christmas cake: icebox peppermint yule log

My mother-in-law had asked me to make a dessert for our Christmas dinner and with so many things to do over the holidays, I wanted something without much fuss. I also wanted something kind of spectacular and festive looking. While so many bloggers have been whipping up complicated yule logs this month, I decided that I would make one too. Thankfully, I saw this recipe over at Sew Darn Cute and decided that a candy cane icebox yule log cake would be the perfect holiday desert to end our Christmas meal. This cake was easy to put together, was light and fluffy, and the crushed candy canes made the dessert taste like Christmas. Plus, it has that retro 1950’s housewife feel that I just love. It was perfection in a log-shaped cake.

I wish I had used gummy leaves and berries like the very beautiful original, but I just used Christmas cookie sprinkles for a festive decorative touch. I also used less sugar in the whipped cream mixture, figuring that crushed candy canes have enough sugar already. And a final tip…sprinkle icing sugar just before you serve, otherwise, the sugar will melt into the cake. This dessert was a hit and probably my most favorite thing about our meal. Enjoy!

8 comments to “christmas cake: icebox peppermint yule log”

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    Cookie baker Lynn   December 29, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    This looks delightful. I agree – peppermint tastes like Christmas. I made peppermint marshmallows for our Christmas hot cocoa.

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    eatme_delicious   December 29, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    Great yule log! I like the idea of using candy canes.

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    Joanne   December 29, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    This is a work of art. It looks like something you would buy at a high end bakery…Great work J!!

    I’m all exhausted from cooking and baking during this past week that I really do not have any interest in baking anything for New Year’s Eve or Day.

    If I do decided to whip up something at the last minute it might be some cookies – like your chocolate shortbread.

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    jenn   December 29, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    LOOKS AWESOME! Delightful! Hope you have a wonderful New Years too 🙂

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    VeggieGirl   December 30, 2007 at 10:25 am

    such a decorative Yule Log cake!! perfect for the holidays – especially with the peppermint!! there’s just something about the flavor and aroma of peppermint during this time of year :0)

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    Poronchi Ninja Puppy   December 30, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    ohh wowww…. i can just imagine the taste… mmm slurp

    poronchi 🙂

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    kickpleat   January 1, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    lynn, it’s funny how a flavour can be associated with a certain time of year, but it’s true…peppermint is christmas! mmm, peppermint marshmallows sound delightful!

    thanks eatme 🙂

    joanne, aw, you issue too much praise! i was pretty proud of myself since i usually make food that doesn’t look that great but tastes good. this covered both territories beautifully 🙂

    thanks, jenn! happy new years to you!

    veggiegirl, i couldn’t agree more!

    poronchi, thanks! shlurp 🙂

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    sonya   April 20, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Just wanted to add that this recipe is from Cook’s Country magazine and was published in December 2005. And it is delicious 🙂 🙂 🙂 I liked how your decorations turned out!

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