Ahh a cake that looks like a log. What a strange but fabulous and whimsical Christmas tradition! I love this cake because it looks darn impressive but it is actually incredibly easy to make. Turns out that chocolate frosting is a great medium for making tree bark, and a bit of merigues and chocolate make for some pretty convincing mushrooms. The best part though? Although it is terribly cute to look at, it also happens to be ridiculously delicious! We have pumpkin spice, brown butter, and dark chocolate to thank for that I believe...
One of my Christmas gifts this year was a jar of Williams Sonoma Pumpkin Spice seasoning. So obviously I had to give it a test run immediately. I thought making a pumpkin spice roulade cake would make pretty grand Yule Log. Spoiler Alert I was totally right.
And because I felt like being fancy, I browned the butter before adding it to my cream cheese filling. I have never made a brown butter cream cheese frosting before... turns out its awesome. The benefit of a roulade is that the frosting is spiraled through the entire cake, meaning you get cake and frosting IN EVERY BITE! And trust me with this one, you want that. Pumpkin Spice and Brown Butter are the best of friends. This cake is kind of a mash up of various recipes that I put together along the way, but I would totally make this exact cake again. Everything just worked so well together! And, it looks like a log!! Mission Accomplished.
Pumpkin Spice Yule Log
Recipes adapted from Katie Lee, Nigella Lawson and Martha Stewart
Pumpkin Spice Roulade: (recipe barely adapted from Katie Lee)
Chocolate Frosting: (recipe slightly adapted from Nigella Lawson)