Decadent Dairy Free Christmas Chocolate Log
A great showstopper for your Christmas table, made easy with Pure Perfect Baking.
- Time 45mins
- Feeds 8-10 people
- Level Intermediate
FOR THE CAKE:
3 EGGS (OR VEGAN EGG REPLACEMENT AS PER PACK INSTRUCTIONS FOR 3 EGGS – E.G. 3 TEASPOONS OF ORGRAN NO EGG WITH 6 TABLESPOONS WATER)
85G GOLDEN CASTER SUGAR
85G PLAIN FLOUR (MINUS 2 TBSP)
2 TBSP COCOA POWDER
½ TSP BAKING POWDER
FOR THE FILLING & ICING:
50G PURE PERFECT BAKING, PLUS EXTRA FOR THE TIN
140G DARK CHOCOLATE, BROKEN INTO SQUARES
1 TBSP GOLDEN SYRUP
284ML POT DAIRY ALTERNATIVE CREAM
200G ICING SUGAR, SIFTED
2-3 EXTRA STRONG MINTS, CRUSHED (OPTIONAL)
ICING SUGAR AND HOLLY SPRIGS TO DECORATE – ENSURE YOU REMOVE THE BERRIES BEFORE SERVING
Heat the oven to 200°C, 180°C fan, gas 6. Butter and line a 23 x 32cm swiss roll tin with baking parchment. Beat the eggs/egg replacement and golden caster sugar together with an electric whisk for about 8 minutes until thick and creamy.
Mix the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together, then sift onto the egg mixture. Fold in very carefully, then pour into the tin. Tip the tin from side to side to spread the mixture into the corners. Bake for 10 minutes.
Lay a sheet of baking parchment on a work surface. When the cake is ready, tip it onto the parchment, peel off the lining paper, then roll the cake up from its longest edge with the paper inside. Leave to cool.
To make the icing, melt the Pure Perfect Baking and dark chocolate together in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Take from the heat and stir in the golden syrup and 5 tbsp of the dairy alternative cream. Beat in the icing sugar until smooth.
Whisk the remaining dairy alternative cream until it holds its shape. Unravel the cake, spread the cream over the top, scatter over the crushed extra strong mints, if using, then carefully roll up again into a log.
Cut a thick diagonal slice from one end of the log. Lift the log on to a plate, then arrange the slice on the side with the diagonal cut against the cake to make a branch. Spread the icing over the log and branch (don’t cover the ends), then use a fork to mark the icing to give the effect of tree bark. Scatter with un-sifted icing sugar to resemble snow and decorate with holly.