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Scarf and Duck Yule Log

Scarf and Duck Yule Log

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INGREDIENTS

For the cake:

  • 5 medium eggs
  • 120 g caster sugar
  • 80 g self-raising flour
  • 50 g cocoa powder

For the filling:

  • 300ml double cream
  • 2tbsp icing sugar, sifted

For the icing:

  • 300ml double cream
  • 250g plain chocolate, broken into small pieces

To decorate:

  • White fondant and food gel colouring, or different coloured fondants, for the toboggan and characters

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 180’ Grease and line a 33 x 22cm Swiss roll tin, using paper clips to secure the corners of the paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and caster until white and fluffy using electric beaters (this may take about 5 minutes). Alternatively, use the whisk attachment in a freestanding mixer.
  3. Sift the flour and cocoa into the bowl and use a large metal spoon to carefully fold the dry ingredients into the eggs and sugar.
  4. Spoon or pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 8-10 minutes, until the cake looks set and is pulling away from the sides of the parchment paper.
  5. When the cake comes out of the oven, carefully invert it onto a large sheet of parchment paper on the kitchen counter. Trim the edges of the cake then make an indent all the way down one of the longer sides. Then roll up the cake, with the parchment paper between the rolls, using the indented strip as your starting point. You should end up with a long roll, with parchment on the outside. Set aside to cool.
  6. To make the icing, place the cream and chocolate in a glass bowl, over a pan of simmering water, until melted. Chill until thickened.
  7. To make the filling, whisk the double cream with the icing sugar until forming medium peaks. Carefully unroll the Swiss roll, trying to avoid it breaking. Spread with the double cream and then re-roll. Place onto a board for presentation. Spread the chocolate icing over the top and ends of the log, and use the springs of a fork to add extra details, if liked.
  8. Make your toboggan by stretching out a slab of red fondant and making a dip in the middle for your characters to sit in. Form the front into a slight point and top this with some orange fondant. Add black stretches to make the front and back of the snow blades, underneath the toboggan. Make scarf lady, Sarah, Duck and tortoise and sit them in the toboggan. Allow to stiffen up for an hour or so before carefully securing to the log (you may need to use a couple of cocktail sticks or a bit of dowling to keep the toboggan in place).

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