Chocolate Gingerbread Yule Log

  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons each ground ginger and cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon each ground nutmeg and pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh gingerroot
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Baking cocoa
  • FILLING:
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) mascarpone cheese
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup crystallized ginger, dried cranberries or miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • CHOCOLATE BARK:
  • 4 to 6 ounces high-quality bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • BUTTERCREAM:
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 ounces high-quality milk chocolate, melted and cooled
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