This is the 3rd Yule Log I've made for this awesome family and I LOVED the theme this year. In the past I did a Celtic Yule Log and a Christmas Yule Log so it was really fun to do a new theme. The colors were perfect and I LOVED the mushrooms!
Little story about the mushrooms. I was thinking I'd do brown ones to make them look very realistic, but then I found out my friend wanted the red and white ones. So, I googled the REAL red and white mushrooms and tried to figure out how to make the brown ones I'd made into red ones. I thought of making red fondant and covering the brown ones but I didn't have red gel coloring. When I went to the craft store I was enlightened when I saw the Wilton red melting discs. DUH! How easy! I melted it, I dipped them, they dried and TA-DA! I had red mushrooms! I was so happy it was that simple for me! Then I just piped on the little dots.
I really love doing the texture for wood cakes! It's just chocolate frosting and I like to do some spots where white frosting shows through a little. Makes it have a lot of texture.
I loved the pine needles, but there were SOOOO much work! I almost gave up on them, but I stuck to my picture in my mind. I would have done more but they took so much time.
The best part about this cake?! The TASTE! Every year when I make this pumpkin roll I have to make one for my family because it's like torture smelling the cake cook and tasting the cream cheese frosting. Oh, this is a delicious cake! Merry Christmas, Cottam family! And Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our friends and family!