"This heavenly cake roll is filled with rich chocolate cream, coated with a tempting ganache and adorned with gorgeous edible-clay poinsettias" says Margie Haen of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. (The edible poinsettias can be made up to 2 weeks in advance.)
- EDIBLE POINSETTIAS:
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
- 1 cup (5 ounces) red candy coating disks, melted
- 1 cup (5 ounces) dark green candy coating disks, melted
- 2 tablespoons vanilla or white chips
- Yellow paste food coloring
- 4 eggs, separated
- 3/4 cup cake flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup sugar, divided
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
- 1/2 cup baking cocoa
- 7 to 8 tablespoons milk, divided
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1-1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- For poinsettia dough, divide corn syrup between two bowls. Stir red candy coating into one bowl and green into the other just until blended. Spread each mixture onto a sheet of waxed paper to 1/2-in. thickness (about 4-in. square). Let stand, uncovered, at room temperature for 2-3 hours or until dry to the touch. Remove each mixture from waxed paper and gather into a ball. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap; let stand overnight.
- Make leaf and petal patterns and trace onto waxed paper and cut out, or use leaf-shaped cookie cutters. Knead a portion of green dough until pliable but not soft. Roll between waxed paper to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut out four large and four small leaves; with a toothpick, score veins. Arrange in two circles on waxed paper with center points touching.
- Knead and roll out a portion of red dough as above. For each poinsettia, cut out five to seven large flower petals. Shape petals as shown in photo; place in between green leaves, matching centers. Cut out 10 to 14 smaller flower petals from red dough (use additional dough if needed). Shape as shown; arrange between large red petals.
- For flower stamens, form tiny balls of green dough. Place several in center of each flower, covering all petal centers. Melt white chips; stir in yellow food coloring. Transfer to a resealable heavy-duty plastic bag; cut a small hole in corner of bag. Pipe onto green centers. Store poinsettias in an airtight container at room temperature.
- For cake, let egg whites stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, sift flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until slightly thickened. Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar, beating until thick and lemon-colored. Beat in vanilla. Add sifted ingredients; mix well.
- In another bowl, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold a fourth of egg whites into batter; fold in remaining whites.
- 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 cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 5 minutes. Turn cake onto a kitchen towel dusted with confectioners’ sugar. Gently peel off waxed paper. Roll up cake in the towel jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- For filling, in a large bowl, cream butter until fluffy. Beat in 2 cups confectioners' sugar, cocoa, 3 tablespoons milk and vanilla. Add remaining confectioners' sugar and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Unroll cake; spread filling evenly to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up again. Place on a wire rack over a baking sheet; cover and set aside.
- Place chocolate chips in a small bowl. In a heavy saucepan, bring cream to a boil over low heat. Pour over chips; whisk gently until smooth. Chill for 35-45 minutes or until ganache begins to thicken, stirring occasionally.
- Pour half of the ganache over cake, allowing excess to drip off. Chill cake and remaining ganache, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until remaining ganache has cooled and a thermometer reads about 62°. Pour ganache slowly in a thin stream over cake; chill until set.
- If piping is desired, transfer ganache that dripped from cake into a bowl; chill for 45 minutes. Whisk until thickened, about 1 minute. Place cake on a serving platter. Place thickened ganache in a pastry bag with a #21 star tip; pipe around bottom of cake. Position poinsettias on top of cake; gently press into ganache. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Poinsettia Cake Roll in Taste of Home December/January 2006, p14
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