Almost to the halfway mark of the 12 Cakes of Christmas, and this one nearly made Jessica want to give up the whole project. This cake was a Bûche de Noël, a French cake that resembles a log and is traditionally served around Christmas. The cake is baked thin, then filled with icing and rolled up like a Swiss roll. She made this cake a couple years ago with no problems, but wasn't able to find the same recipe. This recipe she used gave a cake that consistently ripped -- meaning that Jessica had to go through 4 iterations to get it to come out the way she wanted.
The recipe was for a a chocolate cake with a delicious mocha buttercream filling.
The finished product, complete with fondant holly berries and mushrooms.
Side view showing the spiral rolled cake and filling.
Jessica was finally delivered this one on time, albeit with a few more grey hairs. Lesson learned: if the recipe ain't working, change it to one that does!