Thursday, December 26, 2013

It's Christmas! - Chocolate Nutella Log Cake (Bake Along #56) & Encore: The Boozy Tiramisu

Merry Christmas!
I hope everybody had a jolly time!
I believe many are going for more shopping today on Boxing Day :)

I had a small feast and had a great time at home last night
Here's what I made:

Mixed vegetable salad with French dressing, baked mashed potato, steamed meatloaf with sweet and sour sauce, pickled cucumber

You may view the recipe for the meatloaf HERE
The baked mashed potato is just a simple one. A mixture of steamed mashed potatoes, nutmeg, salt, pepper, sugar. Pour into a baking dish and brush with a mixture of egg yolk and butter. Grill til browned
The pickled cucumber is even simpler. Peel, halve lengthwise and deseed cucumber, cut small. Mix in a bowl with vinegar and sugar. Leave overnight

Appetizer done by my guest - The original bitterballen with beef filling - yum!
But I would prefer to use chicken, even though I couldn't resist the one with beef filling LOL

Appetizer number two: Salmon croquette, also prepared by my guest
Double yum yum - perfecto!

 The drinks. Beer for the boys. Riesling for all (except the kids, of course)
Pretty good wine. Fruity and sweet

Dessert number one: The boozy tiramisu - encore
Heavenly slurpy!

Last year I made this too for New Year and I felt that it'd be better if the sponge fingers dipped on both sides. So this year I did that plus I sprinkled cocoa powder on the cream mixture in the middle. But I still found it should have been more moist. I'll try dipping the whole sponge finger in Kahlua mixture next year and see how I turns out LOL
Please view the recipe HERE

Dessert number two: Chocolate nutella log cake covered in butter cream


Aaarrgghh!!! I couldn't manage to roll this cake properly! You see, there's buttercream in the middle of the rolled cake!
But really, this cake is soft, spongy, moist and yummy. And it's easy to make, too! :)

Recipe is from the book Elegant Swiss Roll by Kevin Chai
But I didn't decorate the cake as nice as the one in the book :)

What you need:

For the cake:
4 eggs
70g caster sugar
70g plain flour
15g cocoa powder
50g butter, melted

Nutella (original recipe: 200g butter cream mixed with 100g melted chocolate)

  1. Preheat oven to 220degC. Grease and line 25x35cm swiss roll pan
  2. Using mixer on full speed, beat egg and sugar til light and fluffy
  3. Gently fold in sifted flour and cocoa powder. Add in melted butter
  4. Mix til well combined
  5. Spread mixture into the pan. Bake for 8mins
  6. Put baking paper on the pan followed by cooling rack upside down and flip til the cake on the baking paper on the cooling rack. Leave to cool
  7. Spread nutella and roll gently using baking paper
  8. Decorate with buttercream and any desired ornament can be added

The log cake is for Bake Along , a baking event organised by  Joyce from Kitchen FlavoursLena from Frozen Wings and Zoe from Bake For Happy Kids. This is our 56th bake

It's also for  Baby Sumo's Christmas Recipe Collection 2013 hosted by hosted by Baby Sumo of Eat Your Heart Out


  1. That's a feast! Better than my buffet! Yumz!

  2. Wow! what a feast you'd had! I love your tiramisu, got to pluck up some courage to bake that:P

  3. sounds like you had a great party at home! bitterballen..what a cute name! never knew such thing existed1 LOL! your tiramisu looks heavenly and so is your christmas log, pretty nice with white cream. read about some good reviews about kevin chai's swiss roll, maybe next time can try his recipe but i think it will be a long time again for another swiss roll making! thx for baking along with us , alice !

  4. What a FEAST!
    Happy Holidays to you, Alice.

  5. Hi Alice, cute log cake... and we love tiramisu during Christmas time too.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thx for linking it to my Christmas event -Yen

  6. Wow what a sumptuous meal, Alice! Wishing you a Happy New Year!

  7. Hi Alice,
    What a feast! I had a feast too! And ate a lot! Haha!
    Your log cake looks wonderful and I've made the same cake recipe too! And it was good!
    Thanks for baking along with us!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  8. What a yummy spread! Happy New Year, Alice!

  9. Hi Alice,

    What a great feast you had, I love the bitterballen, didn't know that people in Singapore know how to make them, bcos that is a typical dutch/belgian snack served in cafes over here. :)

    Here 's wishing you and your family Happy New Year and Best Wishes!

  10. Wow Alice! How many people are you cooking for Christmas??? Everything looks delicious!!! Your log cake must be the finale to complete the gastronomy of all dishes...

    Happy belated Christmas and 2014!!!

    Getting ready for lots of Cheeesy food? I'm ready!




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