recipe: yule log cake

This will be my last post until 2022! I am scheduled to be induced today and so we will be busy with all things baby. Merry Christmas!

This is a festive cake that dates back 200 years. I will admit that although the ingredients are incredibly simple, the combined waiting and cooling time took me all morning to make it. However, it is worth it. So whether you’re a beginner or more experienced baker, you will be able to recreate this. Just make sure that you have lots of time set aside to do so!

Note: There is a way to simplify this cake. Instead of making the vanilla filling and chocolate topping from scratch, you can purchase readymade icing. Of course it will taste different, but it will also cut down on the baking time. It’s totally up to you!

Yule log Cake

Ingredients:

(For the cake)
5 large eggs
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
Powdered sugar, to sprinkle

(For the filling)
1 3/4 cup icing sugar
2 tbsp butter
5 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

(For the topping)
2 cups icing sugar

2 tbsp butter
4 tbsp heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips

Steps:

1. For the cake: Heat oven to 350°F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs together with the sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Set aside.

2. In a separate smaller bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Then fold into wet ingredients. Continue to mix well. Then pour evenly onto parchment paper and bake in the oven for approximately 12 minutes. Remove.

3. Using a clean kitchen tea towel, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Gently lift the cake out from the cookie sheet by grabbing the parchment paper. Flip over onto the tea towel and discard the paper. Gently roll the cake in the towel forming a log. Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

4. For the filling: Combine all ingredients into a medium bowl. Mix until formed into smooth, thick icing. Set in fridge until cake is cool.

5. Remove cake and icing. Gently unroll the cake and spread the icing evenly over top. Then roll the cake back up without the tea towel. Wrap with plastic wrap and keep refrigerated for at least 1 hour.

6. For the topping: Put all ingredients into a medium saucepan. Heat over low-medium heat until completely melted. Remove and let cool.

7. Once the chocolate topping has chilled, place the cake on a stand or platter and onto a countertop. Spread the topping evenly over the surface of the cake. Remove the ends. Using a knife, cut lines into the surface of the icing. Sprinkle with icing sugar and voila! Your beautiful and delicious masterpiece is ready to serve. Merry Christmas!

Emory

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wonderful additions to your home that will put a smile on your face

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Your home should be something more than just a place that keeps you warm and private. It should be something that makes you feel warm inside all of the time. You should be proud of what you come back to every single morning, afternoon, and evening. If not, then it might be wise to begin reimagining your home and seeing what you can add!

It’s amazing what you can do to a home. Your creativity might let you in on all kinds of different ideas. Right now, you might think that not much can be done, but with a little thought and a little help, you could create something wonderful that not only makes you happier but raises the value of the place. Adding in certain items in order to put a smile on your face makes all the sense in the world. Here are just a few things you can do to your home in order to improve the area:

Driveway Additions 

The driveway is literally the first part of the home you will reach – in most situations, anyway. If your driveway is looking a little worse for wear or a little boring, then it can take a huge toll on how everything else goes. First impressions are key and can set the tone. Even if the rest of the home is fine, the mind may not see it that way. Think about adding a few borders and/or ornaments. A be sure to give it a clean with a pressure washer in order to take a few years off it. It’s amazing what dirt can do in terms of making a driveway look decades older than it actually is.  

Extend A Part Of The Home 

If you have the money and the space to do so, then there’s no reason why you couldn’t add an extra room or two to your home. It would be a terrific idea. If you have a family and need the room or you just feel like adding another dimension, you’d get a kick out of it. The value of your home would go up, too.

New, Fresh Lighting 

It’s amazing what lighting can do to a home. Now, of course, we’re not expecting you to add the most expensive lights or the kind of equipment that makes you feel like you’re in a movie studio. Adding a few artificial lights to the corners and the roof could make a huge difference to the look and the overall feel. Even an extra window would be helpful as you could get some natural light in. 

An Office Or Study 

The feeling of setting up your own workspace in your home feels wonderful. It allows you to feel as though you’ve got a place that you can really concentrate in. A spare room that has a table, a chair, and a computer can do half the trick, but a genuinely dedicated room is a huge upgrade. 

En-Suite Bathroom(s) 

Again, anyone with a bathroom should obviously be grateful they have functioning plumbing that allows them to take part in some of the most basic of needs. Getting straight out of bed and heading into a bathroom, however, is a privilege we all deserve. There are so many benefits of an en-suite bathroom, starting with convenience.

A Room Exclusively For Relaxing 

A lot goes on in your life, so you’re going to want to make sure that you do whatever you can to chill out. Why not use one of your free rooms or spaces to create a room for relaxing. You can add comfort items like pictures and a kinetic sculpture that is easy on the eye. You could make it clear to everyone that when it’s in use, nobody interrupts. 

Loft Conversion 

In this day and age, a lot of people have their lofts or basements converted into something more useful. Possessing an old, damp area of the home is absolutely pointless in this day and age. So, if you have the funds, then you may as well turn this vacant area into something more important. 

Backyard Ornaments And Decorations

The backyard has the power to change the entire look and feel of a home. It’s supposed to supplement a house but it does so much more than that. If the garden is looking a little boring or eerie, then you could always liven things up with a few decorations. You can turn something very bland into something that has a real sense of character with a genuine atmosphere. Adding personality to a backyard can liven up a home even more.

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i am thirty-six

Tomorrow will mark another year around the sun. It is not lost on me that last year was our last as a family of four, and this will most likely be my last birthday spent pregnant with another child. Soon we will have our third baby here with us, and that is the best present that I could ask for.

Have a wonderful week!

Emory

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5 things to remember if you want to start baking

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Starting on the journey to becoming a parent means acquiring a bunch of new skills, but it seems that we can all feel that we want to be homely and caring a bit more than we are. So, what better way to do this than by learning how to bake! But if you are a total beginner, what does it really take? 

Start With an Easy Recipe

In essence, baking is about being able to follow a recipe. But it’s about making sure that you gradually build up your skill. And one of the best ways to do it is to pick a recipe that only has a handful of ingredients. You could always go for muffins but this silky smooth Italian meringue buttercream recipe can also add a bit of extra flavour to the muffins. 

Ensuring You Have the Ingredients (and Checking Again!)

It’s amazing how many people dive into baking without double-checking the recipe and making sure they have all the ingredients. The best thing for anybody to do on their baking journey is to make sure you have absolutely everything. This means you will have the desired end result, and you won’t lose your confidence. At this point, you should avoid substituting any ingredients, for example, if you are trying to bake gluten-free or use an egg-free recipe.

Understanding Your Oven

This is more important than you think. Not every oven is created equally, but it’s also crucial to know what works best in certain parts of your oven. For example, baking cakes will work with the lower rod or the middle rack, but if you’re making pizza or bread, you can use the top and the bottom. However, your oven may bake absolutely fine wherever you place the item. But this goes back to the recipe: if it tells you to allow the oven to preheat, preheat it! Always follow the recipe to the letter. 

Knowing When Your Cake Is Done

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to keep opening the oven door. But if you are approaching the end of the baking time, this is where you can do the toothpick test. If the toothpick comes out wet, you need to allow the cake another ten minutes. Or if a couple of moist crumbs stick to it, you will need to take the cake out right away.

Let Your Cake Cool Down

You may be proud of your efforts, and you want to get to decorating right away, but when you take the cake out of the oven, you’ve got to let it cool for at least 20 minutes. Because if you slice the cake while it is still warm, the cake will crumble, and if you decide to decorate, this could result in a puddly mess. Always wait for it to cool completely.

A lot of people don’t have the patience for baking, but if you are determined to be that parent who wants the house to smell of baked goods all the time, start simple and it will be an amazing journey!

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wilder is three!

Our sweet boy Wilder turns 3 years old today!

This last year was quite the challenge. It was filled with much independence and many tantrums. Lately, though, the days have been getting much easier and we can see him returning back to his usual happy and funny self. These terrible twos are almost a thing of the past!

He still loves all things vehicles, books, and doing anything that Remy is doing. He is also affectionate and likes constant company and to be carried around. He is very independent and prefers to tackle all new tasks and things on his own. Only if he can’t get it will he ask for help.

He loves to laugh and will try to get others to laugh as well, either by acting silly or telling jokes. He’s always up for anything. I am looking forward to seeing how he acts towards a new baby in the family!

We love our little brat more than anything. Happy Birthday Wilder!!

xoxo Mama

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