I love Christmas with all its traditions, family events, gorgeous sparkly lights and the joy of people getting well-chosen presents. My greatest joy is baking, baking and more baking. I adore making piles of delicious cookies, heaps of candy or fudge and lovely cakes filled with rich Christmas themed flavors like cranberry white chocolate mousse. Many people do not have the skill or time to make these types of treats so I often give containers as my special gift to everyone I love.
One very special cake I like to do is a traditional yule log. Many have not ever had the privilege of cutting into one of these whimsical decadent creations which are meant to help celebrate the winter solstice. These cakes are formed simply or more intricately from standard jelly rolls and the specialization comes from the icing textured like bark and the pretty holly or chocolate mushrooms that adorn it. Try to make one this Christmas for your family and start your own tradition.