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Posted on January 26, 2018 by Christine Crosby in Brett Jackson, cake, winter wedding cake

Winter Wedding Cake – Gorgeous!

Winter Wedding Cake – Gorgeous and Delicious! – Photo credit:  Rhoda Micocci


My son Jackson has lived in Cambodia for a number of years, working for a wildlife conservation organization.  Last year he married his lovely Cambodian sweetheart, Waneth, and brought her home to Massachusetts over the holidays to meet her new American family.

We had a small party at our house and instead of a traditional wedding cake, we had a variety of desserts contributed by guests, and to go with the Prosecco toast, I made an all chocolate (Waneth loves chocolate) variation of the French Yule log or Buche de Noel.  It’s a bit tricky, but I hope you find it worth the effort.

Winter Wedding Cake (aka – Cocoa Genoise Cake)

  • Preheat an oven to 375 F. place rack in the lower 1/3 of the oven.

  • Butter an 11” x 17” jelly roll pan and line it with a piece of wax paper, leaving an extra couple of inches at each end.  Butter the wax paper and coat the bottom with flour, shaking out the excess.

Note: You can also bake the cake in a 9 inch round pan or a heart shaped pan, cut it into two layers when cooled, fill and frost it with the ganache, pipe the whipped cream on the sides, and garnish with raspberries.


5 eggs, warmed in their shells in a bowl of warm water

¼ tsp salt

¼ c sifted flour

1/3 cup sifted cocoa

1 Tbsp sifted cornstarch

¾ cup sugar

2 Tbsp Framboise or other liqueur

6 Tbsp melted unsalted butter, cooled but still liquid

  • Sift together the flour, cocoa, and cornstarch into a bowl.

  • Beat the eggs in a mixer until foamy, add the salt and sugar and continue to beat for about 10 minutes, medium speed until they form a heavy ribbon.  Add the liqueur and beat again briefly.  Fold in the cocoa/flour mixture in two additions.  Fold in the butter also in two additions.  Do not overdo it or the cake will deflate.

  • Carefully transfer the batter to the prepared pan, spreading it gently and evenly.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes or until the top is set and feels springy.

  • Place the pan on a rack to cool slightly.  Slice off a thin strip from the long edges of the cake (makes it less likely to crack when rolled).

  • Sprinkle the top of the cake with a layer of sifted confectioner’s sugar, Then cover with another sheet of wax paper and a slightly dampened tea towel.

  • Place a cookie sheet on top of the towel and flip the whole thing over. Carefully lift off the jelly roll pan and then the wax paper from the cake.

  • Sprinkle the cake with another layer of confectioner’s sugar and roll the cake in the towel.

  • Wrap the rolled cake in plastic wrap until your ganache filling is ready.

Ganache Filling and Frosting


1 lb bittersweet chocolate, broken into pieces

2 cups heavy cream

4 Tbsp unsalted butter

2 Tbsp sugar

2 Tbsp framboise or other liqueur

  • Heat the butter, cream, and sugar together to the boiling point, stirring constantly and pour over the chocolate pieces.

  • Stir until the chocolate is melted, and then occasionally until the mixture begins to cool and thicken.

  • Stir in the liqueur.  When the mixture reaches the texture of a soft mousse it is ready to use.

  • When the cake has completely cooled, unroll it, take off the layer of wax paper, and spread about 1/3 or so of the ganache evenly onto the cake. Roll it up the long way using the towel to help you.

  • At this point, you can transfer the cake to your serving platter.

  • Cover the cake with the remaining ganache, reserving a few tablespoons.

  • Cut off a 2-3 inch slice from either end and secure the slices with remaining ganache to opposite sides of the cake, cut side out, to resemble cut branches.

  • Refrigerate until serving time

cakeWhipped Cream Garnish:


1 ½ cups heavy cream

2 tbsp confectioner’s sugar

1 Tbsp Framboise or other liqueur

Berries or pomegranate seeds

  • Beat the cream until it starts to thicken

  • Add the confectioner’s sugar and liqueur and continue to beat until stiff

  • Finish by placing whipped cream on the cake in places to look like drifted snow.

  • Serve the rest on the side.

  • You can add raspberries, pomegranate seeds, or other red berries, and pine boughs to complete the effect.

  • Serve it in thin slices—it’s very rich!
    Photo: Rhoda Micocci




Brett Jackson served for 31 years as Chef at the President’s House at Wellesley College.   She has been a cooking teacher, food writer, food and nutrition consultant for kids’ TV, and is the proud new grandmother of Leon Sky.






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Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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