This year I followed Mary Berry’s recipe for the Christmas Chocolate Log Cake. I would say that the sponge was delicious but the ganache was a little too rich and dark for me. Even though I used chocolate which had just over 50% cocoa content. When I make it again (next Christmas!) I will be using milk chocolate – but that is probably down to personal taste. However this looked good and was very easy to make. I cut the log about 2 thirds the way down at an angle which made it more ‘log-like’. I used a fork to make it look like a log, I did try to pipe it first, but the ganache was too stiff to use. The fork was easier to use and gives the same effect as piping. I sieved icing sugar over the top just before it was ready to serve on Christmas day. I made the sponge 2 days in advance – and it still tasted moist and fresh on the day. I put my upside-down santa clause figure, snowman and penguin beside the log. I made a sprig of holly using a holly cutter with some green sugarpaste and put some plastic figurines on the top (‘Merry Christmas’ sign).
This was a rich dessert, but suitable for Christmas time.
I was looking over this blog and realised I forgot to add in the Christmas tree cake I made – I have a special tin for this. I decorated it using cream cheese icing – coloured using green sugarcraft colouring & decorated it with coloured sweets & flakes for the bark. This was very nice on the table for Christmas day.