About a week ago I made an ice cream filled yule log for my dad's birthday. I'd never made one before and had a feeling that it might be a little tricky. It definitely was!
I used the same cake and frosting recipe that I use to make my double chocolate cupcakes. I lined a rimmed cookie sheet with wax paper and poured the batter on top. It only took about 10 minutes to bake. Once the cake cooled, I flipped it onto some more wax paper. My first mistake! I used two pieces of wax paper rather than one long piece so when I went to roll the cake, it split where the paper split.
While doing all of this, I let the ice cream soften. My second mistake! I let it soften way too much. I unrolled the cake, smoothed the ice cream over the top, and when I went to roll it again, a lot of the soft ice cream poured out of the sides. I put the whole thing back in the freezer and let it harden for almost 24 hours.
Once the cake and ice cream was hard, I frosted it and cut the messy sides off (at an angle). It's not the prettiest yule log but the gnomes sure made it cute.