Homemade Organic Mocha Yule Log Cake with Mini Meringue Mushrooms

This is a wonderful cake to make during the winter holiday season.  The cake is chocolate and the filling is coffee.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Make the Homemade Organic Mini Meringue Mushrooms, if using.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, beat the organic eggs.
  3. Add sugar and beat until the mixture is thick; Stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, sift all of the dry ingredients.
  5. Into the egg mixture, fold in the sifted dry ingredients.
  6. Grease a heavy stainless steel 15x10x1″ baking pan with butter.
  7. Pour the batter into the greased baking pan and bake at 350° Fahrenheit for 25 minutes, or until top springs back when lightly pressed.
  8. Sprinkle a clean kitchen towel with cane sugar.
  9. When the cake is done, turn it onto the sugar lined towel.
  10. Roll the towel and the cake together making a layer of cake and a layer of towel.
  11. Wrap the towel tightly and place on a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
  12. Make Homemade Organic Coffee Cream Frosting.
  13. Once the frosting is finished and the cake is cooled, unroll the cake carefully.
  14. Use half of the cream to evenly frost the cake where the towel once was; Reroll the cake.
  15. Frost the outside of the cake with the remaining frosting.
  16. Attach the Homemade Organic Mini Meringue Mushrooms, if using, to the outside of the cake.
  17. Sprinkle with chocolate curls and top with crushed pistachios (to look like moss), if desired.
  18. Chill for at least one hour, or until serving time.
  19. Slice crosswise into 1″ thick slices.
  20. Enjoy!

The Best Homemade Organic Cocoa Brownies

I obtained the original recipe from the Smitten Kitchen blog.  She has a lot of brownie recipes, so check out her site if you’re interested in lots of different kinds of brownies.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 10 Tbsp. [1 stick PLUS 2 Tbsp.] lightly salted organic pasture butter, more for greasing pan
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened raw organic cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Real Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Homemade Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 2 large organic pasture eggs, cold
  • 1/2 cup organic unbleached white flour
  • 2/3 cup organic walnut or organic pecan pieces (optional)

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Grease the bottom and sides of an 8×8-inch square baking pan with butter.
  3. Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a double boiler over medium heat.
  4. Stir the mixture until the butter is melted and smooth.
  5. Remove the chocolate mixture from the bottom of the double boiler and allow it to cool to medium.  (It looks slightly gritty at this point, but don’t fret — it smooths out once the eggs and flour are added.)
  6. Stir in the vanilla with a wooden spoon.
  7. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring vigorously after each one.
  8. When the batter looks thick, shiny, and well blended, add the flour and stir until you cannot see it any longer, then beat vigorously for 40 strokes with the wooden spoon or a rubber spatula.
  9. Stir in the nuts, if using. Spread evenly in the lined pan.
  10. Bake until a toothpick plunged into the center emerges slightly moist with batter, approximately 30 minutes. Let cool completely on a rack.
  11. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Chocolate Milk

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 quart of raw organic pastured whole milk (pasteurized milk is okay so long as it’s still whole)
  • 1/4 cup of raw organic cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup of homemade powdered sugar (use organic cane sugar and make it into a powder using a grinder.)

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Pour the milk into a half-gallon glass mason jar.
  2. Add the cocoa powder and the powdered sugar.
  3. Using an immersion blender at a slow speed, begin mixing the ingredients together.
  4. Once the powders are mixed into the milk, turn up the speed to make sure everything is well blended and creamy.
  5. Enjoy!