Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Log cake

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I can't believe I make log cake! I actually pretty excited looking at my 1st log cake. I used to think making log cake is hard as its look. Not until I read a log cake recipe in Carol blog.
 
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Basically log cake is 'upgrade' version of Swiss roll :D With some extra effort the ordinary Swiss roll become outstanding festive looks cake. As we know the price of log cake selling outside is not cheap. If you used to bake Swiss roll and want to bake something for coming Christmas do consider this.

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Adapted with slightly modification from Carol Christmas Log Cake
~ Log cake
Ingredient:
(A)
4 yolks
20g castor sugar
30g vegetable oil
30g milk

55g cake flour
15g cocoa powder
15g almond flour

(B)
4 whites
½ teaspoon vinegar (or lemon juice)
45g castor sugar


Method:
1. Whisk yolks and castor sugar till well combine. Add in vegetable oil and milk. Mix well.

2. Whisk in the sifted cake flour and cocoa powder. Follow by almond flour. Whisk till well combine.

3. In other bowl beat the whites till foamy. Add in 1/2 the castor sugar and vinegar. Continue beat till glossy. Add in the rest of castor sugar. Beat till stiff form.

4. Spoon 1/3 of the stiff whites into yolks batter. Fold to combine. Pour the yolk mixture into the remaining whites bowl. Fold till well combine.

5. Pour the batter into lined and greased swiss roll pan (I'm using 30cm x 36cm). Smooth the surface with scraper. Give the pan some tap to remove big bubbles.

6. Bake in preheated oven at 180C for 15 minutes. Increase the temperature to 200C and bake further 3-4 minutes.
* I'm using steam bake method. Bake by placing a pan with hot water at the bottom of oven.

7. Once cooked, transfer the cake by lifting the baking paper (edges) to wire rack. Leave to cool (about 5 minutes).

 
8. Invert the cake and gently remove the baking paper. With a knife cut 2 lines (at the beginning of rolling point) but the cake is still attached to each other. Spread the filling (refer recipe below) evenly on the surface. Leave 1-2cm remain unspread.

9. Hold the cake with both hands and roll gently. When the swiss roll is rolled up, make sure the ending portion facing downward. Keep the roll in the refrigerator at least 2-3 hours before use.

 
~ chocolate whipped cream filling
Ingredients:
200g dairy whipping cream
60g semi-sweet chocolate (reduced from 100g)
 
Methods:
1. With hand mixer (low speed) beat the whipping cream till thick, at the stage where can be used for spreading (careful not to over beat!). Keep inside fridge while working on chocolate.

2. Cut chocolate into small size and put inside heat proof bowl. Melt the chocolate by placing the bowl in low simmer water. It is ready when chocolate start melting.

3. Remove from heat and stir till all chocolate melted and smooth. While melted chocolate is warm, mix into chilled whipped cream. Whisk fast till all combine.
*Chocolate must be warm or it will harden and can't mix into whipped cream.
 

~Chocolate ganache
Ingredients:
200g dairy whipping cream
100g semi-sweet chocolate
1 tablespoon honey

Methods:
1. Cut chocolate into a mixing bowl. Bring half of cream to boil. Pour into diced chocolate bowl. Add in honey. Stir quickly till chocolate melted and smooth.

2. Add in the other half remaining cream. Mix till well combine. Keep at room temperature till ganache become thick to use.


 ~ Assemble
1. Remove the chilled swiss roll from fridge. Cut a slice of cake from both sides (diagonally not straight; about 2cm thick).

2. Place the cut slices of cake on the cake to form log (use chocolate ganache to stick; make sure the cut side is clean from ganache). Refer here for pictures shown.

3. Carefully apply chocolate ganache to the cake. Use fork to form the pattern. Decorate the cake as you wish. The cake can be kept well in fridge for 4-5 days.

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~Recipe Box #28 hosted by Bizzy Bakes
 
~Made with Love Mondays hosted by Javelin Warrior's Cookin w/ Luv

 
Wishing all a very Happy Holidays and
Merry Christmas !
 

26 comments:

  1. Wow! this is so delicious!
    Merry Xmas and Happy Holiday!

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  2. Viv,
    This is such a lovely Christmas log cake.
    Well done!!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    mui

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  3. Very pretty and decorative log cake! I haven't even made a swiss roll before. Great job. It looks delicious!

    Helen

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  4. What a beautiful Christmas log! I've never seen one this life-like and I love the way you've shaped it. I'm sure this was a big hit with everyone! Thanks so much for sharing and have a wonderful holiday...

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  5. Hi Vivian

    How do I make almond flour. Do I obtain by grinding the whole almond or just buy almond meal from Phoon Huat?

    Blessed Christmas to you and family!

    Blessings
    Priscilla Poh

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    1. You you can easily find almond flour at bakery supply shop. Or just replace with cake flour. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and family too.

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  6. Such a beautiful Log Cake, perfect for Christmas! Wishing you and family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  7. Vivian~~
    我。。不舍得吃下那么好看好气氛的蛋糕呢~~~

    得通知你。。。得奖了!!请移步往莎莎家领奖吧!!
    http://sabrina711.blogspot.com/2012/12/nomination-from-minty.html

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  8. It's a gorgeous cake!
    It looks unique, it's rich = perfect for any holiday

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  9. Congrats on making such a lovely Yule log cake on the first attempt! Merry Christmas & Happy 2013 to you! Cheers!

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  10. this is a wonderful log cake! beautiful! i'm sure your kids are very excited seeing this. here's wishing you merry christmas and a great new year 2013!

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  11. Wishing u and u family Merry X'mas and Happy New Year :)

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  12. Vivian, I love your log cake! It's beautifully done and must be so yummilicious. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all at home!

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  13. Hi Vivian! Dropping by to wish you and your family a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a fruitful 2013 year ahead!

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  14. By the look of the logcake, I didn't believe it was your first time? ;p C'mon, gotta be kidding right? It is very gorgeous! I love the log on top. :) Merry Christmas Vivian! Have a wonderful celebration!

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  15. I have never done a Christmas log cake before, look at your beautiful cake, i must make this in one coming Christmas..Have a blessed Christmas!

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  16. That looks amazing! Love the decoration and styling too. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  17. An amazing, beautiful Christmas Log Cake! Perfectly done!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  18. Oh my such an incredible work you've done here. Kudos to you dear!

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  19. such a pretty hotel standard log cake u made, Vivian
    thks for sharing and Merry Xmas :)

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  20. wow. it's really a good contribution to us guys not good at cakes, you know i did some cakes before but the taste it's not good, then i quit, so if you have interesting, you can load to cheap omega watches

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  21. It's simply gorgeous, Vivian! I saw it on Made with Love Monday and had to come tell you how lovely it was.

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  22. I reckon this is the best yule log I've ever seen, it really does look like a branch and you've rolled it brilliantly as well. I haven't managed a successful roll yet.

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