Winter solstice used to be celebrated with bonfires and reminded people that the sun and warmth would again return, even during the darkest hours of winter. The tradition was carried on in private homes with the burning of the Yule log. The log was intended to burn all night from December 24th on into the 25th. As time went on, cake came to represent the Yule log.
Now, Christmas is the only time of year that you can decorate a cake to look like a piece of wood and call it festive. In honor of the holiday season, we present to you, our dairy and gluten free Yule Log. Lightly spiced, this cake is a delicious addition to your holiday table.
The secret, to a beautifully rolled cake, is to roll the cake in a powdered sugar covered towel while it is still warm and then allowing it to cool completely. Once it is cooled, the cake can be gently unrolled, filled and rolled back up again with out any problems. The cake can be made ahead of time and refrigerated, still in the towel, for a day or two, until needed.
And the filling and frosting is quick and easy, using a double batch of our dairy free chocolate buttercream recipe. Gently unroll the cake and spread an even layer of chocolate buttercream on the inside of the layer. Remove the towel and then gently roll the cake back up. Place the cake on your chosen serving plate and frost the cake. To create log texture, use an inverted spatula or fork to make a bark like texture.
Embrace the season by decorating with small plastic holiday decorations, cranberries or berries. Sprinkle with powdered sugar to finish off your beautiful Yule Log.