Chocolate Raspberry Yule Log Cake
For the sponge cake:
1 1/4 cups sugar, plus a little extra for sprinkling
1 cup cake flour, sifted
For the rum syrup:
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup rum
For the filling:
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
1/4 cup Cassis liquor or water
For the chocolate glaze:
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/2 cup skim milk
winter greens, such as holly, boxwood and pine needles
small fruits, such as kumquats, cranberries and crab apples
1. To make the cake: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a 10" x 15"
baking sheet with parchment paper. Bring a small saucepan of water
to a simmer.
2. In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar together and warm the
mixture over the simmering water. Whisk constantly until the mixture
is warm to the touch. Remove the bowl from the heat and beat with an
electric mixer on high speed until the mixture has doubled in
volume, about 7 minutes.
3. With a rubber spatula, gently fold in the cake flour. Do not
overmix. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread the batter
evenly into the corners.
4. Bake the cake until it is golden brown and springs back when
touched lightly, about 5 to 7 minutes. Sprinkle the top of the cake
with granulated sugar and cover it with parchment paper. Place a
cake rack over the cake, invert, remove the baking sheet and
parchment paper and allow the cake to cool.
5. To make the syrup: Combine the sugar and water in a small
saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add the rum.
(This can be made in advance and stored at room temperature for a
week or more.)
6. To make the filling: Combine the raspberry jam and Cassis or
water in a small bowl. (This can be made in advance and stored in
the refrigerator for a week or more.)
7. To assemble the cake: Place the cake right side up on a work
surface. Brush the syrup over the cake and let it soak in. Spread
the jam filling over the cake, covering all but the last inch on the
other side. Starting with one of the long sides, roll the cake up
tightly, removing the parchment as you go. Place the cake on a
baking sheet, tent with foil and refrigerate for 1 hour.
8. To make the chocolate glaze: Put the chocolate and corn syrup in
a small bowl. Bring the milk to a boil in a small saucepan. Pour the
hot milk into the bowl and gently stir until the chocolate is melted
and the mixture is smooth.
9. Place the chilled cake on a wire rack set over a baking sheet.
Pour the warm glaze over the cake to coat it completely. Tent with
foil (being careful not to touch the chocolate glaze) and
refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
10. To decorate: Dust the cake with powdered sugar. Place the cake
on a large platter and garnish with winter greens and small fruits.