Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Chocolate cranberry cream yule log

It has been cool and rainy for the last weekend but my family had a wonderful time at Santaland at Melbourne city Myer store where all the kids meet their Santa and have their Christmas train ride at the basement of the store. The shopping at the toy section was full of chaos and lots of long queues at the cashier counters.

Yup! Christmas is just 2 weeks to go and I'm getting lots of stress to get everything ready for this festive season. On Saturday night, I had to wrap Christmas presents until 1 am and still have lots of baking, shopping and wrapping to do.

This is simple chocolate cranberry Christmas log cake that I have made for my family and for the Aspiring Bakers #2: Christmas! (Dec 2010) event hosted by Passionate About Baking.

This cake is actually featured on the front cover of BBC Australian GoodFood Magazine, December issue. I had an almost-replicate of the cake but without the sugared cranberries and bay leaves which are just decorations for the cake and I find them kind of "redundant". LOL.

Eventually, my son loves this cake and ate most of it. 


Here's the recipe from the current issue of BBC Australian GoodFood magazine (Dec 2010 issue) with minor modifications.

50g plain flour
5 eggs
110g caster sugar, plus 2 tsp extra to dust
25g cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
40g almond meal
100g frozen cranberry (plus extra to scatter on top of the cake)
300ml thickened cream (I use only 150ml)
1 tbsp icing sugar (I didn't add this) 
grated rind of 1 orange (I didn't add this)
275g jar cranberry sauce

chocolate ganache:
125ml thicken cream (I use 80ml)
300g dark chocolate, chopped (I use 200g)

1. Preheat oven to 190°C. Grease and line 37cm x 25cm Swiss roll pan with baking paper (My tray is 30cm x 20cm). Dust pan with extra flour.

2. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar for 6-8 min until pale and thick. Sift flour, cocoa and baking powder in a bowl and stir in almond meal. Gently fold in the flour mixture into the egg mixture and pour the batter in the prepared pan. Bake for 15-18 min until sponge springs back when touched.

3. Dust baking paper with the extra caster sugar. Cool sponge in pan for 1 min, then turn out into the prepared baking paper. Peel baking paper from the base of sponge and discard. Using the sugared paper as a guide, start from the short side and roll up sponge away from you, so the sugared paper is rolled inside the sponge. Cool completely.

4.Whip cream, icing sugar and orange rind until soft peak form. Unroll sponge. Spread with cranberry sauce, top with cream mixture and scatter over cranberry. Using the paper as a guide, re-roll sponge as tightly as possible. Do not roll sponge with paper inside. Chill for 30 min.

5. To make ganache, heat cream in a pan on medium-low heat until it start to bubble. remove from heat. Add chocolate. Stand for 2 min. Stir until smooth. Cool for 1 hr 30 min.

6. Spread chocolate ganache over sponge roll. Cut into slices and serve.

Happy Baking


45 comments:

  1. !! the ganache looks sooooo delicious!!
    I feel like making this too~ thanks for sharing..

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  2. Your yule log is BEAUTIFUL, especially with the bright red cranberries! I bet it tastes wonderful too!

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  3. Looks like a beautifully moist cake. I was also thinking of making a yule log but may not have the time. So many things happening at the same time...sigh!

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  4. That is wonderful and beautiful cake. Lucky you, I did even start doing anything! Believe it or not my presents are still in the trunk of my car! Nobody looking in there :)) good hiding place, at least for me:))

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  5. Yum! That looks awesome! I might try making it with my young cousins over the holidays:-)

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  6. woah this is smashing great one zoe!

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  7. I'll be pleased as punch just like a kid if get a piece of this exquisite yule log!!! Great recipe and a sure favorite on the holiday table! Thanks for making this incredible cake!

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  8. looks so delicious especially coated with ganache.

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  9. wow this looks like a little slice of heaven I miss this from the UK, YUM Rebecca

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  10. hi zoe,

    this looks good! I love the combination of craneberry sauce, orange flavoured cream with cranberries and chocolate ganache coating.

    merry xmas!

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  11. Looks beautiful and delicious! Bookmarking this! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I bought a jelly roll pan a while back with the intent to make a jelly roll like this one. But for some reason I am so scared to! I feel like there's so much that can go wrong during the rolling / unrolling of the cake. So I've just been using the jelly roll pan as a roasting pan!

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  13. The sponge of the log looks soft and fluffy, I love the chocolate ganache too!!

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  14. -drools- Looks absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Looks amazing!I've always wanted to make a yule log or Jelly Roll! Maybe I'll make one after Christmas.

    Girl, we're going to be one of those last minute families this year :( We're JUST really getting into the Christmas spirit, and that's mostly because my husband starts is vacation this THursday! I have my menu, I just havent bought anything yet!! ANd I have 2 more pressies for my husband 2 for my boys and 3 for my daughter. It's about time. My husband does all the wrapping, even his own pressies. He has a sick love for hehehe.

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  16. The abundance of cranberries on top ganache is wonderful! Absolutely looks gorgeous and delicious!

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  17. YUM - reminds me of a swiss roll! great to see another good food mag item featured here! im gonna subscribe once i have a fixed address! :)

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  18. Oh Zoe, looks delicious! thanks for award! LOL

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  19. What a beautiful yule log. I'd love that too!

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  20. The cake looks soft and delicious! I love anything chocolate....this is definitely very tempting. ;) Love the addition of cranberries....very festive!

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  21. Oh, this is so pretty. I just love the pink-tinge that the cranberries impart! So festive and tempting :D

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  22. This look really yummy and delicious I love it!! gloria

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  23. wow nice! the cranberries in the middle of the cake layers make the roll even more so tempting for me :)

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  24. Now if this is not a Chrsitmas dessert, i don't know what it is. This log looks very fluffy and so chocolatey. I love it.

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  25. This is one beautiful cake! Love the beautiful cream and cranberry layers! I would definitely have a hard time resisting this!

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  26. This looks lovely! My kids and I may have to try making a gluten free version of this!

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  27. Omg, wat a fabulous looking yule log cake..

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  28. Oh I've never tried chocolate and cranberries together - yum!

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  29. This cake looks so moist and delicious!

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  30. this looks amazing! and the presentation is so beautiful!

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  31. that's beautiful and i like the way you do the chocolate frosting.

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  32. This looks amazing! Chocolate and cranberries are a great pair. And I so hope you're getting all of your holiday shopping ,baking, wrapping, etc in order, I know it can be stressful. Hang in there (=

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  33. My first Yule log wasn't successful. I will reattempt to make it again. Chocolate looks good!

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  34. A delightful combination of ingredients. I'll bet dried cherries would taste wonderful in this also. Beautiful photos!

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  35. Oh my goodness this recipe looks heavenly! It almost reminds me of Black Forest Cake, in yule log form with cranberries :) What a fantastic holiday treat! Thanks so much for sharing~

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  36. Beautiful cake - look soft and good.

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  37. I'm loveing frozen cranberries at the moment - this recipe might have been made for me!!!!

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  38. This looks like a fantastic combination and a pretty one at that.

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  39. I'm not a cranberry fan, but everything you make is so fantastic. How can I not want to mix it up right now?

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  40. Wow this looks amazing, almost like black forest cake but in a Christmas way. Beautiful photos too.

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  41. Yum! This looks great - chocolate and cranberries are two of my favorite dessert ingredients. :o)

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  42. Wishing you and your family a great year in 2011. Happy New year!

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  43. Thanks for visiting my blog! This looks so good Im going to save this recipie

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  44. This looks super yummy! Looks perfect for my family at christmas! xx

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