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Yule Log Cake feat. Candy Cap Mushrooms

November 13, 2011

Buche de noel

A holiday classic, the Buche de Noel is a French cake made with chocolate and rolled into a log shape. Adorned with chocolate pieces, powdered sugar snow and meringue mushrooms, this cake is something special that is perfect for the holidays.

Instead of meringue mushrooms, I opted for candy cap mushrooms for a decorating piece.

Candy cap mushrooms are perhaps one of the most unusual wild mushroom varieties because of their ability to work in both savory and sweet dishes. They are intensely aromatic, with a woodsy scent that evokes maple syrup or a maple bar doughnut. They have a similar (though less powerful) flavor. They are highly sought after by professional chefs as well as pastry chefs looking to create innovative desserts. Wild candy cap mushrooms only grow in small portions of the United States, making them a rare treat and the perfect gift for mushroom fans.

Yule Log Cake.

A Yule log is a large and extremely hard log which is burned in the hearth as a part of traditional Yule or Christmas celebrations in several European cultures. It can be a part of the Winter Solstice festival or the Twelve Days of Christmas, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or Twelfth Night. The expression “Yule log” has also come to refer to log-shaped Christmas cake, which inspired to me incorporate the Candy Cap Mushrooms. Mushrooms are naturally found in the ground and next to tree roots.

Yule Log Cake

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Yule Log Cake

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 2 finely chopped Candy Cap Mushrooms or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 17 x 12 inch baking pan with a non stick vegetable spray.
  2. Line the pan with parchment paper and then butter and flour the parchment paper or silpat.
  3. While the eggs are still cold, separate the eggs, placing the whites in one bowl and the yolks in another. Allow yolks and whites come to room temperature.
  4. Beat egg whites in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the 1/4 cup granulated sugar until stiff peaks form.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat egg yolks, mushrooms, and remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar until the batter has a thick consistency. Gently mix in flour until just blended.
  6. Gently fold egg yolk mixture into the beaten egg whites. Try not to deflate the egg whites.
  7. Pour the batter into your baking pan and using a spatula, evenly spread it out.
  8. Bake for about 12 minutes or until cake top springs back when lightly touched.
  9. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool. Cover the cake with a clean, slightly damp towel.

Yule Log Cake

If you make the cake the night before, make sure to cover with a clean and slightly damp towel.

Spread a generous layer of frosting on the top of the cake. Take one end and roll the cake.

You can frost the cake with a chocolate pastry cream. I opted for a chocolate buttercream.

To create an additional branch to your log, cut off one of the ends and place it on the top of the cake. Make sure to secure it with frosting or it will slide off. Tint the frosting different shades of brown to create a more realistic looking log.

Candy Cap Mushrooms

Be careful when rolling up the cake! If the cake is more on the dry side, it will crack but there’s nothing that frosting can’t fix. If your cake does crack, don’t worry. It only makes the log cake seem more realistic.

This is a yummy dessert that will bring the family together. Everyone can help out with the decorating. I used assorted colored candies, candy cap mushrooms, and frosting.

For more information on Candy Cap Mushrooms, visit Marxfoods.com.

WRITTEN BY:

Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.

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