Saturday, December 26, 2015

Stump cake...

 sliced with layers!

For Christmas Day, I had in mind first to make a Yule Log like this.
But when I realized it would only serve eight, I thought I needed a bigger cake.
So I decided against the branch and went to the larger stump cake
or Stump de Noël inspired by this.

This cake was such fun to make!
(and a challenge, which I enjoyed.) 

I started with this 

which ended up being just like my mother's chocolate cake except that this one included hot, strong coffee and Mom's recipe only used hot water.  

I used the filling recipe from the Yule log cake (above)

and frosted the exterior with the icing from 

the Chocolate Crème Fraîche Cake

The meringue mushrooms were made from this recipe.

Hubs helped me so it was a fun joint effort.
The guests loved it,
and it tasted scrummy!
I learned a lot along the way.

I hope you had a Very Merry Christmas!
We did!


  1. Looks fabulous! Love the name, too!

  2. Super cute! And those mushrooms look real. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  3. Oh, my, it's splendid!! We have never had cake at Christmas but if we did this would be the one...Merry Christmas!

  4. OH my gosh, that is just great Jody!! The mushrooms are just perfect and it is a perfect layer cake. I bet it is divine.
    The frosting even looks like bark. That is fantastic.

  5. That looks sooooooo good! The mushrooms are amazing. You did a great job on the frosting. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful creation.

  6. What a charming cake! I thought the mushrooms were real! :)

  7. What a beautiful cake! I'm so impressed. I thought about making a cake this year for Christmas (tho nothing as marvelous as yours), but the boys are pie guys, so pie it was and pie it will be.

    I'm reading a book that makes me think of you--The Shepherd's Life by James Rebanks, about a sheep-herding family in England's Lake District. Very interesting!

    Merry Christmas!


  8. Oh Jody this is charming and such a treat. Clarice

  9. That is AMAZING!! You should have entered that in a competition! I thought those were real mushrooms, added for decoration, until you said they are meringue!! So cool. It looks fabulous.


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