HOW TO: Make A Festive, Decadent Vegan Yule Log Cake For The Holidays

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1. Gather the ingredients.

For the cake:

  • 1 cup cake flour*
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 1/2 tsp EnerG Egg Replacer mixed well with 6 Tbsp warm water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar for sprinkling

For the filling:

  • 1 8oz container vegan cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup vegan margarine, such as Earth Balance
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk or other non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

For the frosting:

  • 1/8 cup vegan margarine
  • 1/8 cup vegan shortening
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp non-dairy milk
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract

For decorating:

  • powdered sugar
  • marzipan
  • Any other decorative elements (edible or non!)

*To make 1 cup cake flour if you don’t have some on hand, put 2 Tbsp cornstarch in the bottom of a 1 cup measuring cup. Fill the rest with regular flour. Mix well when added to bowl with other ingredients.

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2. Make and bake the cake.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Put a few streaks of Earth Balance or whatever vegan margarine you are using on a 15x10x1-inch jelly-roll pan. This will hold your parchment paper in place. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper; “butter” parchment. Whisk first 6 ingredients in medium bowl to blend. Heat non-dairy milk in medium saucepan over medium heat to 150°F. Using electric mixer, beat sugar and egg replacer in large bowl until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Beat in flour mixture until just blended. Gradually beat in warm milk. Pour batter into pan and spread as needed so it is even throughout the pan. Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 10 minutes. Spread kitchen towel on work surface; cover with parchment. Sprinkle parchment lightly with powdered sugar. Run knife around edge of pan to loosen cake. Invert hot cake onto parchment. Peel parchment off top of cake.

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3. Roll up cake.

Starting at one long side and using towel as aid, gently roll up cake jelly-roll style. Cool. Because the cake is thin and spongy-you don’t want it sitting out for hours and hours unfilled and unfrosted. If you are making it hours in advance, I would recommend wrapping it up in plastic wrap or covering it to prevent it from drying out.

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4. Prepare the filling.

Using an electric mixer, cream the vegan cream cheese and margarine together. Add the non-dairy milk and vanilla extract. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth and creamy. Cover and chill about 45 minutes. This frosting will remain creamy and gooey, but should firm up a bit.

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One Response to “HOW TO: Make A Festive, Decadent Vegan Yule Log Cake For The Holidays”

  1. chrismeer says:

    Wow! That was just what I was looking for Thanks!

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