Prep time: 40 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Difficulty: Moderate

Makes 10 servings

A squidgy chocolate log with cream, fruit and more chocolate, make this a really special festive dessert. It looks impressive and tastes even better! A dessert that will put a smile on the face of adults and children alike. The perfect pud to serve after dinner during the festive period.

Ingredients:

150g Whitworths Caster Sugar

6 large free range eggs, separated

250g dark chocolate (70% cocoa)

Whitworths Superfine Icing Sugar for dusting

For the Filling:

400ml double cream, lightly whipped

150g raspberries, or canned cherries

Chocolate butter cream

250g unsalted butter, softened

450g Whitworths Superfine Icing Sugar

50g cocoa powder, sifted

2 tbsp milk

Preparation Method:

  1. Heat oven to 180C.  Line a 23 x 33cm Swiss roll tin with baking paper.
  2. Whisk the Whitworths Caster Sugar and egg yolks in a bowl until light and thick.
  3. Melt the chocolate, allow to cool slightly and stir in the sugar mixture.
  4. Whisk egg whites to stiff peaks in a large, clean bowl.  Gently fold into the chocolate mixture using a large metal spoon. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 12-14 mins until risen and springs back to the touch. Leave to cool in the tin for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Lay a sheet of baking parchment on a board. With one bold movement, turn the cake onto the paper, then lift off the tin. Carefully peel away the baking paper and leave to cool completely.
  6. Spread the whipped cream all over the cake and evenly spread out the fruit. With the long side opposite you, use the paper to roll up the cake. The cake may crack as you roll it, but don’t worry!
  7. Cut approximately 1/3 rd of the cake, cut a thin slice off the smaller piece on the diagonal.
  8. Transfer to a serving plate, placing the smaller piece on the side of the cake with the diagonal edge resting against the larger piece.
  9. For the butter cream, beat the butter, then sift in the Whitworths Caster Sugar and cocoa.  Beat well, adding enough milk to create a smooth light butter cream.
  10. Spread the butter cream over cake covering all the sponge.  Use a fork to create a log effect.
  11. Decorate with a dusting of Whitworths Super Fine Icing Sugar and serve.

Top Tips:

Decorate with fresh holly leaves, meringue mushrooms and chocolate bark to create a forest floor effect.

Chocolate Bark – simply melt chocolate, pour into a baking tray lined with baking paper, sprinkle with a little rock salt and finely chopped pistachio nuts. Leave at room temperature to set for 1-2 hours and break into pieces.