Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ornament Review: Yummy Yule Log Cake - 2013 Hallmark Ornament


Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Delicious cake with fun extras for a great display
Cons: None
The Bottom Line:
French cake tradition
Festively recreated
And shrunk for your tree



A Delicious French Tradition Comes to American Ornaments

Collector that I am, I immediately knew I had to get Yummy Yule Log Cake.  This 2013 Hallmark limited edition ornament was advertised as a companion piece to the Season’s Treatings series.  I collect the series, so I have to get the ornament, right?  I didn’t know much about it, but it did look fun, so I wasn’t really complaining.

Then I did a little research.  The Yule Log cake is a traditional French treat made at Christmas.  It’s made by taking a cake, frosting it, and then rolling it up.  The end is sliced off and the outside is covered in frosting to make it look like a log.  While the cake and frosting can vary, the usual choices are a yellow cake and a chocolate frosting.  Sounds absolutely yummy to me.

And that’s what is depicted on this ornament.  You’ve got the log cake with both ends cut off and little off shoots as well.  And whoever made this cake did a great job because the outside looks very loggish to me.  They obvious spent some time sculpting the frosting.

Now if it were just the log cake, that would be fine, but this baker went above and beyond.  There are two clumps of mushrooms around the cake and a small snowman sitting in front with holly leaves in two spots on the log.  There’s still a frosting knife, a bowl of frosting, and a shaker of sugar (to add the sugar sitting on top of the log) in back of the cake.

Tying it all together is a baking tray.  It’s silver with a little lip and perfect for holding the entire display.  It's not a smooth surface, but feels and looks like an aluminum foil covered tray.

While I have no clue what the mushrooms and snowman are supposed to be made out of (are they edible or not?) the cake itself looks good enough to eat.  However, I’m glad it isn’t since the entire ornament is very cute and it looks perfect for displaying on your tree.

Speaking of which, the loop for hanging the ornament is located in the top back of the log cake.  It's a little hard to get the hook through the loop as a result, but you can get it done if you try.  Like the ornaments in the official Season’s Treatings series, the ornament hangs at a slopping angle so that you can easily see the food while it is hanging on your tree.  That creates an added bit of fun for the tree.

Since the cake is on a baking sheet, it does sit very flat.  This ornament is just 3D enough you might be able to get away with putting it out on display, but I'd recommend hanging it on your tree as first choice.  Since this is an unofficial companion piece, there is no series marker on the ornament.

Whether you have a food themed tree or just an eclectic one like me, this Yummy Yule Log Cake will be a great addition to it.

And check out the rest of the Season's Treatings series.

Original Price: $9.95

2 comments:

  1. The mushrooms on the Yule Logs I have seen at Christmas dinner are made of meringue and edible.

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    1. I figured it would be be edible. Sounds delicious!

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