Thursday, December 30, 2010

From Disaster to Delicious

I always make a Bûche de Noël for our Christmas Eve dinner every year.  Thankfully logs are messy things as this year things got a bit broken before they got better.

I used an orange boxed cake mix and baked it in a jelly roll pan for about 15 minutes.

I turned it onto a clean tea towel and rolled it up while warm just like Martha says to do.

However, when I unrolled it to ice the cake, it all broke apart.  It usually breaks apart a bit, but not this much.

I made a batch of chocolate icing and started slathering on the icing and basically glueing the pieces together.  I had to make more icing because of the amount needed as glue.  Eventually we had it all rolled up and the outside iced.  We ran fork tines along the icing to make it seem like bark.  Sometimes I cut a piece off one end and attach it to look like a branch, but I was afraid to do any fancy cutting with this one so it was a straight log.  Just before serving I dusted it with icing sugar which makes it seem like it has just snowed (and covers up any messy bits), added a few cranberries, and put in our plastic axe that we use every year.  

And presto - it somehow came together and looked like a log.

Have you ever made a yule log?  If you haven't tried making one you really should - it is an easy yummy dessert and it can't go too wrong as logs are messy things so your yule log can be too. 


  1. You lost me at -rolling it up in a towel - there is no way I can see a good outcome by attempting to do but I love the idea of the yule log!

  2. I like the idea of a yule log, too. Your end result looks pretty *and* delicious. You are a woman of many, many talents, Grace :D

    Happy New Year!
    Ricki Jill

  3. I've never tried to make a yule log but I may try it next year. It looks yummy. I would have never known the trouble it was to make. I'll have to be on the lookout for a little axe or something to use with it. That's pretty cute and clever.

  4. What a great idea. I've heard of yule logs but never quite knew what they were? Good on you for being able to "glue" it together! It looks delicious. ;)Sharyne

  5. It looks really good, glue and all! Orange and chocolate are one of my favorite flavor combinations.

  6. I made my first one this year and it rolled fine. I think perhaps you may be doing 2 things wrong (according to my Martha recipe): #1 sprinkle the towel with icing sugar; and #2 roll from the other end, the short end. I hope this helps.

    PS - Taste is what counts and your log looks yummy!