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I have to make a confession – I was SO not excited about this month’s Daring Baker’s challenge. Why, you ask? Well, it requires decorating. And we all know how I feel about my decorating skills. I have been scared to death, and putting it off for as long as I could. I even contemplated skipping this month. In all honesty, it’s been a crazy month, and I really haven’t had time to do it – until today. It took me ALL day, but I did finish it, and guess what? I’m actually a little bit proud of it. I know it won’t be the prettiest, fanciest, best looking Yule Log out there. But I didn’t think I could do it – I thought mine would end up looking like a pile of you-know-what. But it actually looks like a log.

This month’s challenge is brought to us by the founders of the DB – Lisa at La Mia Cucina, and Ivonne at Cream Puffs In Venice. The recipe for the genoise cake, the mushrooms and the outside buttercream come from Nick Malgieri’s Perfect Cakes. The recipe can be found here.

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We were allowed a few modifications, and these are the things I changed.

1 – Since I’m not a coffee drinker, I changed the buttercream to a chocolate buttercream, versus the coffee buttercream. I melted about 2 1/2 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate, and when it was cooled, I stirred it in at the end. I didn’t want the frosting to be too chocolate-y, and I think this amount of chocolate ended up perfectly.

2 – I filled my cake with a caramel buttercream. I was going to add hazelnuts as well, but realized I didn’t have any at home, and didn’t want to go back to the store!! The recipe I used for the caramel buttercream can be found here. This only makes a small amount, barely enough to fill the middle of the cake, so try not to eat too much before it makes it to the cake! This is the first time I’ve made this buttercream, and it was delicious! I will be using this recipe again!!

3 – I changed the genoise to chocolate. Since I only had a half sheet pan, I had to use the adjusted measurements. It was:
4 egg yolks
4 eggs
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup cake flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup cocoa

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4 – The recipe I used for the sugared cranberries can be found here. (These are delicious!!)

Since I have lots going on before Christmas, I won’t be posting anything else until after Tuesday. I will be around to see all of the Yule Logs out there, so if you haven’t heard from me yet, I’ll visit eventually!! To see the rest of the creations (going up today – the 22nd, and tomorrow, the 23rd) check out the Daring Bakers Blogroll.

I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. I hope you will all be surrounded by family, friends, and the true meaning of Christmas!!

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64 Responses to Yule Log Cake

  1. Gigi says:

    Nice yule log! I love all decorations, the pine needles, berries, and the mushrooms.

  2. glamah16 says:

    You did good.Your presenation is great. Sometimes we fear things we shouldn’t .In the end there was nothing to fear at all. Happy Hoildays.

  3. Suzanne says:

    Thanks for the sugared cranberry info. Lovely mushrooms!

  4. Peabody says:

    Ohhhh, caramel buttercream…now that sounds good…except for the part where you said it didn’t make that much.
    A great job on decorating your Yule.

  5. Tartelette says:

    Your decorating skills are great! I used sugared cranberries too and could not stop popping them in my mouth. Your log is gorgeous Deborah!
    Happy holidays to you and your family!

  6. Kate / Kajal says:

    thats one nice looking log girl ! really neat ,one of the best i’ve seen so far. Happy Holidays :D

  7. Elisabeth says:

    Great job! All the substitutions you made sound wonderful!

    I thought the mushrooms were quite fun to make. :)

    The recipe intimidated me just because it was sooo long and I had never made any of it before. I’m still working on finishing it.

  8. Meeta says:

    I can so relate to your non-decorating abilities – I share them with you so you do not stand alone. But I think it turned out so good Deborah so what you complaining about?

  9. kitten says:

    your log looks so wonderful. i love the caramel butter cream filling… that had to taste so scrumptious and the sugared cranberries are such a nice addition.

  10. Laura says:

    looks fabulous! I love your mushrooms–they look just like the ones that grew in my yard this summer (but taste much better to be sure!)

  11. Megan says:

    Love the carmel buttercream idea and the sugared cranberrys are a delightful touch. Who says you cant cake decorate? I think you did an awesome job!
    Merry Christmas

  12. marias23 says:

    Your decorating skills are awesome :)

  13. Maryann says:

    I was going to skip this month’s challenge also..and I should have! haha. I love your sugared cranberries. I have to try those . Merry Christmas!

  14. eliza says:

    it’s still a very nice cake! your mushrooms look perfect, fat and yummy :)

  15. eatme_delicious says:

    Well done! I was dreading doing this challenge as well, partly because I wasn’t excited about yule logs but also because I didn’t want to decorate. Yours looks like it turned out great! And now I want to try that caramel buttercream.

  16. Beth G. says:

    I’m glad you went for it- you did a fantastic job!! Happy Holidays :)

  17. Jenn says:

    Great job! Looking at your picture of the yule log makes me wish I had had the time to complete this month’s challenge..

  18. Sheltie Girl says:

    Lovely job on the yule log. I love your sugared cranberries.

    Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

  19. Elle says:

    You did a fab job with decorating the yule log. Perfect mushrooms, great chocolate buttercream…and candied cranberries, too. YUM.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See ‘ya in 2008.

  20. Jenny says:

    I love your yule log! I am sooo not a decorator either. I went totally basic. Hey, now I can say I’ve actually made a yule log!

  21. sher says:

    Those mushrooms are amazing! I could eat quite a few of them! :):)

  22. Bellini Valli says:

    Beautifully done Buche de Noel. Love the sugared cranberries as well. This was my first challenge and I was glad to have all the support on the DB blog site. My biggest mistake as to leave it till the last minute…hence no meringue mushrooms….but it was fun wasn’t it?????

  23. Katie B. says:

    Yum!!! Looks lovely and delicious!!!

  24. Mary says:

    Wow! Your log looks great! I’m going to have to try the caramel buttercream too!

  25. Merav says:

    No need to be scared of decorating – your log looks wonderful! Congratulations!

  26. LP says:

    I think it looks great. Wonderful Job! Happy Holidays!

  27. Emiline says:

    You did a fabulous job! This looks difficult.

  28. Julius says:

    Beautiful bûche de Noël!

    I think I will try the sugared cranberry next time.

    Happy Holidays.

    Julius from Occasional Baker

  29. Cynthia says:

    Happy Christmas!

  30. April says:

    It looks beautiful!

  31. Marie says:

    Oh gosh, your log looks absolutely wonderful! Love the idea of the sugared cranberries and also the caramel buttercream! Sounds positively yummy!!! Great mushrooms!!!
    Marie
    http://journals.aol.co.uk/mariealicejoan/MariesMuses/

  32. Kevin says:

    Great looking Yule Log. I really like the candied cranberries and the mushroom decorations.

  33. Tara says:

    I would have to disagree with you and say this is pretty high up there with the most gorgeous Yule Logs I have seen… you have done a wonderful job!

  34. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Your log looks gorgeous! Very well done!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  35. Gretchen Noelle says:

    For having a fear of decorating, I think your Yule Log turned out lovely! The caramel buttercream sure sounds delicious!

  36. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    That’s how I felt about it – not so into it at first, but really proud of it afterwards! Great job! It paid off!

  37. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    Wow Deborah you got a beautiful log! I know just what you mean about the decorating, I feel petrified to try. And like you I was just blown away that I could make a mushroom. Really better than well done, the berries are extra cool!!

  38. sunita says:

    Deborah, it does look like a log indeed and a very good one at that…love the way your mushrooms turned out…hope you had a nice Christmas :-)

  39. Gabi says:

    Happy Christmas Deborah,
    Lovely Yule Log!
    It looks great.
    Hope you have a great new year and BTW I think making your own traditions is a great way to create some Christmas magic- good job with the scones- my husband and I made aebelskiver every Christmas morning as our tradition.
    xoxo
    Gabi

  40. Nan says:

    Love your life-size mushrooms. Wish I had thought to make the sugared cranberries!! (Happy holidays, too!!)

  41. coco says:

    Looks great :)
    Happy holidays!

  42. Meryl says:

    Your log looks lovely! The sugared cranberries are so pretty!

  43. maybahay says:

    the decorating bit was also my biggest worry. yours turned out beautiful nevertheless. i love the wreath and berries.

  44. Madeleine says:

    Great Job!!!

    Your decorations was great… more beatiful than mine!! hehe!!!

    Happy Holidays!!!

  45. Molly Loves Paris says:

    Your cake looks great, no decoration problems at all, especially the little red berries.

  46. Rachel says:

    hey, fabulous log out there! The shrooms look realistic!! Caramel buttercream sounds like a nice filling!

  47. The Caked Crusader says:

    Beautiful mushrooms – they look so light and delicious!

  48. Judy says:

    Your yule log looks lovely! Maybe you just have undiscovered talents as a decorator. Have a wonderful New Year.

  49. Glenna says:

    Deborah, your yule log came out so well! It really is beautiful. Love the mushrooms.

  50. wmpe says:

    Great job on your yule log. I am glad you overcame your fear of decorating. I like the berries and mushrooms. Wendy

  51. Carla says:

    I love your mushrooms! They look so real. And caramel buttercream…I’m drooling. Have a great new year!

  52. lina says:

    I think your log is looking great. Don’t let your own high expectation put you down and make you not dare to try!

    Best wishes for the New Year!

  53. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    Deb! Your Yule looks fantastic!! It defintely is one of the prettiest I have seen on my look around today. I assume your view on decorating has changed now? Happy New Year x

  54. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    Deb! Your Yule looks fantastic!! It defintely is one of the prettiest I have seen on my look around today. I assume your view on decorating has changed now? Happy New Year x

  55. skrockodile says:

    wow – I am definitely going to try those cranberries – very nice touch!

  56. Jen Yu says:

    Oh, I love all of you DBers who used caramel filling. Why wasn’t I at your house? ;) Your yule log is absolutely gorgeous. Great job and happy new year!

    jen at use real butter

  57. Andrea says:

    Caramel is my favorite flavor, with chocolate a close second. Now I wish that I had thought of that! It must have tasted decadent! Great job!

  58. Lynnylu says:

    A great looking buche-love it!

  59. Katie says:

    Your log looks beautiful. Well done for not letting fear of decoration stop you from making it. It looks very festive with the berries.

  60. BC says:

    I love the sugared cranberries. It’s a nice touch.

  61. linda says:

    You should be proud, it’s a very pretty log! The caramel buttercream sounds delicious!

  62. Lynnylu says:

    A very lovely “buche”.

  63. Dolores says:

    Well I think it’s gorgeous. I’m only sorry it’s taken me almost a month to get here. And thanks for the caramel buttercream recipe.

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