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I need a simple recipe for a sponge cake to make a yule log.

Is there a good boxed cake mix that can be used?

Can I make a yellow cake sponge cake?

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post #2 of 6
No!!! don;t use a box. If you have a mixer of any type,sponge is easy. even without, if you have a good arm. And i don;t think you can get a box sponge cake. A sponge doesn;t have any fats except the egg yolks, and it's sufficiently rubbery to be able to be rolled up without breaking. A butter cake ("yellow cake") would break.

I do the most simple method, without separating the eggs, and i get it into the oven, start to finish, in less than ten minutes.

the basic proportions are 6 eggs, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of flour. If you want to make a 15 X 10 it should be 5 eggs, and i can;t stand to do math and don;t have the time, but maybe you can, just make it proportionately less. This cake is good for a very large roasting pan, 18x13x1

Beat the whole eggs, till they;re very fluffy and light. Gradually add sugar while beating - just a little at a time, and keep beating till when you lift the beater from the mixture it forms a slowly-dissolving ribbon, as julia child used to say.

Sift the flour over it (I rarely sift and it comes out fine - just stir the flour with a whisk if it has lumps) and fold it in gently, go down in hte center with the spatula, drag it along the bottom towards you and twisting the spatula to lift the egg mixyture, dump the egg stuff on top of the flour, then turn 1/8 and do the same, and continue all around the bowl. YOu want to make sure the flour is all mixed in, and you don't see any white as you turn over the batter.
that;s it. Easier than that they don;t come!

To bake, heat oven to 350, grease a large flat pan (1 inch high) - I have one 18 x 13 x 1 and this cake fits it perfectly - then lay a sheet of parchment paper in it, and grease again. Pour in the batter. bake, checking every so often - after about 20 min it might be done. If it looks liquidy in the middle, leave it a little more, then test by touching in the center. It should spring back.

Remove from oven, dust generously with powdered sugar using a sifter or seive and then lay a cloth on top. Put a flat pan on top, and turn all over together. Remove pan, remove paper, being careful not to break the edges of thye cake, then roll up with the cloth inside. Let it cool completely before filling. If you want to freeze, you will have to fill it first. Then wrap well and freeze.

VariationsL grind nuts (walnuts, almonds, filberts) and substiutute some or all of the flour with the ground nuts. (I had a great hungarian cake made this way, but with layers, though i do it often as a roll. (though this is not a buche de noel - more summery a taste than that) You fill it with whipped cream mixed with raspberry jam. Make the sponge with ground walnuts.

Substitute half the flour with cocoa powder.

I wonder if anyone knows what difference it makes if you beat the whites and yolks together as opposed to beating separately. I don;t notice a difference.
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post #3 of 6
A genoise is traditional for a buche noel. They work exceptionally well as rolls. But, if you've eliminated genoise because dealing with the heat is such a pain... Okay. Good point.

While fresh and scratch is always a good idea, I think any quality boxed, sponge cake like Duncan Hines, Pillsbury or better, would work well. In the context of real life, your buche noel will not be judged by the quality of the sponge. Or, if it is, you need better relatives.

Just as long as you're not having Tom and Padma over for coffee and dessert.

BDL
post #4 of 6
Hi BDL,
i didn;t realize you could make a roll cake with a butter cake recipe. I seem to remember that it cracks and breaks since butter cakes are tender and not very flexible. Or am i wrong? Wouldn't it lack the structure to hold up under the rolling and the bending?

I never much liked either sponge cake or genoise, so I always went with the sponge, since it;s easier, and anyway, as you say, it won;t be judged by the cake base.
But my objection to boxed cakes is that they always have a fake taste to them, but also, they really aren't much easier than scratch cakes. Usually you have to add butter, milk and eggs, and all it saves is measuring the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Not much easier in the end. .
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post #5 of 6
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Siduri, he didn't say boxed butter cake, he mentioned boxed sponge cake though I've never seen one. If I must use sponge then I'll use sponge. It's not a very flavorful cake though.

On to the chocolate buttercream... any suggestions?

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post #6 of 6
the traditional is actual buttercream, and my favorite is based on meringue italienne. I am so destroyed after last night's huge and complex dinner that i barely have any energy to lift my fingers to type, much less find my old julia child and look it up but i'm sure you'll find plenty of them. What i remember is one cup sugar, 1/4 cup water, boil covered swirling pan till soft ball. Beat 3 egg whites to stiff, slowly pour the boiling syrup in while beating and keep beating till room temp. Soften butter to room temp, or a little cooler, and add by spoonfuls.
To make it chocolate, add melted dark chocolate to the butter. I don;t remember the butter proportion, but usually just start adding and stop when it tastes right,.
I did mine yesterday with a whipped chocolate ganache inside and an unwhipped ganache outside and thought it was less heavy, but i remember a time when buttercream would have been my first choice. Make sure if you use white buttercream, you use a dark cake and vice versa, just to see the contrasting "rings"
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