Last August when I posted the article about my birthday cake, many of you asked for the recipe. I broke out my copy of The Settlement Cookbook (much more legible than my mothers as the Aunt who gave it to me did not bake!) so that I could share it with you!
If you're not baking it as a birthday cake it makes a fabulous Bouche Noel at Yule time. Just bake a couple of them in varying sizes and cut different pieces to look like tree branches . Cover with frosting , drag a fork across it to make the frosting look like bark and decorate with powdered sugar , meringue mushrooms, sugared violets, sugared chestnuts,crystallized ginger and other bits of confectionary flora and fauna!
This yummy dessert is called a Cocoa Roll and it's relatively simple to make and completely wonderful to eat!
5 Eggs Separated
1 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of cocoa
1/4 cup of flour
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 cup of whipping cream
Beat the yolks slightly, add sugar and beat very well. Add the cocoa, flour and vanilla and lastly fold in the whites, beaten stiff. Grease a 10/16 shallow pan well. Spread the batter into the pan and let bake 10-15 minutes in a moderately hot oven at 350 degrees F. Turn out onto towel sprinkled with confectioners sugar, roll while hot and cover with a damp cloth. Let cool and before serving unroll, spread with sweetened whipped cream or with ice cream and roll over to form a roll. Place on platter, cover with fudge frosting and serve in slices.
1 and a half cups of sugar
2 ounces of bitter chocolate
1/2 a cup of cream
2 tablespoons of butter
Melt chocolate over a slow fire and add cream and sugar, boil until a few drops form a soft ball in cold water. Add butter and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Let stand undisturbed for a few minutes, then beat until cool enough to spread. If too thick, stir in a little more cream.
Photograph courtesy of Viking Range