And the world continues to turn.
How many people are feeling sheepish today?
I’m not, personally. I mean, really? Aztecs (or Mayans…oops) predict the Apocalypse? No.
But seriously, I would love to be a fly on the wall in a house with one of those dooms day prepper people. You know what I mean?
Do you think they were all, “Well, oops. Don’t I feel silly for stocking up on months’ worth of food and supplies? Especially considering that it was supposed to be the end of the world, so how did I actually think I’d be fortunate enough to survive when no one else did anyway?? And also, did I really think that a few months’ worth of bulk food would last me, and possibly my loved ones, for the rest of our lives?”
Somehow, I don’t think they follow that reasoning. But I still think it’d be fun to see their reactions when they woke up. Do you think they were disappointed?
Well, anyway. I didn’t prepare, and I spent the morning eating cake for breakfast.
So, basically…business as usual.
Also, I made another Yule log, y’all. This one is less Ghoulish and more girlish, though. And totally wintry and sweet and does anyone else kinda wanna live in it??
Okay…just me, then.
Technically, this is my first Yule log. I mean, yes, I made a Halloween themed one back in October, but when my friend Tina asked me if I’d ever made one before, I realized that I hadn’t ever made a Christmasy Yule log before. Guess I kinda had to do it. And so did my friend Tina. We’re cool like that.
To get that perfectly pink peppermintiness without having to do any real work at all, I used this Peppermint Stick Frosting Creations kit from Duncan Hines. I used the frosting as my filling inside the cake.
I could get used to how easy this is. You might remember that I used an Apple Pie flavor packet for my Apple Pie Eclairs in November. This time, I decided to use the frosting starter, as well. Seriously. Easy, delicious frosting…1 minute of work, tops. Win.
You could use pink candy melts here, or you can use straight up white chocolate, and add some nice pink candy coloring.
To assemble and cover your yule log, you can use the same instructions found in my Ghoul Log post.
After topping my pretty pink tree limb with some snowy white vanilla frosting, I prettied everything up even more with pearly pink Sixlets and soft green leaves to make fun holly sprigs, while my squishy pink mushrooms are made out of fondant. Easiest decorations ever.
As for the recipe, I wasn’t a fan of the cake recipe I used, which is a vanilla genoise cake, so I’m not gonna bother sharing it with you guys. It was fickle and annoying, and notÂ worthÂ the effort. I recommend making a nice, simple sponge cake instead.
That being said, the Duncan Hines frosting was delicious, and the perfect amount of peppermint flavor to stand up to the white chocolate ganache and double vanilla cake.
And guess what? It’s, like, Buche de Noel Day or something. My twinsie, Tina, over at Sugar Bean Bakers made the sweetest red velvet Yule log, all cute with a little snowman and everything! You guys have got to see it! Have to.
And the winner is…
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Since I hated the cake recipe I used for this, and the frosting is easy peasy Duncan Hines Frosting Creations, I’m only leaving you with one simple recipe today. My white chocolate ganache was a bit touch and go for a while, but I think I got it just right, so I’m going to wrap things up with that recipe. Enjoy!
White Chocolate Ganache
9 ounces white chocolate, or candy melts (just be aware that the candy melts set up harder)
1/2 cup heavy cream
Place the chocolate in a medium bowl.
Bring the heavy cream to a gentle boil. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate, and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Whisk the cream and chocolate together into smooth and glossy. If you have any lumps of chocolate still in your ganache, microwave the mixture for about 30 seconds, then continue whisking until smooth.
This is very runny while warm, so don’t worry if seems thin. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes, before using. The mixture will thicken as it cools.
Recipe by Darla