Easy Yule Log (using a cake mix)

So I decided to give a Yule Log a try for Christmas dessert this year and while it was not a total disaster, it didn’t go that great either.

It developed a huge Grand Canyon size crack in it while cooling which made decorating a challenge.

I did manage to get a nice swirl as you can see here and

here and it tasted fine but it wasn’t anything special in the taste department (it needed more frosting in the middle) and it was impossible to frost what with the large crack and really crumbly surface so I ended up just drizzling it with ganache but to be honest, it didn’t really get eaten and I ended up throwing half of it away. There’s always next year I guess.

6 eggs

1 box chocolate cake mix

1/3 cup water

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 tablespoon powdered sugar, maybe more

12 oz fluffy marshmallow frosting for the middle, I would double this for sure

12 oz whipped chocolate frosting (or ganache, recipe here)

1 Heat oven to 350. Beat eggs with mixer for 5 minutes until frothy and pale yellow in color. Add cake mix, water, and oil and beat on low for 2 minutes.

2 Line a large jelly roll pan with parchment paper then spray paper with cooking spray, don’t forget the sides of the pan too. Pour batter into pan and spread evenly.

3 Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 – 10 minutes.

4 Sprinkle both sides of a linen dish towel with powdered sugar. Lay towel on top of cake. Hold towel and pan together and gently flip upside down so cake drops onto towel. Peel off liner then tightly but gently roll the cake, keeping the towel in place to separate layers. Set on cooling rack and let cool for at least 15 minutes.

5 When cool, unroll cake and spread with marshmallow frosting, gently but tightly roll cake to form a log. Place onto serving dish and frost outside with chocolate frosting. Decorate as desired.

recipe from Mighty Mrs

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