Hello and welcome! The holiday season has finally arrived. Not much snow has come but it has gotten colder. A lot holiday parties and near and we don’t like to show up empty handed. I take french classes and we learned about the popular french cake made during this time of year. It is often called a yule log or buche de noel. I decided to make it and share this recipe with you, so you can try it out. It is a great thing to make and bring to parties or just eat at home.
Here is the recipe for chocolate sponge cake:
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- Some more cocoa powder for dusting later
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 6 large eggs
- 4 oz bittersweet chocolate
- 2 tbs cooking oil
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Cream whipping
- Butter cream frosting
- Non-stick cooking spray
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Then line it with parchment paper and lightly coat that as well with cooking spray.
Step 2: In a bowl, sift the flour and mix in the cocoa powder. In another bowl, heat the chocolate chopped coarsely, cooking oil and vanilla extract using 15 second intervals until melted.
Step 3: In a electric mixer, beat the egg whites and salt until it turns into a foam. Add the granulated sugar slowly until it is glossy and reaches it’s peak.
Step 4: Add the chocolate mixture and mix it with a spatula. Add the flour and cocoa powder mixture to it and fold it until it is all mixed well.
Step 5: Put the batter into the baking sheet and spread it so it is even through out. Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake it until the edges are getting farther apart from the edges and it springs back when you gently press on it. For me it takes about 18-20 mins usually. Let is cool for about 10 mins.
Step 6: The cake should be cooler but still a bit warm. Prepare a cloth that is a bit longer than the cake and roll it out. Spread a bit of cocoa powder on it. Run a knife around the edges of the cake to loosen it up. Gently transfer the cake on top of the cloth. Then take off the parchment paper and roll the cake. Let it cool in a rack for about 20 mins.
Step 7: Unroll the cake and spread the whip cream over it evenly. I used heavy whipping cream and whipped it in my electric mixer like instructed. Roll up the sponge cake carefully. Then cover it up with butter cream frosting. You can make your own or buy it at the store depending on your preference.
You can decorate this cake as you want. I cut the sides and then cut it diagonally on one side of it just a little. You can add that to the side to make it look like it is coming off the main log. As well you can make cute decorations to add on top it. Here is one I made and how I decorated it but you can be creative and decorate as you like.