Gather round the hearth and enjoy a slice of this rich, chocolatey and delicious Yule Log – perfect for the festive season. This recipe is dairy free, but you can use butter and plain chocolate as an alternative if you wish.
Preparation Time: 40 mins (including filling and decoration)
Cooking Time: 15-18 mins
Serves/Makes: 8 slices
For the sponge:
1 x 400g Delicious Alchemy Dairy Free Vanilla Sponge Mix
180g soft dairy free spread
3 large eggs
2.5 tbsps cocoa powder sieved
5 pieces dairy free plain chocolate alternative, melted in a microwave
For the icing:
175 g dairy free plain chocolate
250 g icing sugar
225g soft dairy free spread
You will also need:
Baking tray roughly 23 x 33cm (9 x 13 inches)
Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C for fan-assisted ovens. Grease and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Put the Vanilla Sponge Mix, dairy free spread, eggs, cocoa powder, melted chocolate and water into a bowl and beat together with an electric whisk for 15 seconds. Stop, scrape down the bowl and mix for a further 10 seconds.
Pour the mixture into the tray and spread into an even layer. Bake for 15-18 mins until springy to the touch. Leave to cool for ten minutes.
Dust a large piece of baking paper with icing sugar and carefully flip the warm sponge out onto it and peel off the baking paper. Trim off the edges and cover loosely with a clean tea towel.
Whilst the cake is cooling, make the icing by melting the chocolate in a microwave. Leave to cool. Sieve the icing sugar and add the dairy free spread and mix until smooth. Add the cooled, melted chocolate and mix again to make a smooth icing.
Whilst the sponge is still flat, spread some of the icing thinly over, going right out to the edges. Use a sharp knife to score a line roughly 2.5cm from one of the shorter ends – this is the side you will be rolling; it will help you when rolling the sponge, but be careful not to cut all the way through. From this end, roll up the sponge tightly.
Once rolled, cut one inch off the end at a slight angle, reserving the remnants, and place the yule log on a board or long dish. Add the slice you’ve just cut to create a branch coming off the big log.
Spread the yule log and branch with the remaining icing and leave to set in the fridge for 20 minutes. Once chilled, create a wood-like texture by marking along the length of the log with a skewer and draw circles on each end to create tree rings.
To create a freshly fallen snow effect, finish your festive masterpiece with a dusting of icing sugar and decorations.