Chocolate roulade with dark chocolate ganache
In the spirit of sharing, here's a link to my (currently) favourite chocolate roulade recipe, which also happens to be flourless for those gluten-free friends of ours!
Contrary to the commonly-held perception that many people have of flourless dessert recipes, this produces a very light and fluffy sponge that retains its structure. It is quite strong and exceptionally easy to handle, which makes it perfect for using between layers of mousses/ganaches/buttercreams/curds (pick one).
6 large eggs, separated
300mL icing sugar
115mL cocoa powder.
In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until they start to thicken. Add in the sugar and continue to whisk until mixture
thickens a little more (do not allow to become too thick). Stir in the cocoa powder and mix until fully incorporated.
Beat egg whites until the hold soft peaks. Fold in a small portion of the whites into the egg yolk mixture to lighten, followed by the remainder of the egg whites.
Pour mixture into a baking sheet lined with a parchment paper. Spread so that batter is even. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 min., until the cake surface springs back when lightly pressed. Allow to cool completely, then peel away parchment paper.
A variation of the same recipe was used for the Chocolate Yule Log with Passionfruit Wine Jelly. (The recipe used in that version produces a thinner roulade that is not as fluffy. This can be desirable, depending on the situation!). This was decorated with dark chocolate ganache on the outside with little meringue mushrooms.
A log cake after being masked with ganache. The nice thing with log cakes is that the ganache doesn't have to be perfectly smooth on the outside. In fact, the rougher, the better!
Another way of decorating a yule log is with chocolate shards for "bark." After masking the outside of the log, simply stick on chocolate pieces parallel to one another.
Try to make sure that the ends don't line up with one another, like below (a case of don't do as Audric does). Staggering them will generally make it look nicer.