Dairy, Egg, and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Yule Log with Chocolate Bark

A Christmas tradition, I am so happy to be able to recreate, is serving a Yule Log for dessert on Christmas Day.

Dairy, Egg, and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Yule Log with Chocolate Bark

dairy, egg and peanut/tree nut free chocolate yule log

Last year, was my first year attempting to put one together. The idea was sparked by Guardian Angel’s Allergen Free Yule Logs.

I believe, it was in my Allergic Living magazine, that I first spied Guardian Angel’s advertisement for their Allergen Free Chocolate Christmas Log.

I was so excited…even more excited when I was able to purchase one for our Christmas dinner. Located in the freezer section at Metro.

Our first store-bought cake…I kept it as a surprise…I came out with it on a platter still in the protective wrapping.

Oh, the look on my boys’ faces when they realized what was being presented for dessert.

It was a very exciting moment…in the boys’ words…”Cool!”

As much as they loved the idea of a cake from outside of our kitchen and the fact it tasted good…they informed me that they liked my cakes better…in particular, my icing.

In Matthew’s word: “I like yours better…I’m not just saying that…”

I was determined to create our own Allergen Free Christmas Yule Log.

Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Yule Log with Chocolate Bark

dairy,egg and peanut/tree nut free chocolate yule log

Half the recipe for Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Birthday Cake.
Line a 1″ deep jelly roll pan (approximately 9 by 13″) with parchment paper and spray with canola oil.
Pour batter into pan and spread evenly.

dairy, egg and peanut/tree nut free chocolate cake batter in pan for yule log

Bake 350 F for  12-15 minutes.
Let cool in pan for 10 minutes.
Turn cake out on an icing sugar lined tea towel.

dairy, egg and peanut/tree nut free chocolate cake on icing sugar lined tea towel

Sprinkle with icing sugar and roll cake up carefully from the long end.
Let cool on  rack.

rolled up dairy, egg and peanut/tree nut free chocolate cake in tea towel

Make half the recipe of Dairy Free Vanilla Icing and Chocolate Icing. I added a bit more water to each of the icings so it was easier to spread on the cake.

Unroll cake when cooled. (Do not fret if the cake cracks.)

dairy, egg and peanut/tree nut free chocolate cake unrolledSpread the cake with Dairy Free Vanilla Icing…pushing together the cracked edges and spreading icing to cover. See…no problem!

dairy,egg and peanut/tree nut free chocolate cake iced with vanilla icingCarefully roll up cake and wrap snuggly with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Unwrap plastic wrap from cake and spread with Dairy Free Chocolate Icing.

Last year, I spread the cake with the Dairy Free Chocolate Icing to look rough like bark, sprinkled it with icing sugar and decorated it with a Santa and Christmas tree.

dairy,egg and peanut/tree nut free chocolate yule log without chocolate bark

This year, I couldn’t resist trying something different…chocolate bark!

Chocolate Bark

The idea for covering the Yule Log with chocolate bark came from a recipe from the Canadian Living Special Cookbook Edition, Fall 2011. When I saw the picture with the log covered in chocolate bark…I had to try it. So glad I did! Easy to do and it looks terrific!

In a bowl over a saucepan of hot water, melt 1 cup of Enjoy Life chocolate chips.
Spread the melted chocolate to a thickness of 3 mm on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

enjoy life chocolate chips melted and spread on parchment paper for chocolate bark

Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
Break the chocolate into 3 by 1″ pieces, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm.

 melted enjoy life chocolate chips broken into pieces

Press the broken pieces of chocolate on to the iced cake and dust with icing sugar.

                                                              Ta Da!

dairy, egg and peanut/tree nut free chocolate yule log with chocolate bark

Not quite sure how well the cake will cut with all the broken chocolate on it. Will update after Christmas.

Update: Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Yule Log was scrumpdillicious! Is that a word? It is now!

slice of dairy, egg and peanut/tree nut free chocolate yule log

Slicing the Yule Log wasn’t as difficult as I had imagined…just make sure the cake is kept cool for slicing…I used a bread knife.

slicing the dairy, egg and peanut/tree nut free chocolate yule log with bread knife

Everyone loved the chocolate bark! A very tasty addition.

Inviting the neighbourhood kids in this afternoon, to share what’s left of the Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Yule Log, after the boys have a game of road hockey.

Tip: For a Soy Free Icing use Earth Balance Soy Free Vegan Spread.

P.S. I am putting together an Allergen Friendly Christmas Dinner for Michael to take to my in-laws: Roast Turkey with Dairy Free Gravy and Stuffing and Dairy Free Garlic Mashed Potatoes. I made the Dairy Free Stuffing the day before so it was ready to stuff the turkey early in the morning.

Can you believe, I was able to pick fresh parsley from my garden for the stuffing!

I will also be bringing a Dairy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free French Stick for everyone to enjoy. Will be bringing a cutting board and bread knife.

P.P.S. Do you have a favourite recipe you have adapted for your Christmas dessert or dessert in general? Have you tried the Guardian Angel Christmas Logs?

Merry Christmas!

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Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Birthday Cake

Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Birthday Cake is an all time favourite with family and friends. 

dairy and egg free chocolate birthday cake with sparkler on top

This cake was made In honour of Andy’s 45th birthday.

I love the sparklers! They fancy up the cake and inhibit any blowing.(cross-contamination issues not to mention germs)

As a child, this beloved cake was known to me as ‘Wacky Cake’. My mother would make it more as a snacking cake, with no icing in a 9 by 13 pan.

It is more like a science experiment….I believe it gets its name from the steps taken to make the cake.The boys always love watching the baking soda react to the vinegar when the water is poured over top. A very kid friendly cake to make, bake and enjoy while introducing them to their first chemical reaction. 

In the early days, this Dairy, Egg,Soy, and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Cake recipe came in very handy when I was without a computer and the internet. It got me thinking, if this cake can taste delicious without dairy and eggs, what else can I try?

My quest for yummy dairy and egg free treats was born!

Over the years, I have baked this cake for many parties at home, for friend’s and relatives and at the children’s school. (I made Michael’s Grade 8 class’s Graduation Sheet Cake and also a Vanilla Sheet Cake) They have all been none the wiser as to what was ‘missing’ from the cake. If anything, it has caused people to think that Michael doesn’t ‘really have’ any food allergies.

My mother believes she was handed down this recipe by a dear friend of the family. She was a Girl Guide Leader and I believe she picked it up from her time with the guides.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Birthday Cake / Wacky Cake

slice of dairy and egg free chocolate birthday cake on a plate with fork

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
6 tbsp cocoa (dairy free)
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 pinches kosher salt
2 tbsp white vinegar
2 tsp pure vanilla
10 tbsp (150 ml) canola oil
2 cups lukewarm water

Grease (canola oil) and flour 2 round cake pans with a piece of parchment paper cut out to fit the bottom of the cake pan.

canola oil greased and floured cake pans with parchment paperIn a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients.
In a large liquid measure, mix all the wet ingredients.
Add wet to dry and combine.
Pour equal amounts into 2 prepared cake pans.

dairy, egg and soy free chocolate cake batter in cake pansBake at 350F for 30 minutes or until cake tester comes out dry.
Let sit on cooling racks for 10 minutes.

baked dairy, egg and soy free chocolate cakes on cooling rackTurn cakes out on cooling rack, remove parchment paper and  cool completely.

dairy, egg and soy free chocolate cakes turned out on cooling rackCakes are now ready to ice. See recipe below.

P.S. For the ‘Wacky Cake’ version, add all dry ingredients to a 9 by 13 pan.
Make 3 holes: add vanilla, vinegar and oil into one hole each.
Pour lukewarm water over, combine all ingredients and watch the ‘magic’.
Bake at 350F for 30 minutes.
Let cool on cooling rack until completely cool.
Dust with icing sugar or with chocolate icing. See recipe below.

P.P.S. Half the recipe makes 12 cupcakes (bake at 350 F for 20 minutes) or an 8 by 8 cake.

The chocolate icing recipe was adapted from Better Homes and Gardens NewCookbook.

Dairy/Soy Free Chocolate Icing

1/3 cup Earth Balance (for a soy free version use Earth Balance’s Soy Free)
4 cups icing sugar
1/2 cup cocoa (dairy free)
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla

Beat margarine until softened.
Gradually add 2 1/2 cups of icing sugar and cocoa.
Slowly add water and vanilla mixture.
Gradually add the last cup of icing sugar.

dairy free chocolate icingEnough icing to ice a two layer cake.

dairy, egg and  free chocolate cake with dairy free chocolate icing

Enjoy!

P.S. Half the icing recipe to ice 12 cupcakes or an 8 by 8 cake.

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Have you adapted similar recipes for your own food allergy needs? I’d love to hear about them. Please share in the comments!