Vegan Yule Log

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'Tis the season to be Merry and eat lots of tasty treats. I've taken the plunge and turned Vegan after being vegetarian for almost 10 years. My fiance is Vegan and I love him and animals more then I love chocolate... so it just makes sense (not that he would ever make me change my diet but it makes it a whole lot easier)

Disclaimer: This is an American recipe but if you have the cup measurement (which you can buy from pretty much anywhere) it actually makes the recipe more simple then measuring out on scales.

To make this yuletide log you will need:
1 1/2 cups plain/all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp cider vinegar
1 cup warm water

1.First of all the liquid ingredients need to be mixed in bowl (this is so the vinegar doesn't have a long time to react with the baking soda). Put the water, oil and vinegar into a bowl and mix it a little. Next add the flour, the cocoa, the sugar, the salt and finally the baking soda and beat it until it's all smooth.

2.Then grab a shallow long baking tray and lay some grease-proof paper in it, pour in the cake batter.

3.Now you want to bake this at around Gas mark 4/375F/190C for about 10-15 minutes, but keep a check on this, the original recipe said 8-10 minutes and this definitely was not long enough for my batter but you also don't want to overcook the yule log or it wont roll so well, so as soon as it's firmed up on top and a fork stuck into it doesn't come out covered in batter, it's done.

4.Once the cake is out of the oven, you need to work fast, it needs to be rolled whilst it's still warm, spread some grease-proof paper out on your work surface , take your cooked cake and in one smooth move, flip it face down onto the paper, carefully peel off the grease-proof paper from the bottom of the cake. Some parts will stick but don't worry! All the mess is going to be covered up by the frosting. H

5.So now, grab another piece of grease-proof and place it over the cake (so you don't burn your hands) Then grab a tea towel, starting at one of the short edges, start rolling. Do it quickly and tightly and don't worry if you feel like it's breaking - frosting will cover cracks and small breaks.

6. Lastly leave the cake to cool down fully before un-rolling to fill the centre with some delicious creamy frosting - my favourite lazy frosting to use is (drum-roll please) Betty Crocker... my favourite instagram account currently is accidentally vegan (@accidentlyveganuk) this is where I found out that ole BC frosting is vegan friendly.

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