First things first, I’ve never rolled up a cake into anything, I’ve never made a Yule log etc. so to say I was pleased with the results of this first attempt is an understatement. I had a sense of achievement that I haven’t had for a while with my baking.
Once again, I turned to Mary Berry for the recipe. I know bang on about her recipes, but hand on heart, I have never had one of her recipes fail on me, the only shortcomings are ones of my own making.
here is the link to the recipe
Now, I lost my bottle, I doubted The Berry. I left it in the oven for five minutes longer than I should have and the result was a lot of cracking when I rolled it up. If only I’d listened and paid heed to the instructions.
Never mind! I rescued it by covering it in chocolatey butter cream and making log type lines with a fork. No one will be any wiser. 🙂 I actually used butter cream in the middle of my log rather than whipped cream.
As a final ‘flourish’ I sprinkled icing sugar snow over the top. I think icing sugar snow is obligatory at this time of year 🙂
Rolling it up wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, I followed the advice and used baking parchment to help roll it up, and my only additional advice would be – once you’ve started, don’t stop! keep rolling until its done and use a long fish slice to lift it, and don’t lift it far! Once it’s on that serving plate it goes no further! Mine was far too fragile to stand much moving. Obviously, if yours doesn’t crack as much, move it anywhere you like!