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Lincoln Log Cake

 Lincoln Log Cake
To celebrate Presidents' Day, try this treat from Mary Thomas of Hartford, Wisconsin. "My mother always made this cake roll in February," she remembers.
12 ServingsPrep: 40 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, grated
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and lemon-colored.
  • Gradually beat in 1/4 cup sugar and vanilla. In a small bowl, beat
  • egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar,
  • beating until stiff peaks form. Fold into egg yolk mixture. Combine
  • the flour, baking powder and salt; fold into egg mixture.
  • Line a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with waxed paper
  • and grease the paper. Spread batter evenly into pan. Bake at
  • 375° for 12-15 minutes or until top springs back when lightly
  • touched. Cool for 5 minutes. Turn cake onto a kitchen towel dusted

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Lincoln Log Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • with confectioners' sugar. Gently peel off waxed paper. Roll up cake
  • in towel, jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Cool
  • completely on a wire rack.
  • For frosting, combine the sugar, cornstarch, salt and water in a
  • saucepan until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes
  • or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Add the chocolate, butter
  • and vanilla; stir until melted.
  • While frosting is warm, unroll cake and spread half of frosting over
  • cake to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up. Spread remaining frosting
  • over outside of roll. Using tines of a fork, drag along sides of
  • cake to resemble tree bark. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before
  • slicing. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 210 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 78 mg cholesterol, 155 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.