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Frosting the Yule-Log Layer Cake

One of the many delightful features of our favorite new holiday cake is that it's easy to decorate -- no fancy piping required.

Editorial Director Food & Entertaining

You've made the chestnut cake layers and the frosting. Now comes the fun part:


Spread 3/4 cup chestnut frosting on top of first cake layer. Repeat with second layer and another 3/4 cup chestnut frosting. Top with final layer. Coat top and sides with 1 cup chestnut frosting. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Coat cake with chocolate frosting, then decorate as shown below.

Photography by: Bryan Gardner

1. With a small offset spatula at a slight angle, scrape frosting down in strips to resemble bark, flaring at base.

Photography by: Bryan Gardner

2. Top with a scant 1/2 cup chestnut frosting, then make a fine, tight spiral in frosting with spatula, as shown, turning cake as you work.

Photography by: Bryan Gardner

3. Add thin smears of chestnut frosting to sides, working from top to bottom.

Finished cake should be refrigerated for at least 30 minutes and up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before garnishing with woodland decorations (see our favorites), and serving.

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