Making a Swiss roll is never very easy but, if you follow the below method, it’s reliable and pretty much fool-proof!
This Chocolate Yule Log recipe, courtesy of BBC Good Food, is the perfect way to satiate a seasonal sweet tooth this Christmas.
For the Cake
85g golden caster sugar
85g plain flour (less 2 tbsps)
2 tbsps cocoa powder
½ tsp baking powder
For the Filling and Icing
140g dark chocolate, broken into squares
1 tbsp golden syrup
284ml pot double cream
200g icing sugar, sifted
2-3 extra strong mints, crushed (optional)
Icing sugar and holly sprigs to decorate
- Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.
- Grease and line a 23 x 32cm Swiss roll tin with baking parchment.
- Beat 3 eggs and 85g golden caster sugar together with an electric whisk for about 8 mins until thick and creamy.
- Mix 85g plain flour (less 2 tbsp), 2 tbsp cocoa powder and ½ tsp baking powder together, then sift onto the egg mixture. Fold in very carefully, then pour into the tin.
- Now tip the tin from side to side to spread the mixture into the corners. Bake for 10 mins.
- Lay a sheet of baking parchment on the work surface. When the cake is ready, tip it onto the parchment, peel off the lining paper, then roll the cake up from its longest edge with the paper inside. Leave to cool.
- To make the icing, melt 50g butter and 140g dark chocolate together in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Take from the heat and stir in 1 tbsp golden syrup and 5 tbsp double cream from a 284ml pot. Beat in 200g sifted icing sugar until smooth.
- Whisk the remaining double cream from the 284ml pot until it holds its shape.
- Unravel the cake, spread the cream over the top, scatter over 2-3 crushed extra strong mints, if using, then carefully roll up again into a log.
- Cut a thick diagonal slice from one end of the log. Lift the log on to a plate, then arrange the slice on the side with the diagonal cut against the cake to make a branch.
- Spread the icing over the log and branch (don’t cover the ends), then use a fork to mark the icing to give the effect of tree bark. Scatter with unsifted icing sugar to resemble snow, and decorate with holly.
Get all the baking equipment you need to make this, and other festive recipes, at Trevor Mottram in The Pantiles.