in the kitchen…







I thought I would go ahead and post this peppermint icebox yule log cake I just made, even though Christmas is over. I think it would make the most perfect New Years Eve cake too…plus its vegan! I googled and googled trying to find a vegan version of this cake with no luck…so here is what I did. This is for our big Christmas celebration with my sister and her family tomorrow, which I cannot wait for!! I have to go wrap more gifts :) :) so exciting :) Oh and extra thanks to Katie who reminded me to make one with her yummy looking yule log.

Vegan Peppermint Icebox Yule Log Cake
This cake is best to make a day ahead of time because it needs time to freeze before and after “frosting” Plus then you can spend more time on decorating your yule log and not feel stressed. You can even make this cake over two days by making the chocolate wafer cookies a day before the cake.

-1 batch of chocolate wafer cookies completed cooled
-2 8oz carton’s of RichWhip non-dairy topping (I find these frozen in the kosher section of my grocer’s freezer)
– 6-12 peppermint candy canes (depends on what you have around I had about 6 candy canes and a handful of those circle peppermint candies which can work just as well)
-1/2 cup confectioners sugar
-1/4 cup cocoa powder sifted

1. Make the chocolate wafer cookies and allow to cool fully. I believe Nabisco brand Famous chocolate wafers are vegan so if you can find those you could skip making the cookies.
2. In food processor blend peppermint candy canes until they are a fine powder.
3. Whip one carton of richwhip with hand or stand up mixer until it holds soft peaks. Then gently mix in 1/4 cup powdered sugar and peppermint candy powder. The whipped cream mixture will turn a lovely pinkish color.
4. Lay out a sheet of foil in the area you are working. This will be used to wrap the log in progress.
5. Make stacks of cookies and cream about 6 cookies high. Use about 1 tablespoon of cream mixture between cookies. Once you have used all the cookies lay 1 stack on it’s side on foil. Add a bit more cream to the end and lay next stack of cookies up against first stack. Repeat until you have one long stack of cookies and cream on their side. Wrap with foil and freeze for about 4 hours.
6. Whip second carton of cream until soft peaks form. Add remaining sugar and cocoa powder.
7. Remove from freezer and at an angle cut a 2 inch piece off one end of the stack and save. Cut a 1 inch piece at an angle from the other end, and set aside.
8. Use cocoa whipped cream as a frosting and spread over the entire log. Then hook the two pieces you cut off onto log as little side branches. Frost them with cocoa whipped cream as well.
9. Use a fork to create lines through the cocoa whipped cream to make it look like bark. Put the whole thing back in the freezer for 3 hours.
10. You can then decorate your log by adding mushrooms, candy leaves, etc. Allow to sit at room temp for 20 mins before serving.

My favorite part was the decorating! There are just so many ways you can go with a yule log!

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9 Responses to in the kitchen…

  1. Emalie says:

    holy moly! that is amazing!!

  2. ashleigh says:

    Where did you find the Gnomes?

  3. Karen says:

    This looks amazing!! I had to comment because I think you did such a great job on it and the gnomes are perfect, ah so cute!! :)

    (Plus one of my new year’s resolutions is to finally be vegan, and I love that your cake is vegan! Thanks for sharing your cute food!)

  4. You seriously amaze me. You are a never ending supply of inspiration and I love it. Thank you:)

  5. Angela says:

    This is so great! I especially love that it’s vegan. Nice job with the decorating :)

  6. Missy says:

    We made a buche de Noel, too. Only I used a recipe from allrecipes.com cos it is easy (but not vegan). But it is so cute! We used the same gnomes, too! We got ours from Bake It Pretty.

  7. kittee says:

    heidi,
    your log cake is boggling my brain.

    xo
    kittee

  8. kittee says:

    also,
    i wish you didn’t use frames!!!!! i can never bookmark any of your amazing stuff.

    xo
    kittee

  9. Amy says:

    Thanks for the link to my chocolate cookie recipe. Your Yule Log is so pretty–I’ll have to make one next year!