How to Make a Woodland Log Cake

How to Make a Woodland Log Cake #woodland #log #cake #swiss #roll #fairy #spring #Easter

Add a little dash of magic to your baking this Spring and make a fairy garden inspired woodland log cake! Made from a traditional swiss roll recipe, it’s a new take on the yule log for Easter and is a great alternative to a traditional round cake!

You Will Need Craft Essentials
  • Whisk
  • Mixing bowls
  • Sieve
  • Metal spoon
  • Wooden spoon
  • Clean paintbrush
  • Knife
How to Make

Moss Biscuits

1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/Gas 6.

2. Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the vanilla and egg yolk and mix well to combine. Sift in the flour and stir to make a fairly stiff dough that forms a ball in the bowl. Use a cocktail stick to add the green food colour a little at a time – knead the colour in well.

Top Tip!

The mixture should be at ‘ribbon stage’, when you lift the whisk into the air with some of the mixture on it, it will fall back into the bowl in ribbons which slowly disappear back into the mixture.

 

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3. Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper and dollop random sizes and shapes of the mixture onto it.

Top Tip!

You don’t need to be neat with this – the lumpier and bumpier, the better!

 

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4. Bake the biscuits in the oven for 8-10 minutes, turning the tray around halfway through the baking time.

 

Top Tip!

You will need to check on the biscuits – when the edges are turning slightly brown they are ready! 

 

5. Transfer the biscuits to a cooling rack. Turn the biscuits over to use as clumps of moss to decorate a woodland themed cake or crumble them up to top cupcakes.

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Swiss Roll

1. Preheat the oven to 220?C/425?F/Fan 200?C/Gas Mark 7 and line your tin with greaseproof paper.

2. Whisk the sugar and eggs together in a bowl until very light and creamy – this will take a few minutes, less with an electric whisk.

Top Tip!

The mixture should be at ‘ribbon stage’, when you lift the whisk into the air with some of the mixture on it, it will fall back into the bowl in ribbons which slowly disappear back into the mixture.

 

3. Sift together the flour and cocoa and gently fold half of it into the whisked mixture using a metal spoon. Fold in the remaining flour & cocoa, ensuring everything is incorporated and there are no lumps of flour. Stir in the hot water.

4. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the top, making sure the mixture goes into the corners. Bake in the oven for 7-10 minutes until well risen and spongy to the touch.

How to Make a Woodland Log Cake #woodland #log #cake #swiss #roll #spring #easter #baking

How to Make a Woodland Log Cake #woodland #log #cake #swiss #roll #spring #easter #baking

5. Whilst the cake is baking, have a sheet of greaseproof paper ready on your work surface and sprinkle it with a dusting of cocoa. Turn the cake out onto the paper and peel away the greaseproof paper it was baked in. Take another fresh sheet of greaseproof paper, lay it on top of the sponge and roll everything up together in a tight roll. Leave the rolled up cake with the paper to go completely cold.

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6. Whilst the cake is cooling make the filling. Put half a jar of lemon curd into a bowl and add a tiny bit of yellow food colour paste to make it a brighter shade of yellow.

Top Tip!

You can omit this stage if you wish – I wanted the filling to look reminiscent of the inside of a gooey Crème Egg!

 

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7. Beat together 100g unsalted butter and 200g icing sugar to make a buttercream. Add the juice of half a lemon a little at a time and beat the mixture until smooth. Gently unroll the cold cake and carefully spread the sponge with the buttercream and a layer of lemon curd.

How to Make a Woodland Log Cake #woodland #log #cake #swiss #roll #spring #easter #baking

How to Make a Woodland Log Cake #woodland #log #cake #swiss #roll #spring #easter #baking

8. Reroll the cake and put on a cake board with the join on the underside. Secure the cake in place with a blob or 2 of chocolate fudge icing. Cut one end of the log off at an angle and position this to the side of the cake to look like a branch.

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How to Make a Woodland Log Cake #woodland #log #cake #swiss #roll #spring #easter #baking

9. Cover the whole cake with chocolate fudge icing, using a small palette knife to make bark-like ridges and grooves. Decorate with moss biscuits and extra moss crumbs.

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10. To make the toadstools, roll a variety of different sized stalks from the white modelling paste. Use the red modelling paste to shape different toadstool tops – some pointy and some flatter and wider. Use the end of a paintbrush to make an indentation in the underside of the tops so that the stalks can be inserted. Use edible glue to secure the toadstool tops in place on the stalks.

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11. When the toadstools have hardened slightly dot edible glue on the red tops and sprinkle with tiny white sprinkles.

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12. Decorate the log with the toadstools and add a few flowers if you wish.

Top Tip!

You can further enhance your cake with chocolate biscuit (Oreo) crumbs and crumbled Shredded Wheat to give a more earthy appearance to the forest floor.

How to Make a Woodland Log Cake #woodland #log #cake #swiss #roll #spring #easter #baking

How to Make a Woodland Log Cake #woodland #log #cake #swiss #roll #spring #easter #baking

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