My favorite when I was a child, this cake used to be the one I repeatedly requested for my birthday and my mom decorated it differently every year.
For my grandparents’ birthday this year, since it was May, we decided to decorate the cake with jelly berries and I drew some leaves and grass with icing aside from writing the ages on it.
Sponge – 6 eggs
6 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons flour
5 tablespoons grated walnuts or hazelnuts
Cream – 3 eggs
15 g sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
the grated peels of 1 orange
20 g butter
Whip egg yolks with half the sugar mix, then add the whipped foam of the remaining beaten egg whites with sugar. Gently stir in the flour and grated walnuts or hazelnuts. Place in pan on cooking paper. The sponge cake should be baked and covered with warm cloth after it’s done. Sprinkle with one or two tablespoons of rum several times, coil it up and allow to cool.
Whip the whole eggs, sugar, cocoa, orange peel and stir constantly with a whisk over steam until it becomes a heavy cream and simmers. Let it cool, then add the butter (previously mixed a bit).
Fill the sponge with cream, coil it back up, then cut pieces to form the logs. Frost over everything. With a fork previously dipped in cold water form the texture of the tree bark. Decorate with frosting, jelly beans, fresh fruit, dyed green sugar to create moss, grated coconut for a snowy effect, etc.
Leave in fridge for at least a couple of hours before serving.
Bon appétit! ;)