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Bake Off: Yule Log Challenge!

By December 20, 2014 , , , , , , ,

So it's no surprise that I love making cakes. That's a well known fact. But Christmas cakes? Even better! You can imagine how happy I was when the theme for my college's monthly Bake-Off was the yule log technical challenge. After a little bit of searching online, I found this recipe from Sprinkle Bakes, following a simple vanilla sponge swiss roll recipe, then creating some really quirky details.
The mushrooms are a simple meringue mix piped into stems and circles, then joined together when cool with a bit of chocolate. I dusted them with a bit of cocoa after for the slightly 'muddy' effect to make them more realistic (I guess it's quite uncommon to want a cake to look muddy, right?). I also made a few little shelf mushrooms which I attached the the sides with butter cream.
To make the chocolate bark, simply melt plain chocolate and spread over greaseproof paper. Set in the fridge and then break into pieces- no need for perfectionism here! Cover the cake with butter icing and press on the chocolate pieces.
Finally, the cake was finished with some pine cones made from a ball of marzipan with slices of almond pressed into the sides. I mixed together a little cocoa and water and painted them to make them brown, and dusted them with drinking chocolate powder.

Hope that's given you some festive inspiration for baking over the coming weeks, I'd love to see if any of you have created anything delicious for Christmas! 
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  1. Looks delicious!!! Love baking around Christmas time too.

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    1. Thank you Kathryn! There are so many fun recipes to try, aren't there!
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  2. Wow! It looks amazing.

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    1. Haha glad you like it Sabrina!
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  4. oh how lovely! the bark and mushrooms look so real. i love making cakes, too. wonderful job and merry christmas!

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    1. Thank you so much! Hope you have a lovely Christmas too!
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  5. This should be delicious and looks great!

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    1. Thank you so much Marissa!
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  7. This is such a great idea! It looks delicious, I think I'll have to try it!
    ~Sophia
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    1. Thank you Sophia! Let me know if you do, I'd love to see how it turns out :)
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  8. This is so beautiful. I wouldn't even want to ruin it by eating it. I like the bits of marzipan. Yum.

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    1. Thank you Carmen! We certainly didn't mind eating it, it didn't last long at all!
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  9. Looks yummy and beautiful. Perfect for Christmas! :)

    Jessica
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    1. Thank you so much Jessica! :)
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  10. That looks amazing ! xx
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  11. Oh wow, how wonderful this is! I've just discovered your blog and am now happily following along, it's very lovely.
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    Emily | MISS BLACK

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    1. Aw thank you so much Emily! I'm glad you like my blog!
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  12. This looks amazing!! Definitely gave me some inspiration for Christmas day, thankyou! x

    Angela // The Sunday Chapter

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    1. You're welcome! Thank you so much for your sweet comment!
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  13. Oh my goodness. That looks delicious. I know it's not Christmas anymore but it's never too late for some Yule Log...

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    1. Certainly not, it's never too late for cake! Thank you for your lovely comment! :)
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