Weekend Wonderings

It’s December tomorrow, folks. I’m officially Christmassing up.

I’m making a Yule log for the first time this year. And by that, I mean Phil is making a Yule Log and I’m going to decorate it because I can’t be trusted to do complicated baking without turning the kitchen into an apocolyptic-icing-sugar-wasteland. I am good at prettifying though. I’m allowed to do that bit. Top to bottom these bad boys are Mary Berry’s, the Guardian’s and Nigella’s recipes – do you use any of these? Do you use a different one? Have you any tips – do I *really* need that tool from Hobbycraft that makes buttercream look like tree bark or can I do it with a fork?

(Sorrynotsorry if you want cake for breakfast now.)


Categories: Weekend Wonderings, Written By Aisling
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  1. Fran M
    Posted November 30, 2013 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Yep, want cake for breakfast now. Specifically, chocolate cake shaped like a log…. Drool. I have never made a Yule log but I have decorated my mum’s creations. Top tips: a fork is perfect…. And if you eat all of the chocolate icing you might feel a bit sick.

  2. rachel JHD
    Posted November 30, 2013 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    I’ve made the Nigella one for the last four years & it’s fabulous & delicious. From the notes in my recipe book you need more than one Swiss roll tin I use a roasting tin/tray as my second which makes the advantage of being longer so I use that as my long branch. For mynoven, not a good one, I bake it for a little over 20, definitely not under but that ‘s my oven. I also have made the sponge, rolled it up & kept it rolled overnight in a tin to then put together the next day.
    If in doubt ask Phil to make all three & test which you prefer?

  3. Posted November 30, 2013 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    I second Rachel’s idea of making all three! My stomach physically hurts from hunger, I need cake!! Xxx

  4. Katielase
    Posted November 30, 2013 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    I used to make them every year but I hadn’t for a while until I made one last year, it ended up being 80% icing. I just used a basic chocolate Swiss roll recipe and chopped a bit off the end to make a branch, and then iced the living hell out of it. It was great. Also a fork is totally the ideal bark implement.

    Oh and I made the world’s fattest robin out of coloured fondant icing, because, why not

    KL xx

    • Katielase
      Posted November 30, 2013 at 8:50 am | Permalink

      I have just looked at a photo of mine compared to the above images. Mine is less…. classy.

      KL x

  5. Posted November 30, 2013 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    The Mary Berry one looks immense. Why oh why did I start a diet a month before Christmas? *sobs*

  6. Posted November 30, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    I want all these. But just to add something else, I’ve tasted Delia’s and it is AMAZE.


  7. Amanda M
    Posted December 1, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Erm, I buy mine from M&S! I once had a catastrophic disaster making a swiss roll type of cake which has left me irrevocably scarred.

  8. Kate G
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 3:45 am | Permalink

    Ooh yum. Hope we get to see your joint effort results! I make a Xmassy peppermint cheesecake in the shape of a sort of yule log, does that count ??? (Its good for hot weather Xmas pud.)

    I could dive into that second one, right now.

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