Friday, December 21, 2007

Daring Bakers Challenge Dec 2007 (on my XOPC!)

I'll start by noting how much I do love my XOPC. This is the first time I've tried to type anything of length on it, and has so far taught me one important lesson - the keyboard is frakkin small and will take loads of getting used to! (Good side effect - I will not be able to easily write long blog posts...)

Daring Bakers' Logo

Next month's challenge will be made easier with its presence as well. It's designed to be safe even with spills and dirt, and is therefore (in my mind) an outstanding recipe tablet PC. I will be sure to post pictures of it at work supporting my mad cooking.

On to this month's challenge - the Yule log!

I wasn't thrilled with the posting date since I wanted to bake this for Christmas, and have no place to store something like this for more than overnight. We also didn't return from our honeymoon until Dec 8! So I threw the cake together Monday and Tuesday nights for the Wednesday work party (which I wasn't able to attend).

I printed out the recipe and hung it on the wall next to The Joy of Cooking's recipe for more helpful hints; my laptop (mac) sat in the other room, website open and accessible to read others' comments. Several hours later (well, maybe 3?) the cake was baked and rolled and in the fridge. I frosted it the next day and somehow fit it into my crockpot. A friend of mine was going into work early by car, so she stopped by and grabbed the pot and cake (from my front doorstep while I was happily sleeping in!) People at work seemed to like the cake, seeing as it was mostly gone the following morning.

Recipe Customizations:

  • Don't be a moron like me and forget that frozen butter is not good for frostings.. Take the butter out of the freezer ahead of time. But if you are a moron and forget - cut it into 1TBSP chunks, put on a plate with parchment paper, and set on top of a low heat source (like our heaters in this freezing cold apartment). Then check each one individually for mooshyness. ^_^
  • When I took the cake out of the oven, as Joy advised, I let it cool for 10', then upturned it onto a sheet of tin foil. When I rolled the cake, the eggy "Skin" stuck to the foil.
  • I brushed the cake with a mix of Kaluha and Godiva choco liquor before rolling.
  • The buttercream "curdled" - but I let it keep beating until the lumps went away (Just like when we made our wedding cupcakes' vegan frostings)
  • Flavors in the frosting - I hadn't bought proper espresso powder, so I used amazing coffee powder from Aruba, almond extract from the Netherlands (VERY LITTLE), melted dark chocolate, and a little bit of vanilla.
  • Always, Always, ALWAYS use the beautiful wedding-present KitchenAid Stand Mixer!
  • When I frosted the cake the next day, the frosting crumbled (too cold) so I put it back in the bowl and re-creamed it (thanks vegan wedding cupcakes ;)
  • Marzipan mushrooms!

Whole Foods had Buche de Noel for sale today, but people instead asked me why I stopped bringing in baked goods (Hmm maybe because I was testing wedding cupcakes on you?) and refused to try the store-bought one since mine was so amazing. :)

I plan on making this recipe for a New Year party, but with lots of hazelnuts and frangelico. I also have had some people ask for the recipe. My response? "Of course - just wait until Saturday, and the recipe will be all over the internet." :)

This Month's Challenge was brought to you by the founders of Daring Bakers - Lisa of La Mia Cucina and Ivonne of Cream Puffs in Venice. Recipes were taken from Nick Malgeri's Perfect Cakes and are available here. Denille - GO BAKE THIS CAKE!!! (or we can do it... TOGETHER.)

What's next for today? Well... the house is a wreck so I must clean it. Especially the kitchen. And then I will start making for some people my dad's locally (to the Concord, NH area) famous Christmas Bread recipe! I will plan on posting about it soon.. but for now, here's a picture of when I made it in college for our dorm's Iron Chef competition... AND I WON.


Beth G. said...

YUM!! Looks great :)

Lunch Buckets said...

I love the mooshed butter picture! I might steal and crop it for desktop :)

Peabody said...

And all over the internet the recipe is indeed! Job well done on your Yule Log.

Cheryl said...

Love the cake you made. Congrats on your recent wedding.

Cherry said...

Yumyumyum! Great job =D

Claudia said...

Great job! Love the mushrooms. Happy Holidays to you!

Lis said...

Your Yule Log looks fantastic! I'm so happy it blew the Whole Foods cake away. heee!

Congratulations on your wedding and happy holidays!


Dolores said...

Congratulations on your recent nuptials... AND your gorgeous Yule Log. I love your tips and the photograph of your mooshie butter. :)

I hope your holidays were happy, and that 2008 brings you and your new family nothing but the best!

Tartelette said...

Well done on your challenge! It turned out very nice!
Enjoy the holidays!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Isn't that fun to say the recipe will be all over the internet on the posting date and now with 400 of us it's truer than ever.
Lovely log and great mushrooms!
Congrats on the wedding.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A very nice looking log! Great job!



Deborah said...

Great job!!

Jen Yu said...

Nice job on the yule log. I think the mushrooms are just too cute.

jen at use real butter

wmpe said...

Wow, your Buche fit into a crockpot! What a compliment that people asked for the recipe. Lovely cake. Wendy

Quellia said...

Hehe log in a crockpot. That's an original way to transport it.
Well done and congrats on your recent marriage (if I read that right.)