 mins.
4. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 mins before inverting . Pull the parchment paper out and invert onto another baking paper. Spread filling across the cake and roll up tightly, cover with baking paper and let it keep in the fridge for several hours .
5. When the roll has stayed in shape, cut one piece of the end of the cake and using cream as a glue, stick it to the side of the log to resemble a log . Apply frosting and decorate as desired.

unsalted butter 100gm
icing sugar 20gm
milk 55gm
cocoa powder 10gm

Direction :
Using a electric mixer, beat butter and icing sugar till creamy. Add in milk and stir followed by the cocoa powder and beat till spreadable consistency.

1tbsp instant coffee powder
2tbsp boiling water
100gm butter, softened
220gm icing sugar
2tbsp milk

Direction :
Dissolve instant coffee in boiling water. Beat butter and icing sugar together and add in 2 tbsp of the coffee
and milk and beat till spreadable consistency.

I am also linking this post to Baby Sumo's Christmas Recipes Collection 2013 hosted by Baby Sumo 

and Cook Your Books #7 hosted by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours

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  1. A good attempt, Lena. Your log looks good! Merry X'mas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

  2. Hi , Lena by do your log look yummy good , Merry Christmas to you and your family :)

  3. Indeed your log cake looks good and special with chocolate shavings. Merry Christmas and happy new year to you and to your family.

  4. Hi Lena,

    I remember that Nigella's recipe mentioned that making Swiss roll in the form of log cake is good as the cracks can be easily covered up with chocolate ganahe :p

    Perfect or not... You have baked yours very well. It looks pretty rustic with the chocolate shards!

    I reckon making Swiss roll with as little amount as creamy filling is tough but I did that to get "lesser" fat... LOL! Your filling looks pretty thin too :D

    Merry Christmas and Happy 2014!!!


  5. I'm always intimidated making cake rolls too, Lena. I remember one time when I tried to make one and it split right in half. There was no fixing that mess. I think the kids wound up "dunking" the cake in the filling and frosting!

    You did a wonderful job. Even if there were a few inconsistencies, you can't see them under that yummy looking frosting and those chocolate shavings!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Lena...Wishing You and Yours a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

  6. Good morning Lena,
    Very lovely Christmas Log! I love the chocolate shavings over it, I should have scattered some over mine! Aiseh, never think of it, but you know, decorating is not one of my skills either!
    Your swiss roll looks very yummy. I do not eat swiss roll very often, always preferring other cakes, but for the Christmas Log, we enjoyed it very much, and all was gone by the next day!
    Merry Christmas!!!

  7. Hi Lena, I made red velvet roll with cracks too! I covered it with white choc cream cheese. Sorry, couldn't share this in bake along because didn't have time to write. I am away and made it the night before departure.
    Blessed Christmas and happy new year! God's blessings to you and family.

  8. Your shaved chocolate gives the roll a very nice and rustic look.... Like!

  9. I suck at decorating too, but last year I also braved myself and attempted a yule log. I like your cake with the shaved chocolate. :) Merry Christmas!

  10. Your log looks very interesting with it's broken barks look :D I am too chicken to try this cake! Merry Christmas to you!

  11. I yer have to try to make Swiss roll...your log looks cute, love the chocolate on it...
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Lena :D

  12. Lena, not bad lah! Looks like a fun cake to make, I mean spreading the icing all over and sprinkling chocolate shavings on it. The inside looks so soft and yum!

  13. Lena, wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas. Have a bless Christmas. Cheers!

  14. Lena , for a first-timer , you've made a good roll ! Cracks , what cracks ?! lol The frosting itself is worth making , okay , there's coffee in there and that's a must for me ;D

    Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !

  15. Just visit Zoe and Joyce log cake. Yours is not so sinful as the cream you used just enough to cover the whole log and filling. Not feel guilty having few slices :) Great effort of making such lovely log cake. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  16. Thanks everyone for your kind comments and Merry Christmas to you all!

  17. Oh wow.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  18. Hi Lena,
    Your Christmas log looks lovely to me!
    I like the shaved chocolate coating.
    Yum yum!
    Merry Christmas!!

  19. Do you know you make me envy too! : ) I can tell you are also creative in doing the decoration, wish you enjoy more and happy holidays!